Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5000 and Nikon D5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Nikon D5 was released 2016. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5000 2009
Nikon D5 2016

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5000 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Nikon D5 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D5000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848
Nikon D5 21 MP
20742656 pixels
5588 x 3712

Nikon D5 has a 70 % larger resolution than Nikon D5000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Nikon D5 100-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon D5 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5000 4
Nikon D5 14

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5000 and Nikon D5 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D5 weighs 1415 gr (equal to 3.12 lb) which is 140% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1.3 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1.3 lb
Nikon D5 1415 gr
3.12 lb

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D5 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D5000 and Nikon D5, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Name Nikon D5000 Nikon D5
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Release Year 2009 2016
Release Date 2009-04-14 2016-01-05
MSRP 849 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 5588 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 12,3 MP 21 MP
Image Processor EXPEED EXPEED 5
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
ISO Range 200 - 6400 100 - 102400
White Balance Presets 12 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 11 153
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 2,7 3.2
Screen dots 230000 2359000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.) 0.72
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Frames per second 4 fps 14 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 17 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Optional with WT-5A or WT-6A
Remote Control Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Optional with GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 510 shots 3780 shots
Width 127 mm 160 mm
Height 104 mm 159 mm
Depth 80 mm 92 mm
Weight 590 gram 1415 gram