Nikon D5, D500, SB-5000, KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge promo and hands-on videos

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New promo/demo videos on the just announced Nikon D5, SB-5000, KeyMission 360 and SnapBridge:

Nikon D500 presentation video:

Introducing the new Nikon D5:

Nikon D5 product video:

Nikon D5 product tour:

Nikon D5 video capabilities:

Nikon D5 autofocus and metering:

Nikon Europe ambassador Joel Marklund puts the Nikon D5 to the test:

Nikon D5 - My Nebraska:

Nikon D5 - Inspired:

Nikon D5 - Inspired (behind the scenes):

Introducing the SB-5000 Speedlight:

Nikon KeyMission 360, an all-new action camera:

Nikon SnapBridge:

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  • Doug Laurent

    Congrats Nikon, with the D5 not having 4K 60fps you have released the same camera i have in my hands since 36 Months now (which is called Canon 1DC). It seems Nikon doesn’t want to be ahead of the competition in anything.

    • That is one spec in a list of many…

    • Wolf33d

      A worst video camera actually: 4k is only in APSC mode and with 3min max limit recording time..

      • stormwatch

        Do you want to tell me that cat&dog videos should be longer than 3 min?

        • Chris Bilodeau

          I agree. It seems to me that unless you are doing interviews, most cinematic clips are well under 3 min. I am far from a video expert, but even when I make modest movies as a hobby, the takes are less than a minute. Before the RED took hollywood by storm, the big reels of film in those panavision cameras did not last very long.

          • stormwatch

            I can assure you from the first hand that many people still prefer shooting on film, because pause between reel changes are longer than changing the memory cards, SSD or HDD’s. :-))))

        • Wolf33d

          Do you want to tell me your cat&dog pictures require a D5?

          • Spy Black

            You don’t love your cats and dogs?…

          • stormwatch

            Cat&Dog films must be shot in the highest quality possible, because those samples are what really sells the video on DSLR this days :-))))))))))

        • ZoetMB

          3 minutes is fine for narrative filmmaking (unless you’re Scorsese doing the night club shot in Goodfellas or Sam Mendes with the opening of Spectre), but it might not be fine for, let’s say, capturing a full live musical performance when the song is >3 minutes. Even for interviews, it’s probably okay because it’s so fast to start recording again. But for music, you miss a few notes and you’ve missed an edit point – you’d probably have to skip a verse in editing.

          • silmasan

            Good point, sir!

          • Jordan C. Leyva

            External recorder!

          • stormwatch

            :-)))) I have been using DSLR for professional filmmaking since 2008 and it was the 30/20min limitation in the first time….now…almost 10 years after, the limitation is 10 times bigger. :-)))))

          • Thiago Corrêa

            but for that you will have D500, don’t? 4k up to 30 minutes, according Nikon.

        • Video is important today, not for everyone of course but these cams are for still shooters, video is a compromise

          • stormwatch

            For me the video on DSLR is the most important thing since 2008.

            • Yes, I could also say that, have been shooting video since the d90 then switched to the 5d2, was a finalist in Canon’s first DSLR video challenge and have shoot TV commercials with it. Not a fan of DSLR ergonomics for video, currently shooting with the a7r2 a great allrounder for my type of work and much better for video. Of course I have two in case one breaks lol

            • stormwatch

              Uhh, I really never liked the 5d2 output. I could always say that something is shot with that camera and I avoided it in a very short period. It has that legendary plastic look which can’t be fixed no matter what to do – anyway Canon fanboys pretended not to see it, but I surely see it. Nikon did a big mistake with D90, instead of giving the full manual controls, FULL HD, clean 50hz flicker reduction and going with the H264 immediately instead of motionJpeg they ruined the camera that could be a legend, because even with all those limitations and 720p it looks more organic and natural than anything that ever came out from 5D2.

            • I totally agree, about the plastic look, as a long time nikon shooter, I always preferred Nikon colors for stills and video but Canon had such a momentum at that time I had no choice but to switch, clients were requesting 5d footage, I hated nikon for it, comatose with their heads stuck in sand, lol, but eventually switched back to the d800e

            • stormwatch

              Yes, but it’s interesting that 5D2 as D90 originally did not have manual controls for video, but Canon fixed that in the next firmware. 5D2 with Anti Aliasing filter could be used as a really nice ENG workhorse, but nothing more than that. The real V(D)SLRrevolution started with GH2, people were laughing at me when I said it’s gonna be the revelation in the years to come, but after only a few weeks everyone was already using it claiming it’s something we have all been waiting for :-)))). Anyway, shots from D5 are looking the most oganic in the history of DSLR….

    • Lee Jian Haur

      i dont care about 4K~~~
      haahahahahahaahahhaahhahahahahaahahaha

      • You will in a few years.

        • Lee Jian Haur

          I guess I wont, I only shoot photos, never take video~~ hahahahaha

    • yrsued

      Call me crazy, but if I wanted to shoot Video, I would Buy a Video Camera, NOT a DSLR.

