Nikon D5 (no lens included)
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Great camera body! Quality that is getting hard to find these days.
The Nikon D5 offers you a choice between dual CompactFlash and dual XQD media slots (shown with XQD slots)
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'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 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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Great camera body! Quality that is getting hard to find these days.
James, FARMINGVILLE, NY
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Great camera body! Quality that is getting hard to find these days.
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
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
CompactFlash Type I |
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||5568 x 3712|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||49.9|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
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 CF (CompactFlash) memory cards. A D5 that accepts XQD 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 |
|4K UHD |
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 |
|60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p||24/12 Mbps||29 min. 59 sec|
Dual Media Slots: The D5 has dual media slots that can accommodate CF (CompactFlash) memory cards up to 256 GB. Only Type I CF cards (not Type II or microdrives) can be used in the camera. 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 CF memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the camera (as of December 2016):
Note: Click here to see a Nikon D5 that accepts XQD 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:
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:
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.
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:
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:
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: 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.
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:
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Probably not, but you can easily download and install any firmware upgrade from the NIKON website. [ Fritz Aug 22, 2016 ]
No it came with firmware ver1.0, but was able to download the new ver 1.1 directly from Nikon. [ John Aug 20, 2016 ]