20 Most Recent Nikon D5000 Digital Camera Questions & Answers

The light has no manual on off, so if it is not working you need to contact NIKON and arrange to send the phone in for exchange.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Sep 28, 2016

external flash can use.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Mar 01, 2016

Copy the photos to your computer and erase the card, or just buy another memory card.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Mar 15, 2015

Based on what you have said, it appears that the write-protect has been activated on the card. With the card's label facing you and the corner cut-off to the right, you'll see a little slot just a bit above the halfway point on the card. In that slot is a tab. If the tab is down toward the bottom of the card, it's in the write-protect or locked position. You cannot delete anything while the card is in the write-protect mode. Simply slide the tab to the top of the slot to unlock it and your delete function should work.

If it does not, you've got another problem which you may be able to fix by formatting the card. Once again, you cannot format a card in the write-protected mode.

If you can't format it...which will delete any pictures on the card... then the card is probably bad and should be replaced. Cards are cheap and really not worth spending a lot of time trying to solve the problem.

If you can't format a new card, then you've got a camera problem and it's time to call or contact Nikon support.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Feb 14, 2015

You did not say which lens or lenses you are using, but most auto-focus lenses have a switch for selecting manual or auto-focus. First, check your camera's menu settings to make sure auto-focus is enabled and then your lens to make sure you did not accidently leave it in the manual focus position? If it is in the auto-focus position and still not taking sharp pictures, switch it to manual and see if you can get it to focus correctly. It is also possible that your auto-focus alignment is out because your camera was bumped, jolted or dropped. If realignment is necessary, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon for repair or find a knowledgeable camera repairman.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 17, 2014

Set it on portrait mode in case your subject is standing away.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

If you drop one, the main components that can get damaged are the lens elements, the focusing ring, the aperture ring, the lens mount and the filter mount. Some of these components are much easier to fix than others.
usb memory card reader

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

It's possible, though not too likely. But please don't get in the habit of changing lenses while powered on. You never know when something bad might happen.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

1. Your computer must have a software (eg: picture viewer) to show you the pictures.
2. When you connect the camera to the computer, the computer should show camera storage as another storeage divice under my computer. if it is not appearing then the camera is not recognized by the computer..

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive. Or you can use Nikon Transfer, or any other photo cataloging program.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Dec 04, 2014

This is a guess, but the maintenance battery might have failed. There are actually two batteries in your camera. That is why when it is working properly and you remove the battery, you do not loose the time and all the other settings you have made. Although the non-user changeable battery typically lasts for up to a decade, but they can fail sooner. The camera must be opened up to make the change. You need to take the camera to a repairman or call Nikon USA for an RMA so they can change it for you.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Nov 20, 2014

Your camera is still under the one year Nikon warranty. Call Nikon's repair depot at 1-800-NIKON-US (1-800-645-6687) 9AM-8PM EST, Monday to Friday. They will verify your warranty and assist you in returning it for repair.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Oct 11, 2014

Hi Anna,

In order for your Nikon to auto focus correctly, you need to have several things:

First - focus indicator. In your viewfinder, locate it on the bottom row of the status information bar; you should see a small, green circle in the left-most position. This will BLINK when you partially depress the shutter release (or back button focus - depending how you focus your D5000) whenever the subject is OUT of focus. It will switch to "STEADY ON" when the subject is IN focus. Please note that you will not be able to release the shutter any time it is blinking unless you make a change to the setting that will allow you to release the shutter when the camera is out of focus (not recommended).

Second - light. You must have enough light entering the camera for it to detect areas of different contrast on the selected focus point. If there is not enough light there is too little contrast for the camera to autofocus and no matter how close or how far (and everywhere between) the focus is set resulting in the camera "hunting" near and far to find it. The green circle will not stop blinking. Have you tried in a well lit room or outdoors in daylight?

Third - minimum focus distance. All lenses have a minimum focus distance. Acording to Nikon, yours is rated at 3.6' (1.1m) (see: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/AF-S-DX-VR-Zoom-Nikkor-55-200mm-f%252F4-5.6G-IF-ED.html for full specs on this lens). This means your subject needs to be at least 3.6' away to be able to focus on it - manually or aut0matically - it makes no difference. There are lenses that do "very close" focussing that are called "Macro" (but curiously Nikon branded versions of these lenses are called "Micro"), that are also telephoto lenses. Your lens is not a macro/micro type.

Lastly - operational equipment. It is possible that there is an issue with the D5000 camera body or lens (or even both). Try another lens to see it it works as expected. No other lens? Go to camera store with your camera and lens and "shop" for a new lens. Ask to try it out in the store and see if it it works. Maybe the counterperson will identify another issue with your set up.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Oct 06, 2014

It may be your exposure combination. The blur is because your shutter speed is too slow. You did not say what you are photographing at night and without that information, I can only speak in generalities. It all depends on the light source. If you are taking pictures of illuminated signs, auto exposure modes might work great, but if you are shooting incident light rather than pointing your camera at the light source, I would use a tripod and use manual exposure. Adjust your ISO to a high number. That will allow a faster shutter speed to stop motion.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Oct 02, 2014

There is a large spring on the side of the mirror box that latches to part of the aperture unit. Impact caused the small post it hooks on to break off, allowing the spring to push in the side of the shutter case, which causes the shutter blades to stick part way. This requires a replacement of the aperture unit, and as Nikon stopped selling parts several years ago, requires you to send it to them for repair.

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Sep 20, 2014

* are you shooting using low shutter speed ?

Nikon D5000... | Answered on Aug 23, 2014

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