2016 was an Olympic year, and it doesn't come as a surprise that the major DSLR manufacturing companies unveiled their new flagship DSLRs targeted at action and sports enthusiasts the same year. Nikon, being amongst the top contenders in the DSLR race, announced their action-oriented DSLR, the Nikon D5 in January 2016. Receiving several major upgrades over its forerunner, Nikon D5 is much heavier but comes with better battery life and a faster Expeed 5 processor. The heaviness actually is a result of a beefier battery and also the sport and action photography requires durability and robustness in a camera. The bigger and sturdier body is designed to withstand accidental drops and blows during filming a high-paced football match or a car race.
Flaunting a 20.8MP full-frame sensor, the Nikon D5 boasts 31% more pixels than its predecessor, hence delivering a better image quality as well as colour contrast. The thing lacking in both the iterations is image stabilization and users have to use additional lenses with optical image stabilization to maximize the sharpness of their portrait shots. D5 features a 153-point phase-detection autofocus system with 99 cross-sensors. With an entirely new sensor and autofocus system, the Nikon D5 is designed with the focus on speed and reliability.
Though an articulated screen would have been better, the D5 uses 3.2 inches fixed type touchscreen. The screen on Nikon D5 has a resolution of 2.359k dots and provides quick and easy control of camera functions. The screen gives touchscreen functionality during both photo and video shooting. Nikon D5 allows for 14 fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and auto exposure. Native ISO range on the D5 stretches from 100 to 102,400 and the expanded range is 3280000. The D5 is capable of shooting in 4K and allows for extracting 8MP photos from 4K videos. You will find a microphone as well as a headphone port on Nikon D5 for better audio and video recording and control. You can also film in the time-lapse mode for a seamless and smooth creative shooting.
The optical built-in viewfinder on the D5 comes in handy during a portrait shoot and under bright sunlight when it gets difficult to read. The built-in viewfinder lets the user have a more stabilized control over the camera and eliminate camera shake as it is closer to the body. However, for street photography, you can use Live view which allows for taking photos without using the viewfinder, making you less obtrusive. This is where the face detection focusing mode comes in that lets you focus on a face and handles the focus for you while you concentrate on framing and other adjustments during shooting. Nikon D5 has a weather-sealed body and is resistant to water and dust. Using the same EN-EL18a battery as its forerunner, the Nikon D5 will give you 3,780 shots per charge that can easily be stretched to 4000 shots if you don't chimp the screen too much!