Nikon News: Nikon Introduces the new D5 and D500

Nikon just announced two exciting new cameras at CES in Las Vegas: 

Nikon D5: Exceptional ISO, Faster Focus, Faster Shooting and 4K Video


Nikon D5

    Nikon D5 Rear Controls


Nikon D5 Rear Controls

Next-generation Focusing System: The 20.8 mega-pixel Nikon D5 features a "entirely re-vamped" AF system with adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor featuring 153 focus points (99 of which are cross-type sensors.) We'll have to wait for further information to determine if Nikon has listened to user feedback and expanded the focus points further out to the edge of the field?  

Master of Low-Light: The center focus point has a range of up to -4 EV and other focus points as sensitive as -3 EV. Having experienced the low-light focusing of the D750 (-3 EV), the D5 will be a low-light photographer's dream. On top of low-light focusing, Nikon has expanded the ISO sensitivity utilizing the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine - featuring a native ISO range from 100 to 102,400. Nikon boasts of superior image quality especially within the high ISO range of 3200 to 12800.     

Speed Demon: Simply put - 12fps and up to 200 RAW image buffer (with XQD 2.0 memory cards)

Upgraded Video: Nikon's first and premier 4K UHD camera at up to 30 frames per second along with 1920 x 1080 at 60p. 

Used Car Price: SRP $6499 US when it comes out in March


D500: Interesting?

The 20.9 mega-pixel Nikon D500

Nikon D500 Rear Controls

Next Generation Focusing: The D500 utilizes the D5's new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus system - leaving the D610, D750 and D810 owners in a uncomfortable place (coming from a D750 user.)

Speedy Jr: Simply - 10 fps for up to 200 in 14-bit lossles compressed RAW. Again look at the pained face of D610, D750 and D810 owners.

DX Magnification: With all the pro-features, the DX format offers the added benefit to nature and sport photographers of a 1.5x magnification. Taking that 600mm lens up to a 900mm equivalent.  

Video Stabilization: Also offering Nikon's new 4K UHD recording capability similar to the D5, the D500 offers electronic Vibration Reduction in Full HD or HD mode - reducing shake in horizontal, vertical and rotational directions. The D5 also features an impressive 29 min. 59 sec. Full HD recording duration.   

Impressive in Low-Light: Standard ISO sensitivity is an impressive ISO 100 to 51200 (expandable to 50 to 164K). The Advanced Scene Recognition System also features flicker reduction, reducing exposure variations for still images under flickering lights. 

Price You Ask? SRP $1999. Makes you scratch your head and say hummm. Higher priced than the D610 and D750. Fewer mega-pixels than the D7200 which costs $900 less (and D7100). As a longtime D7000 user, I love the DX-format, but without testing this camera out, I can't justify how the new D500 is $100 more expensive than the D750.