The D5 has the most advanced autofocus system that Nikon has put into a full-frame camera. I promise you the 50'000 iso photos on the d5 are substantially better than 6400 on the d3, which I guess would be 12800 on the s. If this isn't for you then totally fair enough, I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea. And not everyone has the cash to change to D5 bodies (individuals or photog businesses) right away. Most genres can take advantage of it, though some will not as I said above, purposely. Toni. You are turning this into an HDR scenario, where one wants to expose for everything. Sigma's new primes promise very good performance and light weight, when paired with L-mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. i've never heard of a "white balance slot" what do you mean by that? Time for Nikon to give up if this is the best it can do. The rest means that all things being equal, there are many real world low light situations where the D5 will bring home the bacon where the D3s couldn't and it is finally being recycled. But you probably do not even know what I am talking about. But for photographers on the fence, the answer isn't as transparent. Is this camera better or worse than the D750? The D5's shutter can fire as quickly as 1/8,000-second, and long exposures are possible at durations of up to 30 seconds, with longer bulb and timed exposures possible when shooting in Manual mode. In any case, the greatly improved low ISO DR will be something we're paying close attention to when it comes time to score the 1D X Mark II, which is happening soon. For instance, assume you have a scene you are going to shoot at ISO 3K. That’s interesting that the D500 AF is slightly degraded over the D5. Certainly not a deal breaker, but not ideal either. I'll ask him to weigh in directly, but this is an example of how experience largely affects reviews. Flat out barebones,"a true beautiful picture people like us" types, none of the newer features means much at all. Where I move is not your turn, sorry. The Info button is there as well; it displays current exposure settings on the rear LCD. This is evident when attempting to pull detail out of the shadows in Raw images, especially those shot with a wide range of exposure in a single scene and at a lower ISO. PCMag.com is a leading authority on technology, delivering Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Remember the D5 also has better low light IQ (especially JPEG) performance, so this combined with the AF benefits ended up rounding out the score and leveling the disadvantages with respect to base ISO DR and somewhat lackluster video. While Nikon/Canon pro bodies, honestly, it is all they have to offer, the A7RII has all the above to work more creatively and less intrusively. They include a proprietary accessory port, micro USB 3.0, a 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack, mini HDMI, and Ethernet. The D5 and 1D X Mark II are very close in performance, with Canon earning points for its video autofocus capability, shadow recovery, built-in GPS, and higher maximum shooting rate, and Nikon winning the battle in high ISO image quality, battery life, and automatic focus calibration. Of course, that doesn't mean that it isn't meant to be put through stressful situations. ;). It is the limitation of the system.Apologies again for any disappointment,If there's anything else I can possibly assist you with, please let us know.Kind Regards,Marina Davydova". So without further ado, let's take a closer look to find out why. If you're heavily invested in and comfortable with the ergonomics of either system, your preference is likely already determined. An incremental iso performance improvement, at the cost of low iso DR. And since about 9 years it's only 'a bit' in this part of the market which makes that difference. If you land on the Nikon side of the fence, its latest top-tier model, the D5 ($6,499.95, body only), gives owners of the D4 ($2,949.95 at Amazon) and D4S ($5,200.00 at eBay) serious reasons to upgrade. When he’s not out with his camera, Jim enjoys watching bad and good television, playing video games (poorly), and reading. Rishi, now you're speaking my language. Is this one of the reasons the camera's are so expensive? Lack of base ISO DR is an issue in weddings (white bride and black groom outfits) and many outdoors contrasty conditions. The current EV compensation setting is shown to the right of the image. D5 had only 55 selectable points. One thing Canon beats Nikon absolutely cold however, is in the live view AF. http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D3s,Nikon%20D5. @Rishi Sanyal Thank you Rishi. You've got me wrong. Stop being a fanboy. There may come a time when even the Pro cameras end up sporting this useless junk but for now I'm happy that Nikon isn't putting them on everything so I don't have to pay for something I won't use. Your comment don't make sense - sorry. There is extensive sealing to protect the internal electronics from dust and moisture, allowing you to use the D5 in almost any environment. That is why I generally have the A7RII in my bag with the 1DX, which I have as a backup for the toughest situations, but, honestly, unless I am shooting sports, it stays in the bag.HFLM, maybe you need to master the A7RII capabilities instead? The continuous shooting is especially disruptive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-mX9Ow1DPY. It is obvious this site focuses on high end lenses, and in comparisons with other good sources respected by the industry, I have found their results very reliable and helpful. Personally, I preferred "highly recommended" etc. And yet, the D500 is far, far ahead of any other camera when it comes to subject tracking accuracy, allowing you to just 'focus-and-recompose' with 3D Tracking as opposed to selecting your own AF point. An Engineers working with photographers decided this was the correct compromise. Peace. Yet not acknowledging some basic limitations is childish.As a fact the days