Gifted a D5, not sure if I can justify its use

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Gifted a D5, not sure if I can justify its use
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I was recently gifted a Nikon D5 for my birthday by a parent and at first was very receptive and grateful for the gift. I hadn't done much photography time in a while so I was not up to date with the technology (the cameras I have in my apartment are the Canon t5i and Nikon d810).

Once I found out about the D5 I was caught off guard. It feels like it's way above my level (which it is). For most photography I might like taking portraits, flowers, landscapes, street. I've done one night photography before. I've never really attempted high action things since I don't go to many sporting events and didn't think my cameras would keep up. I've never tried wildlife but it has interested me. I guess most of my photos end up on instagram, flickr, regular photo sized and maybe the occasional 8x10.

Then as I dived into my research I saw all this d850 talk and it being better at low ISO. I believe I usually shoot less than 6400 on average but maybe that's b/c I didn't feel shooting at anything higher w/ other cameras would turn out good. I wasn't expecting the d850 to be half the cost of the d5 and do basically 80% of it's functions better. I've been obsessively looking at forums and reviews to justify keeping the gift so I don't make my parent feel bad but it's been hard to do so.

My pros/cons

Cons:

Price is a big one. I don't do professional work photography and I don't really go to many sporting events. Camera is heavy as hell. I was complaining about my d810 already. 20 megapixels compared to 36 megapixels on my d810? What if I want to crop pictures (I've never really done so before)? Switching out d5 for action and d810 for landscapes would be annoying and heavy (but doable).

Pros:

The sturdiness is nice, the autofocus is insane, the low light shooting is great. I've been thinking about buying a BMPCC camera for cinema 4k so any bells and whistles in terms of video on a dslr is an after thought (that 1.5 crop factor doesn't phase me). I've shot plenty of pictures w/ my canon t5i and was happy with the results and that's 18 megapixels.

I've taken maybe 10 photos since opening it and the return date is in 2 weeks from now. I feel ungrateful asking for the gifter to return it for their own sake. I tried once the week after getting the gift and they said they were thinking of a while to get me a good camera. This isn't a humble brag, but money isn't too much of an issue for them and in this case the "thought that counts" seems to be trumping any sense I can make.

What would you guys suggest? Try again to ask for a return for their sake? Keep the D5 and pair it with my d810?

Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss X7i) Nikon D5 Nikon D810 Nikon D850
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