In a press conference in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nikon unveiled their new flagship Nikon D5 camera, a DSLR that bridges the gap between the mirrorless and the mirrored world.
The D5 uses a new “stable” mirror system, which Nikon claims provides performance that outpaces the mirrorless cameras on the market. Thanks to a newly designed AF sensor and new image processing engine, the D5 can capture 12 frames per second using a 153 AF point sensor (with 99 cross points).
The 20.8MP sensor has a new image processing engine, EXPEED5, which Nikon says is combined with completely redesigned FX image sensor and produces “more natural skin tones” right out of the camera and ISO up to 102,400 expandable to 3,280,000. The LCD screen on the D5 is a touchscreen, for direct control of focus and settings.
The new design of the D5 allows the system to continually track eratically moving subjects, according to Nikon, with full AF/AE tracking at the 12 fps shooting speed and at 14 fps without AF tracking. Nikon’s emphasis of the new AF system indicates they feel the D5 has the best AF tracking on the market, with the newly designed sensor able to track moving targets in exceptionally low light.
The Nikon D5 will capture 4k video as well.
The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 (body only) for $6499.95 (SRP) in two different versions, with either dual XQD card slots or dual CF card slot configurations.
The company also announced the Nikon D500. The D500 will use the same AF setup as the D5 and have built-in Snapbridge (the company’s file sharing) enabled and always able to share images with smartphones and other devices, and with the cloud.