Nikon D5 Review

Overall 50
Imaging 30
Features 63
Size 65
Price 0

Main Features

  • 21.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Expands to 3280000)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 14.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm
  • Weight: 1415 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D4s. Compare

Nikon D5 Summary

This review is devoted to D5 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2016. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Nikon released to replace their older product D4s. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Nikon D5 vs. D4s

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #20 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #78 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D5 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Continuous Shooting: 14.0 fps
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2434
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 153
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 99
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Dust Proof: Yes
  • Battery Life: 3780 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional

Complete Comparison of Nikon D5 With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D5

Nikon D5 has the following external dimensions 160 x 160 x 92 mm (62.99 x 62.2 x 36.22″) with the weight of 1415 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D5, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D5 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 92mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon D5 — 3780 shots
Min: 650 shots
Average: 2336 shots
Max: 4400 shots

Thickness

Nikon D5 — 92 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Nikon D5 — 1415 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Nikon D5‘s body is protected from dust with its high-quality dustproof feature.

Unfortunately, Nikon D5 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Nikon D5 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D5 boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D5 has the following ISO range 100 - 102400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 3280000.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon D5 features a 21.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D5, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 88 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D5’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon D5 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D5

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,359k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D5 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.72x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model comes packed with excellent magnification and coverage. Its coverage indicator of 100% guarantees excellent quality of shots and ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the ViewFinder while shooting. This also contributes to a better framing of your shots, so, in most cases, there won’t be a need for further cropping.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D5 are its 14.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, D5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon D5 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 153 points.

In addition, D5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D5 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon D5 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of D5.

In addition, Nikon D5 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D5 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D5 to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D5 provides a shooting life of 3780, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 2336 shots.

Compared to all models in the Pro DSLR category, Nikon D5 offers the highest battery life that reaches 3780 shots.

How Good is Nikon D5 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D5 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D5 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (21 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D5 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (3780 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (160 x 158.5 x 92 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D5 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5 can be called a 100 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (14.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (153)
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (99)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2434)
  • Big battery life (3780 shots)
  • Big size (160 x 158.5 x 92 mm)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Nikon D5 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1415 g)
  • Big size (160 x 158.5 x 92 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Nikon D5 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D5 can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.3)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2434)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (21 MP)

Nikon D5 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D5
Announced Jan 05, 2016
Body Type Large SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 2,359k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.72
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 14.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 88
DxO Color Depth 25.1
DxO Dynamic Range 12.3
DxO Low Light ISO 2434
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Sensor Area 855.62 mm2
Sensor Resolution 21.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5588 x 3712
Max Native ISO 102,400
Max Boosted ISO 3,280,000
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 153
Number of Cross Focus Points 99
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1415 g
Physical Dimensions 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm
Battery Life 3780 shots
Battery Type 3780 shots
Battery Model EN-EL18a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD
Storage Slots 2

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