      When I want Video, I Sub Contract my Video Guy, His Camera/Lens Kits plus Steady Cam is worth more than my house!!

      • Doug Laurent

        Hardly any video camera does support Stabilization or Auto Focus of Nikon Lenses. So people who do own Nikon lenses and even would use a second real video camera, quickly do realize that Nikon doesn’t offer a video camera AND all their existing photo lenses are a less powerful choice than going with Canon or Sony products. Nikon should try to be a steap ahead of the competition because of their limitations not being a video company as well – not just keep up to the same level of the others after 1-3 years.

      • ZoetMB

        That’s the point, isn’t it? If I’m primarily shooting stills, but the client wants a bit of video and isn’t willing to double the budget, I can’t subcontract the video nor am I willing to invest in a separate video camera (nor do I want to carry it). That’s when I use the DSLR for video.

        • yrsued

          I see your point, but no budget, No work!!

          I’m not doing something I’m not good at and make myself look bad.

          If they want Video, they will have to pay for it or don’t get it, at least not from me.

      • Chris Bilodeau

        I agree to a point. But, some like the look of DSLR film making and it worked for Dexter. You can spend $3000 on a Sony 4K camcorder but you will not get the DOF you can get with even a $200 50mm f/1.8. I love shooting in Cineflat (loaded as a profile) with my D810 and applying LUTs and color grades. Stills are what I make money on, but cinema is a 2nd passion.

        • yrsued

          I guess the fact that I don’t like to shoot Video and I’m not good at it makes me not want to do it at all!! I just pass the work to my video Guy!!

          • Chris Bilodeau

            I used to fear it, but after buying a $100 knockoff glidecam and editing in Final Cut Pro I am in love with making movies. Right now just my family but I want to do a short film soon. The DSLR opens the door to real cinema.

            • yrsued

              Hey, if you like it, have fun with it!! We make Commercials that run on Broadcast TV!!

              Like I said, my video Guy’s Camera, Lenses and Steadycam are worth more than my house.

              And we all make money with his work!!

            • Chris Bilodeau

              nice

            • yrsued

              Hey, we just completed a 5 Minute Training Video for Cabela’s

            • Talk to me when you’re editing wedding video consistently and you want to shoot yourself in the face lol. I will echo yrsued’s comments above about subcontracting from now on.

          • Chris Bilodeau

            A quote from the DP on “Dexter.” “”We used the Alexa as a baseline and had the D800 recording to an outboard recorder uncompressed and to an internal memory card at H.264 compressed,” says Fletcher. “We also tested a Canon C300 with a Cooke lens on it—a $40,000 setup—running alongside the $4,000 Nikon D800 setup. The Canon footage had what you might call an over-smooth look to it. But the D800 uncompressed footage blew us away.””

            • yrsued

              Oh, I know it works, it looks great!! I shot some Video on my D800 from Still Lives for Gerber Knives, they turned out great, I would rather let my buddy do it instead.

    • Riley Escobar

      You do realize that the D5 is not aimed at the 1DC but at the 1DX? Nikon really hasn’t been the camera to go for if you want great video.

      • Doug Laurent

        A few weeks after the release of the D5 it will compete against the 1DX2, which includes 4K and similar features of the 1DC. For sure the Canon will have no ridiculous crop or 3-minute-limit.
        You and many others will have no problem with the video limits of the D5. But me and many others do have a huge problem with these limits, and we won’t buy a D5 now. And in the longterm Nikon does have a business problem, and also you and all the others do have a problem then, when Nikon continues to fall behind in technology while raising their prices to compensate their sales losses.

        • PhilK

          Whereas I’d be willing to bet you that the profit that they will make from new product lines like the KeyMission series will make them chuckle at such proclamations of doom from the handful of people who buy flagship pro DSLRs. (Either for stills or video) 😉

          Nikon has never been a cinema company, and it would take more than a couple of product introductions to change that. Neither would I think they necessarily want to go head-to-head with companies like Sony and Canon who have been producing pro or semi-pro video and film equipment since the 1970s, and which have a large ecosystem already in place in those markets. (Massively so, in the case of Sony. And to say it’s a little daunting to try to compete with Sony at the same time you are buying sensors from them which determine exactly what you can accomplish with video functionality, is probably an understatement.)

          So I think Nikon are actually taking a pragmatic approach here: provide “good enough” video functionality for pros who are primarily still shooters but which are increasingly asked to do video as well from time-to-time, and leave the hardcore video market to the companies who have the background and resources to devote to it, rather than “newbie Nikon” that very well could invest 100’s of millions of $$$ in that market and have absolutely nothing to show for it in the end, which really *would* potentially imperil the company.

          On the other hand, the D5/D500 announcements make it clear that for the first time in what seems like a really long time, Nikon is now REALLY LISTENING to their users and bringing them products and capabilities that they have been loudly clamoring-for for years. I’d say that is a very, very good sign and bodes very well for them down the road.

