[New info on this camera launch is still coming in, this article will be periodically updated. Please keep checking in for more.]
[Update- The D5 will come in 2 versions. One with 2 XQD card slots and another with 2 CF card slots so that users can chose the kind of media that they would prefer.]
After months of news, teasers and speculations, Nikon finally released two new flagship DSLRs- one for the FX (full frame) line up- the D5 and the D500, a new flagship for the DX (APS-c) series at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016 in Las Vegas.
Three years after releasing the Nikon D4 , the company is now introducing the highly anticipated successor to its flagship full frame lineup.
Nikon says that this camera is built for speed and accuracy. This can be seen in the new 153-point Auto Focus system, to help cover an extremely wide focus area. Inside the camera, there is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel sensor. The camera will deliver 12 fps in continuous shooting mode with a newly designed EXPEED 5 image processor. Nikon claims that with the new processing unit, the camera is capable of creating “true to life masterpieces.”
In terms of features, the camera shoots 4K UHD video, along with an extended sensitivity of ISO 3,280,000 (normal ISO range is set to 102,400).
In terms of looks, the D5 is very similar to its predecessor which is great as it should be familiar to anyone who owns or has used a pro Nikon DSLR in the past.
Most interestingly, the camera also sports a 3.2-inch, 2.36 million-dot LCD touchscreen on the back for aid in use as well as USB 3.0 interface for ultra fast transfer.
This is a huge upgrade and good to see Nikon making these additions as they meet the requirements of most pro shooters utilising this camera photojournalists, architectural photographers, wedding professionals and especially sports journalists, which Nikon is hoping to target with the Supper Olympics and the UEFA Euro tournament coming up in a few months.
Press release pictures-
The D5 will come in 2 versions. One with 2 XQD card slots and another with 2 CF card slots so that users can chose the kind of media that they would prefer unlike the previous version that one CF and one XQD card slot.
A visitor to the CES Expo posted this vine of his hands on with the camera.
Indian pricing and availability is not known yet. Internationally the The D5 will be available in March for US$6,500 (INR 4.3Lakhs approx.) body-only.
For many years, Nikon’s has neglected its smaller DX lineup with users complaining of not enough updates to the line up. Nikon looks to change all that by launching the D500 DSLR.
The camera has 20.9-megapixels and has “advanced smart device capability,” which implies that the camera has capable connectivity to your smartphone and other gadgets.
While the camera is packing a smaller, APS-C-sized sensor than the D5, it however has the same Expeed 5 processor and rapid 153-point AF system. That gives it a much needed 10 fps shooting speed, with up to 200 shots in RAW mode.
In terms of ISO he D500 has a 100-51,200 ISO range that’s expandable to a ridiculous 1,640,000 ISO if needed.
Much to the relief of videographers, the camera also features a tiltable screen and will shoot
UltraHD 4K video at up to 30 fps, or faster at 1080p HD. It can also capture uncompressed 4K out via the the HDMI port while recording internally to XQD memory cards (it also supports and SD card). Other video features include auto ISO smoothing, which supposedly provides fluid exposure transitions during recording, 3-axis electronic shake reduction, and active D-Lighting to prevent blown-out highlights.
As for the “smart connectivity” feature, the D500 is the first camera in Nikon’s lineup with the latest version of SnapBridge. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with your smartphone and features always-on connectivity. The company claimed it would “make software as integral to our innovation roadmap as software.” It also has NFC capability and built in WiFi. Faster transfer for professionals is possible via an optional wireless transmitter.
Press release pictures-
The model sports the similar magnesium, weather sealed body to the full-frameD810, but does not have a a pop-up flash on top. The camera can be seen as a replacement for the D300s, which was released way back in 2009. Indian pricing and availability is not yet know. Internationally the camera is set to become Nikon’s most expensive DX camera priced at US$2,000 for the body only and at US$ 3,070/- bundled with a 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. Stay tuned for more!