Nov 182015
Nikon d5 release date Nikon d5 is definitely coming

Nikon d5 release date
A new flagship camera was officially announced by Nikon.

Update: There are new informations about the new Nikon d5.

The camera will have a 20.8 MP CMOS sensor, maximum sensitivity topping at 3.28 Million. The native sensitivity is 102,400. The camera can shoot 12 frames per second, 14 frames with mirror locked. The camera can record 4K/UHD (3840×2160) videos at 30 frames per second.

The camera has 153 focus point out of which 99 cross-type. The camera has a 2.36 Million dot LCD touchscreen.

The viewfinder coverage is 100%, with 72% magnification.

nikon d5 release date

The camera has a 1000 Base T 400 Mbps ethernet connection which claimed to 1.5x faster than the D4s. The weight of the camera 1.405 kg (with 2 XQD memory card and a battery), 1.235 kg without and can shoot 8160 frames with one battery charge. The size of the camera is 160 x 158,5 x 92 mm. The camera has USB 3 connection.

The camera has a new light meter sensor with 180 000 points.
The buffer enough for 200 NEf frames.

Nikon says it is the first camera with a dedicated af processor.

The price of the camera will be 6500 USD, or 6900 EUR.

The camera will be available from March 2016 in two version either two CF memory card slots or two XQD memory card slots.

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Nikon d5 promo video

Offical information

Nikon d5 specs

Outperform, Outdo, Outlast: The D5 raises the bar for FX performance
The most powerful digital SLR flagship in the Nikon line-up leads the pack with unmatched speed and precision

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation today announces the new D5, a FX-format flagship digital SLR camera that challenges photographers to outperform their highest standards, and set new benchmarks for speed, accuracy and image quality. Expanding the possibilities of image capture for professional photographers, the new D5 places the needs of the professional at the centre of innovation with features that enable smooth and reliable responsiveness to a wide variety of scenes and subjects.

From the refined acquisition of subjects in motion, to 4K video in UHD, the D5 creates opportunities for dauntless photographers working in demanding shooting environments to push their gear to new limits. With a next generation AF system the intelligent and versatile tracking of moving subjects enables the richness and realism of every split-second moment to be captured. The D5 boasts a wide range of ISO sensitivity up to 102400, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 3280000 equivalent) — the most expanded sensitivity range in Nikon history — for astronomical twilight with minimum illumination, capturing details and colors beyond the limits of the human eye.

“The Nikon D5 is not just about technical excellence, but the marriage of elegant technologies. Speed and refined image quality have never converged so extensively, making it truly the camera that the industry has been waiting for,” said Tadashi Nakayama, Corporate Vice President, Sector Manager of Marketing Sector, Imaging Business Unit. “The D5 represents what we are trying to do for the entire digital SLR category: Bringing technologies together to meet and anticipate the demands of professional photographers, empowering them to push the boundaries of their craft,” he continues.

Outperform, Outdo, Outlast: The Pinnacle of Digital SLR Engineering for Professionals

The D5 enables the precise capture of subjects under the most demanding conditions with a new-generation 153-point AF system and a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy, even during high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps*1, making the camera ideal for photojournalists capturing heart-racing sporting action and majestic animal migrations. Image quality is further enhanced by the pairing of the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the brand new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, for the most vibrant, true-to-life colors and sumptuous details. Together with the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, up to102400, photographers are liberated from the challenges of shooting in low-light environments whether covering evening events or shooting indoors. In another first for the FX-format range, the D5 takes movie-making to new cinematic heights with the ability to shoot in 4K UHD 2160/30p format, in-line with the increasing appetite from professionals for the production of high quality video content.

Convenient Connectivity, Simplified Workflows

In addition, new and improved features and functions, such as a high-resolution touch screen LCD monitor, faster wired networks (via built-in Ethernet connector) and wireless networks*2, and double memory card slots*3 that use the same type of media, to simplify and speed up the professional photographer’s workflow, while placing the D5 in the center of the connected ecosystem for visual communication.