        • I was so upset about Nikon’s limit that I checked out the Leica SL. It is really focused on a nice stills/video balance, but has the same limit – a hard limit for existing card formats of a 4GB maximum file size. So even with a $13,000 camera ($8k camera, $5k lens), you can’t solve this problem.

          So why doesn’t the Panasonic GH4? It fills up the maximum 4GB file size, and then simply writes another file, and another until we are done recording.

          Why can’t the much more expensive brands do the same?

    • That’s the only thing I was looking forward to. How can they not include that? So restarted.

  • Doug Laurent

    …and it’s not even full frame 4K video…

    • John Picking

      If you are looking for a full frame 4K digital cinema camera you are not looking in the correct place.

      • Wolf33d

        He his not looking for a cinema camera. He his looking for a great DSLR that shoot great 4K too because he does both and in one system. Too hard to understand?

        • John Picking

          Well, this is a stills camera that also does 4K video. Not really too hard to understand.

    • Wolf33d

      And the D500 has a 2.2x crop in 4k… a joke.

  • vFunct

    It will be an amazing day for videographers if they ever get the exact same AF functions to work in video mode.

  • Doug Laurent

    Someone should tell Nikon that many pro photographers on this planet will not survive unless they also offer to shoot video. And if Nikon is always 1-3 years late regarding video specs, they will have a hard time surviving in the long run, too. By all fairness, Nikon might not have the video technology skills like Sony, Panasonic or Canon (with Canon only intentionally slowing down the video innovation process in new product releases). If the coming 1DX2 does have full frame 4K video and 4K 60fps, the D5 looks pretty stupid.

    • Eric Calabros

      Even Sony has issues with FF 4k. No way Canon can do full read out on its FF sensor. and we are going to have more pixels in next generations, not less, which make the problem harder to solve.
      with Sony FS5 is under $5k, I can say shooting video with still camera is going to be more and more meaningless.

      • Doug Laurent

        Sony has great full frame 4K on the A7S2 up to ISO 25.600 and on the A7R2 up to ISO 3200. The Canon 1DC, released 39 (!) month earlier than the D5, did have great 4K video with a 1.3K crop. I am pretty sure now Canon will be able to come up with decent full frame 4K video on the 1DX2. Shooting video on a small camera is in many ways much more fun and flexible than with cameras like the FS5, not to speak of the fact that there are no full frame video or cinema cameras yet. And video cameras don’t shoot great stills, so you can avoid carrying 2 different cameras.

        • Eric Calabros

          A7S is 12mp. Totally different. A7Rii does line skipping in FF mode, and 1DC is not full read out anyway. 1DX2 might does 4k for few minutes and then stop to avoid melting. That few minutes shooting doesn’t necessarily make it a good video camera.
          Video market is not as big as enthusiast video shooters think it is, and that part of this market that can’t handle the awesomely small bulk of FS5, is even much smaller.

          • Doug Laurent

            A7S2, A7R2 and 1DC do deliver great 4K video in their widest modes. Who cares what sensor resolution or technology they use for that? My 1DC does record 30 minutes of perfect 4K video without a problem since 3 years. Why should a 1DX2, released 40 months later, melt after a few minutes? At some point next decade also the last photographer on this planet will have realized that video is not only video, it’s 24+fps nonstop hires photo shooting. People in future decades will wonder why there have been people who have limited themselves to stills photos only.

            • Eric Calabros

              Because 1DX2 still have to avoid using heat sink because of weight/bulk considerations.
              Dude your “future is machine gun shooting” argument is just more aligned with Nikon 1 system that burst 60fps at full resolution. But that’s 1 inch sensor. With bigger sensors, there are lots of issues to deal with. It’s physics.
              Anyway, D5 is a 1:1 Super35 video camera if anyone is so obsessed with 4k. Nikon users will be happy to have that beside the greatest DSLR ever made.

            • Doug Laurent

              What weight/bulk considerations? The 1DC has exactly the same form factor as the 1DX and weighs only 15(!)g more, so i think Canon will easily manage to implement that in a 1DX2 body as well.
              It is very strange that “photo only” people do get super-excited when they read that a camera can shoot 14 instead of 12 fps, and 200 instead of 100 pictures in a row – but when the same camera can shoot 24-60fps and thousands of frames in a row, the specs are considered super lame because it is called video. That simply does not make sense. The right reaction for them would be to ask for 5K and 6K video and raw video.
              Right now the D5 looks like the greatest DSLR ever made – for a few weeks in spring until the 1DX2 comes out.

            • Eric Calabros

              They were saying the same about 7Dmark2 and we saw what came out

            • stormwatch

              If I want a real 4k cinema, I would definitely shoot only on film. All nowaday 4k digital cameras are good for only one purpose – FullHD or at best 2k downsampling. In the next ~5 years when 8k would evolve, it would be good for 4k Downsampling, but in some really important aspects Film is still the best possible medium for professional work.

