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Nikon D5 (no lens included)

20.8-megapixel full-frame sensor DSLR (Dual XQD slots)

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Our take on the Nikon D5 (no lens included)

How is the Nikon D5 like a cat? It can see in the dark, track and capture fast-moving targets large and small, and is super-flexible.

Nikon D5 dual media slots

The Nikon D5 offers you a choice between dual CompactFlash and dual XQD media slots (shown with XQD slots)

Powerful, precise, and ready for action

How is the Nikon D5 like a cat? It can see in the dark, track and capture fast-moving targets large and small, and is super-flexible.

Low-light performance like you've never seen

Nikon's latest flagship FX-format DSLR handles low-light and continuous shooting situations with feline dexterity. The combined power of the D5's 20.8-megapixel full-frame sensor and Nikon's latest EXPEED 5 image processor results in high-quality images with reduced noise and faithful color rendering. This potent combination allows for an ISO range of 100-102,400, expandable all the way up to 3,280,000 — the widest native and expanded ISO ranges to date in a Nikon full-frame DSLR, and the widest we've seen yet in any DSLR.

A dedicated processor for fast, accurate autofocus

A second processor makes the D5's autofocus system Nikon's fastest and most accurate yet. This next-generation AF system operates in near-darkness (EV -4), complementing the camera's extended ISO range. With this kind of low-light imaging power, you won't have to shy away from poorly lit scenes anymore — brand new shooting possibilities await you.

Selectable autofocus modes for pinpoint accuracy,

An impressive 153 autofocus points (with 55 selectable points) let you stay locked on target, even when your subject is on the move. Group-Area autofocus mode recognizes small groups of autofocus points as a single point, for enhanced tracking of smaller details like facial expressions. 3D Focus Tracking ensures accurate focusing no matter the subject's location on the image plane.

An expert at continuous shooting

With its substantial autofocus and processing power, the D5 can capture up to 200 images (RAW or JPEG) in a single burst, at a rate of 12 frames per second. The new 180K RGB Advanced Scene Recognition System evaluates brightness, contrast, and other factors to ensure accurate exposure and white balance settings for each shot.

4K movies bring your vision to life in stunning Ultra High Definition

The D5 is Nikon's first FX-format DSLR with 4K video recording capabilities. It also lets you create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera from consecutive still shots. The D5 records 4K movies at rates of up to 30 frames per second, with an angle of view of approximately 1.5X the focal length of the lens attached to the camera. (If you're using a 16mm lens, for example, the effective focal length will be 24mm in 4K UHD movie mode.)

Get more out of your lenses

Three other image area options are available for recording in HD (720p) or Full HD (1080p), giving you a choice of perspectives. The FX-based format uses the entire sensor for the widest field of view. The DX-based format gives a 1.5X crop of the camera's full-frame sensor. And 1920x1080 crop movie format increases the lens's effective focal length by around 3X, for the smallest recording area.

Pro-level movie features

The D5 is a serious multimedia machine with features to make videographers take notice. Nikon's Flat Picture Control lets you shoot with post-processing in mind, while Zebra Stripes help you monitor the brightness of a given scene. You can also record simultaneously to the camera's memory cards and to an external recorder via the camera's HDMI output. A dedicated power aperture button gives you smooth exposure transitions when moving from bright to dark areas, and Auto ISO works to maintain consistent brightness in changing light. Whether you use the D5's built-in stereo mic or connect an optional external microphone, audio levels can be adjusted in 20 increments. A headphone jack lets you monitor audio recording at 30 different volume levels.

