After the D5’s development was officially announced back in November 2015, many of the cameras photos and specs have been leaked online. And early reports were mostly on target. The native max ISO does go to 102,400, allowing the maximum expanded ISO to reach 3.28 million. By comparison, the D4S had a native of 25,600 and an expanded of 409,600.
Inside the camera is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor that can shoot stills at 12 frames per second (14fps with the mirror locked) and video at 4K resolution and 30fps. Backing the sensor is a new Expeed 5 image processor.
There’s a revamped autofocusing system that uses 153 autofocus points that cover a large portion of the frame. Nikon says this is its first DSLR with a dedicated AF processor. Of those 153 points, 99 are cross-type.
On the back of the camera is a 3.2-inch, 2.36-million-dot LCD touchscreen as well as a 100%-coverage viewfinder with 0.72x magnification. The camera’s body also packs a built-in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for transferring your photos 1.5x faster than with the D4S.
There will actually be 2 different versions of the D5 for the same price: a dual XQD card slot version and a dual CF card slot one — take your pick depending on which memory card format you’d like to use.
The Nikon D5 will be available in March 2016 for $6,500 for the body only.