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Nikon D5 20.8 MP FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (XQD Version)

Nikon D5 20.8 MP FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (XQD Version)

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 102400, Extend to ISO 3280000
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • Supplied With: EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-26a Battery Charger, USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, UC-E22 USB Cable, AN-DC15 Strap, DK-27 Eyepiece Adapter, DK-17F Fluorine-Coated Finder Eyepiece, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-3 Accessory Shoe Cover, BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover, Warranty, Network Guide
  • Supplied With: EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-26a Battery Charger, USB Cable Clip, HDMI Cable Clip, UC-E22 USB Cable, AN-DC15 Strap, DK-27 Eyepiece Adapter, DK-17F Fluorine-Coated Finder Eyepiece, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-3 Accessory Shoe Cover, BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover, Warranty, Network Guide

Innovation for inspiration. What determines when Nikon releases a full-frame flagship camera? When technological innovation demands it. Introducing the D5, an FX-format DSLR that makes the impossible possible. Huge advancements in sensor design, autofocus, metering and image processing result in thrilling new capabilities-low light shooting all the way to ISO 102,400 (expandable to an unheard of ISO 3,280,000), precise AF detection and tracking across that entire ISO range, regardless of your subject’s speed or direction changes, blazing fast 12 fps continuous shooting, 4K UHD video and, of course, image quality that captures the hearts and minds of your viewers. This is not iteration, friends. This is innovation…spectacular innovation. How will it change the way you shoot? New 20.8MP FX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing Widest native ISO range ever in a Nikon full-frame DSLR: ISO 100 to 102,400 (expandable to Hi-5, ISO 3,280,000) Redesigned AF system with a 153 focus points, 99 cross-type sensors and a dedicated processor 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video recording and pro-grade video features 12 fps continuous shooting with full AF and AE performance; up to 200 shots in a single burst Game-changing low light capabilities Nikon’s widest native ISO range ever The low light performance of the D5 might make it a legend. With Nikon’s widest native ISO range (100 to 102,400) and highest expanded range (up to Hi-5 ISO 3,280,000), advancements in noise reduction and color fidelity and a next-generation AF system that performs in near darkness (EV -4), a world of new shooting opportunities has opened. Capture clear, sharp images you may not have attempted before – at night, in dark reception halls, arenas and more. For surveillance and security applications, this expanded ISO range means getting a shot others can’t see without a flash. EXPEED 5, Nikon’s most powerful p

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    Travis Biggs July 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm
    92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!, April 2, 2016
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    I am a professional photographer and I either own or have owned many other Nikon FF bodies, including the D4, D810. D750, and D700. I use these cameras as a job function; they pay my bills. So a lot of the gimmick features are wasted on me. I want bodies that do their job, do it well, and don’t fail me.

    The D5 is not the D4. It’s not the same thing with a few tweaks. Even a few days of ownership are enough to be certain of that fact. That statement includes both positives and negatives, both of which I’ll try to outline here. As the weeks and months go on I will update this review with further findings. I’m going to touch on four main issues: autofocus, high ISO performance, handling/ergonomics, and overall impressions.

    First, the autofocus is incredible. Not good, not great; truly exceptional. I almost have to try to make it miss. The D4 does a great job of focusing in most conditions but it does struggle in a few situations. Erratic side to side movements are very tough, for example. I’ve yet to find a situation where the D5 struggles. Short of using superlatives I’m not sure what there is left to say on this subject. A+, 10/10, AAA.

    High ISO performance is one of the hallmarks of the D series. It’s always excellent and the D5 is no exception. When the light gets low the D5 steps up and doesn’t disappoint. I’m primarily a RAW shooter but I’ve been shooting RAW+JPEG since I have received the camera. The JPEG’s are superb. It’s very obvious that Nikon has made significant progress with their JPEG engine. The RAWs are also excellent, but not quite as amazing (comparatively) as the JPEGs. They are still MORE than acceptable and I find them to be about a stop better than the D4. However, I expect a future firmware update, paired with software updates, to make them truly amazing in the months to come. JPEGs get an A+. RAWs get an A.

