Review: Nikon D5000

Though its awesome D90 was the first DSLR to leap into HD video, Nikon took a jump backward with this model. Freshly captured movies look like faded old film. And the inability to autofocus after recording starts nearly guarantees that the clips — which aren’t too sharp anyway — will blur even more. But stick to still photography and this cam is a champ. Pictures are evenly exposed and capture subtleties in color and shading. Though hues are a bit tame out of the box, a minor tweak to the settings makes them more vibrant.

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