DxOMark has tested the Nikon D5 full frame flagship DSLR camera today. Targeting sports and wildlife photographers, the Nikon D5 has a new 20.8-Mpix full-frame CMOS sensor with ISOs from 100 to 102,400 natively and extensible up to 3,280,000. See the Nikon D5 DxOMark result below:
Nikon D5 vs. Nikon D4s vs. Nikon D3s
Nikon D5 vs. Canon EOS-1 DX vs. Leica SL (Typ 601)
Moving from a 16-Mpix to a 20.8-Mpix sensor is quite significant for professionals, and the improvements in high ISO DR are useful in a camera like this. In terms of sensor resolution, the Nikon D5 now matches the admittedly aging Canon EOS 1Dx Mk II, a camera still widely used for magazine features (think double-page spreads) as well as commercial photography. While it’s true that models such as the Nikon D810 (and the Canon EOS 5DS and SR) are arguably more suited now for that kind of work, the Nikon D5 nonetheless represents a tipping point in all-around capability. With its excellent sensor performance, phenomenal AF system, impressive burst rate and durable build, theNikon D5 is clearly optimized to appeal to those targeted by the company’s marketing department, yet its capabilities should also entice other kinds of photographers, whether they own a Nikon D810 or not.