            • John Picking

              I guess we will see but stills photography is an art form all it’s own and Nikon owns that space. Anyway, you seem very happy with Canon so don’t worry about it.

            • Doug Laurent

              Wherever I see stills photographers on this planet, it seems there are 2x more Canon users than Nikon, so I don’t see why they Nikon owns that space. I am not happy with most of the Canon product strategies either, and I own 6 Nikon DSLR’s and app. 60 Nikon mount lenses – which is the only reason why i write here and want to see Nikon come up with real new products that don’t have ridiculous limitations. A D5 that comes out in 2016 for 6500 bucks with 3 minute 4k video crop recording is a joke. Nikon did release demo videos to demonstrate their 4K feature in 720p (!) quality, which clearly shows that they don’t know what time it is. The future is photo and video melting together and mirrorless. Instead of two stupid card versions of the D5, Nikon could have surprised the planet by releasing a mirrorless version of the D5. They could have killed Canon and Sony overnight, but instead it seems they will be behind for more years to come. It’s not unlikely we will see Nikon die in the next decade as Kodak or Nokia, if they don’t break out of their slow innovation routine that did work in former decades, but won’t in the future.

            • John Picking

              I think these are the best still cameras in their formats, spec-wise. That was why my reference to owning the space. Hopefully they perform.

              There are other options for those who need higher end video. For the occasional quick video capture Nikon has it available. They clearly just wanted to tick off the 4K checkbox.

              We will have to see what the future holds. I guess we were expecting different things. I believe Nikon will be here for a long time.

            • Sandy Bartlett

              First, no way Canon has anywhere near a 2-1 lead. Second, the D5 maybe one of the finest Pro cameras ever made, and hey, there’s Doug, Nikon is going to die. You remarks are a joke.And Pro’s aren’t ready for mirrorless, yet. It certainly won’t come out on the Flagship DSLR. Nikon makes a profit, every year. Sony damn sure doesn’t.

              Sorry Nostradamus, fail.

            • Doug Laurent

              Just look at pictures of pro photographers at big events around the world and count the number of big white and big black tele lenses, then you see the status. I own 100+x expensive Nikon products and for sure don’t want to see them die, but that’s even what several shop owners predict. Nikon is just #3 in the market now and misses the trend of photo and video melting together. Unfortunately as it seems not only because of marketing strategy like Canon, but because they simply don’t have the technology. Nikon is heavily advertising the video and 4K features of the D5 and D500, so please don’t tell me “it’s not products that are meant for video, video people go elsewhere”. If Sony stops to give Nikon their sensors, their cameras will be irrelevant. Even the Phase One, Hasselblad and Pentax medium format camera models would already be irrelevant without the Sony sensors.

        • Mike

          1Dc was 8mp. Different beast. It was video centric and came out when the C100 came out. The 1Dc is a dead line since the C100/300 line took off. Video in a DSLR form factor really is dumb. Nikon’s take on video initially was for photo journalists to be able to also grab video footage for new services or quick interviews. The market surprised them by demanding a more cinematic experience with DSLRs.

          • Doug Laurent

            The 1DC is 18MP not 8, why is this not comparable with the D5? 1DC is a pure full pro photo camera plus 4K video option, and not video centric at all. The C100/300 with their 1080p did not have anything to do with the 1DC in terms of competition. Video in DSLR form is really clever, as tons of high res video have been and could only have been shot with it. Dumb is Nikon when they don’t go fullframe mirrorless as next step. Nikon did release the world’s first video DSLR with the D90 in 2008, and through the success of the 5D2 video in DSLR’s has been a huge and popular success, that supported Canon’s sales lead over Nikon since then. So when Nikon 7 years later doesn’t come out with video specs that top the competition, it likely means they simply are not able to do it technologywise.

            • Riley Escobar

              Or they don’t care to fully support video. DPR says it was $16k when it was announced (Wiki says $15k), yeesh.

            • Doug Laurent

              It was 11.000 euros 3 years ago and 8000 now. Too expensive for most, which is why most didn’t realize the outstanding capabilities of the 1DC. As you can see the price tag is still justified being higher than the D5, as it doesnt have the crop limit, 3 minute limit and also cinema raw-like log.
              As of today it’s also clear that a flagship 1D camera that the “as slow as possible”-innovators Canon did present at Photokina in 2012 will still be a better photo/video combination than Nikon’s D5 until the year 2018, probably until 2020 when the D6 comes out.

            • Riley Escobar

              Looks like Nikon doesn’t care about video:

              however the primary concept and idea of this camera is not about video. The D500 goes the full half an hour (29mins and 59seconds) but the focus was different here. Based upon the feedback of the users of this camera (the Nikon D5), which are mostly journalists and sports photographers, they tend to record short snippets rather than lengthy live coverage.

        • The C in 1dc stands for cine.

