6 Primary Features of Nikon D5

6 Primary Features of Nikon D5

6 Primary Features of Nikon D5

Yesterday Nikon has announced the new Nikon D5, Nikon KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge. As a user of Nikon camera (currently still using D800), I shall share with you some of the main features of the Nikon D5. Based on what I've read, the D5 has so much more autofocus points now with cross-type sensors. I guess that means it can focus more accurately and suitable for continuous shots like sport car, motor racing, gymnastic, football and some other extreme sport. From what I've read, it seems like Nikon D5 is more suitable for professional photographers who love to shoot sports and some low light photography especially in wild-life category. 

Since my ideal new camera is to go as lighter and smaller as it can, yet not neglecting the quality of images, I don't think that I would carry this 1.4kg camera around especially when I am travelling. Another reason not to go for this yet, the Nikon D5 is selling at USD $6,500 for the body only. After converted to the weak MYR currency, it does cost you a big fortune to own it.

I am glad that Nikon D5 now has the 4K video recording capability. That means you gonna need a bigger HDD to store all the videos in near future haha! Below are the 6 main features of Nikon D5 if you thinking of upgrading from your D4/D4s series: 

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Nikon D5 Primary Features:

Nikon D5 new AF system that demonstrates excellent response to moving subjects and tracking performance, even under a variety of circumstances

1. Swift response, astounding tracking

New AF system that demonstrates excellent response to moving subjects and tracking performance, even under a variety of circumstances: Pivotal moments happen in the blink of an eye, and photographers are constantly on their toes to capture the action regardless of the lighting conditions. These needs are addressed with a complete overhaul of the D5’s AF system with an adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. The AF sensor module offers 153 focus points, 99 of which are cross-type sensors, for broad and dense coverage of the image area. The centre focus point has a detection range beginning at an incredible −4 EV, and detection with other focus points begins at −3 EV*5, enabling autofocusing even under extremely dim lighting, and with subjects exhibiting very low contrast. In addition, equipping the camera with a dedicated AF engine capable of high-speed calculation and collaboration with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor have ensured that extremely reliable AF performance is demonstrated with a variety of scenes.

Nikon D5 153 focus points, 99 of which are cross-type sensors

2. Incessant clicks without missing a beat

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps with a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy: Photographers will find their new photography companion being capable of approximately 12 fps*1 continuous shooting with AF and AE tracking in all image quality modes, and across all ISO sensitivity settings. The addition of a new mirror drive mechanism achieves a more stable viewfinder image that makes constant tracking of rapidly moving subjects easy. Matching to the pace is the accessibility of capturing up to 200*6 12-bit lossless compressed RAW images with a single burst.

Nikon D5 High Iso sensitivity good for capture wild-life even at very low ambience light condition

3. Expressions unbound with bold image storytelling

Higher standard ISO sensitivities that ensure superior image quality within the most frequently used high sensitivity range: The potent combination between the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine have enabled the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history of up to ISO 102400. High-sensitivity image quality at these never-before-seen levels achieves superior imaging quality, even within the high ISO 3200 to 12800 range that is often used with sports photography and the likes. In addition, the image sensor's broad dynamic range enables rich and natural expression of tones for accurate reproduction of the finest details, even extremely vivid subjects with difficult texture expressions.

Outdoor shot taken using Nikon D5 featuring Wind Orchestra and fashion

4. Taking the director’s seat in ultra high definition

Cinematic brilliance with 4K UHD (30p) movie capability: The D5 supports 4K movies, which offers higher resolution than HD or Full-HD movies, capable of recording 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p, 25p, 24p movies to a memory card inserted in the camera. Alternatively with a simultaneous HDMI output, movies can also be displayed on an external monitor or recorded as uncompressed video to an external recorder. With the maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 102400, as well as even higher sensitivity settings up to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 3280000), superior picture quality is still assured even when recording movies at these high sensitivities. Rounding off the spectacular movie-making experience is the capability to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera.

Nikon D5 use in capturing gymnastic shots

5. Advanced specifications for on-site demands and efficient workflow

A high-resolution 3.2-inch, approximately 2,359k-dot touch screen LCD monitor: Adoption of a touch screen for the display monitor enables nimble confirmation and high-speed navigation of a large number of images using a frame advance bar, and supports an efficient workflow with text input and the like. The high-resolution monitor enables extremely clear display with live view photography, even when the display is enlarged, for fast focus confirmation.
Greatly increased communications performance with both wired and wireless networks: The communications system has been significantly improved to support communications at least twice as fast as with the D4S, with both wired networks using the Ethernet connector built into the D5, and wireless networks when the new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 (available separately) is used with the D5.
Versatile image storage options: Two versions of the D5 are available. Both are equipped with double memory card slots supporting a single media type, one being for XQD cards and the other for CompactFlash cards.

Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-6 WiFi IEEE 802.11

6. Bridging the gap of networks 

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications: When connected to the D5, high-speed transfer of image data to a computer*7 or an FTP server over a wireless network is possible with a maximum range of approximately 200 m*8. Communications are significantly faster with support for the new IEEE 802.11ac (2×2 VHT80) standard. Wireless control over the camera from a computer is also possible using Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately). With the WT-6 connected to a D5, the combination also serves as a wireless LAN access point, enabling possibilities of direct connection to a computer or smartphone.

  • *1 Possible in Continuous high speed (CH) release mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 seconds or faster
  • *2 When used with the Wireless Transmitter WT-6 (available separately)
  • *3 The camera is available in two versions, one that uses two XQD cards and one that uses two CompactFlash cards
  • *4 When used with the Speedlight SB-5000 (available separately)
  • *5At ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F
  • *6 When Lexar Professional 2933× XQD 2.0 memory cards are used
  • *7 The Wireless Transmitter Utility (available for download from Nikon's website) must be installed on the computer
  • *8 With a large antenna at the wireless LAN access point. Range varies with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 for USD $6,500 for the body only. For more information on the new D5 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.com.my.

If you are considering which camera to buy, DSLR or mirrorless camera, list down what do you need first. The good thing bout mirrorless camera is that it is lighter in weight and smaller in size too, but the startup time and lower battery life (due to continuous usage of LiveView and digital) has to be in consideration too if you want your camera to be fast. If speed does matter in your photoshoot assignment, DSLR is surely my first choice; if I am travelling and walking a lot with my gear, definitely I would choose a very intelligent compact/mirrorless camera. It will save your shoulder for sure.

Since nowadays technology changed and improved faster than I thought, you shall survey more before getting your next camera. I am glad that other camera brands are improving and coming out with new gear as well so the competition is there to let us have more choice on the right gears to own. For now, I am happy with my Nikon D800 using the EyeFi card (best friend for live-update). Recently I've been requested to provide client some key photos on the spot too for live-update, so I gotta say WiFi/wireless transfer is a very important function to have if you or your client love doing live social media updates with quality photos.

Now I am gonna throw you a question that I've been always asked:
"Which compact/mirrorless/DSLR camera would you recommend me to buy this year?" 

Feel free to comment below and let me know what's your favourite camera that you would recommend =) And year, would you go for Nikon D5 in near future??

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