Nikon D5 information, reviews and updates
Nikon D5 information
Details of Nikon’s latest big camera
Right on cue, the D5 continues Nikon’s flagship camera timetable with 2 year steps.
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11th D5 firmware update announced
Nikon D5 Firmware Version 1.20: Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20
- Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
- Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
- Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
- Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
- If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
- In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
- Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.
- Fixed the following issues:
- The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
- Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
- Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
- Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
- Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
- Updated some help text.
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
24th A useful set of feature updates come with the new D5 firmware [TH]
20th A firmware update is on its way giving improved video recording length options [NR]
22nd A few more reviews appearing from a wider range of places.
An interesting one from Ross Harvey, shows what it can do (and reminds me why I could never do wedding photography) [NR]
22nd A forthcoming firmware update may raise 4k recording to 30 mins [NR]
Why no-one thought that 3 mins would not be a bit of an ‘issue’ is not explained
17th A few reviews and articles starting to appear, but only pre-release/’hands-on’ at the moment.
12th Great photos and a D5 camera review to go along with them [OL]
8th An interesting internal Nikon document describes many D5 features [NR]
6th D5 is announced…
Spot the marketing angle with this headline from the press release
CONQUER THE DARK: THE NEW NIKON D5 DSLR SHATTERS EXPECTATIONS FOR THRILLING NEW LEVELS OF LOW-LIGHT PERFORMANCE, IMAGE QUALITY AND SPEED
An all new AF system is a key feature, but it would still seem that the idea of AF at the edges of the frame is not for full frame.
As with any new camera page I’ll add links to reviews and the like that I find interesting.
|Body type||Large SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||5588 x 3712|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2|
|Effective pixels||21 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (6 slots)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||No|
|Number of focus points||153|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe and flash sync port)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Continuous drive||14.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)|
|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)|
|Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p/25p/24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p)|
|Videography notes||1.5X crop mode with DX lenses|
|Storage types||Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||Requires WT-5A or WT-6A|
|Remote control||Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)|
|Battery description||EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||1415 g (3.12 lb / 49.91 oz)|
|Dimensions||160 x 459 x 92 mm (6.3 x 18.07 x 3.62″)|
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 5, 2016) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest in the acclaimed series of flagship FX-format professional DSLR cameras, the Nikon D5. Far surpassing mere evolution, the D5 boasts a myriad of powerful new imaging innovations, including a Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, an all-new 153-point AF system, 4K UHD video capture and EXPEED 5 image processing to give photographers the best balance of performance, precision and low-light ability. Nikon has also announced additional products, including the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter and the exciting new SB-5000 Speedlight, Nikon’s first radio frequency (RF) controlled flash.
“The D5 doesn’t simply get the shot that others might miss– it helps get the shot that others just simply cannot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With these new products, it becomes evident that photographers who choose Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are equipped with an unrivaled system to surpass even the most demanding imaging expectations.”
The Nikon D5 once again redefines what a DSLR is capable of capturing, and is engineered with the ideal balance of resolution, low-light ability, system speed and processing power. The resulting camera body is truly worthy of the flagship moniker, giving professional photographers and multimedia content creators an indispensable tool to make their creative vision a reality with superior image quality. The D5 introduces many technological firsts for Nikon and offers many new features that share a common goal: to get the shot, no matter what.
New Features Include:
Astounding Low-Light Performance – The Nikon D5 offers an unprecedented native ISO range, from 100 to 102,400, reinforcing the D-series reputation as the leader of low-light image capture. A veritable new world of shooting opportunities awaits, as advancements in noise reduction and processing help capture low-noise images with fantastic fidelity that were previously impossible. The D5 tames the shadows, whether shooting a newlywed couple’s candle-lit first dance or sports with minimal lighting. The D5 also realizes unprecedented image quality in the high-sensitivity range between ISO 3200 and 12800 — the range favored by sports photographers. In addition, the D5 affords the ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination, letting photographers capture stunning images that are sharper, clearer and more colorful than ever before. As an added benefit, the next generation autofocus system performs in near darkness, acquiring focus in as little as EV-4 illumination. For extreme low-light ability, the ISO range is expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to a staggering ISO 3,280,000 (Hi-5), offering near-night vision capability that’s well beyond the visibility of the human eye. This extreme sensitivity is a benefit to photojournalists as well as for surveillance and security applications, letting users get shots others cannot see without a flash. This vast ISO range is also available to those capturing 4K UHD video, opening up new possibilities for multimedia and spot-news capture.
