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Nikon D5 20.8 MP FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (CF Version)
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- 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 5 Image Processor
- 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
- 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
- Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
- Native ISO 102400, Extend to ISO 3280000
- 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
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- New 20.8MP FX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing
- Widest native ISO range ever in a Nikon full-frame DSLR: ISO 100 to 102,400 (expandable to Hi-5, ISO 3,280,000)
- Redesigned AF system with a 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated processor
- 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video recording and pro-grade video features
- 12 fps continuous shooting with full AF and AE performance; up to 200 shots in a single burst
Innovation for inspiration.
What determines when Nikon releases a full-frame flagship camera? When technological innovation demands it. Introducing the D5, an FX-format DSLR that makes the impossible possible. Huge advancements in sensor design, autofocus, metering and image processing result in thrilling new capabilities—low light shooting all the way to ISO 102,400 (expandable to an unheard of ISO 3,280,000), precise AF detection and tracking across that entire ISO range, regardless of your subject's speed or direction changes, blazing fast 12 fps continuous shooting, 4K UHD video and, of course, image quality that captures the hearts and minds of your viewers. This is not iteration, friends. This is innovation...spectacular innovation. How will it change the way you shoot?
Game-changing low light capabilities
Nikon's widest native ISO range ever
The low light performance of the D5 might make it a legend. With Nikon's widest native ISO range (100 to 102,400) and highest expanded range (up to Hi-5 ISO 3,280,000), advancements in noise reduction and color fidelity and a next-generation AF system that performs in near darkness (EV -4), a world of new shooting opportunities has opened. Capture clear, sharp images you may not have attempted before—at night, in dark reception halls, arenas and more. For surveillance and security applications, this expanded ISO range means getting a shot others can't see without a flash.
EXPEED 5, Nikon’s most powerful processor ever
Masterful image quality
The sheer imaging power of the D5 is exhilarating. With its Nikon developed 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor, the D5 is the highest resolution full-frame Nikon flagship ever and ready for your next challenge. Nikon's superior image processor has been updated to EXPEED 5 to harness the power of this remarkable new sensor, and a second processor has been added just for autofocus. All of the exquisite detail and textures, vibrant colors and rich tonality delivered by NIKKOR lenses is captured in flawless precision, even in extreme low light. Create images that move people.
Stay on top of your game
The speed to capture decisive moments
When you hear the D5 shooting at full speed—12 fps with fulltime AF and AE, 14 fps with fixed focus and AE with mirror up—you know the game has changed. For the first time in a Nikon DSLR, a second processor is dedicated solely to autofocus operation and computing. A new shutter and mirror sequencing mechanism nearly eliminates blackout time and mirror slap for bright, consistent views during high-speed capture. EXPEED 5 and a high performance buffer handle up 200 NEF (RAW) and/or Large JPEG images during one high-speed burst—enough to cover an entire 100m sprint without taking your finger off the shutter release button. The new 180K RGB Advanced Scene Recognition System pulls it all together and ensures every shot has optimal exposure.
4K UHD video in light others wouldn't dare
For the first time in a full-frame Nikon DSLR, record 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video with dot-by-dot readout for maximum image quality. Capture 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p with an angle of view approx. 1.5x lens focal length, or record Full HD 1080 video at 60/30/24p. Shoot stunning 4K UHD Time-lapse, right in camera. Auto ISO handles smooth lighting transitions from ISO 200 to the sensitivity of your choice (all the way up to Hi-5). Enjoy all the professional video capabilities of D4S and D810—simultaneous external and internal recording, Flat Picture Control, Zebra Stripes, a built-in stereo microphone with 20-step increment adjustments and so much more. Combine the D5's low light capabilities and the versatility of NIKKOR lenses, and your next video project is bound to be acclaimed.
|Continuous Shooting Speed||12 fps|
|Display Size||3.2 inches|
|Exposure Control Type||Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||CompactFlash|
|Flash Modes Description||First-Curtain Sync; Hi-Speed Sync; Off; Rear Curtain/Slow Sync; Rear Sync; Red-Eye Reduction; Slow Sync; Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction|
|Focus Type||Manual; Continuous Auto|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100-102400|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches|
|Item Weight||3.1 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||27 Watt Hours|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.8 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||cmos|
|Processor Description||expeed 5|
|Shipping Weight||6.55 pounds|
|Style Name||Body (CF Version)|
|Supported Battery Types||Nikon EN-EL18|
|Total USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K|
|Viewfinder Type||optical viewfinder|
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|Screen Size||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||—|
|Focus Type||Manual; Continuous Auto||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||manual-and-auto||Auto; Manual; Continuous Auto|
|Image stabilization||—||None||None||None||Image Stabilization||—|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100-102400||Auto, 64-12800||Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)||Auto, 100-12800, expandable to 50-51200||—||Auto, 100-51200|
|Item Dimensions||6.3 x 6.3 x 3.7 in||3.23 x 5.75 x 4.84 in||3.58 x 6.3 x 6.18 in||3.07 x 5.55 x 4.45 in||3.36 x 5.37 x 4.33 in||7 x 9 x 7 in|
|Item Weight||3.1 lbs||2.16 lbs||2.98 lbs||1.65 lbs||2.22 lbs||0.66 lb|
|Megapixels||20.8 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.8 megapixels||36.3 megapixels||16.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||36.4 megapixels||8.8 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||full_frame||CMOS (35.9 x 24.0mm)||Full frame||CMOS (35.9 x 24mm)||Full Frame||Full-frame (36 x 24mm)|
|Style Name||Body (CF Version)||Body Only||Body Only||Body Only||—||Body|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)||1080p||4096 x 2160 (4K), 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|
|Viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism|
|Wireless Technology||Wi-Fi||Optional, via WT-5A or Eye-Fi||Optional, via WT-5A or WT-4A||BuiltIn||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi|
