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Nikon D5 Camera - Dual XQD Slots

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The Nikon D5 Camera - Dual XQD Slots

The D5 is Nikon’s flagship pro-grade DSLR and upgrade to the D4s. This is the dual XQD slot model – Nikon MFR #1557. Key features include:

Major Upgrade. Notable improvements over the D4s include a new 20.8MP FX sensor with higher sensitivity, an all-new autofocus system, 12 fps continuous shooting, and 4K video recording.

Sensitivity You Didn’t Know You Needed. The all-new 20.8MP full-frame sensor is paired with an EXPEED 5 processor to give you a native ISO range of 100-102,400. That not fast enough for you? Don’t worry; it’s expandable to 50-3,280,000! Now you can shoot those glamour portraits lit by the glow of your smartphone in your pocket.

High-Speed Autofocus/Frame Rate. The D5 boasts a new Multi-CAM 20K AF system that offers 153 phase-detection AF points with 99 cross-type sensors. However, please note that only 55 of those points are selectable. Further improvements to Nikon’s tracking focus system promise even better continuous-focus performance. Pair that with the 12 fps high-speed continuous frame rate and 200-frame RAW buffer limit, and you’d have to work hard to not get your shot.

4K Video. The D5 isn’t just for sports photography; it’s capable of in-camera 4K UHD recording at 24/25/30p (DX crop only), Full HD up to 1080/60p, and uncompressed output to an external recorder via HDMI mini input. Stereo audio can be captured in-camera or externally via 1/8" mic input, while a separate 1/8" headphone input and 20-step manual adjustment enables precision audio monitoring. Still no focus peaking or zebra warnings, so we recommend using an external electronic viewfinder/video monitor with those features.

Professional Build. As you’d expect, the pro-grade D5 is built like a beast. The magnesium-alloy body features built-in vertical grip, elaborate weather-sealing, multiple customizable buttons, bright 0.72x optical pentaprism with 100% viewfinder coverage, and a EN-EL18a battery life rated at 3780 shots per charge. Notably new to the D5 is a large touch-sensitive 3.2" rear LCD with familiar smartphone-like navigation.

Dual XQD Only. While the D5 is sold in two different memory-card configurations, this listing is for the dual XQD version. To reiterate, CompactFlash (CF) cards are not compatible with this camera.

Wireless Slave Flash Capability. The D5 offers support for the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight wireless control, but it requires the use of the Nikon WR-R10/T10/A10 Wireless Remote Adapter Set. This enables the camera and flash to wirelessly control up to 6 groups of flashes from up to 98 feet away, free from line-of-sight restrictions.

Lynn's Take

The Nikon D5…is a beast! At 12 fps, it feels at first like it’s going to jump out of your hand. The autofocus is about as good as it gets. Excellent performance in any light with an expandable ISO range to 3.2 million. 4K video capabilities. What’s not to like? It only takes XQD Memory cards which can be inconvenient for some, but worth it to get this kind of performance. I was a little disappointed though that Wifi was only available with the addition of Nikon’s Wft dongle. Indeed a beast, the D5 isn’t subtle. The shutter is loud, and like its predecessors, it’s big and heavy, so definitely not for everyone. Otherwise, in many ways, it’s the toughest and baddest around.

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