Nikon D5 Review

Nikon D5 Review: For lowlight and sports photographers

The D5 announced last year is now presented in detail by Nikon. The new 21 megapixel full-frame sensor can be pushed up to ISO 3,280,000. Sports photographers benefit not only from the new 153-point autofocus, but also from the 12 frames per second fast continuous shooting function with the 200-frame buffer memory. In addition, the D5 is the first Nikon full-format DSLR to record videos in 4K resolution.

Short evaluation


  • Extremely robust, ergonomic, but also very heavy housing
  • Very fast, reliable autofocus
  • High continuous shooting rate with long series of shots
  • With approx. 0.5 seconds the fastest Live View AF of all DSLRs to date
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 6,400


  • Partially somewhat opaque operating concept
  • ISO 1.6 and 3.2 million with unusable image quality
  • Exotic XQD memory card standard (CF version of D5 available with limited continuous shooting performance)


The Nikon D5 features a 21 megapixel full-frame sensor that can be pushed up to ISO 3.28 million. [Photo: Nikon]

Just in time for the Olympic Summer Games in Brazil, Nikon launches the D5, a new professional DSLR. A new 21-megapixel sensor promises up to ISO 3.3 million, while the 153-point autofocus is designed to provide sports photographers with precisely focused images even at twelve continuous shots per second. Even videographers should get their money’s worth thanks to the 4K video recording function.


The Nikon D5 has an eight-centimeter monitor that resolves extremely fine 2.36 million pixels. A live image can also be displayed on it. [Photo: Nikon]

The Nikon D5 is a rugged professional camera with a metal housing and of course a built-in portrait handle. The splash water and dust protection is obligatory. The newly developed autofocus module has 153 measuring points, 99 of which are designed as high-quality cross sensors. The measurement sensors extend far to the edge of the image, even in portrait format. In addition, the autofocus also works in very low light, -4 LW is sufficient for it. Since the autofocus works independently of the main processor, the full autofocus power is always available. Furthermore, 15 of the measuring points also react with lenses or lens/teleconverter combinations with an initial aperture of F8.

The autofocus is supported by the new exposure meter with 180,000 RGB measuring points. This not only provides accurate exposure metering, but also helps with subject tracking and white balance. The continuous advance function operates at 12 frames per second with autofocus tracking. The new, faster and better damped mirror mechanism ensures extremely short dark times. With the mirror folded up, the D5 can even take 14 continuous shots per second. In addition, the buffer memory holds 200 shots in raw or JPEG, enabling 16.7-second image series at full power. This is enough for a complete 100-meter run, for example, without having to release the trigger.

The new Expeed 5 image processor ensures fast signal processing of the 21-megapixel images. In the standard sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 102,400, the new image processor is intended to provide extremely high image quality, that of the new image sensor with extremely fine colour gradation. The extension up to Hi5 corresponds to an ISO sensitivity of 3.28 million. As the first Nikon DSLR, the D5 is also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). The videographer can choose between 30, 25 or 24 frames per second. In Full HD, 50 and 60 frames per second are the maximum. It is saved in MOV format with H.264 compression. The D5 has an integrated stereo microphone as well as an external microphone connection, the sensitivity can be adjusted in each case.

The autofocus of the Nikon D5 works with 153 measuring fields, 99 of which are cross sensors. 15 of them even react at an initial opening of F8. [Photo: Nikon]

The Nikon D5 takes 12 continuous shots per second with 200 consecutive shots. With the mirror folded up, it’s even 14 continuous shots per second. [Photo: Nikon]