Designed for the Field and the Studio

The camera’s Advanced Scene Recognition System, which has adopted a new 180k-pixel RGB sensor, contributes to greater AF, AE, and AWB performance. This, along with a design that consumes less power and adoption of a highly precise and durable shutter, ensures durability, and gives photographers greater control over their gear as well as image quality. The D5 also completely integrates into any professional photographer’s comprehensive ecosystem of Nikon accessories. Compatibility with the new Nikon Creative Lighting System functions, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) and unified flash control, all work to ensure the production of superlative image quality and a seamless studio workflow*4

*1Possible in Continuous high speed (CH) release mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 s or faster
*2When used with WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately)
*3The camera is available in two versions, one that uses two XQD cards and one that uses two CompactFlash cards
*4When used with Speedlight SB-5000 (available separately)

Primary features

Next-generation Intelligent AF System

The entire AF system has been completely re-vamped with adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. This sensor module offers 153 focus points (99 of which are cross-type sensors) for broad and dense coverage of the entire image area. The center focus point has a detection range beginning at an incredible -4 EV, and detection with other focus points begins at -3 EV*, enabling autofocusing even under extremely dim lighting, and with subjects exhibiting very low contrast. In addition, equipping the camera with a dedicated AF engine capable of high-speed calculation and collaboration with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor have ensured that extremely reliable AF performance is demonstrated with a variety of scenes.
*At ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F
High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 12 fps with swift subject tracking

The D5 is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps*1 (w/ AF and AE tracking) in all image quality modes and at all ISO sensitivity settings. What’s more, adoption of a new mirror drive mechanism achieves a more stable viewfinder image that makes continuous tracking of rapidly moving subjects easy, even with high-speed continuous shooting. Further, up to 200*2 12-bit lossless compressed RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting.
*1Possible in Continuous high speed (CH) release mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 s or faster
*2When Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards are used
Exceptional ISO sensitivity

Collaboration between the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, both developed by Nikon, have enabled the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, that of ISO 102400. High-sensitivity image quality at these never-before-seen levels achieves superior imaging quality, even within the high ISO 3200 to 12800 range often used with sports photography and the like. In addition, the image sensor’s broad dynamic range enables rich and natural expression of tones for accurate reproduction of the finest details, even with extremely vivid subjects with which the expression of textures is especially difficult.
Cinematic brilliance with 4K UHD (30p) movie capability

The D5 supports movie creation in 4K, which offers a resolution higher than HD or full-HD movies, an indispensable feature for professionals involved in film-making and video content creation. High-resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, 25p, 24p movies can be recorded to a memory card inserted in the camera, or, with simultaneous HDMI output, they can be displayed on an external monitor or recorded as uncompressed video to an external recorder. With support for the maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 102400, as well as even higher sensitivity settings up to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 3280000), even movies recorded at these high sensitivities will exhibit superior picture quality. 4K UHD time-lapse movies can also be generated in-camera.
Improved functionality and streamlined workflows
A high-resolution 3.2-in., approx. 2,359k-dot touch screen LCD monitor

Adoption of a touch screen for the display monitor enables nimble confirmation and high-speed navigation of a large number of images using a frame advance bar, and supports an efficient workflow with text input and the like. The large 3.2-inch, approximately 2,359k-dot high-resolution monitor enables extremely clear display with live view photography, even when the display is enlarged, for fast focus confirmation.
Connect through wired and wireless networks

The communications system has been significantly improved to support communications twice as fast as with the D4S, with both wired networks using the Ethernet connector built into the D5, and wireless networks when the new Wireless Transmitter WT-6/A/B/C (available separately) is used with the D5.
Versatile image storage options

Two versions of the D5 are available. Both are equipped with double memory card slots supporting a single media type; one XQD cards and one CompactFlash cards.
Accessories for high-speed connected convenience: WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter(available separately)

