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Nikon D5 and D500 push the boundaries of low-light photography

Nikon's new cameras are pushing the boundaries of low light photography and in other areas

By: Jeff Williams from Jan 9, 2016 @ 13:12 CST

CES 2016 - Nikon has released two new cameras in two different segments that have some fantastically high specs. The D5 halo DSLR and the D500 APS-C based DLSR have the highest ISO sensitivity in any consumer available sensor, not to mention a whole lot more when they release in March.


The D5 is the flagship camera for Nikon that builds wildly on the successes of the line of massive full-frame cameras with a much improved 35mm sensor that can shoot at a whopping 3,280,000 ISO. This opens up so many possibilities with low-light photography. Just don't expect print quality at that 3 million setting, but this does mean that noise should be better at higher than usual ISO settings that might be used on real shoots

The D500 uses a similar cropped APS-C sized sensor (DX format) that has slightly less megapixels though it's still just as sensitive as it's big brother. This is Nikon using the majority of the technology found in their halo product and trickling it down. On the back is a 3.2-inch touchscreen and all the manual controls you'd want.


  • 153-point autofocus system
  • 20.8MP FX format (35mm/full frame) sensor
  • Expeed 5 processor
  • Normal ISO range from 100 to 102,400
  • Expansible from 50 to 3,280,000
  • Internal 4K recording
  • $6500


  • 153-point autofocus system
  • 20MP DX format (APS-C)
  • Expeed 5 processor
  • Normal ISO from 100 to 102.400
  • Expansible from 50 to 3,280,000
  • Internal 4K video recording
  • $2000 for just the body

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