• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D5 advantages over Nikon Z7

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 4.35 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer video battery life
    110 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.1 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    183 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon Z7 advantages over Nikon D5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $3997 vs $6497*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    67 mm vs 92 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.80x vs 0.72x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Nikon D5
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $6989
  • 35mm
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6989
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Dual card slots

Compared to Nikon D4S

Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon Z7
Nikon D4S
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $5869
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon Z7
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R III

Nikon D5
Sony A7R III
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon Z7
Sony A7R III
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon Z6

Nikon D5
Nikon Z6
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer video battery life
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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