    • Except that nikon has made it clear that they want to be a stills priority camera company and it reflects in their cameras. (It may change in the future but right now this is how it is according to them)

    • bgbs

      Don’t worry upcoming D5s will give you 60fps with 6 minute recording limit.

  • scott800

    SB-5000 looks great, i’m sure it will come with a crazy price tag but i’ve been wanting an HSS system that I could start using without Pocket wizards. I currently use sb910s and Yongnuo manual flashes (that do have built in trigger, but no high speed sync or TTL)

    • saywhatuwill

      I just looked at B&H and it was $596, so it’s a little more expensive than the SB-910 it replaces.

      • scott800

        not too bad, I need 6 of them though to replace my current system. I hope they come out with a dedicated command unit for quick changes to zones/ratios without the need of a d5 to operate (without on camera master flash thats is)

  • Padaung

    Snapbridge looks VERY interesting.

  • petafan

    If you want a real video camera get a red

    • Chris Bilodeau

      …and pay $20,000+ more!

      (I guess the new Raven is like $10k)

      • waterengineer

        Not complete and ready to shoot.

        • Chris Bilodeau

          Actually, yes. The Raven is like $6000 and the pre-order is for the kit.

          • waterengineer

            The kit is not a complete camera, sorry. More bolt-ons are needed for get a camera you want to use…..and MUCH more memory and a memory reader….and a lens.

            • Chris Bilodeau

              You need a lens and you can shoot. You have the power, the mag, the LCD, etc. It is indeed ready to shoot (if you have the lens) for $9,950.

            • waterengineer

              Nah. No one in the RED sphere will shoot it the way it is, in the kit. Everyone will at a minimum want a: Quick release or at least an assault plate, a rig, a fist full of mags, a way to read the data on the mags, a side handle and a probably an I/O module. Price out that stiff for a complete package then get back to me.

            • Chris Bilodeau

              You said it was not ready to shoot. It is. It is just not ready for taking it to a Hollywood movie set for a full day’s worth of work. If I wanted to charge $10,000 to my credit card and toss it on my glidecam, I could film my kids in 4.5K. Of course, I would need a few more mags and batteries if I wanted to shoot for more than 30min, but it is indeed ready to create stunning video at that price.

  • br0xibear

    Apparently you can have the D5 memory card modules changed, so if you buy a CF version and later decide you want the QXD, then Nikon can do that for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzbfBWtNPPA

    • John Picking

      Modular is here!

    • morcheeba

      I imagine that would make replacing a broken CF socket much easier, too.

  • stormwatch

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….still no D400…..but D500 is here…and specifications for video….ajajajajajaja Nikon…AJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJ simply said.

    • FountainHead

      Try again in English, Son.

      • stormwatch

        Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….still no D400…..but D500 is here…and specifications for video….aiaiaiaiaiaia Nikon…AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI simply said.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    I wonder what they did as a cooling system in the sb5000

  • Ray Justice

    PREORDER already online at B&H. I just ordered mine….

  • saywhatuwill

    Okay, I’m weird but I’m more excited about the flash unit than any of the cameras introduced.

    • AYWY

      It just means you are a very practical photographer. 🙂

  • David Arkin

    So far people are missing the neatest thing (well almost) and that is the ability to do AF Fine Tune within the camera itself. It compares the Live View image with the focus with lens.

    From Nikon:
    Auto AF fine-tune simplifies adjustment for
    minor variations between camera and lens

    • Mike

      That’s cool.

    • AYWY

      If it works well, I’ll rate this the biggest news beside the SB5000 announcement.

    • Haven’t missed that 🙂 but yeah, surprisingly few comments

  • Rod

    Did anyone notice how the camera in the SnapBridge video’s title page has no model number. Also, the woman is holding an entry-level DSLR (D3300?), however it switches and shows the top LCD of a D7200 with a bluetooth logo (even though that camera does not have Bluetooth, only Wi-Fi and NFC). Isn’t it also odd that the D5 and D500 weren’t used in the video, since those are the only two cameras with Bluetooth and SnapBridge capability

  • Mike

    I’m a little disappointed with the SB-5000. It’s too complicated. It’s a half baked system. It’s open for growth with new products later but I think they either should have waited or launched better accessory products with it. Hear me out:

    Phottix and Yongnuo and Canon have
    1. Dedicated transmitters that don’t rely on camera menus or camera batteries to function.
    2. They also have flashes with built in optical and radio transmitters and receivers.
    3. Dedicated radio receivers for legacy flashes without radio receivers.

    What Nikon is proposing is:

    1. Buy two SB-5000’s at $600 each so you can have simple radio to radio communication in the easiest way possible.
    2. If you want to use your new SB-5000 in conjunction with the 1, 2, 3 or 4 legacy SB units that you own, the 5000 gets triggered by radio with a dumb $250 transmitter (dumb meaning it only sends/receives a signal, not to whom or how much), and the others still rely on optical (IR) triggers. So there is a good chance that 1 flash will fire and all the others won’t. There is work around a for sure but it’s a lot of work.
    3. The WR-R10 looks slick coming out of the 10 pin port out front but looks awkward and will be cumbersome sticking out the side of say a D750 or D7200. Basically all the cameras without a 10 pin port.
    4. Accessing camera menus to change flash settings and groups etc is a hassle. Not to mention uses camera battery power.

