Nikon D5 Field Test Part II: Just how good is its low light performance?


posted Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM EST


My first Nikon D5 Field Test focused on the camera's autofocus and high-speed performance. My second Field Test addresses the new 20.8-megapixel image sensor, overall user experience, low light performance and video features.

With the central autofocus point rated to focus in light as low as -4 EV and the rest of the points rated at -3 EV, the D5 handles low light situations very well. Throw in illuminated buttons, good Live View performance and great high ISO performance, and the Nikon D5 is one of the best low light cameras I've ever used.

Gaining the ability to shoot 4K UHD video plus having rather quick live view autofocus, I found the Nikon D5 to offer better video performance than any previous Nikon DSLR I've tested. However, there are a few caveats that multimedia shooters should be aware of regarding the D5 and its video capabilities. Read my full Nikon D5 Field Test Part II for the full scoop.

20mm eq. (Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S), f/11, 8s, ISO 100, -0.67 EV.
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800mm eq. (Nikon 400mm f/2.8G VR with Nikon TC-20E III TC), f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO 8000.
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14mm eq. (Nikon 14-24mm f2.8G IF-ED AF-S), f/2.8, 15s, ISO 8000.
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