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A Look at the New Nikon D5 In Action | Video Compilation

By Hanssie on January 6th 2016

Nikon made waves (and headlines) yesterday as Team Yellow announced a new lineup of cameras and products to make us all drool. Starting the new year off with a bang, Nikon officially announced at CES their previously leaked D5, a new SB-5000 Speedlight, the Keymission 360 – a 4k action cam that can capture 360-degree photos and video – and the completely unexpected Nikon D500. (Canon, by contrast, announced a few new Powershot cameras yesterday…wah, wah, wah…).

Thanks to the rumor mills and leaked images, we all knew the Nikon D5 was on its way. Now that it’s been officially announced, we can see the new flagship DSLR in action in a series of Nikon released videos. In the next few weeks, I’m anticipating a lot more videos coming from lucky photographers who got early access to the new camera and the other newly announced products as well. Below are a few of the videos on the D5 to hopefully whet your appetite until we can get our hands on a copy to do a full review.

In case you were holed up with no access to the outside world for the last few weeks, here are some of the impressive highlights of the D5.

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-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 and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support

In this first video put out by Nikon Asia, go behind the scenes with photographers Matthias Hangst, Ole Jørgen Liodden, Bill Frakes, Mirco Lazzari, and Dixie Dixon, who take the D5 around the world in a variety of shooting situations.

Nikon Europe released a video of Ambassador Joel Marklund as he takes the Nikon D5 to the race track. In the brief video, he discusses what it’s like to shoot with the D5.


Matt Granger was at CES and in the video below gives us a peek at the D5 from the trade show floor.

Nikon Canada provided these videos showing the video capabilities of the D5 and the autofocus and metering systems.

Who is thinking of purchasing the Nikon D5 (or any of the new Nikon products announced yesterday? The D5 will be going for $6500, which you can preorder here.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. robert garfinkle

    Well, great article, thanks for the test drive – I am a D810 owner and am highly considering the D500 as a 2nd cam. The specs look sweet, the pics even better. Hey, right quick – I think Nikon is on the fast track to a new DSLR lifespan where these flagship cams will lead the way – for years of DSLR leading the pack. It would ONLY make sense that by the end of this year (2016) that a D810 replacement is a possibility with a handful of these same specs. here is my prediction.

    We will see the D750 / D810, Nikon 1 V4 replacements this year, and the Expeed 5 (5a) will be the foundation. I will anticipate that,

    1. The D810 replacement (D860) will sport a 42.3 MP sensor, 10FPS with MBD12 and XQD attached and natively shoot 8FPS w/MUP and XQD up to 200 buffer. The D5 focus points will be blended in, ISO will still start at 50, yet top out in the same range as the D500 – no onboard wifi, just like the D800/D810 – done deal, Body price will start at 3499.00 – Yes, it will have XQD and UHD II capabilities – full frame, will have flash. 4k video 30mins

    2. The D750 replacement (D760) will sport 24MP, full frame, ISO 100 – to D500 ISO specs, all the focus goodies of the D500, same articulating rear screen. Improved wifi like D500, 7fps (9 fps with MUP) – 150 shot buffer, dual UHDII sd cards.

    3. D5 gets a firmware update for 20 min 4k video.

    4. D4s will drop in price 500 bucks

    5. Nikon 1 V4 – sees 100 ISO, focusing of the D500 thereabouts, 18MP, same form factor, better battery life by almost double. Will come with F ring adapter standard, better options for viewfinder, and a wifi upgrade.

    If Nikon wants to stay in the game, with DSLR, here is what they should do IMO –

    Leverage the MUP factor for higher frame rates – keep mirror up – electronic first curtain shutter for the ridiculous amount of FPS. That, and for the pro units, provide a screw-down slot for an optional mSata buffer / first-storage – card, that can be programmed for needs. In this way, the camera’s will be stoked to act as great, non-obtrusive wedding and sports photography device, quiet, and will provide Nikon customers a means of keeping their lenses – no need to worry about entering the mirrorless market. IMO

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    It will be wonderful to see reviews of the ISO levels of the D500 and see if has the same skin tone quality as the D5.

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    • robert garfinkle

      Uh, Rafael? This is the D400 you’ve been waiting for yes? Better than you anticipated…

      I’d be willing to bet the industry gives it camera of the year!

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    • Dave Haynie

      It’s a great camera…..if only I had followed my Dad over to Nikon (he shot Konica, I shot Olympus… when those went away, I went Canon). But I really, really hope this dies not become the camera of the year. Not because it’s not worthy, but because the year is only 8 days old, and I need many more technological wonders to geek out over this year!

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  3. Kyle Stauffer

    In regards to Nikon’s new speed light with an internal receiver….. When is the day going to come when the camera has an inboard transmitter to communicate with their flash system? I’m not even sure why they couldn’t create a transmitter as simple as the Yongnuo 560tx. You’ve got to buy bits and pieces with Nikon’s transmitter.

    As far as the in-camera control…..Press and hold a “flash menu” button which brings up flash settings that can be adjusted with both the command dials and up/down pad. Is this not possible or a bad Idea for some reason?

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    • adam sanford

      Right now, only pros are greatly affected/irked by this, and if it stays that way, CaNikon will continue to charge extra for it because pros will pay. Someone will get brave and put this on-board at some point, but my money would be Sony with their nutty / possibly genius app store ecosystem.

