Is a Nikon D5000 considered a 'Small DSLR'?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ghosthunter, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. As title. It feels small in my hands but then again i have big hands!:biggrin:
  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Andy, Nikon describes it as a "compact DSLR" and dpreview calls it a "baby Nikon". I haven't seen one, but it sounds relatively "small" to me.:biggrin:
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  3. Woo hoo I can add it to my sig!!
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  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Simple pleasures are the best!:biggrin:
  5. Mayank

    Mayank Veteran

    Jul 16, 2010
    I think it 'used to be' a small DSLR but no longer (after M4/3 and Sony NEX and the new SLT series). For about a month now I've been enjoying shooting with Canon's Elph cameras and now my Nikon D40 seems monstrous by comparison!
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  6. jbart

    jbart Rookie

    Nov 3, 2010
    After using my epl1 the d5000 feels quite substantial, although its all relative. It is very light and comfortable especially with the kit VR zoom.
  7. Hmm, I have just committed to buy a second-hand Nikon D90 - it seems smaller than a D1 so I guess that it scapes in. It is still a 1.5x crop sensor and there are bigger cropped sensor cameras.
  8. pictor

    pictor All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    In earlier days full frame cameras were not bigger than the D5000, several fine cameras were even smaller. That full frame cameras can be built as small as a D5000 or even smaller has become myth. Cameras have become big and therefore the D5000 is considered as a small DSLR today.
  9. deirdre

    deirdre Top Veteran

    Sep 26, 2010
    Yes, but let's not forget that 35mm was considered a compact size at one point, with 120 being the more typical camera.
  10. pictor

    pictor All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    That was really long, long ago, when 120 was the typical camera. However, 35mm in the past are 35mm today and APS-C is even a smaller format. At the beginning of digital the cameras have to be big because one could not miniaturize things enough to fit everything in a small body. Things have changed and today there is no technical reason for not building a small full format camera as Leica has done.
  11. Blue

    Blue New Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    I have a *istD which is about as small as it gets for a aps-c dSLR with a prism vs. a pentamirror. However, I find it somewhat "substantial" compared to my E-P1. I find my E-P1 somewhat "substantial" compared to my wife's LX3. So, I guess it is relative.
  12. Grant

    Grant Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    I guess it is a relative thing, if you are Hulk Hogan you may have a different view than Tom Thumb about size. That being said, for me, a small camera is any camera that you can comfortably hand hold and a compact camera is one that fits into a pocket. To me the D5000 is a small camera.

    Of course I am only one of many and in the end it really should be how you feel about the camera.
  13. Blue

    Blue New Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    Agreed. I believe there is as much a niche for small form dSLR as there are other camera niches such as the fixed lens compacts and mirrorless interchangeable cameras. While the LX3 and E-P1 are amazing little cameras and quite capable, I prefer the dSLR in many situations.
  14. Fuddlestack

    Fuddlestack Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Alsace, France
    Comparing apples to apples:

    On the left, a D200; on the right, a D40. The D5000 is a bit bigger than the D40, but not that much - about 70g and a centimetre in height and depth.

    Sorry about the flash.