Great news for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to Nikon D90. Nikon has just confirmed that it will release the budget 12.3MP compact DSLR Nikon D5000 later this month:
UPDATE: Nikon D5000 is now out in the Philippines. Some authorized Nikon retailers sell it for Php 32,000 -- case in point: Watson Photo in Quiapo, Manila.
Here are the specs:
* 12.3MP DX Format CMOS sensor.
* 12-bits per color EXPEED processing
* 2.7in display, 233,000-dot Vari-angle rear LCD screen
* Optical viewfinder features 0.78x magnification and 95% coverage
* 4fps maximum still photo shooting rate
* 11-point autofocus with 3D Focus Tracking
* D-Movie video capture at 720p 24fps, mono audio and no continuous AF
* LiveView with 4 autofocus mode options including Face Priority AF
* ISO range of 200 - 3200, expandable to 100 - 6400
* Shutter rated at 100,000 cycles
* SD/SDHC memory card slot
* HDMI port
* EN-EL9a lithium-ion battery
* Compatibility with the Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit
* Full manual controls, plus 19 scene modes
* Dust reduction system
Here's the demo video:
And the official promo video:
Globally, stripped down version Nikon D5000 has an SRP of $730.