- 21MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3.2" Fixed Screen
- ISO 100 - 102400 (Push to 3280000)
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 3840 x 2160 video
- Nikon F Mount
- 1415g - 160 x 158.5 x 92mm
- Announced January 2016
- Old Model is Nikon D4s
- Newer Model is Nikon D6
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon D5 overview
Nikon D5 is Nikon's Pro DSLR digital camera first announced on January of 2016. It houses a 21 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5588 x 3712.
Nikon introduced this model as a way to upgrade the earlier Nikon D4s (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the updated Nikon D6 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.
The D5 is positioned #4 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and all around #92 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your custom factors.
The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon D5 history
The Nikon D5 is part of a family of products. You can read the full range underneath.
Nikon D5 Gallery
You can see the D5 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon D5 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Nikon D5 based on aspects which are generally seen as important in a digital camera.
Nikon D5 Sensor specifications
The Nikon D5 is run by the Expeed 5 processor. The sensor spec on the Nikon D5 is 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 856 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5588 x 3712 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3 and 3:2.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CMOS sensor boasts 21 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 102400. This ISO can also be increased digitally to a high of 3280000. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath displays the D5's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The D5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Nikon D5 dimensions
Nikon D5 has a weight of 3.12 pounds (1,415 gr or 49.91 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 160mm x 158.5mm x 92mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.6"). The weight of general Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 gr and the Nikon D5 is weightier when compared with various rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Down below is a shot of the Nikon D5 alongside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the D5.
Nikon D5 Lens specifications
The D5 works with the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to pick from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the D5.
Nikon D5 Connectivity
The D5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Nikon D5 Video specifications
The highest video resolution on the Nikon D5 is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 2160p offers a outstanding resolution for video recording. You will be able to crop to Full HD to get better results. Beware of the huge file sizes and ensure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does have both headphone and microphone support making it extremely valuable while capturing audio.
Nikon D5 Weather Sealing
Nikon D5 features weather sealing making it a great candidate to use during rough locations. This can be particularly useful if you are uncertain about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.
Nikon D5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon D5 is equipped with a 3.2" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 2,359k dots.
Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to set focus points plus change settings using your fingertips. The D5 also has a builtin Top screen in order to quickly see camera settings.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D5 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.72x
In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.
Nikon D5 Shutter specifications
Nikon D5 has the ability to shoot continuously at 14.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Nikon D5 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Nikon D5 boasts external flash ability but is without built in flash.
Nikon D5 Autofocus specifications
Nikon D5 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for portraits.
The Sensor supports 153 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Nikon D5 supports manual focus when needed during low light conditions or you need more exact focus control.
Nikon D5 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL18a) on the Nikon D5 is built to last for 3780 photographs according to the CIPA requirements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The typical Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the highest (4400) battery life within this category of cameras.
Listed below is a number of Pro DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:
Nikon D5 for different categories of photography
The following graph displays a overview of the Nikon D5 for different categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.
Nikon D5 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon D5 has a points tally of 82 which is superb, meaning that it is a great option to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and capability to use off-camera lighting.
Nikon D5 as a Street photography camera
With a moderate rating of 60, the Nikon D5 is somewhat appropriate to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon D5 Sports photography features
A great sports photography points total of 79 suggests the Nikon D5 is a terrific option for photographing sports. A camera should have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon D5 Travel photography features
Portability is very critical in choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Nikon D5 gets a above average 64 for a travelling camera which makes it a good fit to buy for your vacations.
Nikon D5 Landscape photography features
In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Nikon D5 with it's outstanding rating of 78 for a landscape camera is a great pick compared to its competitors.
Nikon D5 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon D5 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 30.
Nikon D5 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the D5, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the family of Pro DSLR.
The diagram just below will give you an overview of the D5 vs it's highest ranked rivals mentioned earlier.
Here are a few more cameras you may consider as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.