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Nikon Unveil New D5 and D500 Cameras at CES

Nikon D5 and D500

Cameras had a good showing at CES 2016, and perhaps the most notable unveiled at the show were the D5 and D500. These are Nikon’s latest DSLR cameras that are ‘changing the game’ for their class. They are high-spec cameras that are raising the bar for photography and video.

Nikon cameras have not always included video. However, the company has gradually greatly expanded video options for its cameras, and the D5 is boasting 4K/UHD video. That means you can record video with a 3,840 × 2,160 resolution.

The D500 also has a FX-format CMOS image sensor with a 20.8-megapixel resolution. That resolution eclipses Nikon’s D4 cameras. The sensor provides great low-light performance with an IOS range that ranges from 100 to 102,400. Nikon’s Masahiro Horie said:

The D5 doesn’t simply get the shot that others might miss – it helps get the shot that others just simply cannot. With these new products, it becomes evident that photographers who choose Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are equipped with an unrivaled system to surpass even the most demanding imaging expectations.

The D5 boasts a new AF system with a Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module. That has 153 AF points and a new AF area mode. The camera can also shoot at up to 14 fps. So it is a great camera for sports photography and less static subjects.

Nikon also took the chance to show off the D500 at CES 2016. This can best be considered a budget alternative to the D5. It includes the same 4k UHD video, 153-point AF and Expeed 5 image processor. Masahiro Horie stated:

Nikon has answered the call from photographers to once again re-invent this camera category and offer an unmatched combination of performance and value that is hard for any photographer to resist. When paired with the amazing imaging capabilities of legendary NIKKOR optics, photographers can capture intimate portraits, mind-blowing macros or action from extreme distances– the possibilities are endless.

Neither of the Nikon cameras are going to be cheap. The D5 DSLR will retail at about $6,499. The D500 will be available at $1,999 for a body-only configuration. Both models are going to have extra accessories such as the MB-D17-battery pack and SB-5000 AF Speedlight.

Nikon plans to launch the cameras in March. The latest models will give photographers unprecedented flexibility and variety of options for photography. You can find further D5 specifications at its Nikon page. Check out this page for further D500 details and specifications.

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