Nikon Unveils D500 and D5 – New Flagships for DX and FX Range
During CES 2016, which was held last month in Las Vegas, Nikon took the opportunity to unveil two new flagships for its DX and FX lineup. For those unfamiliar with Nikon’s naming conventions, the DX range is where Nikon parks all of its APS-C sensor cameras, while the FX range is for its full-frame cameras. The new big shot in the DX lineup is the D500, while the FX range is now led by the D5.
The D500 is essentially a DX camera that’s equipped with FX functionality. It has a 20.9MP APS-C sensor that goes from ISO 100 to ISO 51,200 (expandable to ISO 1,640,000), can shoot continuously for 10 fps, and more impressively, it records 4K UHD videos.
As you’d expect, the D500 is equipped with the latest technology from Nikon, and this includes the EXPEED 5 image processor and the new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system, which offers 153 AF points with 93 of them being cross type. Last but not least, the D500 has built-in Wi-Fi functionality and a 3.2-inch tiltable LCD touch screen.
The D5, on the other hand, has a 20.8MP full-frame sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 102,400 and can be expanded up to ISO 3,280,000. It has the same image processor and autofocus system as the D500, and similarly, can record 4K UHD videos. In terms of speed, it’s capable of 12 fps continuous shooting, with full AF and AE performance, and up to 200 shots in a single burst.
As for storage, you can opt to go for the D5 that has dual XQD slots, or dual CF slots, for maximum flexibility. It’s also worth mentioning that the D5 is the first flagship Nikon FX camera to feature a LCD touch screen. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to quickly select AF points or Spot White Balance in Live View, swipe through shots, pinch to zoom, edit image file names, and more.
Nikon’s new FX flagship comes in the shape of the D5.
The new D500 takes its place as the top choice in Nikon’s APS-C offerings.