The Nikon N5 is a professional camera that captures excellent images. Its 20.8-megapixel sensor trades a low ISO dynamic range for excellent high ISO performance. This best professional camera does not compromise on autofocus and speed. It comes with 153 AF points. The Nikon D5 has 12fps continuous shooting with a maximum of 200 images. This bulky but professional DSLR has everything you have ever wished for.

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Nikon D5: Price

Nikon D5: Performance and Autofocus

The Nikon D5 uses a brand-new 20.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. You now get faster speeds with its EXPEED 5 image processor. The new high-resolution sensor for this pro camera comes with an optical low pass filter. It is enhanced further with an anti-reflective coating. You will have no issues with ghost and flare.

With superb performance in low light, the Nikon D5 has improved ISO range. It has a new autofocus system that acquires focus in as little as -4 EV. The Nikon D5 makes a big leap as the first Nikon model to use a dedicated autofocus processor. This Pro camera has a Multi-CAM 20k AF sensor module which has 153 autofocus points.

Nikon D5: Body and Design

As durable and rugged as ever, the Nikon D5 professional camera has a robust weather-sealed body. It is enhanced with a new shutter and mirror sequencing mechanism. With this, there is no blackout time or mirror slap. You can get a bright and consistent image through the viewfinder when you shoot at high speed.

With an efficient processor, the Nikon D5 squeezes additional life out of its EN-EL18a rechargeable battery. You get to take more shots without having to charge. The Nikon D5 will give you about 3,780 shots of battery life before recharge.

Nikon D5: Image Quality

Are you a burst shooting photographer? The Nikon D5 lets you select the first or last frame of a burst. You can check immediately after concluding a burst. The bursts can also be played automatically. This pro camera has a frame advance bar for advancing the frames on the touchscreen. Its ISO button is located near the shutter release button. With this, you can control all exposure-related controls with your right hand.

Nikon D5: Video

The Nikon D5 is the first flagship Nikon Pro DSLR that can capture 4k ultra high definition video. It is because of its EXPEED 5 image processor which captures 4k videos at up to 30fps. Records up to three minutes of 4K video at a time. It is either on the camera memory card or external device.

Nikon D5: Specifications

Body type
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Other features
Body typeLarge SLR
Max resolution5588 x 3712
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels21 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXPEED 5
ISOAuto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)3280000
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (6 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Number of focus points153
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,359,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.72×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe and flash sync port)
Continuous drive14.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p/25p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes1.5X crop mode with DX lenses
Storage typesDual CompactFlash or dual XQD
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notesRequires WT-5A or WT-6A
Remote controlYes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL18a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)3780
Weight (inc. batteries)1415 g (3.12 lb / 49.91 oz)
Dimensions160 x 159 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.26 x 3.62″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1A

Nikon D5: Conclusion

A replacement for the Nikon D5 is inevitable, so this has led to some valuable discounts on this model, not surprisingly. But is it indeed, after all this time, desirable? The AF system, sturdy construction, continuous shooting speed and buffer capability of the Nikon D5 are still way ahead of any other camera not designed for this style of work, and even today, its 4K video capabilities will still pass muster. However, it seems as though the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, its arch-rival, has stood the test of time just a little better.

Build Quality
Ergonomics & Handling
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Image Quality
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