Nikon D5 Is Faster & Better

With three million ISO becomes new Nikon D5, the first camera to offer extreme sensitivity – but there is no use for this? And how good is the camera? The answer is: the best press photo camera that we’ve tested so far.

Enough is press photographers dream to have a camera that has less and less technical limitations, but the question is what is most sought after – image quality, speed or sensitivity? It’s a trade off, I mean, anything that I shall come back to later.

Nikon D5 is a refinement of the earlier, really quick, camera Nikon D4s. D4s in turn was an update with many small improvements that contributed to an improved overall, something that we can say also applies for the Nikon D5 compared to D4s. The resolution stands for the greater the difference, with a jump from 16.2 megapixel up to 20.8, which means almost 30% more pixels at the same time as the speed increased, with one image per second with the following autofocus , for 12 shots.

Small design changes

We are already accustomed to the Nikon is not so eager to make major changes to the design of their Pro models, all to those who use their cameras which work tools directly to recognize themselves.

But some changes are available from D5 to previous models – and then towards the better. One of the changes that gave rise to the discussion is the adjustment to now have the ISO setting as a button on the camera’s higher top, which I think works very well in relation to having it as a button on the lower part of the back, because you can quickly adjust the ISO setting without taking your eyes from the viewfinder. Where the ISO button was previously are now instead seriebildstagnings setting.

Another change is that now the rubberized surface at the back, where the thumb is when shooting in portrait mode. In this there is an improved rubberized edge, which supports the grip and feels more natural.

The grip also feels something deeper, which means an improved sense of the hand. As usual on Nikon’s button layout so you can reach easily all the important buttons. The only thing I really have to complain about is that the AF-ON button seems slightly more sensitive than before, which means that the camera begins to focus before I worked with it – something which in principle need not be a drawback, but rather is a matter of habit. It is slightly harder to be ready with the AF button without focusing, quite easily.

Overall these small changes to a better camera, although it is not decisive.

Speed as a key factor

To talk about the speed of a camera means that look at various factors. It’s not just how fast burst shooting is, but also how the camera is to use. Nikon D5 is a robust and well thought-out camera with many opportunities for quick shooting, where a contributory factor is the ability to kustomisera the buttons to different functions.

This Nikon has done something that Canon had long, that is, the view on a picture which button to Setup to what. It is really strange that there has not been in the past, but now it becomes even easier for you as a photographer to set the buttons for how you use the camera. It is worth a lot.

Another part of the speed is all important settings are quick to make, which Nikon, for instance, made with the image quality – in the menu you see now with a star which option provides the best image quality possible, on the same menu, such as JPG, large and fine. The risk of missing a side approach is reduced.

In addition, Nikon introduced medium-RAW (4176 x 2784, 11.6 megapixel) as mellantinget between small-RAW and RAW as we found in the D4s. This is perfect to find a high quality combination for those who do not need or can shovel over pictures in raw form in 20 megapixels, but still need a resolution greater than 5 megapixels.

For press photographer

But it’s not just speed that determines how good a camera is. We put the Nikon D5 to the test by photographing a wedding to see how it performed on other points.

To shoot stills with liveview during a wedding is quite easy to find silent pictures, even if the focus is not as fast, but on the other hand, there is no quick situation. The same applies to the silent mode for burst shooting, it is still noticeably quieter than D5: ans ordinary sounds that don’t go unlisted.

We tested the XQD model, there was no sign of lag in the use and downloading of the images went really fast even the. Buy a camera in this class, it is smart to bet on XQD-model directly, there is no reason to go for the slower CF model to save themselves a few dollars on not having to buy new memory card.

Turning and twisting for changing the slicer go verbatim in a jiffy, and with the settings you can make on how the focus point should behave – follow along, adapt, or be left behind — so you can quickly switch between the two modes.

As well as the» chimpa «on the camera screen to quickly see a draft on the outcome and if you got any working pictures, works very well. One of the reasons is of course the screen now has a touchscreen just as in a mobile phone.

By dragging for scrolling and combine with a selection wheel to quickly scroll multiple images, you can quickly get an overview. But then comes the best part – the ability to zoom in the image by pinching on the screen.This allows you to zoom into the picture than faster, move the area to the right place with a finger, and see how the focus is sitting or if someone turns a blind eye.

