Jan 05 2016
|Sensor Type||Full frame|
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Overview of the D5
When it comes to performance cameras, Nikon D5 is a true game-changer. This camera represents the pinnacle of Nikon’s engineering and technology, delivering a masterclass in speed, accuracy, and image quality. Whether you are a professional photographer or a videographer, the Nikon D5 is designed to exceed your expectations and deliver stunning results in any conditions. In this article, we will take a closer look at the Nikon D5 camera, its features, and why it is considered the ultimate performance machine for professionals. So let's gear up and explore what this camera has to offer.
Nikon D5 Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Nikon D5 camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
|Dimensions||160 x 158.5 x 92mm|
The Nikon D5 camera is equipped with environmental seals that make it resistant to weather, preventing water and dust from entering the camera. If you enjoy outdoor photography and need a camera that can handle extreme conditions, the D5 is an excellent choice.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|View Finder||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||2,359k dots|
|Body type||Large SLR|
This camera has a fixed type 3.20" screen, with a display resolution of 2,359k dots. This makes the Nikon D5 not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. The camera also features a touch screen, which adds to its ease of use.
D5 includes a optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with no electronic viewfinder of resolution with a coverage of 100% and a magnification of 0.72x. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Nikon D5 has a 21MP sized CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 21 pixels. Nikon D5 has a native ISO range of 100 - 102400 which can be boosted to null - 3280000. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Jan 05 2016
100 - 102400
|Extended ISO||null - 3280000|
|Max resolution||5588 x 3712 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
88 / 102
25.1 / 26.5
12.3 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
2434 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Nikon D5 camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also above average, allowing it to retain medium amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is below average, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the D5 is above average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: Full frame
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD|
|Battery Life||3780 shots|
The Nikon D5 supports Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD with 2 slots for storage. Having dual SD card slots on the Nikon D5 is highly advantageous as it mitigates the risk of losing footage due to memory card malfunctions. This feature is particularly beneficial for wedding photography and other professional settings.
The Nikon D5 uses the EN-EL18a model of battery pack. This is rated for 3780 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Nikon D5 does not have a built-in flash, but it does offer a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Nikon D5 boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/8000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Nikon D5 includes two autofocus (AF) systems: contrast detection and phase detection, with 153 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Nikon D5 features a CMOS sensor
Yes the D5 does have weather sealing.
The Nikon D5 was announced on Jan 05 2016
No the D5 does not have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The D5 has a native ISO range of 100-102400, which can be expanded to ISO null-3280000 for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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