    The ergonomics of the D5 are every bit as good as their predecessors. Everything is tight, well built, and well placed. There have been some small changes in button layout, all of which I think are improvements. The biggest improvement being the relocation of the ISO button. Instead of being located in the bottom left it’s now near the shutter, making changing ISO on the fly much more convenient. It will take some relearning of muscle memory, but in the long run it will definitely be a positive.

    My overall impressions are highly positive. I think that Nikon’s changes have been for the better and that those improvements have been significant. The high ISO quality has been improved and even a minor improvement (combined with more resolution) is impressive. The focus improvements are significant and immediately noticeable. The low ISO dynamic range seems little lower than I would have hoped for, but it’s not a concern for my work and I can’t imagine buyers of this camera would be concerned with it either.

    As I said, I will update this review in the future after I use it more, but if my long term impressions are anywhere close to what I’ve seen so far, I’ll be highly pleased with this purchase.

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    Tenna Merchent July 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm
    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It can shoot silently, even in high speed continuous, April 4, 2016
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    Tenna Merchent (Noblesville, IN USA) –
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    I bought this camera for many reasons, the incredible high native ISO of 102,400, sensor resolution of 20.8 Million, 153-point auto focus points, and numerous other strengths.

    What I didn’t know is the camera can shoot silently in live view mode! It’s a menu setting in the Photo Shooting Menu > Silent live view photography, it’s the very last item, and you have to turn it on, by default it is off. But then if you shoot with Live View the camera is silent, even in high speed continuous! This is absolutely huge for me, life changing even. I am ecstatic. I shoot golf tournaments, and my camera cannot make a sound. So up until now I had to use lower quality cameras because they were quite. Now I can shoot golf tournaments with my best camera. It’s like Christmas, and I can’t believe no one is talking about this huge benefit. I would have bought the camera solely for the silent mode if I had known about it.

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    JM July 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm
    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Incredible and sharp!, April 9, 2016
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    JM (USA) –

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    This review is from: Nikon D5 20.8 MP FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (XQD Version) (Electronics)
    After taking almost 10k images, the feature I am most impressed with is the new focusing system… Low light and moving action is where this tool is designed to consistently capture image after image crisp and in focus. Using the D3s, I’ve learned to use the center point focus capturing that “perfect moment” during action — sometimes it was “spray and pray” hoping that the right moment was captured. With the D5, I find the group area AF to be most helpful. This uses a diamond shaped pattern of 5 points to track the subject; they act in concert to maintain focus as a single point and avoids mis-focusing on the background. The 3D and Auto AF also have face detection priority which is amazingly accurate. For BIF, I utilize the 25 point dynamic AF most frequently.

    For static subjects and controlled lighting, I think you can get better images with the D810 where you will have larger files and better dynamic range at 1/2 the price. Find the right tool that works for you!

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    Upgraded from a D3s which has served me well over the years. Read those concerns about dynamic range and ISO invariance. While interesting and thought provoking discussion, in the end does the end product look good? Putting down a few thousand shots this week, two things immediately stand out.

    First, images shot in challenging lighting environments and thus high ISO is just amazing. Perhaps this is because I am coming from a D3s, but its no slouch for low light either… Shooting for competitive swimming, I’m often at ISO 9000-15000. Images have noise but easily cleaned in post processing.

    Second, the focusing technology is incredible! The auto-area setting in the D3s was not very good in capturing erratically moving subjects. I often used single point focus and this was hit or miss at times. With the D5, I am stunned at the number of in focus images in auto-area AF mode. 153 focusing points is awesome and it does prioritize the face! I also really like the Group-area focus mode for fast moving objects toward me.

    This camera is a tool built for those who shoot in challenging lighting environments and moving subjects. If your job/work/images are taken under these instances, this is the right tool for you. D5 paired with my 70-200 28 is just magical. Build is solid like all the other Nikon D series bodies. I’m not a video shooter, so its not an important feature for me. I have absolutely no regrets!

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