Nikon D5 - unboxing and first impressions

March 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My new Nikon D5 arrived last night. I haven't had time yet to get outside and shoot with it, but here's some shots of the unboxing and some notes on the changes to the controls vs. the D4.

Nikon packaging is consistent - even for the flagship model.

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Strap and manuals at the top...

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Safely nestled inside, the D5 body. Cables and such in the compartment to the right.

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Everything unwrapped - body, strap, USB cable, hotshoe cover, HDMI cable clip, USB cable clip, battery, and charger.

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View of the back. I purchased the dual-XQD card version. There is a dual-CF version as well. 

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Now for the fun stuff. I sat my D4 next to the D5 and put red boxes around the new controls on the D5. Some changes are fit and finish (like the new textured rubber on the sub-selector), others are substantial, like moving the ISO button off the rear control panel up to the top of the body.

Back view, side by side. The button that replaces the ISO button on the rear control panel is quick-release mode selection - i.e., with this button you can set Continuous Low to be from 1 to 10 fps, and Continuous High to either 10, 11, 12, or 14 fps.

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Top view; here you can see the new locations for the ISO, bracket, and mode buttons. Flash exposure compensation has been added as a secondary function to the zoom-out button on the back of the body. 

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Front view, showing the new 3-button layout (addition of a 2nd function button).

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First thoughts: In size and weight, the two bodies are very similar. The refinements to the controls seem to all make a lot of sense. I love having the ISO button up at my right fingertip. Particularly given the ISO range of this sensor, it just makes sense to have this control be more predominant. I am really looking forward to getting out and doing some test shots.


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