Nikon D5 Announced – A New Flagship FX-Format DSLR

Those who dream of the ultimate in photography gear will be pleased to hear that the Nikon D5 has just been announced. The new Nikon D5 is a flagship model for the big yellow brand and it will be the camera to expand photographic achievements for professional photographers.


With a host of new features developed by Nikon, the D5 has plenty to offer professional photographers needing to keep up with the constant change of pace under a variety of conditions.

The new 153-point autofocus (AF) system and a stable viewfinder image makes tracking moving subjects easy, even with high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps*1. Visual aesthetics are heightened with the collaboration of a new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and a new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, producing the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history with up to an ISO of 102400. This helps to expand photographic possibilities by liberating photographers from lighting restrictions, not only with the capture of still photos but also with recordings of 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) movies.

Workflow is notably amplified in time and function, as more new and improved features and functions are introduced with the 20.8-megapixel D5. The high-resolution touch screen LCD monitor, fast communications with both wired networks via built-in Ethernet connector and wireless networks*2, alongside double memory card slots*3 make for a highly efficient workflow.

“Remarkable, ground-breaking and once-in-a-lifetime shots can happen in the blink of an eye. Whether you’re shooting in unexpected conditions or with volatile subjects, the Nikon D5’s high sensitivities and subject acquisition capabilities allow photographers to take advantage of unpredictable situations,” said James Murray, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nikon Australia. “No matter what shooting environment photographers are faced with, the D5 is engineered to outperform all expectations with ease of operation, accuracy and exceptional reliability.”

D5 Primary Features

  1. Swift response, astounding tracking

New AF system that demonstrates excellent response to moving subjects and tracking performance, even under a variety of circumstances: Pivotal moments happen in the blink of an eye and photographers are constantly on their toes to capture the action, regardless of the lighting conditions. These needs are addressed with a complete overhaul of the D5’s AF system and the adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. With an incredible 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors, the D5 has AF sensitivity down to -4 EV5 enabling superior low-light performance. Subjects at the periphery are easily detected and vertical shooting is vastly improved due to the implementation of cross-type sensors around the edge of the focusing area. In addition, equipping the camera with a dedicated AF engine capable of high-speed calculation and collaboration with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor has ensured that extremely reliable AF performance is demonstrated with a variety of scenes.

AF Tracking

  1. Incessant clicks without missing a beat

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps with a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy: Photographers will find their new photography companion capable of approximately 12 fps*1 continuous shooting with AF and AE tracking in all image quality modes, and across all ISO sensitivity settings. The addition of a new mirror drive mechanism achieves a more stable viewfinder image that makes constant tracking of rapidly moving subjects easy. Matching to the pace is the accessibility of capturing up to 200*6 12-bit lossless compressed RAW images with a single burst.


  1. Expressions unbound with bold image storytelling

Higher standard ISO sensitivities that ensure superior image quality within the most frequently used high sensitivity range: The potent combination between the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine have enabled the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history of up to ISO 102400. High-sensitivity image quality at these never-before-seen levels achieves superior imaging quality, even within the high ISO 3200 to 12800 range that is often used with sports photography. In addition, the image sensor’s broad dynamic range enables rich and natural expression of tones for accurate reproduction of the finest details, even extremely vivid subjects with difficult texture expressions.


  1. Taking the Director’s seat in ultra high definition

Cinematic brilliance with 4K UHD (30p) movie capability: The D5 supports 4K movies, which offer higher resolution than HD or Full-HD movies, and is capable of recording 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p, 25p, 24p movies to a memory card inserted in the camera. Available also is the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video at up to 50p/60p in multiple formats. Alternatively, with a simultaneous HDMI output, movies can also be displayed on an external monitor or recorded as uncompressed video to an external recorder. With the maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 102400, as well as even higher sensitivity settings of up to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 3280000), superior picture quality is still assured even when recording movies at these high sensitivities. Rounding off the spectacular movie-making experience is the capability to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera.

  1. Advanced specifications for on-site demands and efficient workflow

A high-resolution 3.2-inch, approximately 2,359k-dot touch screen LCD monitor: Adoption of a touch screen for the display monitor enables nimble confirmation and high-speed navigation of a large number of images using a frame advance bar, and supports an efficient workflow with text input and the like. The high-resolution monitor enables extremely clear display with live view photography, even when the display is enlarged, for fast focus confirmation.

Greatly increased communications performance with both wired and wireless networks: The communications system has been significantly improved to support communications at least twice as fast as with the D4S, with both wired networks using the Ethernet connector built into the D5, and wireless networks when the new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 (available separately) is used with the D5.

Versatile image storage options: Two versions of the D5 are available. Both are equipped with double memory card slots supporting a single media type, one being for XQD cards and the other for CompactFlash cards.

  1. Bridging the gap of networks

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications: When connected to the D5, high-speed transfer of image data to a computer*7 or an FTP server over a wireless network is possible with a maximum range of approximately 200 m*8. Communications are significantly faster with support for the new IEEE 802.11ac (2×2 VHT80) standard. Wireless control over the camera from a computer is also possible using Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately). With the WT-6 connected to a D5, the combination also serves as a wireless LAN access point, enabling possibilities of direct connection to a computer or smartphone.



Available in March 2016.
To pre-order the New Nikon D5 head into your local store today or register your interest online.

Source: Nikon Australia Pty Ltd


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