Nikon D5 sensor review and test results published by DxOMark. The flagship FX-format full-frame DSLR camera achieved a score of 88 and the performance is on par with the lower-resolution Nikon D4s and the Nikon Df, which use a related sensor.
Nikon D5 features a redeveloped Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which incorporates 99 cross-type sensors for refined precision when tracking moving subjects or working in difficult lighting conditions.
Even the Nikon D5 sensor performs at a very high level overall, the Nikon Df remains the “Lord of Darkness” with low-light ISO sensitivity.
Nikon D5 Sensor Gets DxOMarked
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 1Ds 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, the Nikon 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.
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