Nikon's New D5 is the First Pro DSLR to Shoot 4K Video

With 4K and class-leading speed, the D5 is ready for anything.

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At its CES 2016 press conference, Nikon has finally unveiled what pros have been waiting for: the D5, the first professional-grade DSLR to shoot 4K video.

A true multimedia powerhouse, the D5 is designed to serve the needs of the modern working photographer—one who often has to also act as a videographer in a pinch. But it's first and foremost a camera for still photographers covering news and sports, with burst speeds on par with the D4S and a new 153-point (99 cross-type) autofocus sensor.

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The whole shebang is managed by an Expeed 5 processor and a new 20.8MP full-frame sensor, which has a native ISO range of 100-102,400. Of course, like other DSLRs these days that can be extended for extreme low light photography (such as surveillance work) with an extended max topping out at an insane ISO 3,280,000.

For storage you'll actually have two options, one with dual CompactFlash (CF) cards and one with dual XQD cards, which are faster but typically more expensive. The previous D4 and D4S both offered one of each slot, which could be a pain for photographers who need to swap cards in and out while they're working.

For storage you'll actually have two options: one with dual CompactFlash (CF) cards and one with dual XQD cards.

The rest of the D5's spec sheet is similarly impressive. It offers a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, has an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, and offers speedy connectivity through the use of USB 3.0 ports (Micro USB, not USB-C). It also has a 3.2-inch LCD that is touch sensitive, functioning even when you're wearing gloves.

Some will probably complain that the D5 can't shoot 60fps at 4K resolution (it maxes out at 30p), but it's still a bold step into the UHD future.

Both configurations of the D5 will list for $6,499.95, and have a tentative ship date of March 2016.

We'll have hands-on time with the new DSLR immediately following the press conference, so check back with later for our hands-on first impressions.

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