of such cameras are over for anyone bur hardcore sport photographers. Today, at its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm revealed the details of its new Snapdragon 888 system on a chip (SoC) that, amongst performance and battery improvements, offers an array of impressive photographer features, should Android smartphone manufacturers choose to make the most of them. Let’s take a look at how the Nikon D5 fares against the Nikon D4s and see what advantages it brings in comparison. But there's a good reason for that. Davinci, the dynamic range of Canon bodies is cited as a con in reviews because it really lags against the competition. A photographers camera should only have the ability to take pictures, not movies!!! !ocks to suffer. http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon--EOS-1D-X-Mark-II-versus-Nikon-D5___1071_1062, I did read the DxO report, and I did say above that, "I've played with the 1DXII - that's about the same.". Better base DR, 4K implementation, dual pixel AF, and noticeably faster fps, I think the Canon is a more all rounded camera, this most desirable for most professional use. PCMag, PCMag.com and PC Magazine are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. Does that make sense? "FOR AN AVERAGE CAMERA" that shoots 12fps with the world's best AF system. Look, increased DR is always a good thing. :-). It's much practical to put the D5 up to it's 'competition' the D4S. That's best used in conjunction with Raw shooting, of course, as there's a chance some details you want will be darker than desired when using this mode. The high iso allowed me to get photos my D3 would never get and the autofocus is staggering, even in the dark. You really need to get the "HDR" stuff out of your head, since the most useful reasons for being able to recover up to 5 stops or so, has absolutely nothing to do with the stereotypical HDR "look". Plus is 12fps with low blackout times. While no doubt there are people with money to burn that will buy the D5 to shoot cats, flowers, and their kids' playing soccer (which is fine by me - their money), the fact remains that it's a specialty camera aimed at sports, photo reportage, and wildlife. I wish they were! I talked to some some sportphotographers,all of them wait or still use the old gear. The Auto ISO is not performed for wireless flash-unit photography. I am honestly disappointed with both Nikon and Canon, with the mirrorless tech catching up faster and 4 year refresh cycles, I was so sure I was going to see something truly interesting from them this year. Which is what the D5 is for. ISO variance at base ISO. (All D5 points rated to LV-4.) That said, high speed sports will lose the subject from time to time, even with the D5. All content, design, and layout are Copyright © 1998 - 2020 Digital Photography Review All Rights Reserved. I never implied that the A7RII competes with the D5. Clean HDMI output. Let's see next move from Sony now. Still, I understand your concern, and will continue to try and strive for consistency. We think “aircraft carrier” is a more apt description. The A7rii performance is nowhere close in responsiveness and speed to the D4s I used a few times for weddings, too. Nikon D5 has best dynamic range above 1600 ISO. They are there to make profits for shareholders. The complete Nikon D5 hands on Review. maybe underdog manufacturer such as fuji or sony make better all in one product to snatch some more market share. There's nothing less than pro-grade about the D5's body. @WillieGone of the main reason why I shoot mostly with mirrorless is because of the seamless versatility of switching from viewfinder to tilt screen, which opens up a great deal of compositions angles (or allowing the framing quickly without Yoga instructor certification).Note that I have been a pro body and MF shooter for many years. Or the D610? But that's precisely where we draw the line with iTR: iTR fails so frequently, that you won't use it. We've been 'fans' of photography-accelerating technologies for some time now. What?? A new sensor generation, new technologies.That is the reason why I want to have a comparison - D500 vs 1Dx Mk II and not old flagship 1d Mk IV. The Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN is for the photographer who wants a focal length that falls squarely between 50mm and 85mm. Possibly, but that HDR look can get boring fast. We threw one onto the Sony a7R IV and went out shooting. But for action, sports, photo reportage, this doesn't happen all that often, if at all most times. Both Nikon Japan and Canon Japan have warned users that forthcoming DSLRs will be delayed. you do not need a Ferrari to drive on the highway. you are writing this nonsense as if Canon pays you for it.. The variable in their test procedures seems to be more on the ranking they apply, and you can filter all their results just to see the lenses with the best bokeh, or resolution very easily. Yeah, the notion that high dynamic range capability is only for landscapes is flat out false. Performance and AutofocusThe D5 won't leave you wanting in terms of speed. They didn't until now. The viewfinder supports diopter adjustment, and has enough eye relief for photographers with glasses to use comfortably. Suddenly Canonista's are keen on DXO and ISO invariance? The Primoplan 75mm F1.9 II is a redesign of the original Primoplan 75mm F1.9 designed in 1936. For long-time sports shooters and wedding photographers, a more comprehensive rethink and redesign of cameras like this would probably not go over well. Raw DR - Exposure Latitude & ISO Invariance, Real-world Autofocus Performance: Motocross Practice, http://howardbarnettphotography.co.uk/blog/. I haven't seen any other reviewers conclude that (a scoop by DPReview perhaps) but it does make sense in the context of the price differential between the two cameras. But you just re-initiate and hope that time it sticks. Yes they were better cameras overall but the D3s was the go to if I was primarily shooting in low light. Take a