These two cameras are comparable and would be a coin toss to say which to buy.
But there is a problem with the Nikon D5000 right now.
There are recalls on this camera that you should be aware of.
You have to check the serial number to see if your D5000 is on the recall list.
You could buy a new D5000 and when you get it home, find out that it is on the recall list.
Then you have to send it to Nikon for repairs.
Talk about an inconvenience!
Here is a link:
any idea which camera I should get.