Exhilarating Image Quality – The Nikon D5 delivers on the promise of stunning image quality with the adoption of a new, Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. The camera is designed to achieve the optimized balance between the large full-frame sensor size, resolution and the new EXPEED 5 image processing engine. Users can be confident that images will have enhanced sharpness and clarity, faithful skin tones and the unequaled dynamic range that Nikon pros have come to love. EXPEED 5 also helps to enhance noise reduction, letting photographers take full advantage of the D5’s immense ISO range. When paired with legendary NIKKOR optics, the D5 is truly a tool to help photographers capture the sharpest images possible with astounding clarity and radiant colors.
Powerful Performance – Nikon’s EXPEED 5 engine also serves to dramatically enhance camera performance, delivering low noise, high-speed image processing and offers the additional processing power needed for 4K UHD video. For professional sports and wildlife photographers, the D5 is capable of capturing images at 12 frames-per-second (fps) with full AE and AF, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is caught in crystal clarity and absolute sharpness. Users can also shoot at up to 14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and the mirror locked up, ideal for remote capture. Because the action won’t take a break, the extended buffer lets users shoot for up to 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW/NEF files + JPG fine*. The new processor is also 25% more efficient with up to 3780 shots per charge.
Fast Acquisition, with Precision – An exciting addition to the D5 is an all-new AF system with Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor. The Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors – triple the AF points from Nikon’s previous flagship, the D4S. Of these 153 points, 55 AF points/35 cross-type points are selectable by photographers to quickly and easily frame any shot. The system is configurable in 153, 72 and 25-point coverage when used with Continuous AF, allowing for stellar AF tracking performance of even the most rapidly moving subjects throughout the frame. Fifteen of the AF points are also functional up to f/8, further aiding those who require extreme telephoto capabilities, including wildlife photographers. This all-new AF system is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System, helping to achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light.
Rugged Reliability and Unsurpassed Usability – Downtime is never an option, so professionals need a camera that is going to be reliable and augment a demanding workflow. The Nikon D5 delivers with rugged construction and robust weather sealing, coupled with a familiar yet enhanced Nikon interface. A new 3.2” 2359K dot XGA LCD adds touchscreen functionality, allowing the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback, and also enter text faster than ever before. Being the champion of low-light, it is only natural that additional buttons and dials illuminate for enhanced visibility, while two additional Function buttons have been added for increased customization. The camera also features a Quick Release Mode setting for rapid access to release mode settings. Additionally, a new shutter and mirror sequencing mechanism nearly eliminates blackout time and mirror slap for bright, consistent views during high-speed shooting– realizing truly confident tracking of fast, erratically moving subjects that were previously difficult to achieve. The D5’s shutter itself is tested to 400K actuations for maximum durability. When paired with the WR-R10 wireless remote controller (transceiver) and WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, the D5 is also able to interface with Nikon’s newest Speedlight, the RF controlled SB-5000, for new possibilities in lighting control. **
Rapid and Flexible Workflow – Further enhancing speed, the D5 is able to utilize the superior read and write speed of XQD memory cards, which are up to 35% faster than CF cards. To appeal to a wide variety of photographers, the D5 will be available in two versions; with either dual XQD card slots or with dual CF card capability. For maximum efficiency the camera is also capable of shooting smaller RAW Size S or M file types (12-bit, uncompressed), for greater flexibility when transferring batches of files from the field, while retaining image integrity. Photographers can also use the built in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for image transfer, with speeds up to 1.5x faster than D4S.
