Nikon D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR
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Nikon D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR

CES 2016 saw the announcement of two important DSLRs from Nikon, including an update to its flagship line, as well as an almost mythical product many had given up hope of ever seeing: a true D300 replacement.

The newly announced D5 is Nikon's top-of-the-line professional DSLR, with a 20.8MP full frame sensor capable of shooting at up to 12fps with AF and 14fps without (with the mirror locked up). The headline feature, though, is arguably the new 153 point AF system with 99 cross-sensors. AF tracking with this new system will also benefit from the doubling in resolution of the RGB metering sensor used for scene analysis, and the D5 is the first Nikon camera capable of 4K video.

The biggest news though may be the long-awaited replacement of the D300S. The 20.9MP APS-C D500 is Nikon's 'best enthusiast DX offering', and the term 'enthusiast' might be an understatement. With continuous shooting speeds of 10 fps and a 200 shot buffer for Raw images, the camera is aimed squarely at action and fast-paced photographers who don't mind the smaller sensor, or even benefit from its extra reach. It features the same 153-point AF system and 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor of the D5, along with the EXPEED 5 processor. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features 'SnapBridge', a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth.

Join us as we take a closer look at the technologies inside these cameras.* Pro tip: you may find viewing this slideshow easier if you hover over and click the 'fullscreen' button at the upper right of the slide, and use left/right keys to leaf through the slideshow.

* Some of the information in these slides come from Nikon's technology digest on the D500, here.