look at their methodology and lenses then use for each camera. Despite more megapixels, a faster burst rate and a more computationally intensive autofocus system, the rating has increased compared to its predecessor, which uses the same battery pack. What amazing subject tracking/non-jumpy AF does is increase the AF portion of the scoring, so that both cameras ended up scoring similarly. The 35mm F2 DG DN is the standard prime in the group of new Sigma I-series lenses. The app includes automatic image transfer, gallery creation, editing tools and more. Ratings are relative to "other cameras in the category" and also within the current generation. Images are rife with detail, with little distracting noise through ISO 25600. ConclusionsIf you want a top-end SLR that can keep focus locked on moving subjects, shoot at an incredible burst rate, and deliver the image quality you expect from a full-frame system, you have two excellent options among current models. Three buttons, accessible using your right hand, are nestled between the handgrip and lens mount. Congrats. (AFAIK that's what the D5 does for you anyway, i.e. I didn’t think that you sat a million miles away from each other that’s why I had some difficulty reconciling your comments with Richard’s comments. Although it has an APS-C sensor, this is no entry-level number. The Sub-Selector is used in landscape orientation to select the focus point and also to activate AE-L when pressed in. Nikon D5 is designed for low light-fast shutter photography. I must say that, quite frankly, Canon's AF system absolutely and completely pales in comparison to the king - Nikon D5.End of argument. @RamboTan@HFLMOh boy, the toughest part seems to convey opinions, here. I always look at the DXO data. I don't know what is a "hyping chart". The new camera features a redesigned autofocus system with 153 individual focus points, an updated image sensor with more resolution and excellent low-light quality, and 4K video recording. Nikon D500 Review… I will never understand why the cost has to be sooooo hiiiighhh!!!!?? Richard and I are actually entirely in agreement over the utility of the D500's 3D Tracking relative to all other systems. No hard feelings. From a Canon shooter: Files look REALLY good from this one. There's another neat feature offered by the focus system—automatic calibration. The 1DXII wasn't the point - you were saying that the D5 is not better than the 1DX and D3s. For me, all of the positives of this camera far outweighed the DR concerns. The D5 is a great cam, no doubt, but even the link you posted shows no hyping chart. 12fps continuous shooting. As such, the textured grip feels extremely nice in the … Only Jews does that it is better to sell 300-400% times more with just 2-5% profit, as you will control the markets in long run and yet you will make a lot of profit, even when it is just with small marginals. @armandino: I have the A7rii, too, but I know its limits. Most people with an engineering background would not diss a site or source without doing some research-analysis first. Out of the box Preview and Fn2 perform the same action, and Fn1 is unassigned. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d500/10. Don't buy a D5. The argument that it will be obsolete next year is nor a reason, but just THE reason why there are now vast supercities in the East, as these countries naturally have taken full advantage of RoHS to excuse the fact their hard drives and cameras and lenses regularly DIE on us. Tough, durable build. Not for people shooting landscapes at base iso. Due to its large size and tip-top placement in Nikon's lineup, the D5 originally struck me as a somewhat intimidating camera to put through a thorough review. The Leica Q2 Monochrom is a version of the Gold Award-winning Q2 that only shoots images in black and white. I can't recall any reviewer on this site indicating, "the positives of this camera far outweighed the DR concerns" in regard to a Canon review. By "played" I mean I tested them both at the track and in other situations. For this reviewer, the decision comes down to the autofocus system, and the D5's is just a bit snappier, and its 3D tracking system gives you more control than Canon's. These camera aren't "sport" cameras- but rather fast shooting cameras that are used in a myriad of situations that exploit their strengths whether that be sports, action portraiture/life style, industrial use, scientific use, etc.. More DR would definitely help a lot of actual owners/would-be-buyers of these cameras whether those buyers shoot sports/reportage or not. I have to say that you still don't understand the Difference between a graph which shows *Noise*/ISO and and one which shows DR/ISO. So the total ranking method is clear there. This D5 nonsense is getting tired. I have been using 2 X D5 for 4 months the images are stunning. I work all the time with a 1DX and an A7RI and low base DR is a big limitations in many shooting conditions. I grant you the importance of "staggering AF" but you shouldn't be so dismissive of a large part of photography. The D500's AF system is not the same as the D5. With the D810 or D750, you won't. To me the lack of base ISO DR is deal-breaker. Canon AF might not possibly be as good for keeping the subject locket, but it is still amazing and it will work well for all uses. Tamron has announced its 17-70mm F2.8 Di III-A VC RXD lens for Sony APS-C bodies. Regardless of specs, both cams are fantastic performers. And BTW, you can safely push/pull 1.5 stops without any noise. 20MP full-frame image sensor. 6 Months later.After 6 months use and 36+ Weddings, I still hold the opinion the Nikon D5 is the best camera I have used to date for shooting Weddings, D5 Auto ISO Does not work on Wireless (RF) this is Nikons' response, "Dear Howard,Thank you for your reply.I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused you. The latter has dedicated processing for AF tracking, so I wouldn't be surprised if the D500 didn't quite perform on the level of the D5.