Nikon D5 Detailed Review

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In additional D5 was introduced by Nikon in January 2016. It belongs to the Professional DSLRs category.

Nikon is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Nikon.

Brand Nikon
Category DSLR
Date 01/2016
Sensor Properties

The D5 has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.42″ x 0.94″).

Picture of D5’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: D5 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The D5’s sensor has resolution of 21 megapixel.

The Nikon supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Nikon’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The D5 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Full frame
Sensor area 36.00 x 24.00mm²
(1.42″ x 0.94″)
Resolution (physical) 21.33 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.80 megapixel
Pixel size 41.80 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 14 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Nikon F
Viewfinder Properties

The D5 has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. Viewfinders with a penta prism are typical for enthusiast and professional DSLRs. The viewfinder covers 100% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.72x, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

Type Optical (Penta prism)
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.72x
Dioptric correction

The D5’s shutter speed varies from 1/8000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/8000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The D5’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 102400 ISO.

Also, Nikon’s sensitivity can be boosted to 3280000. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 102400 ISO
Boost 3280000 ISO
Exposure Modes

The D5 supports all general exposure modes.

The Nikon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Auto Focus Properties

The D5’s auto focus processor uses 153 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in sports).

Manual focus is also possible with the Nikon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Phase Detection, Contrast Detection
AF points 153
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The D5 doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Nikon’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs

The D5 features a monitor with a diagonal of 80.00mm (3.1 in.) and a resolution of c. 2.36 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The D5’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 80.00mm (diagonal)
(3.1 in.)
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

D5 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Nikon D5 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Nikon. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

However, the camera can be controlled over a wired connection.

Connect the Nikon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Nikon. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera uses CompactFlash cards. The Nikon does not support SD cards.

XQD Cards can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 2
Memory cards CompactFlash

The Nikon D5 has a EN-EL18a LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 3780 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The D5’s battery battery parameters:

Type EN-EL18a LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 3780 photos

The Nikon D5’s dimensions are 160 x 148.5 x 92mm³. (6.3″ x 5.8″ x 3.6″). That’s the body only, without lens. The camera’s weight is a rather considerable 1405 grams (45.3 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Here is front and top view of the D5:

Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

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