The D5 Could Be the First Camera with ISO Over One Million and the first Nikon DSLR with 4K Video

Jun 23, 2015

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The D5 Could Be the First Camera with ISO Over One Million and the first Nikon DSLR with 4K Video

Jun 23, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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The time has come for more rumors regarding Nikon next flagship DSLR, the D5, and boy are they exciting!

Reaffirming the previously rumored 173 autofocus points and 20MP sensor, the latest rumor mentions 4K video, a crazy 15 frames per second and an ISO improvement twice that of previous upgrades.

The mighty D3s had a maximum native ISO of 12,800 (not including expandable modes), as did the D4, and the D4s received a one-stop bump to ISO 25,600.

The D5 on the other hand is not only rumored to have higher native ISO than its predecessor, but by a full two stops. That’s right; the D5 is expected to boast a native ISO of 102,400!

While we’ve seen this with Sony’s a7S, which shares its maximum extended ISO of 409,600 with the D4s, the Nikons tend to offer more than just two stops of extended ISO. If the D5 keeps on with the four-stop extended ISO of the current flagship, it will pave its way into the record books as the first camera to boast a maximum ISO of over 1,000,000. Even if it stops at around 820,000, I still think it’s an amazing feat. What can I say, I love being able to use high ISO.

As for the 4K video capabilities, Nikon Rumors explains this should now be a viable option due to a new manufacturer potentially being involved in the design on the processor.

Recent Expeed processors were based on the Fujitsu Milbeaut ISP, but a few months ago the relevant part of Fujitsu’s business was transferred to Socionext Inc., who it turn announced a 4K capable chip:

Socionext is a new company established by the consolidation of the system LSI businesses of Fujitsu Limited and Panasonic Corporation. It has a track record of development and delivery of products for various video applications. Socionext is now sampling 4K HEVC real-time encoder MB86M31. Together with MN2WS03101A, the company will support total video solution for a wide range of applications.

At this point nothing is guaranteed about the D5’s processor, but it seems reasonable that this could be it.

If you remember, Nikon has previously mentioned that it’s working on 4K video recording but said that it is “tricky”. Perhaps this is the solution?

There’s also no word at the moment regarding two features I find particularly interesting, just for the sake of seeing which way Nikon goes, and that’s GPS and memory cards.

Almost every low to mid-level camera announced recently comes with a built-in GPS, and I’m waiting to see when Nikon finally allows its high-end users to enjoy this useful tool without having to shell out extra cash on an inconvenient external device.

The other question is which memory cards the D5 will take? It will no doubt include a dual memory card slot, but will Nikon keep supporting the fast-but-unpopular XQD memory cards or will it revert back to dual CF slots?

Unless the specs are leaked before hand, we will have to wait until late 2015 or early 2016 to find out.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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18 responses to “The D5 Could Be the First Camera with ISO Over One Million and the first Nikon DSLR with 4K Video”

  1. Thomas Auriemma Avatar
    Thomas Auriemma

    Awesome

  2. Frans Fourie Avatar
    Frans Fourie

    I’ll stick around then and not buy Sony or Panasonic

  3. Rob Reeves Avatar
    Rob Reeves

    No 8K? Nikon had better start innovating soon or they’re done for.

    1. Jo Lynch Avatar
      Jo Lynch

      hahahahahahaha

  4. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Paul, Simon.

  5. Marc Stokes Avatar
    Marc Stokes

    1 million ISO is just a dick waving contest, nothing above 25,000 is remotely usable

    1. Thomas Jakob Brablec Avatar
      Thomas Jakob Brablec

      Untrue.

    2. Marc Stokes Avatar
      Marc Stokes

      I disagree, I’ve never seen any image over 25k that didn’t look bad, certainly nothing over 100k, they are dreadful, a million will look horrendous.

      1. Andy Avatar
        Andy

        You havent seen any image so far. About 10 years ago you probably hadnt seen any image above 1000 look good.

    3. Marc Stokes Avatar
      Marc Stokes

      But I guess it’s all personal opinion,

  6. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    I am tired, to see, how canikon is purposely holding back features in lover level cameras, just to promote high-end ones.
    The rason, why nikon DXXX and DXXXX line of cameras don’t have 4k is not, because they can’t make it happen, but because they have to wait, for DX camera, to implement it first.

    Basically, nikon don’t want their DXXX and DXXXX cameras to have any features, that DX cameras don’t have.

    Now, when D5 will finally have 4k, I am ready to bet, that next D8XX, D6XX, D7XXX, D5XXX and D3XXX cameras will have 4k too.

    1. Andy Avatar
      Andy

      Thats not entirely true. The screen tilt, gps and nfc have all been seen on lower models first.

      Plus you don’t give your best stuff away in your cheapest product. Holding it back gives exclusivity. However I the case of nikon. If you are late to the game then its nit exclusive anymore.

  7. Demetris C Christodoulides Avatar
    Demetris C Christodoulides

    No 16k? Companies like nikon should really start innovating soon or else they are soon done for. (bullshit)

  8. Taylor Pettijohn Avatar
    Taylor Pettijohn

    Keyword: Rumors.

    I’ll give a shit when they post an actual spec sheet.

  9. Travis Alex Avatar
    Travis Alex

    Wow, Nikon & Canon are really so stubborn aren’t they?

  10. fj1200 Avatar
    fj1200

    Yawn….

    I’ll stick with my 7D and 5D MkII till I can afford a MkIII.

  11. Mike Parsons Avatar
    Mike Parsons

    Who cares.

  12. TwoStrayCats Avatar
    TwoStrayCats

    I wonder if now I should consider upgrading from my D2Xs… and maybe explore something above ISO 800? :)