Nikon D5

The Nikon D5 is the company’s flagship action-oriented DSLR, sporting a 20.8MP full-frame sensor, 153-point autofocus system and a full-size, double-grip chassis that is both tough as nails and exceedingly comfortable to use. Though the core build of this camera remains very similar to the D4S, the sensor and autofocus system are entirely new and – as we’d expect – designed with speed and reliability in mind.

Nikon D5 Key Specifications

  • All new Nikon-designed 20.8MP full-frame image sensor
  • Expeed 5 processor
  • All new 153-point phase detection autofocus system with 99 cross-sensors
  • Automated autofocus fine tune
  • Native ISO range now stretches from 100-102,400
  • 12fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and autoexposure
  • 4K video recording
  • Offered in dual CF and dual XQD memory card configurations
  • Touchscreen functionality during both stills and video shooting
  • CIPA rating of 3,780 shots per charge using the same EN-EL18a battery as D4S

Here’s a quick comparison of the key specs of the D4S, D5 and 1D-X II.

Nikon D4S  Nikon D5 Canon 1D-X II
Sensor16.2MP CMOS20.8MP CMOS20.2MP CMOS
ISO range
AF points5115361
RGB metering sensor resolution91k pixel180k pixel360k pixel
LCD3.2″ 920k-dot3.2″ 2.36M-dot touch-enabled3.2″ 1.62M-dot touch-enabled
Burst rate11 fps12 fps14 fps
Battery life (CIPA)3020 shots3780 shots1210 shots
Dimensions160 x 157 x 91mm160 x 159 x 92mm158 x 168 x 83mm
Weight1350 g1405 g (XQD)1530 g

Clearly, there are some exciting innovations hidden beneath the D5’s skin, but in the end, it’s likely not the most exciting camera to the average consumer. So in an age of decreasing camera sales, why does Nikon bother to continue producing such machines? Well, in the most extreme of situations, phones and lesser digital cameras will simply be unable to capture the same sorts of moments that flagship cameras like the D5 are, from the get-go, built to capture.

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