Nikon D5 Body




The D5 features a Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, 153-point AF system, 4K UHD video capture and EXPEED 5 image processing.

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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 colour 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.

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 sensor, and a second processor has been added just for autofocus. All of the exquisite detail and textures, vibrant colours and rich tonality delivered by NIKKOR lenses is captured in flawless precision, even in extreme low light. Create images that move people.

The Nikon D5 is capable of shooting at full speed—12 fps with fulltime AF and AE, and 14 fps with fixed focus and AE with mirror up. For the first time in a Nikon DSLR, a second processor is dedicated solely to autofocus operation and computing. The 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.

It uses 153 focus points with 99—yes 99—cross-type sensors and a fully dedicated AF processor, and it works in near darkness (EV -4). Small subjects moving at high speed, even in low light, can be tracked with remarkable precision. The system is configurable in 153-, 72- and 25-point coverage when used with Continuous AF. All 153 points are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses f/5.6 or faster, and 15 central points work with an effective aperture of f/8. Whether you're shooting a high-speed race or A-listers on the red carpet, the D5 has you covered.

The D5 records 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.

The D5 lets you select your preference—dual XQD card slots or dual Compact Flash slots. The XQD format is designed to take advantage of the speed that the D5 can offer photographers. For instance, the Nikon D5 can shoot at 12 frames per second and can record up to 200 NEF (RAW) and/or Large JPEG images during one high-speed burst. For photographers shooting sports, action and other fast paced events or 4K UHD video, it is vital to have a media card format that can keep up with the camera. XQD is the solution.

  • Sensor Resolution
    20.8 Megapixels
  • Video Resolution
    4K HD Recording
  • Sensor
    35.9mm x 23.9mm CMOS
  • Screen Size
    3.2" LCD Monitor
  • Shutter Speed
    30sec. - 1/8000sec.
  • Continuous Shooting Speed
    14 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 102,400
  • Auto Focus Points
    153 Point AF
  • Recording Media
    CF or XQD Depending Camera Version
  • Frame Rate
  • Lens Mount
    Nikon F-Mount
  • Power Source
    EN-EL18a Li-ion Battery
  • Dimensions
    160mm x 158mm x 92mm
  • Weight

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By: MPP Photography
I recently upgraded to the D5 to improve the performance of my sports photography. I shoot lots of WHL games and that means fast players, quick exposure times, and frequent lighting issues in the smaller arenas. My D800 wasn't cutting it anymore so I tried out a D4 and D5 and ultimately landed on the D5.

What really made the change worthwhile for me was the improved autofocus. Within the settings menu is the ability to combine Ch (Continuous shooting mode - High speed) and force priority to be given to Focus throughout each shooting block. This combination of settings was a game changer for me when combined with the D5's amazing autofocus processor. The camera can track a player racing across the ice on a breakaway, keeping their face in focus, on bursts of 5-8 shots per second with the necessary focus adjustments happening in real time. That's the difference between a blur and the ability to show the grit of someone pushing their legs hard late in the 3rd. Other Nikon cameras have the Ch - Focus pairing, but I found with the D4 and D800 the autofocus just didn't keep up, both were constantly trying to refocus on the moving targets and I would get maybe 1-2 in-focus shots a second, barely better than single-shot performance.

The ISO performance on the newer Nikon bodies can also really not be overstated. While not as noticeably better than the D4 as the autofocus, the ISO settings up to about 3600 are clear at 1:1 crop and produce minimal noise when cropping down 30-40%.

I've also had a chance to use the body for some portrait sessions and it performs well. I wouldn't say it's markedly better for this usage than the D4 or even the D800, but the facial detection is pretty good and the touch screen LCD, while not a selling feature, has proven useful for clients who want to see real time sample images with the ability to quickly zoom in and out without button mashing. I will also note the battery life is superior. I'm at over 5000 activations on the first battery charge, including an hour outdoor in a -10C blizzard with one of my portrait groups, and still have over 50% capacity left.

So for sports, I'd say it's worth the money. My clients have remarked on improved photo quality in the last month since I upgraded and I've found I'm missing fewer key moments in games thank to the higher burst speed and improved autofocus. Admittedly, it'll take some time for the ROI to go positive for the capital investment given sports aren't the highest paying type of photography, but I am pleased with the quality improvement in the meantime.
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AN-DC15 Strap
DK-27 Eyepiece Adapter
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