Multimedia Powerhouse with 4K/UHD Video – The Nikon D5 is the first Nikon DSLR capable of capturing 4K UHD video (3840×2160 at 30p), letting users create stunning ultra-high definition video with beautiful clarity and color. Multimedia content creators can also use the D5 to create 4K time-lapse videos in-camera using the Time-lapse Movie function, and can create 8-megapixel still images from frame grabs. A great addition to any production environment, the D5 includes all of the most popular pro-level features of the Nikon D810, including Full HD 1080p video at a variety of frame rates, uncompressed HDMI out, simultaneous live view and headphone/microphone connections. Additionally, the D5 adds a feature to smooth exposure transitions using the Auto ISO function as well as exposure compensation to create natural-looking exposure transitions in video.
New Radio Controlled SB-5000 Speedlight: Lighting with No Limits
The Nikon D5 is optimized to work with the newest flagship Speedlight, the SB-5000, illuminating new possibilities in creative lighting. A first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approx. 98 feet (30 meters). This new-found flexibility lets photographers place lights in different rooms, around corners and work seamlessly in bright ambient light with maximum efficiency. When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this Speedlight can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 Speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting. It is also possible to perform Advanced Wireless Lighting using either radio-controlled (up to three groups) and/or optical-controlled units (up to three groups) by simply attaching a conventional, optical-control Nikon Speedlight or the SU-800 Commander (as a master or commander unit) and a WR-R10 (as a commander) onto the D5.
The new smaller SB-5000 Speedlight also has a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings. As a result, the SB-5000 can fire consecutively for longer than conventional models, without flash cool-down time between bursts, and can fire up to 120 continuous shots at 5 second intervals. Controls have also been streamlined and refined, with the addition of an “i” button for access to frequently used settings. The design also integrates versatile bounce ability, with the flash head capable of tilting down to -7° or up to 90°, and rotate horizontally 180° to the left and right.
New WT-6A Wireless Transmitter
Nikon has also announced the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter for use with the D5. An ideal solution for professional image transfer, the WT-6A can transfer with speeds of up to 130 mbps wirelessly and supports the fast IEEE802.11ac standard. The connectivity distance has been extended to approximately 656 ft. and can be used to transfer images to an FTP server or to a computer. When in HTTP mode, the unit can be used to operate camera controls, begin Live View shooting or start/stop HD video recording.
Price and Availability:
The Nikon D5 DSLR will be available in March for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $6,499.95***. The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight will be available in March for the SRP of $599.95. The WT-6A Wireless Transmitter will also be available in March, with the SRP of $749.95. For more information on these new Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently announced the production of 95 million NIKKOR lenses in 2015, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.
*When using approved XQD cards.
**Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10 and WR Adapter WR-A10 (both available separately) required. WR-R10 firmware must be updated to enable support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (see Nikon’s website).
***SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
5th A more detailed set of D5 Specs [DCI Google xlt]
I note that there is a version of the body with Dual CF cards and one with dual XQD slots
Two D5 body types: D5 XQD-type and D5 CF-Type
20.82 MP CMOS sensor
EXPEED 5.4K processing engine
153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, 15 points work at F/8
Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW): 12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
Continuous shooting speed up to 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
Max normal ISO: 102,400
Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000
3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
Memory: card slots: D5 (XQD-Type) is 2x XQD, D5 (CF-Type): 2x CF
Shutter speed: 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
Finder coverage: 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
USB3.0 Micro-B terminal
Weight (battery and media included) D5 (XQD-Type): 1405g. D5 (CF-Type): 1415g
Shipping March, 2016
4th An early mention of the D5 briefly appears on Nikon’s New Zealand’s Facebook page [NR]
With the imminent arrival of the D5, Nikon rumours for 2016 onwards are moved to the Nikon D6 page
24th More cold water for the SamNik rumour [PR]
21st Two, as ever, thorough overviews from Thom Hogan – one looks at what’s coming up from Nikon [TH] (and others) and another gives the (still running) Nikon buys Samsung camera rumour a deserved kicking [TH]
15th D5 more pics, and it’s 20/21MP [NR with lots more pics]
12th First pics of the D5 – could be announced this month [NR]
11th Focus points for the D5? – now up to 153 [NR] …and 102k ISO too
7th Nikon also pours cold water on the ‘Nikon buys Samsung camera biz’ notion [NR]
3rd Has Nikon acquired samsung’s camera business – I think not… see more on the Mirrorless rumour page
2nd A new lens patent has within it the suggestion that Nikon is looking at a full frame mirrorless camera
A patent for a mirrorless, full frame 19mm tilt/shift lens appears (lenses page) with just 22mm back focus distance.
There was a patent for a rather uninspiring 28-80mm f / 3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens from Nikon last year, so they have form in this area.
Of course, if you really want to stretch things, it’s just an ultrawide lens for a mirrorless medium format camera…
26th New firmware for the D4S and D750 [NR]
18th In a slightly puzzling announcement Nikon say that they are working on a D5 and other items:
“Development of Digital SLR Camera Nikon D5
November 18, 2015, TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models.
The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon’s Speedlight lineup, are also being developed.
Through the combination of this next-generation professional camera offering an even higher level of performance, these advanced accessories and the rich lineup of existing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is pursuing further possibilities for imaging expression.”
The Wireless unit is new, but I have to wonder who in Nikon felt the need to make such an announcement and why – perhaps of note is the lack of mention of a D400 or ‘pro’ APS-C DSLR?
30th D810 firmware update [NR]
An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
Note: Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
Fixed the following issues:
Incorrect distances were shown in the camera playback info display for photographs taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual (GN) mode.
The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b4 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.
Some help text has been changed.
29th The D5 now seems expected in early 2016.
Since it’s now ‘late 2015’ and there is no sign of it…
As you can see below, not much else has changed since June’s guestimate
Are we close enough for specs [NR] to have a bit more chance of accuracy?
20MP FX sensor
New focusing module with larger coverage and 107 or 173 autofocus points
Native high ISO of 102,400
Body design similar to the D4s
4K video 60/30fps
Full HD slow motion
26th Some Nikon related lens patents including a phone adapter type device [NR]
22nd In a bout of D5 speculation [NR] there are suggestions of a very high (102k) unexpanded ISO and 4k video
One interesting point is the potential non-Sony/Nikon sensor
11th Comments from Thom Hogan reflecting on cameras coming from Nikon – no signs of a D300s replacement at the moment.
21st The D750 gets a firmware update ‘camera operation is now more reliable’
25th Thom Hogan wonders about the missing D300s replacement [TH] and how it fits in the top end of Nikon’s lineup.
Maybe a D500 to go with an upcoming D5 later this year?
10th A wider spectral sensitivity ‘Astro’ version of the D810 is announced [DPR]
“The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.”
5th D5 later this year at 20MP? [NR]
New 20MP FX sensor
173 autofocus points
Same processor as the D4s
Body design similar to the D4s
Currently scheduled to be announced in the second half of 2015
9th A new scheme is coming offering advanced firmware upgrades for Nikon FX cameras [NR]
How this differs from just making firmware updates available, as currently, remains to be seen. Of course it could could eventually be a mechanism to charge for some updates, or just as another way to maintain contact with camera users.
If it works, expect everyone else to jump on the bandwagon ;-)
1st Nikon acknowledge the reflection issue with some D750 cameras. See the discussion and more info at [TH]
24th Nikon interview about what’s coming [DCW – Google xlt]
High MP and an answer to the Canon 7D2
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