Innovation for inspiration. What determines when Nikon releases a full-frame flagship camera? When technological innovation demands it. Introducing the D5, an FX-format DSLR that makes the impossible possible. Huge advancements in sensor design, autofocus, metering and image processing result in thrilling new capabilities-low light shooting all the way to ISO 102,400 (expandable to an unheard of ISO 3,280,000), precise AF detection and tracking across that entire ISO range, regardless of your subject's speed or direction changes, blazing fast 12 fps continuous shooting, 4K UHD video and, of course, image quality that captures the hearts and minds of your viewers. This is not iteration, friends. This is innovation...spectacular innovation. How will it change the way you shoot? New 20.8MP FX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing Widest native ISO range ever in a Nikon full-frame DSLR: ISO 100 to 102,400 (expandable to Hi-5, ISO 3,280,000) Redesigned AF system with a 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated processor 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video recording and pro-grade video features 12 fps continuous shooting with full AF and AE performance; up to 200 shots in a single burst Game-changing low light capabilities Nikon's widest native ISO range ever The low light performance of the D5 might make it a legend. With Nikon's widest native ISO range (100 to 102,400) and highest expanded range (up to Hi-5 ISO 3,280,000), advancements in noise reduction and color fidelity and a next-generation AF system that performs in near darkness (EV -4), a world of new shooting opportunities has opened. Capture clear, sharp images you may not have attempted before - at night, in dark reception halls, arenas and more. For surveillance and security applications, this expanded ISO range means getting a shot others can't see without a flash. EXPEED 5, Nikon's most powerful p
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The D5 is not the D4. It's not the same thing with a few tweaks. Even a few days of ownership are enough to be certain of that fact. That statement includes both positives and negatives, both of which I'll try to outline here. As the weeks and months go on I will update this review with further findings. I'm going to touch on four main issues: autofocus, high ISO performance, handling/ergonomics, and overall impressions.
First, the autofocus is incredible. Not good, not great; truly exceptional. I almost have to try to make it miss. The D4 does a great job of focusing in most conditions but it does struggle in a few situations. Erratic side to side movements are very tough, for example. I've yet to find a situation where the D5 struggles. Short of using superlatives I'm not sure what there is left to say on this subject. A+, 10/10, AAA.
High ISO performance is one of the hallmarks of the D series. It's always excellent and the D5 is no exception. When the light gets low the D5 steps up and doesn't disappoint. I'm primarily a RAW shooter but I've been shooting RAW+JPEG since I have received the camera. The JPEG's are superb. It's very obvious that Nikon has made significant progress with their JPEG engine. The RAWs are also excellent, but not quite as amazing (comparatively) as the JPEGs. They are still MORE than acceptable and I find them to be about a stop better than the D4. However, I expect a future firmware update, paired with software updates, to make them truly amazing in the months to come. JPEGs get an A+. RAWs get an A.
The ergonomics of the D5 are every bit as good as their predecessors. Everything is tight, well built, and well placed. There have been some small changes in button layout, all of which I think are improvements. The biggest improvement being the relocation of the ISO button. Instead of being located in the bottom left it's now near the shutter, making changing ISO on the fly much more convenient. It will take some relearning of muscle memory, but in the long run it will definitely be a positive.
My overall impressions are highly positive. I think that Nikon's changes have been for the better and that those improvements have been significant. The high ISO quality has been improved and even a minor improvement (combined with more resolution) is impressive. The focus improvements are significant and immediately noticeable. The low ISO dynamic range seems little lower than I would have hoped for, but it's not a concern for my work and I can't imagine buyers of this camera would be concerned with it either.
As I said, I will update this review in the future after I use it more, but if my long term impressions are anywhere close to what I've seen so far, I'll be highly pleased with this purchase.
What I didn't know is the camera can shoot silently in live view mode! It's a menu setting in the Photo Shooting Menu > Silent live view photography, it's the very last item, and you have to turn it on, by default it is off. But then if you shoot with Live View the camera is silent, even in high speed continuous! This is absolutely huge for me, life changing even. I am ecstatic. I shoot golf tournaments, and my camera cannot make a sound. So up until now I had to use lower quality cameras because they were quite. Now I can shoot golf tournaments with my best camera. It's like Christmas, and I can't believe no one is talking about this huge benefit. I would have bought the camera solely for the silent mode if I had known about it.
For static subjects and controlled lighting, I think you can get better images with the D810 where you will have larger files and better dynamic range at 1/2 the price. Find the right tool that works for you!
Upgraded from a D3s which has served me well over the years. Read those concerns about dynamic range and ISO invariance. While interesting and thought provoking discussion, in the end does the end product look good? Putting down a few thousand shots this week, two things immediately stand out.
First, images shot in challenging lighting environments and thus high ISO is just amazing. Perhaps this is because I am coming from a D3s, but its no slouch for low light either... Shooting for competitive swimming, I'm often at ISO 9000-15000. Images have noise but easily cleaned in post processing.
Second, the focusing technology is incredible! The auto-area setting in the D3s was not very good in capturing erratically moving subjects. I often used single point focus and this was hit or miss at times. With the D5, I am stunned at the number of in focus images in auto-area AF mode. 153 focusing points is awesome and it does prioritize the face! I also really like the Group-area focus mode for fast moving objects toward me.
This camera is a tool built for those who shoot in challenging lighting environments and moving subjects. If your job/work/images are taken under these instances, this is the right tool for you. D5 paired with my 70-200 28 is just magical. Build is solid like all the other Nikon D series bodies. I'm not a video shooter, so its not an important feature for me. I have absolutely no regrets!
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