Nearing the end of last year, Nikon released a statement letting us know they’re about to release their new high-end flagship – the D5, and fortunately they lived up to the promise by releasing it on time. We had the opportunity to test out one of these bad-boys and see how it performs, as well as note the main advantages and upgrades for those coming from previous models.
The main highlight feature is its new FX CMOS Sensor (20.8MP) combined with a Nikon EXPEED image processor. The Nikon D5 features a 153 Auto-focus point system, with 100 cross-sensor AF points. Compared to its predecessor, the D4, this is a massive bump up and you’ll ultimately be working with a much larger frame.
The inner mechanics were improved on all fronts: 12 fps bursts with auto-focus and 13 with a locked-up mirror. The software also saw upgraded algorithms, altogether resulting in a massive increase in sensitivity. If you’re working with the D4 and wondering whether it’s worth the update, the short answer is yes. The image quality saw a lot of improvement, noise control is flawless and there are a number of new practical goodies.
If you’re shooting a lot of fast moving subjects, you’ll benefit mostly from the new auto-focus tracking system because combined with the new RGB metering sensor the tracking capabilities are through the roof. Comparatively, the D4 has twice less the metering sensor resolution. If you’re planning on shooting video the D5 features 4K UHD resolution, though restricted to a 3 minute recording limit. There are two main versions to choose from based on the memory: CF and XQD. Scroll down for the differences between the two.