    This is a very awkward new flash system launch by Nikon. They had an opportunity to co-release a radio based SU-800 type dedicated transmitter and dedicated receivers for all previous SB speed lights. The WR-R10 system is overly complicated and feels like an afterthought.

    Phottix has developed a copycat transmitter for Canon radio flashes. You can use a Phottix transmitter with Canon radio flashes. They also have a dedicated receiver for Canon flashes. So the Phottix transmitter can trigger Canon radio flashes and non-radio flashes (used with a Phottix receiver) without MacGuyvering 2 systems. Not perfect but better than what Nikon has launched with this.

    As it is, the Nikon system launched today of blending radio with optical and transmitter sticking out the front or the side depending on the model of camera you have and menu diving based control of said flashes is very very awkward for a company that prides itself on backwards compatibility. The SB-5000 as it is, is just another flash (self cooling mind you) that you can add to your Yongnuo or Phottix set up. But then, those brands are cheaper and easier to use and more complete as far as radio trigger flashes go. So what’s the point?

    Nikon, release a dedicated radio transmitter. Maybe even one with a pass through so we can use our “old” flashes with new. Cameras today; awesome. Flash; meh.

    • PhilK

      Re: using the old flashes and lack of support thereof: as we say in the tech industry, I’d say that’s a feature, not a bug – as far as Nikon accountants are concerned. 😀

  • yrsued

    Now we will let the buying Public tell Nikon what they want, CF or XQD!!

    Glad I skipped the D4s.

    I will be getting at least one D5 and I will repurpose my three D4’s!!

    • PhilK

      Really surprised and impressed by the memory card options. I guess they got really spooked by all the flaming they got when they put XQD in the D4. (Pretty silly really – CF is a dead-end technology that will never go faster than 160MBps and Cfast is just as incompatible with CF cards as XQD is)

      But if the card module is easily swapped-out that addresses one of the key problems with multiple camera variants: retailers being stuck with dead inventory because they stocked a bunch of the “wrong” versions. Hopefully they will exchange unsold models for resellers or offer a reasonably-priced field swap kit.

      Pity that due to having to support CF they couldn’t take advantage of the size advantage of XQD over CF. Camera could have been a bit smaller otherwise.

      • yrsued

        I don’t disagree that XQD is faster, but it’s a matter of Dollars and Sense!!!

        For those like me, who are heavily invested in CF, who use these tools for what they are, TOOLS, spending more money on a new card system makes absolutely NO SENSE!!

        When we buy something, it has to pay itself back, FAST!!

        If the CF’s we currently have are fast enough for what we’re doing, they are already paid for, they are just making us money, plain and simple.

        IF we invest in new XQD Cards, even though faster, that investment will have to produce that much more money to pay for itself.

        In may case, where my business DOES NOT need the extra speed, why spend the money??

        I have the three free XQD’s and readers I got free with the three D4’s I have, that is more than enough for me, I never use them, I would much rather have the second CF slot for when I need it and lately, I never need it.

        I hope I’m explaining my situation clearly enough, not trying to change minds here, but when these bodies pop up in the used market, the owners of the double XQD Card models will find out that they WILL be harder to sell than the Double CF models.

        • PhilK

          As with any other electronic technology these days, eventually you have to migrate to the newer tech, either to realize improved performance, or to maintain support. (As vendors will not continue supporting technologies where the volume of production no longer makes investing in the format cost-effective)

          CF is a dead-end format based on an old storage interface (IDE) that has reached end-of-life and will never be further upgraded, and uses a form-factor which is very fragile. (I’m sure you’ve experienced bent CF connector pins somewhere in your past) As the volume of production of the interface chips drops dramatically (already has), the products that use CF cards decline, and the vendors that produce the cards eventually exit the market, it will eventually no longer be viable for professional users.

          That’s not going to happen for a while, but if I were buying $7000 pro cameras I certainly wouldn’t be inclined to saddle their state-of-the-art performance with slow-performing peripherals that will get harder and harder to find and support over time.

          Nikon has done photographers a *huge* favor by giving them a choice with the D5 – this is not a trivial decision as it entails a variety of design, logistics and sales sacrifices on Nikon’s part to do this – in fact it’s quite surprising to me that they did.

          Whereas I will bet you that Canon’s EOS1Dx Mark II will most likely come with Cfast support only – which is every bit as incompatible with CF cards as XQD is. If I’m right, Nikon will look like a real hero here.

          • yrsued

            All you say is true!! VERY TRUE, but….

            When you run a business, you are in it to make money, not to play with technology!!