When connected to the D5, the high-speed transfer of image data to a computer*1 or an FTP server over a wireless network is possible. The maximum range is approximately 200 m*2. Communications are significantly faster with support for the new IEEE 802.11ac (2×2 VHT80) standard. Wireless control over the camera from a computer is also possible using Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately). A D5 to which a WT-6/A/B/C is connected may be used as a wireless LAN access point, and a direct connection to a computer or smartphone is also achievable.
*1The Wireless Transmitter Utility (available for download from Nikon’s website) must be installed on the computer
*2With large antenna at wireless LAN access point. Range varies with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles

Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacture.


Older information

There is no detailed information about the new Nikon D5 in the official announcement, apart from “next generation” and “high powered”.

According to available (informations)/rumors the camera will have a 20 megapixel Full frame sensor, can shoot 15 frames per second in burst mode and will have 173 af points (at some sources 107 af points) instead of the good old 51 / 15 points af system.

HD (1920 x1080) and 4K videos can be recorded in 120 fps and 30/60 fps accordingly. The camera will have a new picture processing system called MN2WS03101A.

Apart from these there are not many informations about the new “high power” Nikon flagship camera.

Together with the new Nikon d5 camera, Nikon also announced the Nikon SB5000 high-end system flash and the Nikon WT-6 remote trigger as well.

Nikon d5 release date

The exact release date of the new Nikon d5 camera is not yet known. Some think it will be showed in the CES in January as the predecessor, others think in June or July 2016.

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Nikon d5 price

The price of the new Nikon d5 is not yet known.

Nikon d5 specification

The specifications of the new Nikon d5 camera is not yet known. Most likely it will be in the Nikon d3 / Nikon d4 / Nikon d4s family of cameras with best high iso performance and high burst shooting speed. All below information will be updated when it is disclosed currently only mere speculation.

Nikon d5 release date

The release date of the camera can be late 2015 or 2016. Second half of 2016 or even 2017 is more likely I think.


Lens mount

The camera has a Nikon F mount.



The camera will have a FF (most likely Sony) sensor.

Sensor size

The camera has a 35.9 x 24 mm Fx format CMOS sensor (most likely).

Crop factor

The crop factor is 1.0 x.


These datas are not sure.

Matrix or center-weighted metering: -3 to 20 EV would be nice (as the Nikon d7200 not confirmed yet)
Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV

Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color
matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 6, 10 or 13 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (fixed at 8 mm when non-CPU lens is used)
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5 % of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)


Exposure compensation

The camera has an exposure compensation of +-5EV, which is a wide range to play with.

Exposure bracketing

? 9 or 11 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV


Picture parameters

The camera resolution most likely is 20 megapixel (20 million pixels)

Other picture sizes

L (5372 pixel) , M (4000 pixel) , S (around 2400 pixel)

File format

The camera can make pictures in jpg and Raw (NEF) format.

Picture qualities

There are different picture qualities to jpgs: fine, normal and lo jpgs.
Smaller sized Raw files are also possible.


Autofocus parameters

The camera will have a new 173 point af system which replaces the old 51 / 15 point unit widely used almost all recent Nikon cameras.

-3 to +19 EV would be nice (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

Autofocus type

Nikon Multi-CAM ?

Autofocus points

The camera has 173 autofocus points totally, out of which we don’t yet know the number of cross-type autofocus sensors. The autofocus of the camera is really quick and quite reliable.

Autofocus sensitivity

The autofocus can work up to -3 Ev according if match the Nikon d7200 af system.


Camera physical parameters


Camera appearance

The camera has a black color.

Used materials

The camera mostly made of magnesium alloy as usually used in high end cameras and hard plastic.


The build quality of the camera is very good. Everything is tightly assembled, the grips are comfortable.


The buttons are properly placed, each function is easily accessed, the camera has a premium feel.


Viewfinder Type

As a Dslr camera, the camera has an optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder Magnification

The camera has a huge bright optical viewfinder.

