Nikon D5 XQD Review Summary
Nikon D5 XQD Assessment
The Nikon D5 is about pushing limits. This large professional DSLR has a full-frame 20 megapixels CMOS sensor which reaches a class-leading ISO 3,276,8,00 and can shoot continuously at 12 FPS for over 15 seconds and is even capable of 14 FPS with the mirror locked up.
The new sensor and processor deliver high-quality images with low noise and good dynamic-range. The D5 stands out with dynamic-range and color which handle high sensitivity exceptionally well. JPEG images from this DSLR are excellent, while RAW files need a little more work than usual.
Indoor action photographers would be hard-pressed to find a better camera for their needs. The new 153-point autofocus system in the D5 is extremely fast and locks focus faster than we can measure, even in low-light. Its -4 EV sensitivity is best-in-class while maintaining excellent accuracy.
Bulk and price are likely the biggest obstacles to the D5. At 1.4kg plus lens, the D5 certainly feels heavy. For the professional low-light action photographer, particularly indoor sports, the D5 can truly deliver.
|Clean JPEG images||Noisy RAW files|
|Outstanding high-ISO dynamic-range||Poor Automatic White-Balance in low-light|
|Ultra-fast autofocus||Bizarre Auto ISO|
|Extremely senstive AF||Limited AF-coverage|
|Very fast continuous drive with deep buffer||Poor Live-view, not Exposure-Priority|
|Extremely responsive||1.5X crop for 4K|
|Ultra-short black-out||Highly compressed 4K|
|Good color-accuracy||Rather bulky|
|Flexible self-timer and exposure delay|
|Highly customizable with plenty of controls|
|Superb build quality|
|Manual focus assist direction indicator|
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Nikon D5 XQD Facts
|20 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-3280000|
|Nikon F Mount|
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|12 FPS Drive, 200 Images||Stereo audio input|
|3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 2.4 Megapixels||XQD x 2|
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Nikon D5 XQD Review
Nikon flagship professional DSLR with 20 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor. All-new 153-point Phase-Detect AF sensitive to -4 EV. ISO 50 to unprecedented 3,276,800! 12 FPS Drive for 200 JPEGs or 180 RAW. First Nikon DSLR with 4K Ultra HD video.