Nikon D5 £5100/$6500
A full-frame speed demon, reinvented
The latest in Nikon’s prestige line of flagship, pro-grade cameras, the D5 is certainly imposing, with its built-in vertical grip and duplicated controls for both portrait and landscape-orientation shooting. Weighing in at 1.4kg, it’s also a real heavyweight, and boasts a rock-solid build quality that’s designed to take the knocks of a punishing pro lifestyle.
Arguably the most ‘ultimate’ upgrade, the D5 is favoured by busy professional shooters who need to photograph anything and everything. As such, it has a relatively modest 20.8Mp image sensor that helps to enable a blisteringly fast maximum drive rate of 12fps. You can ramp it up to 14fps with the mirror locked up between shots, but if you do this continuous autofocus and metering on a shot-to-shot basis will be disabled.
New-generation autofocus and metering systems work flawlessly, as in the DX-format D500, but without any increase in pixel count over the D500, the FX-format D5 maintains stunning image quality even at very high ISO settings. Indeed, it has a monster sensitivity range of ISO100-102,400, rising to an incredible ISO3,280,000 in expanded mode.
While it’s certainly not the only Nikon to feature dual card slots, here you can choose one with either CompactFlash or XQD slots. Battery life is pretty extreme too, at 3780 shots between charges.
Autofocus and metering are just as impressive as they are in the D500, with superb reliability and consistency for both static and action shots. All-round performance is simply spectacular and, despite its lower megapixel count, the D5 matches the D750 for RAW resolution lab scores. Surprisingly, however, there’s no reduction in image noise compared with the D750, at sensitivity settings up to and including ISO12800.
The D5 is favoured by busy professional shooters who need to photograph anything and everything