Nikon Z7 II vs Nikon D5000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z7 II and Nikon D5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon Z7 II were released 2020 and Nikon D5000 was released 2009. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z7 II 2020
Nikon D5000 2009

Type of camera

Nikon Z7 II is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D5000 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z7 II has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Nikon D5000 has a "Nikon DX"-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 Z7 II 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D5000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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 Z7 II has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5000 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z7 II 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848

Nikon Z7 II has a 272 % 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 Z7 II has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Nikon Z7 II has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 25600 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z7 II 64-25600
Nikon D5000 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Nikon Z7 II 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 Z7 II
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z7 II can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z7 II 10
Nikon D5000 4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z7 II and Nikon D5000 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 Z7 II weighs 705 gr (equal to 1,55 lb) which is 19% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1,3 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z7 II 705 gr
1,55 lb
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1,3 lb

Nikon Z7 II vs Nikon D5000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z7 II and Nikon D5000, 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 Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Name Nikon Z7 II Nikon D5000
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Release Year 2020 2009
Release Date 2020-10-14 2009-04-14
MSRP 2999 USD 849 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 8256 x 5504 pixels 4288 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 46 MP 12,3 MP
Image Processor DUAL EXPEED 6 EXPEED
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
ISO Range 64 - 25600 200 - 6400
White Balance Presets 12 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor Shift (5 axis))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 5 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Autofocus Motor Yes No
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 493 11
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Articulated LCD Tilting Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2 2,7
Screen dots 2100000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 N/A
Photography features
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Frames per second 10 fps 4 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 900 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 17 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Memory Card Compact Flash Express
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (via MC-DC2 or smartphone)
Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
GPS No Yes
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z7 II
Nikon D5000
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 420 shots 510 shots
Width 134 mm 127 mm
Height 101 mm 104 mm
Depth 70 mm 80 mm
Weight 705 gram 590 gram