Nikon D5

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Nikon D5
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Released6 January 2016
Intro priceUS$6,499.95[1]
Lens mountNikon F-mount
Sensor36.0 mm × 23.9 mm, Nikon FX format, 6.4 µm pixel size
Sensor typeCMOS
Sensor makerNikon[2] manufactured by Toshiba[3]
Maximum resolution5568 × 3712 pixels
(20.8 megapixels)
Film speedISO equivalency 100 to 102,400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps, Boost: 50–3,280,000 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1.0 EV steps
Storage mediaTwo CompactFlash (Type I) card slots, or two XQD card slots
Focus modesAuto selection (AF-A), Continuous-servo (AF-C), Single-servo AF (AF-S), Face-Priority AF (Live View and D-Movie only), Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Focus areas153-area Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K; 55 points user-selectable
Exposure modesProgrammed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M]
Exposure metering180,000 pixels RGB TTL exposure metering sensor
FlashNone, External only
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8000 second and bulb
Continuous shooting12 frame/s up to 200 RAW images
ViewfinderOptical-type fixed eye level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.72x magnification
Video recording4K up to 30 fps
1080p up to 60 fps
LCD screen3.2-inch diagonal, (2,359,000 dots), touchscreen
BatteryEN-EL18a Lithium-ion battery
Dimensions6.3 by 6.3 by 3.7 inches (160 mm × 160 mm × 94 mm)
Weight49.5 oz (1,400 g) w/ battery and 2 XQD cards
Made in Japan
PredecessorNikon D4S
SuccessorNikon D6

The Nikon D5 is a full frame professional DSLR camera announced by Nikon Corporation on 6 January 2016 to succeed the D4S as its flagship DSLR.[4][5] The D5 offers a number of improvements over its predecessor including a new image sensor, new image processor, improved ergonomics and expanded ISO range. Additionally, improved auto focus (AF) mode were introduced. On 23 February 2017, at CP+ show, a special edition was released for Nikon's 100th anniversary.[6]

It was succeeded by the Nikon D6, announced on February 12, 2020.


Photo taken with Nikon D5

While the D5 retains many features of the Nikon D4S, it offers the following new features and improvements:

  • Redesigned 20.8-megapixel image sensor with less noise
  • Nikon EXPEED5 image processor
  • Expanded ISO range of ISO 100–102,400 (boosted range of ISO 50–3,280,000)
  • 4K video (3840 x 2160) 30p video capture with uncompressed video output via HDMI
  • Improved autofocus and subject tracking algorithms
  • Increasing continuous shooting speed to 12fps with full AF
  • Touchscreen Rear LCD monitor

In June 2016, a firmware update added several significant improvements:[7]

  • The maximum video recording time was increased to 29:59 for all resolutions, including 4K.
  • Electronic vibration reduction was added for video shooting.
  • A new 9-point dynamic autofocus mode was added for stills shooting.
  • Also added for stills shooting was a flicker reduction mode, in which the moment of exposure is adjusted to compensate for flickering electric lighting.


NASA has used these forms of cameras on the International Space Station for internal and Earth photography.[8]

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  1. ^ "D5 Details". Nikon USA. Archived from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ Nikon D5 Archived 2017-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Nikon
  3. ^ Nikon D5 and D500 Image Sensors are Made by Sony Archived 2017-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Daily Camera News
  4. ^ Nikon. "Nikon - News - Digital SLR camera D5". Archived from the original on 2016-01-07. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  5. ^ Hogan, Thom. "D5". DSLR Bodies. Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  6. ^ "These are Nikon's Ultra-Limited Edition 100th Anniversary DSLRs and Lenses". PetaPixel. 2017-02-27. Archived from the original on 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  7. ^ Britton, Barney (June 23, 2016). "Nikon releases new firmware for D5: Improves video and adds flicker reduction". Digital Photography Review. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "NASA Astronaut Uses Nikon D5 to Take Space Selfies with Earth in the Background". February 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-03.

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