Nikon D5 vs. D4s vs. D3s specifications comparison

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Two different specs comparisons, first the D5 vs. the D4s and then the D5 vs. D4s vs. D3s:

Nikon D5 vs. D4s specifications comparison

Nikon D5 vs. D4s specifications comparison
Nikon D5 vs. D4s specifications comparison 2

 Nikon D5 Nikon D4s
 Price $6,496.95 $5,996.95
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo Information
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Voice Memo
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode with available Silent Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Monitor Size 3.2in. diagonal 3.2in. diagonal
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-102,400
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 EV (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent) above ISO 102,400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
ISO100-25,600
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 409,600)
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed; large, medium, and small available (medium and small images are recorded at a bit depth of 12 bits using lossless compression)
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
NEF (RAW Size S)
TIFF (RGB)
Battery / Batteries EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery
White Balance Auto (3 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view)
Shade
Built-in Flash -- --
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 6.3in.(160mm)x6.3in.(158.5mm)x3.7in.(92mm) 6.3in.(160mm)x6.2in.(156.5mm)x3.6in.(90.5mm)
Monitor Resolution 2,359,000Dots 921,000Dots
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Battery Life (shots per charge) 3,780shots (CIPA)
Movies:Approx. 110 minutes of HD footage
3,020shots (CIPA)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24):100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical(Approx.)
1.2x (30x20):97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical(Approx.)
DX (24x16):97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical(Approx.)
5:4 (30x24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)
FX (36x24):100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical(Approx.)
1.2x (30x20):97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical(Approx.)
DX (24x16):97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical(Approx.)
5:4 (30x24):97% horizontal and 100% vertical(Approx.)
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) 20.8million 16.2million
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 25, 72 and 153 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Card Slot 2 XQD memory type cards or
2 CompactFlash© (CF) cards
1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card
AC Adapter EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle Touch TFT-LCD (Touch for playback only) Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m–1)(Approx.) 0.70x(Approx.)
GPS GP-1A GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Approx. Weight 49.6oz.(1,405g)with battery and two XQD memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover
49.9 oz. (1,415 g)
with battery and two CompactFlash memory cards but without body cap and accessory shoe cover
41.6oz.(1180g)camera body only
Sensor Size 35.9mmx23.9mm 36.0mmx23.9mm
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec. 1/8000sec.
Image Sensor Format FX FX
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 17 mm (-1.0 m¯¹) 18mm (-1.0m¯¹)
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to1/8000 Up to1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Off
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Scene Modes -- --
Movie 4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 30 fps
4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 25 fps
4K/UHD 3,840x2,160 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 crop / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
High quality available at all frame sizes, normal quality available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 50 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
Full HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
VGA 640x424 / 25 fps
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 12frames per second
14frames per second with mirror up
11frames per second
Focus Modes Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, stereo
External stereo microphone (optional)
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 153 51
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Picture Control Flat
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid

Nikon D5 vs. D4s vs. D3s specifications comparison

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Comparison data source: Nikon USA

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  • Alexandru Toncu

    Jaw-dropping specifications, jaw-dropping price… 😉

    • PhilK

      Actually the retail price is precisely the same as the previous D4s model.

      That may be the first time Nikon has not increased the price for a flagship DSLR update for close to 10 years now. (July 2006 release of the D2Xs)

  • Ritvar Krum

    3 000 000 IZZOOs – check out D4s boosted 400 000 iso even if you think it is ok, you still must admit that those 3 million is pure marketing gimmick

    • bgbs

      It’s marketing alright, but the fact that they decided to push it that far, means that its still “usable” if resized to say 5mp.

    • Knut-Sverre Horn

      Lots of people claimed the 400.000 ISO on D4s was a gimmick. I strongly disagree. It’s certainly good enough for a news story on web or in modest print size.

      • PhilK

        Agreed. I have never seen any indication that Nikon lowers their minimum ISO quality standard for new DSLR releases in order to claim higher ISO limits than they actually are capable of. If Nikon says the max usable ISO is higher than the previous model, then its low-light performance is demonstrably better. Every review I’ve ever seen corroborates this.

  • Rudi

    Any information about shutter noise? I can’t use my D4s in classic concerts or theater etc. because of heavy shutter noise (I’m jealous with the Canon guys). I always have to use my D810 in most cases.

    • Vincent Buck

      I second that. Noise levels are also a problem for some wildlife photography

      • yes, D810 improved this a bit, but not still OK. I am having problems with some birds even when photographying from the shelter. I made neoprene suit for DSLR and it helps quite a lot …

    • bgbs

      If you think D4s is noisy, you should try D700. You will never complain about D4s again.

      • Rudi

        I still have a D700 (no longer in use). Compared to the D4s I would say the D700 is quiet 😉 Sometimes a mirrorless camera would be helpful.

      • outkasted

        LMAO.. or a D3

    • PhilK

      There is a new 3FPS “quiet mode” on this model that the D4s did not have.

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    And than comes 8K

  • There’s a silent live view mode available on the D4S

  • T.I.M

    2.3 millions pixels for the monitor ?
    Soon you will be able to count the atoms !

    • navKristapa

      That’s 2K resolution in 3.2 inches. Up from ~720p in previous models. It has roughly the same ppi as Galaxy S6 and some other top of the line smartphones out there.

      • Reggie

        Nope. The screen specs for cameras are in dots, not pixels. There are 3 dots in a pixel. So it has around the save dpi as the s6 has ppi. Or 1/3 the ppi.

    • Reggie

      2.3 million dots, not pixels.

      • T.I.M

        Thanks !

  • bgbs

    D5 seems like a big deal. Mashable (the gadget online newspaper) put D5 in its “Best of CES” category.

    • yes, the D5/D500 launch is a big deal

      • outkasted

        as I predicted 100% 😛

  • BARTmeetsclockworkorange

    What is the maximum video bitrate? Is an external HDMI recording box still necessary for best video performance?

  • clem

    d3s info is slightly wrong. 1) has 3d tracking 2) native iso goes up to 12800

  • John Mackay

    Do we know what quality the d5 internally records 4k? I think it outputs 8 bit 422 via hdmi, but is it the same internally?

  • Someone fat-fingered on the battery life (the very last comparison) the D3s is NOT 2,400 shots, it’s 4,200. Still king at battery life. WOOT! Love my D3s!

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