The D5 also has a screen. This measures eight centimeters in the diagonal (3.2 inches) and resolves a good 2.36 million pixels. A Live View function is also available. The touch function of the screen is also a premiere in a professional DSLR, but the D5 has no touch autofocus. The double memory card compartment of the Nikon D5 accommodates either two CompactFlash or two XQD memory cards. The second card can, for example, be used as a backup card. Thanks to the USB 3.0 connection, fast data transfer is also possible. In addition, both WLAN and Ethernet transmission speeds were quadrupled. The new Nikon D5 will be available from selected sales partners at a price of just under 7,000 euros as early as March 2016.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The Nikon D5 is huge and very heavy, but super robust and fits almost perfectly in the hand; thanks to the built-in portrait handle even in portrait format. Just under 1.4 kilograms is the weight of the housing alone without the lens. Together with the test lens 2.8 24-70 VR it is even a good 2.5 kilograms. With that the team could pass for the most expensive dumbbell in the world. The D5 costs just under 7,000 euros, the lens 2,500 euros. But the D5 is built absolutely solid. The housing is largely made of a magnesium alloy, and numerous seals protect the valuable interior from moisture and dirt. The handle is well defined and can be grasped beautifully. This is not quite so true for the built-in portrait handle, which is somewhat flatter. However, it is commendable that, in addition to the shutter release button, other important controls are doubled, such as the control wheels, the joystick for selecting the focus point or the AF On button.

The Nikon D5 with its sealed magnesium case alone weighs in at 1.4 kilograms, with the 2.8 24-70 mm VR at 2.8 24-70 mm it even weighs in at 2.5 kilograms.

The Nikon D5 displays recording information separately on its two LC displays. Thus, the ISO sensitivity can only be read on the rear display.

The large 27 Wh battery sits on the side in the portrait grip and, according to CIPA’s standard measurement procedure, gives juice for almost 3,800 shots. In fact, the battery is hard to get empty. Although only one battery is included in the scope of delivery, the charging station even accommodates two of them in order to charge them in parallel. The double memory card compartment is concealed behind a generous flap. Two exotic XQD cards can be accommodated here, allowing you to take full advantage of the camera’s performance. Nikon also offers the D5 with a double CF slot as an alternative, but then the serial frame rates break in earlier and saving after a series takes longer. After all, the D5 has a USB-3 interface, a corresponding cable is included. This allows the cards to be read quickly if there is no extra card reader at hand. Also otherwise the D5 is not stingy with interfaces: Headphones, microphone, HDMI, LAN, studio flash, remote trigger and other special Nikon accessories can be plugged in.

The Nikon D5’s pentaprism viewfinder covers 100 percent of the image field and magnifies 0.72x. The somewhat small eye distance of 17 millimetres, however, provides shaded corners for spectacle wearers. The viewfinder has a built-in louvre curtain that can be operated manually so that the light meter working over the image on the focusing screen does not produce false readings when using a tripod due to light entering through the rear of the viewfinder. A status bar below the viewfinder displays important shooting parameters, grid lines can be displayed and AF points are also displayed in the viewfinder. A virtual horizon, on the other hand, does not exist in the viewfinder, it can only be displayed on the rear screen.

The D5 has two displays. One status display is on the top side, a second on the back side. However, the two displays do not show redundant data, but different data. Thus, more information can be displayed, but on the tripod, for example, it is not enough to look at the upper display, as one cannot read the ISO setting there. So you have to bend over behind the camera again. Both the two displays as well as many of the countless keys are illuminated, but not all keys. Some must be found blind in the dark. The rear screen has a diagonal of eight centimetres and shows a picture with an exceptionally fine resolution of 2.4 million pixels. However, the screen is fixed. Surprisingly, it’s a touch screen, so Nikon is quite up to date here. This means that not only can the focus point in the Live View be set with a fingertip, but the images can also be scrolled through during playback with a wipe gesture or zoomed in with a two-finger gesture.