Creative lighting with fewer limits

To us, the arrival of Nikon's new radio control Advanced Wireless Lighting System looks like the start of something big — wireless flash control that's not dependent on line-of-sight. The near-total flash placement freedom of a radio control system gives you more creative control than ever. The D5 is Nikon's first full-frame DSLR to incorporate control for this system. Add one or more of the new SB-5000 Speedlight flash units, along with the WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (not included), and you'll be able to control up to six groups of flashes from anywhere at all within 98 feet, even from another room.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.8-megapixel effective recording
  • full-frame Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (23.9mm x 35.9 mm)
  • 4K video recording up to 30 frames per second
  • 3.2" high-resolution (2,359,000 dot) LCD touchscreen with brightness adjustment and 170-degree wide viewing angle (touch for playback only)
  • bright, eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with built-in diopter adjustment
  • durable magnesium alloy body is well-sealed against dust, electromagnetic interference, and moisture
  • back-illuminated controls make adjustments easy in low light
  • Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with dedicated processor has 153 focus points (55 selectable) and 99 cross-type sensors
    • all 153 focus points are compatible with AF Nikkor lenses f/5.6 or faster
    • 15 central focus points (9 selectable) work with effective aperture of f/8
  • 7 autofocus area modes for different subjects and conditions
    • 3D Focus Tracking for accurate, high-speed focusing
    • Group-area autofocus mode links 5 autofocus sensors together as a single focus point for better tracking of small, fast-moving subjects
  • focus can be locked by pressing shutter release button halfway
  • Nikon EXPEED 5 image processor optimized for high data-rate images, longer battery life, and 4K Ultra HD video
  • two live view shooting modes: Photography Live View and Movie Live View add use-specific flexibility
  • Virtual Horizon indicator for composing level photos, no matter the camera's orientation
  • Active D-Lighting (with auto setting mode) and D-Lighting bracketing for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • interval timer with exposure smoothing for more even looking time lapse movies in up to 4K resolution (up to 9999 frames shot within 1 week of one another)
  • Compatible with Nikon's new radio controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting System
    • requires SB-5000 Speedlight, WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, and WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller (sold separately)
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with most Nikon lenses
  • DX Series lenses compatible at reduced image sizes (DX format — see below)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • shutter speed range: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb, time
  • flash sync up to 1/250 second, synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
  • continuous high-speed shooting up to 12 frames per second with full autofocus and metering for each frame
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent): 100-102,400
  • six expanded ISO settings: Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 204,800), Hi-2 (ISO 409,600), Hi-3 (ISO 819,200), Hi-4 (ISO 1,638,400), Hi-5 (ISO 3,280,000)
  • ISO Auto control when shooting video in manual exposure mode
File Formats and Storage:
  • records images as NEF (RAW) (12-bit or 14-bit uncompressed, lossless compressed, or compressed, large, medium, or small), TIFF (RGB), or JPEG (fine, normal, or basic compression)
  • maximum image size in FX format (pixels): 5,568 x 3,712
  • maximum image size in DX format (pixels): 3,648 x 2,432
Video Formats:
  • 4K UHD (30, 25, 24 frames per second)
    • Shoots 4K video with approximately 1.5X image area
  • Full HD 1080p (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 frames per second)
  • HD 720p (60, 50, frames per second)
    • 3 image area options add versatility to Full HD and HD recording
  • simultaneous video recording to memory card and external recorder
  • dual media slots accept XQD memory cards — not compatible with other storage media
Connections and Dimensions:
  • HDMI output (Type C mini connector)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • 3.5mm headphone and stereo microphone jack
  • 1000 Base-T (Gigabit) wired LAN
  • 10-pin remote terminal
  • 6-5/16"W x 6-1/4"H x 3-5/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (with battery and media): 49.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable EN-EL18a lithium ion battery
  • MH-26a battery charger
  • viewfinder eyepiece
  • UC-E22 USB cable with cable clip
  • neck strap
  • body cap
  • accessory shoe cap
  • HDMI cable clip

What's in the Box:

  • Nikon D5 body (XQD-type)
  • BF-1B Body cap (installed)
  • DK-17F Fluorine-coated viewfinder eyepiece (installed)
  • DK-27 Eyepiece adapter (installed)
  • BS-3 Accessory shoe cover
  • BL-6 Battery chamber cover (installed)
  • EN-EL18a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (10.8V 2500mAh 27Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • MH-26a Battery charger (12.6V 1.2A)
  • 6' AC power cable (non-polarized C7 plug)
  • 39" UC-E22 USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and a Micro-B 3.0 USB on other end)
  • USB cable clip
  • HDMI cable clip
  • AN-DC15 Neck Strap
  • User Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Warranty Programs card

Great camera body! Quality that is getting hard to find these days.



Nikon D5 (no lens included) Reviews

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Nikon D5 (no lens included)

James from FARMINGVILLE, NY on 7/29/2017

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Great camera body! Quality that is getting hard to find these days.



