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You can buy a multi-megapixel, sharp­shoot­ing, lens-swap­ping, dig­i­tal SLR cam­era for $500.

So why would you spend an­other $8500 to get Nikon’s top-of-the-line DSLR? We took the com­pany’s award-win­ning, $10,000 D5 cam­era for a test drive to find out. And we dis­cov­ered there are even some trade-offs to make when bet­ting big on your cam­era. The afore­men­tioned $500 DSLR, the Nikon D3300, uses 11 aut­o­fo­cus points. The D5 has more than 13 times as many — an un­prece­dented 153 fo­cus points. Fur­ther­more, 99 of those are cross-type points, which can de­tect hor­i­zon­tal and

The D5 doesn’t break any pixel records but it gives pho­tog­ra­phers more than enough to work with at a res­o­lu­tion of 20.8 megapix­els. That’s a jump from 16.2 on the 4DS. Nat­u­rally, this is also a full-frame cam­era, mean­ing its sen­sor matches the size of 35mm film, giv­ing bet­ter low­light per­for­mance and al­low­ing lenses to work at their full length.

It fea­tures a weather-sealed body with caps over its ports to seal out rain, and a mag­ne­sium al­loy body to with­stand rough treat­ment (you should still avoid drop­ping the $10,000 cam­era).

The $10,000 Nikon D5 packs some se­ri­ous punch in low­light shoots.

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