But the operation of the Nikon D5 is not always so catchy. Some functions are not accessible via menu, but only via key combinations, which you have to know. This applies not only to manual white balance, but also to innovative camera-assisted AF fine tuning. Front and back focus are an issue with practically every DSLR, as the focus measurement is carried out by a sensor that is independent of the image converter. Some (cheap) DSLR have more to do with it, some expensive a little less. The D5 allows you to save a manually set focus as a reference for the phase autofocus, for example via Live View magnifier (focus peaking does not exist) (we will explain this procedure in more detail in a later photo tip). This eliminates the need for manual fine tuning via the menu with subsequent testing.

Thanks to the many, partly programmable keys, the D5 allows a very direct operation, but even the keys do not always give information about the function. If, for example, you want to display recording information about the image during image playback, you can do this neither by pressing the “i” nor the “info” button, but by pressing the control-cross key (not one of the joysticks) upwards. The menu is navigated by four-weigher, the joystick or the swivel wheels do not work here. While the center button of the control cross is often sufficient for selection and confirmation, pressing a separate “OK” button may be necessary in some places. The D5 is therefore truly a professional camera, where the user must know what he is doing in order not to despair of the operation. According to the many functions, the menus are long and some rarely used functions will even a confirmed D5 photographer look a little longer. In order to salvage frequently used functions from the depths of the menu, the D5 at least offers an individual menu. Of course, various recording presets can also be saved, and even the entire camera configuration can be stored on a memory card.

The 2.8 24-70 mm VR, in contrast to the D800E, cuts an excellent figure on the Nikon D5 in terms of resolution, but has to be springy in terms of distortion and color fringes.

The tripod thread of the Nikon D5 is of course in the optical axis and even offers a mount for the “Videopin”, which allows an exact alignment of the camera on corresponding removable disks.


As a professional camera, the D5 of course does without scene modes programs or a fully automatic approach. The photographer therefore has to get by with program priority, aperture priority, and manual exposure mode. This does not mean that the D5 cannot adjust everything automatically. In addition to aperture and exposure time, focus point and ISO sensitivity can also be selected automatically. The auto mode allows you to select the upper limit for exposure with and without flash separately, allowing you to quickly choose between photos with light present and higher sensitivity and those with lower sensitivity in flash mode. In addition, the longest exposure time can be defined manually, so that ISO automatic does not control too long exposure times, but instead the camera increases the ISO sensitivity.

The 153-point autofocus is certainly one of the keys of the Nikon D5. 99 of the sensors are cross sensors, the 15 middle sensors also focus at initial openings of F8, which can be reached quickly with a teleconverter, for example. In general, even low ambient light is enough for the autofocus, it finds its target at -4 LW. The D5 with the 2.8 24-70 VR focuses from infinity to two meters within a fifth to a quarter of a second, plus a shutter release delay of 0.04 seconds. This makes the D5 one of the fastest DSLRs when it comes to autofocus. This even applies to the Live View, because here the D5 needs a third to half a second to focus and clearly outshines all previous DSLRs. The shutter release delay of 0.1 seconds is also slightly higher than without Live View, the shutter release is by no means quieter. The viewfinder displays only 55 of the autofocus points, only these can actually be selected manually. Around the 55 points, however, there are further measuring points, which increases the accuracy of the pursuit, especially with moving targets. In AF-C mode, these are indicated by small dots between the AF squares in the viewfinder. The D5 is supported by the exposure meter, which has over 180,000 RGB measuring points and can therefore recognize and track the subject.

With autofocus tracking, the Nikon D5 allows up to twelve continuous shots per second. It makes a lot of noise because of the mirror impact, but the timings of the viewfinder are short and also allow the photographer to follow the subject in real time. With a Lexar Professional 32 GByte 2933x XQD card, which is 440 MByte/s fast, the Nikon D5 shoots 200 serial pictures in a row in JPEG at 12.1 serial pictures per second. Even in Raw there are with 174 hardly less pictures in a row. If the photographer can do without the viewfinder, autofocus and exposure tracking, the D5 even allows 14 continuous shots per second.

