The flagship Nikon D5 DSLR Camera features a 20 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor capable of a native ISO of 102400. A frame rate of up to 12 fps will ensure every moment captured to perfection. A 153 point autofocus system guarantees exceptional focus tracking under extremely demanding conditions. The D5 features a 3.2" Touch Screen LCD making navigating the menu a breeze.
The D5 delivers an exceptionally sharp viewfinder image, stable even during 12 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting. It features an incomparable autofocus system with 153 focus points including 99 cross sensors. It provides EXPEED 5 to maintain saturated colours and clarity between ISOISOExposure is controlled by three elements: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. The ISO speed determines how sensitive a camera's sensor is to incoming light. A higher ISO speed absorbs more light, resulting in a brighter exposure, however, a higher ISO also results in more digital noise in low-light conditions. Cameras with larger sensors (like full-frame cameras) typically have higher ISO speed capability and produce less digital noise at high ISO settings. Digital cameras include a control for adjusting ISO speed, some of which can be set to adjust automatically in combination with certain other exposure settings. ISO is indicated in numbers usually starting at 100 and going upward (200, 400, 800, 1600 etc.) doubling in sensitivity each time. Most cameras also indicate 3rd stop intervals (100, 125, 180, 200 etc.) 100 and 102400. Coverage is exceptionally wide, and a new bufferBUFFERInternal camera memory used to cue images for saving to the memory card. This cueing is necessary due to the inherent writing speed limit of memory cards. When the buffer becomes full, it creates a bottleneck and the shooting rate reduces dramatically to compensate for the memory card speed limit. More professional cameras typically have much larger buffers which can cue a larger amount of images before the shooting rate is reduced. allows up to 200 NEF (RAW) images to be captured during one high-speed burst. Combining 4K/UHD video capability, rugged reliability, a new radio-controlled flash system, wireless transmission and NIKKOR’s unparalleled lens line-up, the new D5 opens up a clear path for you to take your step forward. Endless new territory for your photography lies within each millisecond. Go there, and discover your masterpiece.
20.8 megapixelPIXELThe shortening of 'picture element', a basic unit of programmable colour forming the dots that make up an image. Pixel size depends on a camera’s resolution, which is measured in megapixels (MP), meaning millions of pixels. The more pixels on a sensor, the smaller they have to be to fit. An image's number (or density) of pixels correlate to the amount of information and image holds. Cameras with more pixels on the sensor have a higher pixel density and thus more resolving power, able to capture smaller details with much more clarity and accuracy. Higher resolution images can be cropped more agressively and also produce better quality large prints. FX-format CMOS sensor
EXPEED 5 image processor
3.2" 2.36 m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor
4K UHD video recording at 30 fps
Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system
Native ISO 102400, extend to ISO 3280000
12 fps shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
180k-pixel RGB sensor & group area AF
14-bit RAW files & 12-Bit RAW S format
1000 base-T gigabit wired LAN support
Tracks Fast-Moving Subjects with Precision
With an incredible 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors, the D5 offers exceptionally wide coverage. Small subjects moving at high speed can be tracked with a new level of precision. Subjects at the edge of the frame are easily detected, and vertical shooting is vastly improved. AF sensitivity down to -4 EV enables superior low-light performance, and all AF modes have been improved. The system is configurable in 153-point, 72-point and 25-point coverage settings in Continuous AF mode. All 153 focus points are compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses with an open apertureAPERTUREAperture, shutter speed and ISO form what is known as the exposure triangle in photography. Aperture refers to an opening inside the lens, similar to the iris of your eye, that changes in diameter to control the amount of light that enters a camera. Aperture is expressed in f-stops: the lower the number, the larger the aperture, e.g. f/1.4 is larger than f/8. A larger (or wider) aperture allows more light to pass through the lens to the sensor (film) as a picture is taken, particularly useful in low-light conditions. A larger aperture also produces a shallower depth-of-field, and thus more background blur. of f/5.6 or faster, and 15 central focus points work with an effective aperture of f/8. The camera’s high-performance buffer allows up to 200 NEF (RAW) or large JPEG images to be captured during one high-speed burst: enough to cover an entire 100 m sprint final without taking your finger off the shutter-release button.
Shoot Up to 12 fps with AE/EF Tracking
Thanks to a new AF ASIC unit, maximum computing power is allocated to AF at all times. No matter how fast the action, the camera does not compromise. Shoot at up to 12 fps with AE/AF tracking, or at up to 14 fps with mirror up. AF tracking and viewfinder visibility are vastly improved when shooting sports or any scene in which subjects tend to change direction suddenly. Faster sequential shutter and mirror mechanisms significantly reduce viewfinder blackout during high-speed bursts. For ultimate precision, pair the D5 with a professional NIKKOR lens equipped with SPORT VR mode, such as the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E or the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E. SPORT VR mode also delivers a stable viewfinder image when tracking high-speed movement. Combine the D5 with one of these lenses and you will capture fast-moving, unpredictable subjects with unprecedented smoothness.
