The Nikon D5
Pro body performance is difficult to quantify on paper, but immediately evident when holding the camera in hand. Metal construction inspires confidence. The 12 fps continuous shooting speed (with AF) and a 200 shot RAW buffer keeps ups with the fastest action. A large, bright viewfinder offers a clear view of the shooting scene, and Multi-CAM 20K tracks focus with incredible accuracy. The D5 is capable of 3,780 shots per charge (according to the CIPA rating). We called the D4 a Professional Performance Powerhouse, and the D5 is even better.
Nikon has upped the resolution count in D5 from 16 to 20.8 megapixels, but that is far from the most exciting news for most users. More interesting is the launch of the Multi-CAM 20K. This new autofocus system features 153 focus points (up from 51), of which 99 are cross-type sensors (up from 15). D5 has more cross-type focus points than the D4s had total focus points, and they are spread wider across the frame. The autofocus system in the D4s was already one of the best available, and the improvements offered by D5 will elevate performance even further. The D5 introduces a new, 180k pixel RGB metering sensor. This metering sensor drives the advanced Nikon exposure system, and is also used to provide scene data for 3D focus tracking, improving accuracy.
In total, this is an extremely significant upgrade from Nikon. D4s was already one of the best pro bodies in overall low light performance. D5 increases the high ISO range to ISO 102,480, capable of being pushed to 3,280,000. The D5 camera has a better 3.2" LCD review screen with touch capability, and the most advanced auto focus system ever released. It is also the first Nikon DSLR body capable of 4K video capture. High frame rate capability allows more captures, and Multi-CAM 20K Focus ensures more in focus captures.
Nikon D5 Key Features:
- 20.8 Megapixel Resolution FX Format CMOS Sensor
- 4K UHD Video Capture at 24/25/30P
- Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus with 153 focus points
- 180,000 RGB Metering Sensor
- 12 fps Continuous Shooting with Autofocus
- ISO 100-102,400 (expandable to 3,280,000)
- 3.2" 2.36 m-dot XGA LCD Screen with Touch Functionality
- 3,780 Shots per Battery Charge (CIPA Rating)
- Dual XQD or CF Memory Slots