Nikon D5 (no lens included)

Rubin from Richmond Hill, NY on 4/17/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've owned the D800/D4/D4S and a few other NIKON DSLR but this D5 is very very good for sports and fast moving objects. And taking pictures at night.

Pros: fast for action.

Cons: mega pixel count


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3.2"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi Optional
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent None included
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media XQD Memory Card
Sensor Size Full-frame
Megapixels 20.8
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 5568 x 3712
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Width (inches) 6-5/16
Height (inches) 6-1/4
Depth (inches) 3-5/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 49.6
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Optional Accessories
Play, Print and Edit Features
Battery Information
Computer Requirements

Recording Features

Overview: The D5 is Nikon's new flagship full-frame digital SLR, built for today's working professionals and photography enthusiasts. It can produce stunning 20.8MP still images and broadcast quality 4K video. The camera has the Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including Type G, E, or D lenses, as well as DX lenses (image area is automatically cropped). The package includes the camera body with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and battery charger. No lenses are included with this "body only" kit.

Note: Two versions of the D5 are available. This version accepts XQD memory cards. A D5 that accepts CF (Compact Flash) cards is also available.

Image Sensor: The D5 is equipped with a new FX-format, 35.9 x 23.9mm CMOS image sensor with 20.8 million effective pixels (and 21.33 million total pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format (36 x 24), or switch to 1.2x (30 x 20), 5:4 (30 x 24) or DX format (24 x 16).

Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu.

Magnesium Alloy Body: The D5 is made with rugged, durable, and lightweight magnesium alloy. The body is weather-sealed to resist dust, moisture, and electromagnetic interference.

EXPEED 5 Image Processing: The new EXPEED 5 processor is Nikon's most powerful processor ever, providing superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. A second processor was added just to handle autofocusing. The EXPEED 5 can also handle data-intensive tasks, like 4K video recording, with ease. This new image processor giving you an increased number of shots (12 fps vs. 10 fps for the D4S) during continuous shooting. EXPEED 5 makes the camera more efficient, with more shots per charge: 3780 vs. 3020 (with EXPEED 4).

Still Image Size/Quality: The D5 records still images in JPEG, TIFF (RGB), and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image sizes:

Format (Image Area) Large Medium Small
FX (36 x 24) 5568 x 3712 4176 x 2784 2784 x 1856
1.2x (30 x 20) 4640 x 3088 3472 x 2312 2320 x 1544
DX (24 x 16) 3648 x 2432 2736 x 1824 1824 x 1216
5:4 (30 x 24) 4640 x 3712 3472 x 2784 2320 x 1856
During Movie Movie Mode
4K 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
FX Large 5568 x 3128
Medium 4176 x 2344
Small 2784 x 1560
DX Large 3648 x 2048
Medium 2736 x 1536
Small 1824 x 1024
1920 x 1080 crop 1920 x 1080

* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the downloadable Capture NX-D software.

Movies: The camera can record movies in MOV format with MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video coding and Linear PCM audio. Audio is recorded using the built-in monaural microphone, or an external stereo microphone. Image quality can be set to High or Normal. The available movie options include:

Option Frame Rate Maximum Bit Rate
(High Quality/Normal)
Maximum Length
3840 x 2160
30p, 25p, 24p 144 (HQ only) 3 minutes
Full HD
1920 x 1080
60p, 50p 48/24 Mbps 10 minutes
Full HD
1920 x 1080
30p, 25p, 24p 24/12 Mbps 29 min. 59 sec
1280 x 720
60p, 50p 24/12 Mbps 29 min. 59 sec
1920 x 1080
(DX crop)
60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p 24/12 Mbps 29 min. 59 sec

Dual Media Slots: The D5 has dual media slots that can accommodate XQD Memory cards up to 128 GB. The second card slot can be used as an Overflow (when the card in slot 1 is full), as a Backup (saving each picture on both cards), or to separate photos of different formats (RAW in Slot 1; JPEGs in Slot 2). No memory cards are supplied with the camera. The following XQD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera (as of December 2016):

  • Sony G-series: QD-G32A, QD-G64A, QD-G128A
  • Sony S-series: QD-S32/QD-S32E, QD-S64/QD-S64E
  • Sony H-series: QD-H16, QD-H32
  • Sony N-series: QD-N32, QD-N64
  • Lexar Professional: 1100x, 1333x, 2933x
Note: Click here to see a Nikon D5 that accepts CF (CompactFlash) cards.

Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 200 photographs can be taken in succession, depending upon the image format, image size, and recording media. The display will indicate the number of images you can take until the memory buffer is full.

Touch-sensitive LCD Monitor: The Nikon D5 features 3.2-inch, 2,359,000-dot (XGA), color TFT LCD monitor with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using manual control or an ambient brightness sensor. The D5 features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting. The touch screen can be used to position the focus point during live view, measure a value for preset manual white balance, and for typing. During playback you can swipe to view images, zoom in or out of images, view thumbnails, and view movies.

Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the D5 has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage in FX format (97% in other formats). It has a diopter adjustment knob so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.72x magnification. The viewfinder also has a built-in eyepiece shutter to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod. The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark IX screen with superimposed AF brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject. The DK-27 eyepiece adapter and the easy-to-clean DK-17F Fluorine-coated eyepiece is supplied with the camera.

Ethernet and Wireless Networks: The D5 has an RJ-45 Ethernet port, and can be connected to a 1000 Base-T (gigabit) wired LAN network. You can also connect an optional WT-6 or WT-5 wireless transmitter to the camera's peripheral connector for connecting to a wireless network. Through the wired or wireless network, you can upload photos to a computer, control the camera from a computer (using special software), take photos or view existing photos remotely via a browser-equipped computer or smartphone, and synchronize the shutter releases of multiple remote cameras with a controlling "master" camera.

Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the D5's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the D5 while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.

153-Point Autofocus System: The D5 is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module, which features up to 153 focus point with 99 cross-type sensors, and a fully dedicated AF processor. You can configure the AF system in 153-, 72, and 25-point coverage during continuous AF. All 153 points are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses f/5.6 or faster, while 15 central points work with an effective aperture of f/8.

Vertical Shooting Controls: The camera features separate controls that are positioned for use during vertical shooting: a shutter-release button, Fn and AF-On buttons, main- and sub-command dials and a sub selector. These controls allow you to operate the camera more naturally when the body is rotated counter clockwise for portrait-orientation photography.

AF-Area Modes: The D5 offers a choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single-Point AF: The camera will focus on the subject in the selected focus point only.
  • Dynamic Area AF: The camera offers a choice of four different size areas to match the movement of the subject, using groups of 9, 25, 72, or all 153 focus points.
  • 3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, the camera will track subjects that leave the selected focus point and select new focus points as required.
  • Group-area AF: The camera focuses on a group of focus points selected by the user, reducing the risk of the camera focusing on the background instead of on the main subject.
  • Auto Area AF: The camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point. If a face is detected, the camera will give priority to the portrait subject.

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:

  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed. Recommended for stationary subjects.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus. Recommended for moving subjects.
  • Manual (MF): focus is adjusted manually using the lens focusing ring

Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.

Electronic Rangefinder: The camera's Electronic Rangefinder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 55 focus points).

Release Modes: The release mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Single Frame: camera takes one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
  • Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is held down, the camera records 1 to 10 frames per second, as selected in the menu.
  • Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held down, the camera records continuously at a high rate. You can choose from 10, 11, 12, or 14 frames per second. When 14 fps is selected, the mirror is raised and locked in the up position.
  • Quiet Shutter-Release: during single frame shooting, noise is reduced by disabling the beeps and minimizing the sound produced when the mirror drops back into place.
  • Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds
  • Mirror Up: choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera movement can result in blurred photographs

Interval Timer Photography: The D5 is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can select the number of intervals, and the number of shots taken per interval. The interval length can be set in hours, minutes, and seconds. You can also set up the camera to take a silent time-lapse movie, with the frame size, frame rate, and image area currently selected in the movie shooting menu. Abrupt changes in exposure can be smoothed if in Auto Exposure mode.

Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.