The video mode allows moving image recording at a maximum of 4K resolution (3,820 x 2,160 pixels) with 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. It is saved in MOV format with H.264 compression. To record videos, you must first switch to the corresponding Live View mode. The refocusing during a video recording only works reasonably well. Alternatively, the focus point can even be reset while shooting by touching the touch screen. Gentle focus drives, however, are rather unsuccessful. If you use the AF-On button for help, the autofocus is much too fast and coarse. Aperture, exposure time and ISO sensitivity can of course be manually adjusted during video recording. This also applies to the microphone sensitivity. It is recommended to use an external stereo microphone instead of the internal one, just to have less background noise due to the operation of the housing on the audio track. If Full HD resolution is enough, the D5 offers twice the frame rate, which allows smoother movements or slight slow motion.

Numerous interfaces decorate the left side of the Nikon D5. These include USB 3, HDMI, LAN, microphone input and output.

The handle of the Nikon D5 lies perfectly in the hand. The built-in portrait handle, on the other hand, is unfortunately somewhat less pronounced.

Nikon does without an internal flash with his professional model. But of course a TTL system flash shoe as well as a studio flash connection are built in, so that the photographer has all possibilities including wireless flash control with corresponding master flash on the camera.

The D5 also offers everything else that the photographer’s heart desires. For example, extensive exposure compensation and bracketing, image parameter settings, or an interval shooting function. Even after shooting, a menu allows you to edit the images, as well as develop raw images within the camera to save them as JPEGs. Only WLAN is not offered internally by the D5, nor is the new innovative Snapbridge from Nikon. If you want to use the D5 WLAN, you have to retrofit it with an expensive but powerful external module. On the other hand, a LAN interface is built in, allowing the Nikon D5 to be connected to a network. A remote control is also possible via USB.

Picture quality

With 21 megapixels, the Nikon D5 has a higher resolution than its predecessor model, but at the same time Nikon also increases the maximum sensitivity up to ISO 3.3 million. The D5 had to show in the laboratory test with the new 24-70 mm F2.8 VR whether this could work well.

Anyone who now thinks that a fixed focal length like a macro would have been the better test lens to get “everything” out of the sensor will be disappointed. Also Nikon was of this opinion and so we tested parallel with the 105 mm Micro Nikkor. In fact, the 24-70 delivers an excellent resolution at the 21 megapixels of the D5, which is even slightly superior to the macro lens at the MTF50 reading. In our lens test of the 24-70 VR this looked quite different, but the D800E test camera with 36 megapixels used at that time also has a much higher resolution. The 24-70 VR achieves maximum resolution on the D5 at 50 percent contrast of 53 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in the image center at 24mm/F5.6 and 47 lp/mm at the edge of the image at 70mm/F16. But even with the aperture open, the lens reaches over 50 lp/mm in the wide-angle center of the image and over 40 lp/mm at the edge of the image. Dimming increases the center resolution a little, at the edge of the picture the lens can even increase a bit more in wide angle up to 47 lp/mm. Only with the smallest aperture F22 does the resolution decrease noticeably, but not critically. At medium focal length, the resolutions are at a similar level. At the long end of the focal length, on the other hand, the lens must be stopped down by two stops in order to exceed 50 lp/mm in the center of the image. With long focal lengths, F11 and higher provides a particularly even resolution of around 47 lp/mm in the center and at the edge of the image. A look at the sharpness artifacts reveals that Nikon is more offensive with the D5 than with his other DSLRs. This is particularly useful for photographers who want to pass on JPEG images in high quality without time-consuming editing.

The new 35mm full format sensor of the Nikon D5 resolves 21 megapixels and covers a very wide sensitivity range with ISO 50 to 3.3 million.

The Nikon D5’s memory card slot accommodates two of the somewhat exotic XQD memory cards that meet the high speed requirements of the D5. If you can do without performance, the D5 is also available with a double CF slot.

The large 27 Wh battery allows almost 3,800 shots with the Nikon D5.