            We look at this the only way business owners can. Will this investment (XQD or whatever) make me enough profit to pay for the new Tech?? If the answer is yes, go for it, if the answer is NO, guess what??

            There must be something to this to make Nikon consider making a CF only D5 Body!!

            • PhilK

              I have a feeling the “something” is simply a bunch of complaints they received (or read about) re: XQD in the D4/D4s. Regardless what each user’s reasoning was.

              So the bottom line is: Nikon seems to have started to (finally) listen to some of the squeaky wheels amongst their userbase and has addressed a large number of long-festering gripes from their users, which can only be a good thing. One of which being the memory-card format thing. I sure hope the costs to do this don’t outweigh the goodwill they hope to generate with it. Personally I would have suggested XQD-only but now no one can complain about the choices they have been given, something I’ve never seen any other camera maker do before.

              Next thing you know I’ll hear they’re re-opening regional service-centers and NPS offices, restarting service parts sales to independent service shops, and no longer releasing cameras with oil on the sensor or AF alignment problems. Wait.. was that a Unicorn that just flew by??!???? 😀

            • yrsued

              Whatever the reason was, it is a fact now.

              We shall soon see which version sells faster or better!! THAT is the True measurement Nikon is interested in, SALES!!

              What they need to do is to offer a retrofit kit for D4’s and D4s’s, but I doubt it, they are now things of the past and they are not going to invest money on old models.

              But I think this XQD experiment was a learning experience for Nikon!! Ever wonder why Canon never adopted XQD??

            • KnightPhoto

              Your CF-card story is very interesting from the pro perspective. I’m sure there’s many newsrooms and pros like yourself with a 32-card stable of CF cards, so I’m glad Nikon gave you the option as that clearly held back D4/D4S sales.

              For my non-pro (limited semi-pro) needs I’ve been in stasis for 4 years with a minimum of investment in XQD to get me by, but now I’ll go ahead and add some much needed storage capacity and it will be all in XQD as that has a bright future – I’m really glad they added that in the D500, and we can expect it in the D820 also.

            • yrsued

              I guess the only way for the XQD to pick up is for the prices to go down and more camera companies to start using them.

              The ONLY Pro Camera company using it is Nikon, I decided not to invest in it, yes it’s faster, but at the time I got my first D4, XQD was too pricey and it was a pain to have two different kinds of Cards when I was doing a lot of sporing events. I would much rather have two identical cards with the second card for overflow.

              I am no longer doing sporting events, so I don’t need more than one body and it will see little use, compared to what I used to do in the past, so, CF or XQD, it doesn’t make much of a difference for me now but I still have a large quantity of CF Cards and I don’t see the economical value in the XQD investment at this moment. Most of my work is in the studio and Fast cards are not that important for what I do now.

  • Riley Escobar

    Wow, talk about risking your equipment.

  • Jordan C. Leyva

    Why the F#$k is snap bridge Bluetooth! To sell us new cameras. Wi-Fi has much faster data transfer and reliability capabilities and is already implemented. Just fix the Damn Wi-Fi app!

    • AYWY

      Because it is low power, and I don’t need to disconnect my phone from the Wi-Fi network I’m currently connected to to transfer a picture. BLE also has improved performance. It can stay “live” without becoming a battery drain. And that is what connectivity should be – pictures automatically go to my phone without manual intervention, without me worrying too much that it is draining either of my devices’ power.

      Making the camera need to negotiate IP addresses, do wireless security and a bunch of network stuff is complicated, compared to just pairing it with a phone via BLE.

      Agree it’s not totally reliable yet, but is the future of low-power connectivity. the big players such as Apple and Samsung are pushing it in their phones, though not all Android phones have one yet.

      • Jordan C. Leyva

        I am fine with Bluetooth, but there are advantages to wifi. Considering they sold cameras for years with a better technology they shouldn’t abandon it.

        My note 4 can connect to 8 wifi devices and act as a router, so I know wifi is not limited to one device. Considering my gear s2 watch and lg bt headset are typically being used on hikes, wifi is more advantageous.

        Nikon could easily use power saving wifi that allows the camera to go to sleep with it on like a phone, but they seemingly added it on as a second thought. WiFi is not that complicated, you set permissions up once and you are done. Bt also kills my phones battery much faster than wifi does, so I leave wifi on constantly.

        Point is, nikon could easily deliver a working wifi app that does the same thing, albeit worse battery life. All I want is an app that works reliably, and their Android one is crud. They abandoned it for Bluetooth and screwed us all. Dslr dashboard is leaps and bounds better, and I use it all the time. An app that pushes jpeg over wifi automatically to my phone would be great, but I guess I will just keep sending jpeg to my second sd and using my card reader/usb to micro to upload the pictures from my phone

      • PhilK

        Took the words right outta my keyboard. I think that was a good move on Nikon’s part to go with Bluetooth for the reasons you mentioned.

        Tho they really should hire someone to do a better job on their software in general, it’s a weak spot for them.

