The Nikon D5 is a good digital camera. We wouldn’t recommend it for someone primarily interested in video. But if you are a Nikon shooter you will probably take any 4K over none. These two videos showcase some of the video capabilities of this camera:
This ISO comparison with the Sony A7r II is also useful:
Unlike Canon’s recent range of 1″ sensor premium compact camera’s, Nikon’s DL range all shoot 4K video.
All three cameras share the same 20.8MP 1″-type BSI CMOS sensor but the lenses differ:
- 18-50mm F1.8-2.8 ($850)
- 24-85mm F1.8-2.8 ($650)
- 24-500mm F2.8-5.6 ($1000)
In regards to video these cameras shoot in 4K and 1080P at 120FPS.
Cameras are expected to be released in early July of 2016.
Keep in mind that there is a 3 minute recording limit in 4K and about a 1.5X crop (just slightly bigger than DX) being applied to the video even though the sensor is full-frame.
The footage looks good even the codec is the standard weak codec. That 3 minute limit is just crippling though.
We incorrectly reported that both the D5 and the D500 have 3 minute limits at 4K. While this is true for the D5 it is not for the D500 which does 29 minutes and 59 seconds at 4K (recorded into separate files).
EOSHD released an article titled Nikon D5 versus Canon 1D C for cinematic 4K video – which wins? that is worth a read if you’re wondering about how good the D5 will be for video.
We do just have to share this gem from analysis though:
It’s hard to believe why Nikon with no professional cinema range to protect or segment their other cameras from can F*** it up so massively by failing to put even the most basic of commonly requested video features into their flagship $6500 camera, not even something as simple as focus peaking.
As we mentioned in our December 22, 2015 post, a reliable source confirmed for us the Nikon D5 having 4K video.
The D5 has a suggested retail price of $6,499.95. It’s supposed to have amazing low light abilities (max ISO of 3,280,000) and great autofocus.
Video resolution is at 3840×2160 at 30P, 25P, or 24P. DX crop for video. External video is 4:2:2 8 bit. Video recording time in 4K is limited to 3 minutes!
The Nikon D500 (the long awaited follow-up to the Nikon D300) is a welcome surprise. We knew that the very expensive full-frame Nikon D5 (also just announced) would have 4K video but the D500 caught us off guard.
What we know:
- 20.9MP Sensor (DX-format)
- 3.2″ tilting LCD screen
- EXPEED 5 Processor
- 4K at 30/25/24P
- Max ISO of 51,200
- 4:2:2 8 bit via HDMI out
- Mic input
The 4K shooting mode has a significant crop to it and does not give you the full width of the sensor. Great if you are a wildlife videography but not ideal for most people. 4K is also limited to 3 minutes!
Historically Nikon hasn’t done great in the video department until recently where it had a few bodies that did better than expected. Let’s hope they continued this trend.
We will post some video samples as soon as we have them.