Nikon D5 Review

April 18, 2016 | Amy Davies |
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Specifications

    • Type

    • Single-lens reflex digital camera

    • Lens mount

    • Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

    • Image sensor

    • FX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

    • Total pixels

    • 21.33 million

    • Dust-reduction system

    • Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)

    • Effective pixels

    • 20.8 million

    • Image size (pixels)

    • FX (36 x 24) image area, (L) 5568 x 3712, (M) 4176 x 2784, (S)2784 x 1856, 1.2 x (30 x 20) image area, (L) 4640 x 3088, (M) 3472 x 2312, (S) 2320 x 1544, DX (24 x 16) image area, (L) 3648 x 2432, (M) 2736 x 1824, (S) 1824 x 1216, 5 : 4 (30 x 24) image area, (L) 4640 x 3712, (M) 3472 x 2784, (S) 2320 x 1856, FX-format photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720, (L) 5568 x 3128, (M) 4176 x 2344, (S) 2784 x 1560, DX-format photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720, (L) 3648 x 2048, (M) 2736 x 1536, (S) 1824 x 1024, Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 3840 x 2160: 3840 x 2160 Photographs taken during movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 crop: 1920 x 1080

    • Storage file formats

    • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit (lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed); large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression), TIFF (RGB), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; optimal quality compression available, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

    • Picture Control System

    • Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls

    • Storage media

    • XQD, CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, UDMA compliant)

    • Dual card slot

    • 2 XQD cards or 2 CompactFlash (CF) cards, Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards.

    • File system

    • DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, PictBridge

    • Viewfinder

    • Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

    • Frame coverage

    • FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical, 1.2 x (30 x 20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical, 5:4 (30 x 24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical

    • Magnification

    • Approx. 0.72 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)

    • Eyepoint

    • 17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)

    • Diopter adjustment

    • -3 to +1 m-1

    • Focusing screen

    • Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark IX screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)

    • Depth-of-field preview

    • Yes, Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)

    • Lens aperture

    • Instant return, electronically controlled

    • Compatible lenses

    • Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5 x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports 15 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster, of which 9 points are available for selection).

    • Shutter type

    • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane mechanical shutter; electronic front-curtain shutter available in mirror up release mode

    • Shutter speed

    • 1/8000 to 30 s, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, time, X250

    • Flash sync speed

    • X = 1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower

    • Release mode

    • S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up)

    • Frame advance rate

    • 12 fps, up to 10 fps (CL); 10–12 fps, or 14 fps with mirror up (CH); or 3 fps (quiet continuous mode)

    • Self-timer

    • 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s

    • Metering method

    • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses

    • Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)

    • Matrix or center-weighted metering: -3 to +20 EV Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV Highlight-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV

    • Exposure meter coupling

    • CPU, AI

    • Mode

    • Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)

    • Exposure compensation

    • -5 to + 5 EV, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1EV

    • Exposure lock

    • Luminosity locked at detected value

    • ISO sensitivity

    • ISO 100 to 102400, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, 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 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400; auto ISO sensitivity control available

    • Active D-Lighting

    • Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off

    • Autofocus

    • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection

    • Detection range

    • -4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)

    • Lens servo

    • Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used

    • Focus points

    • 153 focus points, of which 55 or 15 are available for selection

    • AF-area mode

    • Single-point AF, 25-, 72-, or 153- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF

    • Focus lock

    • Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the center of the sub-selector

    • Flash control

    • TTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 180K (180,000) pixels; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR with spot metering

    • Flash modes

    • Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported

    • Flash compensation

    • -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

    • Flash-ready indicator

    • Lights when optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output

    • Accessory shoe

    • ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

    • Nikon Creative Lighting System

    • Supported

    • Sync terminal

    • ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread

    • White balance

    • Auto (3 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose color temperature (2500 K to 10000 K), all with fine-tuning.

    • White balance bracketing

    • Exposure, Flash, White balance, ADL

    • Live View - Modes

    • Movie live view, Photo live view with available silent mode

    • Live view - lens servo

    • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)

    • Live view - AF-area mode

    • Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF

    • Live view - autofocus

    • Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

    • Movie - metering

    • TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

    • Movie - metering method

    • Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted

    • Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate

    • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p; 1920 x 1080: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 1920 x 1080 crop: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p; 1280 x 720: 60p, 50p; 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 3840 x 2160

    • Movie - file format

    • MOV

    • Movie - video compression

    • H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

    • Movie - audio recording format

    • Linear PCM

    • Movie - audio recording device

    • Built-in stereo or external microphone; sensitivity adjustable

    • Movie - ISO sensitivity

    • Exposure modes P, S, and A: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) with selectable upper limit Exposure mode M: Auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 100 to Hi 5) available with selectable upper limit; manual selection (ISO 100 to 102400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV) with additional options available equivalent to approximately 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3280000 equivalent) above ISO 102400

    • Monitor

    • 8 cm (3.2–in.) diagonal, TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control, approx. 2359k-dot (XGA)

    • Playback

    • Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, auto image rotation, picture rating, voice memo input and playback, and IPTC information embedding and display

    • USB

    • SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector), connection to built-in USB port is recommended

    • HDMI output

    • Type C HDMI connector

    • Audio input

    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)

    • Audio output

    • Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

    • Accessory terminal(s)

    • Ten-pin remote terminal: can be used to connect optional remote control, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controller, GP-1/GP-1A GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector); Ethernet connector: RJ-45 connector Standards: IEEE 802.3ab (1000BASE-T)/IEEE 802.3u (100BASE-TX)/IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T) Data rates: 10/100/1000 Mbps with auto detect (maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard; actual rates may differ) Port: 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (AUTO-MDIX); Peripheral connector: For WT-6, WT-5

    • Supported languages

    • Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

    • Battery

    • One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18a battery

    • AC adapter

    • EH-6b AC adapter; requires EP-6 power connector (available separately)

    • Tripod socket

    • 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)

    • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    • Approx. 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.3 x 3.7 in.)

    • Weight

    • Approx. 1405 g (3 lb. 1.6 oz.), with battery and two XQD memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1235 g/2 lb. 11.6 oz. (camera body only); approx.1415g (3 lb. 1.9 oz.), with battery and two CompactFlash memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 1240 g/2 lb. 11.8 oz. (camera body only)

    • Operating environment - temperature

    • 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F)

    • Supplied accessories

    • Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-3, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL18a with terminal cover, Battery Charger MH-26a with power cable and two contact protectors (shape of power cable depends on country of sale), USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, USB Cable UC-E22, Strap AN-DC15