Nikon has announced the new entry-level D5000.
The main changes and features are the following:
- 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (Nikon seems to have definitely joined the Canon way after having employed CCD sensors);
- 4 frames per second burst rate, quite good qith comparison to Canon entry level;
- 2.7 inch LCD with 233'000 pixels, not very good with current trend but... a vari-angle LCD! This is a very welcome addition from compact cameras, always wondered why DSLR couldn't have a detachable display for awkward shooting positions.
- video capturing with resolution of 1280x720x24 fps (with mono audio), not the high definition like in Canon and up to 5 minutes with maximum resolution.
- 100'000 cycle shutter life, good quality for an entry level.
- of course live view (now a must), with face detection.
Initial price would be around 730 $ in the US and availability in a couple of weeks.