Nikon Unveils D5, D500 and New 4K 360-Degree VR Camera
Following a brief internet tease, Nikon revealed the much sought-after specs for its newest flagship full frame DSLR, the D5. The camera checks off a lot of boxes including super-high ISO, 4K video recording and a burst mode of 12 fps with tracking AF engaged.
The company also pulled back the curtain on its new flagship crop sensor camera, the D500, and marked its entry into the action camera market with a new 360-degree camera.
But first, the big gun.
Here are the D5’s highlights:
- The camera features a newly developed 20-megapixel CMOS sensor with a native ISO range of 100-102,400 with extended settings for ISO 50-3,280,000 (not a typo!).
- EXPEED 5 Image processor
- 4K videos recording (3840x2160p30) with clean HDMI out
- 153 AF points, including 99-point cross sensor and 15 points functional at f/8 plus a new AF processor
- Continuous shooting at 12 fps with AF tracking up to 200 frames when shooting 15-bit lossless RAW
- focusing down to -4 EV illumination
- a 3.2-inch, 2.36 million dot touchscreen display
- dual memory card slots
- 100 field of view through the viewfinder with a magnification of .72 times
- USB 3.0 connection
- Battery EN-EL18a
The D5 will be sold in a body with two XQD card slots or a model with two CF card slots. Both models are due in March for a body-only price of $6,500. Nikon says the XQD cards will deliver image transfer speeds 35 percent faster than CF cards. (More images of the D5 are below.)
Nikon also debuted a new flagship DX (crop sensor) camera in the D500. The highlights:
- a 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with a native ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000
- 10 fps burst shooting (up to 79 shots in 14-bit uncompressed RAW) with AF and AE engaged
- Same AF system as the D5 with a 153-point AF array that fills the frame from side to side
- A 3.2-inch touch screen display
- A dual memory card slot for SD cards and XQD cards
- Updated SnapBridge technology for easier wirelessly photo transfers via Bluetooth.
- 4K recording at 3840x2160p30
It will ship in March with a body-only price of $2,000.
There were fewer details on Nikon’s entry into the 4K camera market. The company plans to call the lineup KeyMission with the first camera, the KeyMission 360. It will offer a pair of image sensors/lenses on either side of the device to capture and stitch a single 360-degree still or 4K video. It will be waterproof to a depth of 100 feet and shock resistant. Electronic VR will keep things steady.
Nikon will have more details closer to the spring, when the camera is set to launch.
According to Nikon, these are the first “AF-P” lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, which incorporate stepping motors to drive autofocusing. They offer retractable lens barrels and two aspherical lens elements. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR also features vibration reduction good for a CIPA-rated 4 stops of compensation.
The lenses accept 55m filters. Prices weren’t announced.
Finally, Nikon released a new speedlight, the SB-5,000. It’s the first Nikon model that operates via radio frequency without requiring a direct line-of-sight. It will have a range of 98 feet. When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this speedlight can control up to six groups / 18 speedlights. The flash will offer a programmable “i” button for access to frequently used settings.
It will ship in March for $600.