With other measured values than the resolution, however, the 24-70 VR has to leave its mark. Thus, the chromatic aberration is on average low, but at medium and especially short focal lengths, clearly visible color fringes appear towards the edge of the image. The distortion is not exactly low either, with 3.5 percent tonne shape in wide-angle and over 1.5 percent cushion shape at medium and long focal lengths. The edge darkening of a good 50 percent (one f-stop) at F2.8 can be halved by fading down to F4, while the further fading down to F5.6 again significantly reduces it. After all, the gradient is very soft, so that the edge darkening is not too noticeable.

The signal-to-noise ratio is over 40 dB high from ISO 50 to ISO 400, but only at ISO 50 does it scratch the 45 dB mark. Up to ISO 6.400, the signal-to-noise ratio remains at an acceptable level of more than 35 dB, but drops significantly above it. At the four highest sensitivities of ISO 0.4, 0.8, 1.6 and 3.3 million, the value of 20 dB is clearly undershot. Up to ISO 0.8 million, the noise remains fine-grained with less than two pixels, but above ISO 6,400 brightness noise becomes increasingly visible. From around ISO 100,000 the noise becomes very strong. Above this sensitivity, strong color noise is added. At the two highest sensitivities of ISO 1.6 and 3.3 million, the noise even covers the subject to such an extent that the laboratory analysis software DxO Analyzer could no longer find the test charts within the images.

The measurement of texture sharpness shows an over-sharpening of the subject, especially at low sensitivities. Up to ISO 6.400 the value decreases steadily, but even at this high sensitivity all details are still shown. Only above this sensitivity does the measured value drop more strongly per ISO level. With ISO 12.800, image details are already lost, at the latest from ISO 25.600 this becomes obvious. Above this, the measurement curve breaks even steeper and from ISO 204.800 the images appear very blurred and poor in detail. So the Nikon D5 delivers very good readings up to high ISO 6.400, but can’t do magic about it either. In particular, the extension of the sensitivity range to up to ISO 3.3 million gives the impression that only the lower, small ISO range is usable. This ISO range, in which the D5 delivers crystal clear images, is already larger than that of most other cameras.

The input dynamics of the D5 are up to ISO 12.800 at a high level of over ten f-stops and even reach almost eleven f-stops. The tonal value curve is divided. Not exaggerated, but still enough to deliver high-contrast, pleasing images directly from the camera. The output tonal range is very good up to ISO 400 with over 224 of 256 levels, but then drops significantly with each sensitivity level. Up to ISO 3.200, however, the tonal range remains at a good level with at least 160 levels. From ISO 25.600 the value falls below the critical mark of 96 brightness levels, from ISO 409.600 it is even less than 32. The colour rendering of the D5 also reflects the JPEG processing towards images that look good directly from the camera. The colors are saturated, even very strong in the red and magenta range, cyan is strongly shifted towards blue. The actual color depth is good up to ISO 25,600 with over two million color gradations, up to ISO 3,200 it is even over four million. But here, too, the measured value drops massively at the high ISO sensitivities. At ISO 102.400 there are less than one million colors, at ISO 204.800 only slightly more than 250.000 and at ISO 819.200 only about 40.000.

Those who value image quality should therefore avoid the ISO settings H1 (204,800) and higher as the devil avoids holy water, but also the three ISO levels below (from 25,600) should only be used in an emergency. Those who want neutral images will definitely be at the wrong address with the JPEG factory settings. However, the D5 offers many possibilities to adapt the JPEG processing, to save it alternatively in the TIFF format or in the raw data format for the later, desired image processing.

