Hands-on with the Nikon D5
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Hands-on with the Nikon D5

Back in November Nikon teased us by announcing that a new D5 DSLR flagship camera was in development. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long for 'development' to turn into 'product.' At CES 2016 we got the chance to meet the D5, up close and personal.

At its core is a brand new 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor and Nikon's EXPEED 5 image processor. It uses a new autofocus system with 153 AF points, 99 of which are cross-sensor. Compared to the D4s, those AF points are spread out to cover a greater portion of the frame. The D5 also features updated AF algorithms. In terms of speed, it is capable of 12 fps bursts with AF and 14 fps with the mirror locked-up.

The new AF system, coupled with the camera's 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor, should also result in improved subject tracking capabilities. The metering sensor has doubled in resolution compared to the 91k-pixel sensor in the D4s. The D5 is also capable of 4K UHD video capture (albeit with a 3 minute limit and a nearly 1.5x crop factor).

As you would expect, the D5 feels like a brick in your hand. Maybe two bricks, actually. That's not a complaint. It's what we've come to expect from Nikon's flagship cameras.