  • Programmed Auto (P): camera sets shutter speed and aperture for optimal exposure according to a built-in program; recommended for snapshots and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
  • Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results; use to freeze or blur motion. The shutter speed can be set from 30 to 1/8000 seconds.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto (A): user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground and background into focus for landscape shots
  • Manual (M): user controls both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure

Long Time-Exposures: When the M (manual) exposure mode is selected, you can choose between two Long Time-Exposure modes: Bulb and Time. During Bulb shooting, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks (an optional tripod and optional remote cord are recommended to prevent blur). Time exposures start when the shutter-release button is pressed on the camera or an optional remote control. The shutter remains open until the button is pressed a second time.

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings: AE/AF Lock, AE Lock only, AF Lock only, AE Lock Hold, AE Lock Reset, and AF On.

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV.

Metering: The D5 utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:

  • 3D Color Matrix III: If using a type G, D, or E lens, you can utilize 3D Color Matrix Metering III (or Color Matrix Metering III with other CPU lenses). The camera meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the area in the center of the frame. The diameter of the circle can be set to 8, 12, 15, or 20mm, or weighting can be based on the average of the entire frame. (Non-CPU lenses use a 12mm circle or average of entire frame.)
  • Spot: The camera meters inside a 4mm diameter circle (approximately 1.5% of frame). The circle is centered on the selected focus area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.
  • Highlight-weighted: The camera assigns the greatest weight to highlights to reduce loss of detail in highlights.

Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to ten NEF (RAW) exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor. You can choose Series Mode, Single Mode, or Off, and from four overlay modes: Add, Average, Lighten, or Darken.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto (3 options), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values (2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.

Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV, and the number of shots to 2, 3, 5, 7, or 9. In exposure, flash level, and ADL bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance. Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.

ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 102400 in steps of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, or 1 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo-0.3 (equivalent to ISO 80) through Lo-1 (ISO 50), and Hi-0.3 (ISO 128,000) through Hi-5 (ISO 3,280,000) are available.

Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers seven preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene:

  • Standard: standard processing for balanced results; recommended for most situations
  • Neutral: minimal processing for natural results; recommended for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched
  • Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect; recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors
  • Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs
  • Portrait: process portrait for skin with natural texture and a rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
  • Flat: details are preserved over a wide tone range; good for photos that will be retouched or processed later

Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The following manual adjustments can be made:

  • Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
  • Sharpening: controls the sharpness of outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness automatically according to the scene
  • Clarity: adjust clarity manually or automatically
  • Contrast: adjust contrast automatically according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
  • Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
  • Saturation (for non-monochrome): automatically adjust saturation according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to lower or increase your subject's saturation
  • Hue (for non-monochrome): adjust your subject's hue from -3 to +3 to change the level of Hue
  • Filter Effects (for monochrome): simulate the effect of color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or off
  • Toning (for monochrome): choose the tint used in monochrome photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Blue, Purple Blue, or Red Purple.

Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the camera.

Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal, High, Extra High 1, Extra High 2, and Off.

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): The D5 does not have a built-in flash. Optional flash units can be attached to the camera's accessory shoe. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used with CLS-compatible flash units, such as the SB-R200, SB-300, SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and the new flagship flash SB-5000. The following flash modes are supported:

  • Front-Curtain Sync: This mode is recommended for most situations. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto modes, the shutter speed will automatically be set to values between 1/250 and 1/60 seconds.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights for approximately one second before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect.
  • Red-Eye Reduction With Slow Sync: Combines red-eye reduction with slow sync for use with portraits taken against a backdrop of night scenery. (Tripod recommended)
  • Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light. (Tripod recommended)
  • Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto, slow rear-curtain sync is used to capture both subject and background. (Tripod recommended)

Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:

  • i-TTL Balanced Fill-flash for Digital SLR: Used with matrix and center-weighted metering, the flash emits a series of nearly invisible pre-flashes immediately before the main flash. Pre-flashes reflected from objects in all areas of the frame are picked up by the 180,000-pixel RGB sensor and are analyzed, along with range information, to adjust the flash output.
  • Standard i-TTL Flash for Digital SLR: Flash output is adjusted to bring lighting in the frame to a standard level. This mode is automatically activated when spot metering is selected.

Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, or 1 EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.

FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.

