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Nikon D5 Body
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20.8 Megapixels
35.9mm x 23.9mm CMOS
30sec. - 1/8000sec.
14 FPS Continuous Shooting
ISO 100 - 102,400
153 Point AF
CF or XQD Depending Camera Version
Nikon F
EN-EL18a Li-ion Battery
160mm x 158mm x 92mm

Ratings and Reviews
Next Level DSLR
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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