Accurate Subject Recognition & Image Detail
The 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor and 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor deliver phenomenally accurate subject recognition and image detail. Even if you are shooting fast sports indoors, this camera will get you the shot. And not just any shot: tonal gradations are richer and more accurate. The D5 also boasts a new 3.2 inch, 2360k-dot LCD monitor, which offers touch operation in review mode. With a level of responsiveness comparable to smartphones, this high-resolution screen means you can easily check and select key images on the spot. Shoot in Live View and you can use touch operation to change the focus point, or acquire preset Spot White Balance data, based on the selected area within the frame. For even greater control, Picture Control 2.0 makes it easy to define parameters whether you are shooting stills or video. Ease post-production with the Flat pre-setting for maximum dynamic range and fine-adjust details with the Clarity pre-setting.
Improved Low-Light Possibilities
With a standard ISO range of 100 to 102400, the D5 opens boundless possibilities for low-light shooting. Thanks to the camera’s new EXPEED 5 image processing engine, image quality is unprecedentedly high across the standard ISO range. This exceptionally clean performance is made possible by a signal processing system optimised for the new sensor's 25% higher pixel count. Fine noiseNOISEThe appearance of random pixels scattered over a photo, similar to the grain effect seen in film photography, which degrades photo quality almost as if it is stained. It occurs when taking photos in low-light conditions, with very slow shutter speeds on high sensitivity (ISO) settings. It is caused by amplification done by the sensor when high ISO settings are used. You can counteract digital noise by lowering the sensitivity (ISO) setting of your camera - the lower the ISO setting, the lower the noise in the image. Typically cameras with larger sensors (like full-frame cameras) will inherently produce less noise due to larger pixels on the sensor. is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISOs retain their quality. In an incredible feat of engineering, the ISO range can now be extended to ISO 3280000 equivalent, at the Hi 5 setting. Designed for specialist use, such as surveillance or security applications, these astonishingly high ISO counts enable colour images to be captured without a flash in astronomical twilight, which is equivalent to an amazingly low 0.001 lux.
4K High-Definition Movies
As the first Nikon DSLR to record high-definition 4K/UHD movies in-camera, the D5 brings moviemaking flexibility to the forefront of the pack. 4K movies (3840x2160 pixels) can be recorded at 30p/25p/24p in dot-by-dot native pixel crop, which ensures the highest image quality. Shooting in Full HD (1080p) video allows you to record at frame rates up to 50p/60p in multiple sensor crop formats, including native Full HD pixel crop. And when filming in M mode, sensitivity for all video resolutions and crop modes can be set from ISO 100 all the way up to Hi 5. Auto ISO allows ISO 200 up to Hi 5, and allows you to configure the maximum ISO settings you want to work with. The camera offers clean HDMI out, where 4K movies can be recorded to the in-camera memory card or output uncompressed to HDMI with 8-bit 4:2:2 YCbCr. Furthermore, HDMI output is available for all movie resolutions during remote shooting.
High-Speed Image Capture & Fast Data Transfer
Faster, sharper, and easier to handle, everything about the D5 is geared towards a smoother experience. Engineered to incorporate feedback from photographers who spend all day shooting, this camera reduces the stress factors that come with the demands of professional photography. Ergonomically, improvements include buttons with more defined ridges and curves, which enable more intuitive control, especially when shooting through the viewfinder. New double XQD card slots easily handle the D5’s incredible capacity to shoot up to 200 NEF (RAW) images in one burst, and ensure the buffer is instantly cleared for the next burst. A new USB 3.0 port enables high-speed transfer of large amounts of data, and wireless and Ethernet connection is now 4 times faster.
Rugged Housing Braves the Elements
The rugged D5 is built with a magnesium alloy housing that repels even the most persistent dust particle or water droplet. The shutter unit is just as well-built, delivering phenomenal performance and outstanding durability no matter where inspiration takes you.
Compatibility & Accessories
Optimise the D5’s capabilities with a wide range of accessories. Boost communication speeds and bridge distances with the WT-6, a new wireless transmitter that is compatible with the D5. Nikon’s Creative Lighting System continues to go from strength to strength with the new Speedlight SB-5000. This new Speedlight utilises radio communication and improves the performance of Nikon flash systems under challenging conditions. From stills in the studio to 4K movies in the great outdoors, the D5 stands ready.
Sensor Size Type
Sensor actual Size
35.9 x 23.9 mm
Up to 12 fps with Auto Exposure and Auto Focus.
Up to 14 fps with focus locked and mirror locked up.
Auto, 100-102400 (Extended Mode: 50-3280000)
Phase Detection:153, 99 cross-type
Nikon F-mount (FX)
Dual Compact Flash (CF) Card slots
Fastest Shutter Speed
Longest Shutter Speed
30 sec, Bulb Mode
Flash Sync Speed
3840 x 2160p / 30 fps
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps
3840 x 2160p / 24 fps
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
1280 x 720p / 50 fps
Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
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