  • Andy Aungthwin

    The secrecy to which Nikon went to keep NR from getting ANY details of the D500 would have to be the most monumental effort by a company, ever.

    Just think. The project would have been in the works for several of year and not even a clue was let out!

    Either that or Admin is sitting on a stack of Nikon shares. 🙂

    • br0xibear

      To be fair to Peter (admin) he did have the information about the D500, but he decided it wasn’t reliable enough to post as a something that was going to happen.
      He posted that there were rumours about it, and they should be taken with a pinch of salt because he couldn’t give a definitive yes or no.
      It’s nice to be surprised, and as I said before, I’m happy that those who wanted a D300 replacement have finally got one…I’m sure those people being so vocal on sites like this played a big factor in Nikon making the D500…and it’s nice to know that they do actually listen to Nikon owners.

      • Ray Justice

        Looking at all the announcements and the new specs presented, I think Nikon provided what most users were asking for; D300 replacement, 4K, same card slot on D5 and gave option for both Cf and XQD, better ISO, no I mean the best ISO, wireless flash etc. So yes I think you are right br0xibear, Nikon had to see what users were screaming for and definitely delivered.

      • exactly, and you broxibear were correct with your observation yesterday about new “cameras”

        • br0xibear

          I’ve been watching too much Sherlock Holmes, lol.
          The penny very much dropped after that AP tweet, then the other snippets all made sense.

          • I wonder if they will get in trouble for that.

            • br0xibear

              Nah I don’t think so, it was pretty subtle and there were no images or anything.
              I get the feeling Nikon and Canon had a little chat, and CES was to be Nikon’s big unveil and CP+ will be Canon’s.
              Once CP+ is over, 2nd quarter or 3rd, we might see some lenses, I still think that 135mm AFS is sitting in a cupboard at Nikon Japan, ready to go, lol. Or maybe the new mirrorless you mentioned…I haven’t heard anything about that mirrorless, just what you’ve posted.

            • thanks broxibear!

            • outkasted

              Man I am waiting patiently on a 135mm/f2. Also will be watching what Sigma produces. So far my sigma 35mm/1.4 gets me great reviews

    • KnightPhoto

      BTW did the share price blip upwards?

  • Bo Dez

    Home made porn just got so much better with that 360 cam

  • Originaru

    Oh my nikon fanboys defending the 3 min video limitation, thats truly sad, or sick…

  • Ray Justice

    Peter, any word if the card module on the D5 is exchangeable as noted by Matt Granger?

  • Moose1414

    Has it been confirmed by Nikon via someone asking the question whether the 3 minute record time on the D5 specs is a typo or something?

    Do they realise that if not they are an actual laughing stock, why not just have no video whatsoever. This is a $6500 camera here and they already cheated by using a 1:1 crop to make things easier to process, 3 minutes… I do not actually believe it.

    • br0xibear

      I don’t think Nikon are marketing the D5 as a film maker’s camera.
      It’s primarily a sports camera, sports photographer’s are normally not allowed to shoot any video at events. Photojournalists rarely shoot video, and if they do 4k definitely isn’t needed. If anything I see photojournalists moving away from bigger DSLRs like the D3-D5 bodies.
      I don’t know if it’s a software upgrade to make the D5 shoot more than 3 mins of 4k, I suspect it is and maybe there will be a firmware update…I don’t know ?

      • Moose1414

        Nikon do in fact heavily market their camera’s video capabilities, quite disproportionally so compared to the amount of effort they put into the implementation of that video.
        Some photographer may rarely shoot video, some actually shoot it more and more. Regardless of this the fact is if you advertise your camera as being able to shoot 4k video and in the fine print say “oh only for 3 minutes at a time” that is not a good look. And until it is confirmed I do not believe it is possible Nikon would allow themselves to be seen to be that technically incompetent to have a half working feature in their D5.
        We are at a point now where Canon have had 4k video in their flagship for 4 years. Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, GoPro, Apple, and others have it on far far more affordable camera’s and devices. Heck even RED now sell a camera that shoots 4.5k RAW video at 120 fps for cheaper than the D5.
        There is really no excuse not to have better video than Nikon puts in its camera’s. I am more than willing to make excuses for them when it comes to routine laziness like going for cropped 1:1 sensor area for 4k instead of full frame when its a full frame camera, or for the codec being 8 bit and highly compressed. But a 3 minute time limit on 4k for a D5 when their own D500 which is 1/3 the price shoots without this limitation, thats simply outrageous incompetence. And i cannot actually believe it to be the case, i think it has to be a typo.

      • outkasted

        My opinion the DSLR is long from dead due to superior form factor. That’s not to say there won’t be some improvements in years to come since it is a very mature product. So this is what I see moving forward over theejjbex next few years.
        1. Lighter bodies- imejl plementation of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber costs have depreciated.
        2. More modulation. We see the beginning if this with CF and QXD.
        3. Customization increase..ability to customize menus and setting.
        4. On board memory storage for video clips (short) and photos,

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