But it is a pity the current screen is that it just is this that you can use it to – to play video or browse and examine the pictures. Why not extend the functionality with icons for settings or the ability to create your own shortcuts or surfaces that touch to make adjustments? There are many opportunities to develop this into something wonderful – even on a professional camera – but unfortunately, Nikon left the track. During filming, there is great use for this.

The screen has a resolution of 2.35 million pixels, which is evident when you look at the detail compared to for example the Nikon D4s. But something that really strikes me is how accurate the camera is that white balance, both in light and difficult environments – and how good the screen is on to reproduce the colors for you as a photographer to see how it turned out. This is of great value if you don’t shoot in raw form, and thus makes it more difficult to set the white balance afterwards.


The evidence suggests that Nikon have put energy into making improvements, even on the camera’s autofocus. AF module multi-cam 20 k AF now has 153 points to work with, and these are also closer together than those of its predecessor, which means smarter information management of objects, for example, follows.

And it is true. The following autofocus works really, really well, and of objects that quickly moves across the viewfinder image is kept the focus on and you can shoot in 3D mode. When I run with continuous mode so I can choose 153, 72 or 25 of the focus points. Another reason is of course also the RGB light metering sensor: with 180 000 pixels.

Moreover, 99 pieces of autofokuspunkterna crossed, which will provide increased opportunities to focus in low light, something that I feel fits well with my experience. I photographed in both backlit and low Moonlight and D5 squeezed into focus brilliantly.

Extra fun is that even for those photographers who are shooting with a teleconverter, because now there is the possibility to use the 15 AF points at f/8 – something that increases the possibilities to experiment with faint optics.

It can only be the top score on this point — autofocus — where Nikon D5 is the absolute best camera we’ve tested!

Image quality

But how is performing when the Nikon D5 really, and what we can use three million ISO?

Pure image quality, we see that Nikon made a good choice that put ordinary ISO range up to 102400 ISO, i.e. two step over that of D4s. Noise is so clearly apparent, and you notice that the image processor is struggling to find the combination between saving details and to removing noise – but the photos are absolutely useful, depending on what to wear them with.

On ISO 204800 (Hi-1) we see a significantly greater amount of color noise and at the Hi-2 start while the colors are changing and you can see the readout noise. At Hi-3 (819200 ISO) takes over the readout noise and then it goes downhill.

It’s still exciting to see that you can actually get the pictures at night, such as hand-held at 1/800 sec p Aperture 2.8 at ISO 3 280 000. What to use them for is up to you, but neat isn’t it.

What we see are different Nikon D5 towards other Nikon cameras is a change in the dynamic range. We notice that, for example, can highlight more information out of the shadows in an image from Nikon D4s taken at low ISO, compared to the same taken with Nikon D5. Something strange might seem, given that manufacturers are working hard to increase the dynamic range. Perhaps it is that Nikon was forced to abandon this in order to successfully capture the vast amount of data pushed from the sensor at 14 frames per second, or when shooting video in 4 k.

But what is most interesting is enough though how the sensor performs in the» midrange «as many press photographers who work with documentary photography in low light is in – i.e. around 12800 ISO.

Overall performance Nikon D5 about equivalent with Nikon D4s and Canon EOS 6 d, current overall picture quality, and then right in this useful midrange. D5 certainly has a higher resolution, but it compensates for the noise we discover when we lift the shadows. In this way, we will get about the same detail on both cameras.


Nikon’s new flagship is really, really good. The camera has all sorts of exciting features, sometimes such that you as the photographer will not be required to, but even those that you would not do without if you have an established way of working.

Do you need a workhorse that can handle anything you feed it with, so is the Nikon D5 is a good choice. for example, Sits with a Nikon D4s and don’t need the increased resolution or video in 4 k, is the reason to upgrade is not so great. Certainly have D5 received some improvements regarding workflow and refinements in features and settings, but it’s nothing revolutionary, for those who don’t use all the advanced features.

However, you need a modern all-around camera that is also capable of shooting in high ISO values, there is no need to buy any of the older models, you win too much speed on getting XQD slots if you shoot many long sequences of burst shooting.

For those who want the absolute best from Nikon regarding the autofocus and white balance, so is D5 an obvious choice. It performs it on top, on top and put the sharpness and focus when you need it the most.