Bottom line

The Nikon D5 not only has a price on a professional level, but also offers a corresponding return for that price. The case is large and heavy, but has a good grip and is super robust. The operating concept with its many buttons, wheels and control buttons, however, requires a corresponding training period, especially since some functions can only be accessed with key combinations despite extensive menus. But the D5 is above all characterized by its powerful autofocus, which is not only convincing on paper. In addition, there is the fast continuous shooting function, for which, however, one should use the XQD variant of the camera and thus have to accept the exotic memory cards. Image quality is very high over a wide sensitivity range from ISO 50 to 6,400. At the ultra-high sensitivities of up to ISO 3.3 million, however, the D5 proves to be a paper tiger, and Nikon cannot conjure up the magic either. The 21 megapixels offer on the one hand a high resolution, but without demanding too much of the lenses, so that with lenses like the 2.8 24-70 VR, which has clear edge blur at 36 megapixels, sharp images are possible.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Nikon
Model D5
Sensor CMOS 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)21.3 Megapixel (physical)
20.8 Megapixel (effective)
Pixel pitch 6.4 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.568 x 3.712 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens Nikon AF-S 24-70 mm 2.8E ED VR (zoom lens)
Reflex viewfinder Prism viewfinder, 100 percent image field coverage, 0.72x magnification (sensor-related), 0.72x magnification (KB equivalent), 17 mm eye distance, diopter correction from -3.0 to 1.0 dpt, replaceable focusing screens
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm)
Disbandment 2.359,000 pixels
Touchscreen yes
AV connector HDMI Mini Output (Type C)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic scene mode control
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function no
Exposure metering Matrix/multi-field measurement (180,000 fields), center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement
fastest shutter speed 1/8.000 s
Synchronous time 1/250 s
Flash connection Hot shoe: Nikon, standard center contact
GPS external, wired or plug-on receiver
Remote release yes, cable release
Interval shooting yes
Storage medium
Slot 2
automatic ISO 100-102,400
manually ISO 50-3.280.000
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 15399
Cross sensors54
Line sensors
Speed Phase Auto Focus: 0.25 s to 0.30 sLive View Auto Focus
: 0.46 s to 0.55 s
AF auxiliary light k. A.
Dimensions (mm) 160 x 159 x 92 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 1.389 g (housing only
)2.454 g (with lens)
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Battery life 3.780 images (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation


  • Extremely robust, ergonomic, but also very heavy housing
  • Very fast, reliable autofocus
  • High continuous shooting rate with long series of shots
  • With approx. 0.5 seconds the fastest Live View AF of all DSLRs to date
  • Very good image quality up to ISO 6,400


  • Partially somewhat opaque operating concept
  • ISO 1.6 and 3.2 million with unusable image quality
  • Exotic XQD memory card standard (CF version of D5 available with limited continuous shooting performance)

Firmwareupdate C 1.30 for the Nikon D5: New function and bugfixes

Nikon provides a new firmware version C 1.30 for the professional SLR camera D5. This brings a new function to the DSLR: The freely assignable buttons Fn1, Fn2, etc. can be used to program the new “Recall shooting function” function, which recalls previously defined exposure settings directly. This should allow you to quickly switch between different exposures. In addition, some problems related to network functions have been fixed and focal length specifications for certain lens/teleconverter combinations have been corrected. Further details about the firmware and the update procedure can be found on the Nikon website.

Nikon D5 with 24-70 mm.

Nikon D5 Datasheet


Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)21.3 megapixels (physical) and 20.8 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 6.4 µm
Photo resolution
5.568 x 3.712 pixels (3:2)
5.568 x 3.128 pixels (16:9)
4.640 x 3.712 pixels
4.640 x 3.088 Pixel (3:2)
4.176 x 2.784 pixels (3:2)
4.176 x 2.344 pixels (16:9)
3.840 x 2.160 pixels (16:9)
3.648 x 2.432 pixels (3:2)
3.648 x 2.048 Pixel (16:9)
3.472 x 2.784 pixels
3.472 x 2.313 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 1.856 pixels (3:2)
2.784 x 1.560 pixels (16:9)
2.736 x 1.824 Pixel (3:2)
2.736 x 1.536 pixels (16:9)
2.320 x 1.856 pixels
2.320 x 1.544 pixels (3:2)
1.920 x 1.080 Pixel (16:9)
1.824 x 1.216 pixels (3:2)
1.824 x 1.024 Pixel (16:9)
Picture formats JPG, RAW, TIF
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2), IPTC
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)


