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Nikon D5 XQD Review Summary

20 Megapixels20 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveUltra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Ultra HD (4K) video: 3840x2160 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts XQD memory.Accepts XQD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed review

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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

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- Dual Compact Flash Type I instead of XQD memory.
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Nikon D4
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By on 2016/08/29
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Nikon D5 XQD Facts

SLR digital camera
20 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-3280000
Nikon F Mount
1X FLM

Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm

Full-Frame Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/8000-30s
100% Coverage
Extra Large Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
2 Axis Digital LevelCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
12 FPS Drive, 200 ImagesStereo audio input
3840x2160 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3.2" LCD 2.4 MegapixelsXQD x 2
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