Nikon has today now officially announced it’s long awaited and expected Nikon D5 flagship DSLR. The announcement was made at the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, USA. So the Nikon D5 is now official and so far exceeds all expectations.
Among some of the new features for the D5 are: A whopping 153 Auto Focusing system, 4k video recording system (Yes that’s right, 4K recording) which means the resolution of your video’s will be 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p UHD and finally, an extended ISO range of up to 3,280,000 (That’s ISO of 3.28 million).
There will also be two versions. CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) and a double CF with XQD Type Memory. With a price tag of USD$6,499.95 or GBP£4429.12 for the body only, they certainly don’t come cheap. Make sure you accountant is sitting down, in case he faints and finds out that you intend to purchase one of these monsters with accessories.
The Nikon D5 is Now Official and Exceeds Expectations
The comparisons for the D4 are quite staggering. The D5 has maximum ISO raised up to 102,400, allowing the maximum expanded ISO to reach 3.28 million. By comparison, the D4S has an ISO range from 25,600 and can be expanded up to 409,600. This is a major step up from the D4 to the D5 and I can see the D5 being success, just as the D4s was when it first released.
The LCD Screen on the back of the camera is a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 2.36-million-dot LCD panel. With the notable problems of the Nikon D5500 has had with its touchscreen. I hope Nikon have learned from these mistakes. There is also a viewfinder with100%-coverage and 0.72x magnification. The camera’s body also packs a built-in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for transferring your photos 1.5x faster than with the D4S when connected to a laptop (Mac Book Pro). This comes in handy for on-site editing for this serious professionals.
The camera is a full-frame and has 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot stills at 12 frames per second or 14fps with the mirror locked. The camera is also capable of shooting video at 4K resolution at 30fps. The D5 has the new and improved Expeed 5 imaging processor. The only downside to shooting and editing 4K video, will mean upgrading your beloved 21inch iMac to a Mac Pro or a 15 Inch Mac Book Pro with improved RAM. If you don’t have suitable extra storage then you may need to purchase something like a QNAP TVS-871-i3-4G with 4K Video Playback and Transcoding capabilities.
As previously mentioned, there will be two versions of the D5 types depending on the card format you prefer, all for the same price tag. There is a dual XQD card slot version and a dual CF card slot.
If you are wanting one of these bad boys, you will have to wait until March 2016 for the official release. That is not far away boys and gals. If like me, you don’t have the money for one, all you I can do is dream.
The D5 to D4S and D3 Comparison
Nikon have put the D5 Specifications on their website but I put a small list of them here for you to look at.
Effective Pixels (Megapixels)20.8 million
Sensor Size35.9 mmx 23.9 mm
Image Sensor FormatFX
Storage MediaCompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution12 frames per second
14 frames per second with mirror up
ISO SensitivityISO 100 –102,400
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Movie4K/UHD 3,840×2,160 / 30 fps
4K/UHD 3,840×2,160 / 25 fps
4K/UHD 3,840×2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920×1,080 crop / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160
Monitor Size3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor TypeWide Viewing Angle Touch TFT-LCD (Touch for playback only)
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)6.3 in.(160 mm)x 6.3 in.(158.5 mm)x 3.7 in.(92 mm)
Approx. Weight49.6 oz.(1,405 g)
Courtesy of Nikon.com for all the images