The D5000, which includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, will be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late April 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95. For consumers who want to configure their D5000 system or for photographers who need an additional D-SLR body for an existing system, the D5000 will also be offered as a body only for an estimated selling price of $729.95. Check out the Nikon D5000 at Amazon.
"First impressions of the new Nikon D5000 are mainly positive. It offers similar build and handling quality as the D90, retaining that distinctive Nikon feel, whilst simplifying some aspects of its operation. There are additional scene modes for beginners, including artistic effects like High Key and Candlelight, with 19 modes available in total. The vari-angle monitor is fun to use, making it easy to take shots from unusual angles and particularly appealing to the point and shoot user who’s upgrading from a compact camera. Live View has been further improved, with faster operation and focusing, including a new mode that can track a specific subject of the user’s choosing. The 11-point autofocus is a significant upgrade over the 3 point system of the cheaper D60 model."