First Hands On Review of the Nikon D5 and D500

Feb 15, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

First Hands On Review of the Nikon D5 and D500

Feb 15, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Nikon D500

You may know that I’m already pretty sold on the Nikon D500, and the Nikon D5 doesn’t look too shabby, either.

This hands on video by Jeremy Smith looks at both bodies and answers a couple of questions that I was having about the AF system and wireless capabilities of the D500.

It also goes somewhat towards squashing the fears I had over how Nikon might implement the touch screen interactivity on the D500.

It appears they’ve actually taken a more functional approach to the LCD, leaving much of the system still using the traditional setup of buttons and dials.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the key parts of the video on the D500.

  • 1:04 – Articulating Touch Screen LCD
  • 2:58 – 153 AF Point System
  • 5:46 – XQD + SD UHS-II Card Slots
  • 6:50 – Slightly altered top button layout
  • 7:40 – 10fps
  • 8:10 – Wireless capabilities

And for the D5.

  • 10:05 – D5 Introduction
  • 11:05 – Drive modes and 12fps
  • 12:25 – 14fps mirror up mode
  • 13:20 – Video Options & Framerates

While I’ve not been considering the D5 for my own use, and I know this is old news to many of you, I thought it was interesting to find out that Nikon have dispensed with the XQD + CF Combination of the Nikon D4s in favour of two different D5 versions.

One contains a pair of CompactFlash slots, and the other sports a pair of faster XQD slots.

Nikon D5

As there is some crossover between the two bodies, especially when it comes to the AF system, if you’re considering either of these bodies then it’s worth watching the whole thing.

Jeremy suggests that he will be putting out several videos on both of these cameras, going a little more in depth into specific features, over the days and weeks to come while the rest of us await their general release.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “First Hands On Review of the Nikon D5 and D500”

  1. William Elder Avatar
    William Elder

    wish the screen could be articulated to close and protect it

  2. Julio Hnntl Avatar
    Julio Hnntl

    David !

  3. Bill Hall Avatar
    Bill Hall

    How about some high ISO low light sample shots?