We are also covering the rumors regarding the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, and honestly, it’s hard not to view these camera releases as intertwined. Both fill a very similar space in the library of the two powerhouse manufacturers, and there’s definitely a reason to compare the two. Based on the rumors that we’re seeing, the manufacturers have taken two alternative approaches to design.
There’s a reason why I’m talking about these two different approaches when speaking about the Nikon D5, as well. When I look at the rumored specs, I feel like it’s a bit all over the place. It doesn’t look as if they truly focused on one aspect ofthe camera and what their professionals have been asking for. Now I could totally be wrong, because I’m not talking to these pros the way that Nikon does, but that's my perception.
At the price point that the Nikon D5 is hitting, you’d have to consider it a relatively niche camera. That’s not to say that a wide variety of people wouldn’t love to shoot with it, but simply that most people won’t be able to afford it. The people who will choose to buy it will have a specific use in mind for it. And most likely, it’ll be for event, moment and sport photographers. And indeed, there are plenty of upgrades rumored in those departments.
The biggest detail surrounding the Nikon D5 so far is the new focusing module that has not only larger coverage, but 153 AutoFocus points. This is an unbelievable change from past cameras from any manufacturer and it certainly looks amazing on paper. I’m very interested to see if the 153 AF points actually make it easier to get fast and critical focus. With the release of the Sony A7rII, we saw an upgrade in the autofocus department, but nothing like this. We'll have to wait for early 2016 to see how revolutionary it is.
In addition, whatever sensor that they’re adding to the body (this hasn’t been confirmed yet, but is rumored to be a 20MP FX sensor) has the ability to crank ISO up to 102,400. This will be a game changer many photographers and goes hand in hand with what the Nikon D5 will be used for. Event, Sports and Wildlife Photographers will need that extra low light capability to use their longer lenses, which just don’t allow you to stop down as much as you’d like.
The part that confuses me, is the video capabilities of the camera. It’s rumored that they will be offering 4K video at 60/30fps and HD Slow Motion. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with adding video to a DSLR, I just hope that they haven’t put so much effort into adding video to this camera that they lost sight of what this camera will be used for.
The new Nikon D5 will have 153 autofocus points and native high ISO of 102,400
Via Nikon Rumors:
- New 20MP FX sensor (not sure)
- New focusing module with larger coverage and 153 autofocus points (confident)
- Native high ISO of 102,400 (confident)
- 15 fps (not sure)
- Body design similar to the D4s (confident)
- 4K video 60/30fps (not sure)
- Full HD slow motion (not sure)
- Announcement expected in early 2016 (confident)
(cover photo credit: snap from Nikon Rumors)