• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Nikon D5 advantages over Nikon D500

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,343 vs 1,324 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer video battery life
    110 vs 50 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 1240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 10.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.1 fps vs 10.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 1638400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D500 advantages over Nikon D5

  • Less expensive
    $1897 vs $6497*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 12.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Lighter weight
    856g vs 1415g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D5
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $6989
  • 35mm
Nikon D500
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D500
Nikon D4S
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Nikon D5
Pentax K-3 II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $846
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $846
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5699
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
Nikon D500
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $5699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax KP

Nikon D5
Pentax KP
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Nikon D500
Pentax KP
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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