Lens mount
Nikon F


Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 153 sensors, 99 cross sensors and 54 line sensors, autofocus working range from -4 EV to 10 EV, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, Focus magnifier
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder SLR (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 17 mm eye relief with 0.72x magnification (0.7x KB equivalent), dioptre compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grating can be faded in
Monitor 3.2″ (8.0 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 2,359,000 pixels, viewing angle 170°, anti-reflective, brightness adjustable, with touch screen
Info display additional info display (top and rear) with lighting


Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 180,000 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 2% of the image field)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
1/8,000 to 1/30 s (Electronic Shutter)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 1/3 to 3 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/1 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 102.400 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 3.280.000 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, cable release
, remote control from computer: certain functions
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 7 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 10,000 K, Manual 6 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 12.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 200 stored photos, 14 fps with mirror flipped up,
Self-timer Self-timer every 10 s, special features: Additional 2, 5 or 20 s self-timer.
Timer Timer/interval recording with max. 89,991 recordings, start time adjustable
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function, live histogram


Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Nikon, standard centre contactFlash connection socket
: F-plug, Nikon system cable
Flash range Flash sync time 1/250 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, High Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Flash On Second Shutter Curtain, Flash Exposure Compensation from -3.0 EV to +1.0 EV


Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
second memory card slot
GPS function GPS external (wired or plug-on receiver)
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Nikon EN-EL18a (lithium ion (Li-Ion)
)3,780 images according to CIPA standardNikon
EH-6B power supply unit
Playback Functions Crop Images, Rotate Images, Protect Images, Highlight / Shadow Warning, Playback Histogram, Playback Magnifier, Image Index, Slide Show Function, Zoom Out
Picture parameters Noise suppression
Special functions Electronic spirit level, Grid can be displayed, Orientation sensor, Live View, User profiles with 4 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: LAN, USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo with power supply))
Audio output: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pole))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Case Splash guard
Features and Miscellaneous Image sensor cleaningReference image
for dust removal function (only in combination with Capture NX-D software)
Picture Control System (Standard, Neutral, Brilliant, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Individual)
3D Color Matrix Exposure Metering only for Type G, E and D Lens metering range
Exposure metering -3 to +20 EV (ISO 100 at 20 °C and F1:1.4)
Spot metering 0 to 20 EV (ISO 100 at 20 °C and F1:1.4)
Active D-Lighting with eight step exposure series

Flash, White Balance, and Active D-Lighting15 AF sensors
that support 1:8 speed55
AF points can be manually selected (35 cross sensors and 9 1:8 sensors)
Dynamic AF field control with 25, 75, or 153 fields3D trackingAutomatic

field group controlContrast AF
during Live View at any position of the field10-pin
accessory connectorEthernet socket

Technical information The Nikon D5 comes in two different versions. These differ in that one variant only has two XQD memory card slots. The second variant, on the other hand, has two CF memory card slots.

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 160 x 159 x 92 mm
Weight 1.389 g (operational)


included accessories Nikon AN-DC15 Storage AccessoriesNikon
BF-1B (Case Cover)
Nikon BS-3 (Shoe Cover)
Nikon EN-EL18a Special BatteryNikon
MH-26a Special Battery ChargerNikon
and HDMI Cable Clips, CD-ROM, Quick Reference Guide
optional accessory Nikon GP-1 (GPS Receiver
)Nikon MC-35 (GPS Adapter) Other AccessoriesNikon
WR-1 (Wireless Remote Control)NikonWR-A10 Wireless Remote ControlNikon
WR-R10 Wireless Remote Control

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