      There *may* also be a wireless signal problem to do this like they have with WiFi on top end gripped SLRs. That’s a different animal — that’s tied to the completely sealed metal build, which is a s—show for signal interference.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Pocket Wizards are great tools to handle this type of demand.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      That is a must for new cameras.

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  4. Peter Nord

    Hard to imagine anyone having more fun than Dixie Dixon, but swimming rivers with grizzle bears has my respect. Now I want to see the behind the scenes video of the guy cutting the D5 in half. How do they do that?

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    • Peter Nord

      No excuse for my spelling of grizzly. Hard to even play the old age card when obviously I’m just dumb.

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  5. Colin Woods

    While I don’t have $6500 to put on a body, the trickle down of technology means that the mid range DSLRs in a few years will be this awesome. Can’t wait.

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    • adam sanford

      D810 size/design + D5 AF system + that A7R II 42 MP BSI sensor = Fuhgeddaboudit.

      Whatever they call it — D820, D900, whatever — that next top-of-line non-gripped rig (i.e. your next Nikon if you shoot Nikon FF today) will be a huge, huge hit. (And I am a Canon guy saying this.)

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    • robert garfinkle

      I agree, again – I also feel that some of the technology used to achieve higher FPS will be expanded in upcoming cameras too. I would anticipate the D810 replacement should harbor higher FPS, even if by 1 (without MBD12) and an additional 2 with the battery pack – or, it could be, the same FPS achieved with a rise in MP, but I think they can pull off both higher FPS and MP with a mirror up disposition.

      I speculate that by the end of the summer we will see a D820 / D900 release if not by fall. But, I also would not be surprised if they wait till after Christmas…

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    • Joseph Cha

      you know it only took nikon 2 years to put the d4 sensor in the df, so it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if we saw this same sensor in a more affordable body

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    • Rafael Steffen

      That would be amazing if they used this sensor on a new 750s

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  6. robert garfinkle

    D5 / D500 – ushers in the next wave of Nikon DSLR; While that is restating the obvious, I have to add the excitement of the continuation of the “DSLR” itself in the midst of “other” technologies like mirror-less. And, I will further say, watching a video by Nikon a day or so ago, which really made the statement that DSLR is still here, and going strong. And they discussed the newer wireless low-power Bluetooth capabilities.

    I read, with a “continuous” mirror up, additional FPS can be achieved (this is a new type of feature – If I’m reading it right) – which is profound in the sense that Nikon can do this, as it can directly compete with some aspects of mirror-less and still use the same physical lens framework, while providing additional FPS, and most important, allow for high capacity power for un-interrupted shooting.

    Fundamentally, when an existing Nikon customer, can simply switch a body, as they have for years, and enjoy / use the new features – that is awesome.

    I am hoping Nikon builds upon the newer technologies employed in these products because then people won’t really give a hoot whether they are using a mirrorless or whatever. People will continue to buy the next Nikon body and respective lenses / accessories.

    I also hope that Nikon continues to improve other aspects like sensor, challenging Sony’s latest achievement where the A7RII whacked the D810 from a dynamic range aspect. I suspect they will…

    Finally, the D5/D500 is a preview of what type of “next” technology we can expect in the upgrades of the D750 / D810 and any other DSLR type etc… That’s just going to be revolutionary.

    and, I think it’d be safe to assume that the Expeed 5a will be showing up in the Nikon 1 V4, most likely with the same 20mp as the D5/D500 with some of the goodies or more… :)

    I am so sticking with Nikon.

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    • Hanssie

      Nikon is definitely making sure they stay in the game with some exciting stuff and keeping the DSLR alive. Go Nikon.

      …unlike other camera makers out there…cough…Canon…cough…

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    • Dave Haynie

      I’m still hoping for Canon to wake up and smell the coffee, and start really competing with the rest of the industry, rather than just worrying about comoeting with themselves. But for me at least, their inaction keeps me happy that, while I still have my FF Canon system, I sold/gave away all my APS gear and added an Olympus system.

      Canon needs to make me a new DSLR/mirrorless hybrid with their new ADC per pixel super low noise sensors (hinted at in those patents posted last week… no guarantees). I haven’t bought new Canon gear since 2014. Whether I could justify it or not, I’d rather drool over hit new innovative gear from Canon than lament their non-action.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Great Article.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Great response!

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  7. adam sanford

    Also, some juicy info here, side by side with the D500 and D5.

    Only 3 minutes of continuous 4K recording for the D5 for some reason.

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    • adam sanford

      Oops: link here –> http://goo.gl/Uk9ZRt

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah, really. That puts it in the “why bother” category for anyone looking for a real 4K option… not that Nikon is usually a first stop for DSLR video. It was Canon’s strength, but Panasonic and Sony have been drinking their milkshake these last few years. I suppose Nikon may believe — like many of us — that Canon won’t put 4K in the new 5D4 or possibly even the 1D X II.

      They do say the D5 will support 4K to an external recorder. But that just grows the question mark. If it supports more than 3 minutes externally, why not internally — no problem recording 4K to UDMA CF or XQD cards. If it doesn’t go for more than 3 minutes (aside from the timelapse mode), still don’t see much practical value. Even a 35mm reel gets you 10 minutes.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      The 4K video will be explored more in the next D800 series.

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  8. adam sanford

    Yawn. The D5 is only the *second* most interesting camera Nikon released in the last 24 hours. :-P

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