Viewfinder coverage

The viewfinder coverage is 100%.



The camera has a built in flash unit, and there is a possibility to connect external flashes as well.

Guide number
Approx. is not yet known

TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected)
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700

Flash modes

Auto,Portrait,Child,Close up,Party/indoor,Pet portrait: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, off; fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
Night portrait: Auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, off; slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
Landscape,Sports,Night landscape,Beach/snow,Sunset,Dusk/dawn,Candlelight,Blossom,Autumn colors,Silhouette,High key,Low key: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional flash units
Food: Fill-flash
P, A: Fill-flash, slow sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync
S, M: Fill-flash, red-eye reduction, rear-curtain sync

Flash hot shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock


Back LCD monitor

The camera has a 1229k pixel fixed LCD monitor. The colors are nice, the brightness is adjustable in 7 levels.

Monitor type

The camera has a fixed LCD monitor, or tiltable like the one in the Nikon d750.


Touchsreen interface for such a camera not very likely.


Body construction

The camera made from Magnesium alloy shell, which makes the camera quite durable. The camera feels tightly assembled, and has a quality feel.

Camera dials

The camera has two control dials, which helps to quick settings of the camera. In Entry level cameras (like Nikon d3xxx and Nikon d3xxx cameras) only usually has one dial.

Memory cards

The camera has two memory card slots. The second slot can be used for multiple purposes, for example making a double copy for safety, one slot can be used for Raw, the other for jpg images, and for overflow reasons, if one card is full, the camera load the pictures on the spare card.
The camera accepts Sdhc, Sdxc memory cards.


Shutter lifespan

There is no information about the shutter lifespan, usually 150,000 or 200,000 actuations for such cameras are the designed level, but no warranty on that one.

Shutter sound

The shutter has a small click sound in Quiet mode. Normally the sound is more noisy.

Burst mode

The camera can make 15 frames per second in burst mode. The max number of frames are the following:
Jpegs: No jpegs NEF files: NEF files (lossless 14 bit), (lossless 12 bit) Compressed 12 Bit NEF files, 12 Compressed 14 Bit NEF files, to find out how long you can shoot you can simply divide the number with the framerate: for example 31/6 you can shoot little more than 5 seconds in jpgs.



The camera can make HDR images in camera.


Timelapse mode

The camera can make timelapse videos in camera.


Live view

The camera has a live view feature, which means a camera can be used with the back LCD in the same manner, as we would use a compact camera. In live view the viewfinder obviously not usable.

Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (M)

AF-area modes

Af are modes Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF

Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)



Matrix metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor

File format: Mov, Mp4

1920 x 1080/ 24 fps


White balance modes

The camera has a following white balance modes: incadescent, fluorescent, daylight, flash, Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning; white balance bracketing: 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3

Kelvin white balance

The camera also has Kelvin white balace. The color temperature can be adjusted between 2500 and 10,000. The lower values are more reddish while to higher values are more blueish.

Pre set white balance modes

It is also possible to use pre set white balance modes


Scene modes

The camera has plenty of scene modes to choose from: Night, landscape, portrait, snow, sport, beach high key, low key.
Auto (auto; auto [flash off]), scene (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M),


User defined settings

The camera has 2 user definied settings (U1 and U2 on the main dial)
U1 (user settings 1), U2 (user settings 2)


High iso performance

The camera can make very nice images up to ISO 3200, but usable images as far as ISO 12,800. Images at ISO 25,600 sensitivity is very noisy, but good for desperate situations. A sharp but grainy photo is better than a blurred photo.


Supplied accessories

It may different in different countries.

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15, Battery Charger MH-25, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC1, LCD Monitor Cover BM-11, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, ViewNX 2 CD ROM


Operating conditions

According to Nikon the camera can be used between 0 and 40 degree Celsius or (between 32 to 104°Fahrenheit).


Humidity level is under 85% in order to avoid condensation (water appear in cold parts).



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