Optional Accessories

HDMI: The camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV or other high-definition video device via an HDMI cable. The output resolution to Auto, 2160p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, or 480p.

MC-30/MC-36 Remote Shutter Release: The D5 has a 10-pin remote terminal that can be used to connect optional remote controls, such as the MC-22, MC-30, or MC-36 Remote Cords. Remote Shutter Release cables can help prevent camera shake by triggering the shutter release without touching the camera. The MC-36 is 36" long and can be programmed for interval timer photography and long time-exposures.

Wireless Remote Controllers: The WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controller allows the D5 to be controlled wirelessly using radio frequencies. When the WR-R10 is attached to the 10-pin remote terminal using a WR-A10 adapter, you can control the camera using a WR-T10 wireless remote controller. The WR-R10 can also be used to control radio-controlled flash units.

GP-1A GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1A is an optional GPS unit designed for use with Nikon digital cameras, including the D5. When connected to the 10-pin remote terminal, the GP-1A allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be recorded with each photograph taken.

ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the ME-1 play back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable. The ME-1 has a 3.5mm microphone plug that connects to the camera's microphone jack.

Additional Connectors: In addition to the 10-pin Remote Terminal, HDMI, and Microphone input, the D5 also includes the following connectors:

  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed: The Micro-B USB SuperSpeed 3.0 connection lets you connect the camera to your PC using the supplied UC-E22 USB cable.
  • RJ-45: The RJ-45 jack lets you connect the camera to a wired LAN.
  • Peripheral Connector: The camera's peripheral connector allows you to connect the optional WT-6 or WT-5 Wireless Transmitter. This lets you upload pictures over a wireless network, control the camera from a computer, or take and browse pictures remotely from a computer or smart device.
  • Headphone Jack: The camera has a 3.5mm stereo headphone output to allow you to monitor audio during movie recording.
  • Flash Sync: A sync cable can be connected to the camera's sync terminal for optional flash units when required.

Play, Print and Edit Features

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically during playback, or when viewed using the ViewNX-i or CaptureNX-D software.

Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:

  • Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all the images in the selected folder or folders
  • Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images in the current folder, all folders created with the D5, or all folders on the memory card
  • Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected pictures. Hidden images can only be deleted by formatting the memory card.
  • Display Options: choose from either a detailed display of information or a basic display of information
  • Copy Images: copy pictures from one memory card to another
  • Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken.
  • After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
  • After Burst: Choose whether the camera displays the first or last photo in the burst after photos are taken using continuous release mode.
  • Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback
  • Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after the other in a slide-show fashion. You can select the type of images to display, and how long each photo will be displayed, and if audio will be played.

Full-Frame Playback: During Full-Frame playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72 (9 x 8) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 21x for large images, up to 16x for medium images, and up to 10x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

Retouch Menu: The Retouch Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options: NEF (RAW) processing, Trim, Resize, D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Straighten, Monochrome, Distortion control, Perspective control, Filter effects, Monochrome, Image overlay, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.

Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be viewed in CaptureNX-D or ViewNX-i software as metadata.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Battery Information

Battery: The D5 is powered by the EN-EL18a Lithium-ion battery (10.8 V, 2500 mAh, 27 Wh). A fully-charged EN-EL18a can provide enough power for approximately 3780 shots (CIPA standard) or 110 minutes of HD footage. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes using the supplied MH-26a battery charger.

Note: EN-EL18 batteries (10.8V, 2000mAh) can also be used in the camera.

Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended periods on ordinary household current with the optional EP-6 power connector and EH-6b AC adapter.

Computer Requirements

ViewNX-i: No software is included with the D5. You can download Nikon's ViewNX-i software for uploading and viewing pictures and videos. In addition, Nikon's Capture NX-D, which launches within ViewNX-i, can be used for editing and fine-tuning photos, and to change the settings of NEF (RAW) images and convert them to other formats. For editing movies and creating multi-media projects, ViewNX-Movie Editor software (included with ViewNX-i) can be used.

Supported Operating Systems: ViewNX-i software is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows: Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (including Pro and Enterprise), and Windows 7 (Home Basic, Home Premium Service Pack 1, Professional SP1, Enterprise SP1, and Ultimate SP1)
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.12, 10.11.6, or 10.10.5

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