Confirmed: Nikon D5 to come with free XQD card and reader also in the US

Nikon-D5-to-come-with-free-XQD-card-and-reader
An update to my previous postsimilar to the UK and Germany I can now confirm that the first Nikon D5 pre-orders in the US and Canada will also come with a free Sony 32GB G-Series XQD memory card ($109.95) and a XQD reader ($37.95).

Nikon D5 pre-order links: B&H | Adorama | Amazon.

This entry was posted in Nikon D5 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Ted Striker

    Great. Wonder what us D500 suckers will get for our patience?

    • Patrick O’Connor

      How about the camera you’ve been waiting for so patiently!?

    • TylerChappell

      Probably some sort of quality control issue that rears its ugly head around a few months after you have received the camera. 😛

    • Vertex

      …a recalll?

  • AlphaTed

    Unlike the launch event I went to last month, the event last night (Action Camera) did not mention any freebies. They did offer a $50 gift card, or $100 if you order a body with lens, something like that. And also, there will be an exclusive “release party” (to be held at a later date) for those who ordered from the store.
    Moreover, the store owner guarantees (with the help of the regional rep) that you’ll have your copy on release day.

    I think I prefer the free XQD cards offered by Mike’s Camera.

    • AlphaTed

      By the way, Mike’s Camera offered 64GB XQD for D500, and 128GB for the D5 pre-orders.

    • Chris

      Consider it a battery that’s “in the box”.

  • Stephen Corby

    Now if only we could find a decent review with RAW images! I know engadget did one but unfortunately the google translation was appalling. The one released a few months ago by Ole Liodden was great, but an unfinished model with no RAW information.

    • Eric Calabros

      Why everybody so obsessed with raw review? It can’t be a revolution anyway. If it’s AF and buffer and jpeg engine and all the features is not enough to upgrade, how 1/2 of a stop noise improvement in raw can be?

      • Stephen Corby

        Really depends on what you are using it for. Half a stop means faster shutter for indoor sports/riding. A full stop or more (as some are speculating, although I’m doubtful) would really change my workflow. Not to mention that RAW review is the only way you’ll be able to truly measure the quality of the images.

        • Eric Calabros

          One full stop jump means something in DxO list with ISO rate of say 3000 goes up to 4800 and even beyond. Its never happened before.
          BTW, I guess the biggest improvement will be in removing the magenta cast at very high gains. The noise is still there, they just engineering the quality of that.

          • KnightPhoto

            I thought I saw magenta on one or two high ISO examples somewhere… more of a problem with my D800E though, don’t really notice it on a D4 never mind D5

      • Max

        On this website? Are you really surprised?

      • nwcs

        I’d rather have raw histograms 🙂

  • longzoom

    Is this really a deal maker for $6500 camera? Is this worth to notice, endlessly? Maybe, so I am wrong… Sorry… I’ve 9 manual lenses. But no IBIS, still…

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Did you buy the manual focus lenses counting on IBIS??

      • longzoom

        Some of my lenses of 25-30 years old. Me too – 72. More arguments?

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Not an argument, an observation.
          Here’s another observation: If you can afford a $6500 camera, you could use the money to replace your lenses instead.

          • longzoom

            I did not ask advice. I, personally, need IBIS. That’s all.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Okay. That’s a valid response, on both parts. Good luck with that. 🙂

            • longzoom

              Same to you, thanks!

        • Eric Calabros

          Why you use a 30 years old lens which has outdated optical design and lacks new coatings?

          • longzoom

            Hah, I wouldn’t call my 2 Nokts outdated, as well as S.S.C (not S.C) 55/1.2, nor my 105/4.5 micro (you know what the lens it is!), nor 2 adopted Leica’s zooms, so on.

            • Eric Calabros

              Excuse my unfaithfulness to good old lenses but if I’m not mistaken those jewels you mentioned are soft as hell wide open.

            • longzoom

              Razor sharp, everything, 55 needs to be close to 1.8 to avoid CA. If you say color, yes, not to todays standards, but we have PS for that, 2-3 min, at most! Anyway, 5 newest AF lenses to satisfy anybody.

    • T.I.M

      I think Nikon do not pay for the card/reader, Sony probably give it for free to promote its XQD format.

      • longzoom

        More than possible, indeed…

      • saywhatuwill

        And yet, no camera made by Sony uses the XQD format. Strange, isn’t it?

        • CERO

          does any sony camera even needs such format?

          • Thom Hogan

            Yes, some of the pro video cameras.

      • CERO

        probably to push for adoption right?

        • Sawyerspadre

          Also to ensure that you can use your shiny new camera. No card, no reader equals no pictures.

  • TO-DOUG

    Shouldn’t the headline read “Confirmed: Nikon D5 to come with free XQD card and reader also in the US and Canada”? It states in the text that the offer will include Canada. Sorry for being impolite…;-)

    • T.I.M

      Le Canada, c’est quoi ?

      • TO-DOUG

        Il est un pays plus grand que les Etats-Unis…

        • T.I.M

          C’est un pays plus grand que les Etats-Unis…
          :o)

          • Patrick O’Connor

            Help him, help him…he spoke French! 🙂

            • T.I.M

              Beside the women, the food & wine, France sucks.

            • mikeswitz

              What’s left?

            • longzoom

              Would you pardon my naïve French, but what about the guillotine?

            • T.I.M

              Guillotin was the guy who invented the Guillotine (the sharp tool used to cut people’s head).
              He was killed during the French revolution, with the tool he created….

            • longzoom

              Yeah, that’s why my better half was promising to rip off my old head if I get anything else…

            • Patrick O’Connor

              David Noton loves to shoot in France. From his work, the countryside must be beautiful.

            • T.I.M

              Yes it is, here is as slide from the region called ” la Savoie”.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Beautiful country but your deer are a lot fatter and shorter than ours! 😉

          • TO-DOUG

            On dit «il» parce que le Canada est masculin.

            • T.I.M

              On dit “c’est”, pas “il” (pronom demonstratif)
              But it’s ok, French is not easy (even for French people)

        • T.I.M

          Pourquoi une fille moche mais intelligente possede un appareil photo de marque Sony ?
          Parcequ’elle est ni conne (Nikon) ni canon (Canon)
          :o)

          • TO-DOUG

            Je ne comprends pas!

      • Let’s switch to English or you guys get a private chat somewhere 🙂

        • T.I.M

          YES SIR !
          :o)

  • usa

    Peter, Pic looks more like an M than a G card. I would think Nikon/Sony would want to showcase the newest card with the flagship body

    • This picture comes from an US retailer, they could have made a mistake.

    • AlphaTed

      I maybe wrong, but the M series is the newer card, but slower write speed (read is the same at around 440 mb/s)

      • Eric Bowles

        That’s correct. And the write speed on the Sony M card is enough slower that you will not be able to achieve the maximum burst of 200 frames with 14 bit lossless compressed RAW. Only the Lexar 2933x and Sony G XQD cards will handle a 200 frame burst using 14 bit lossless compressed RAW.

  • Eric Bowles

    This was also confirmed at the Launch event I attended, but the rep stated it was limited to the first batch or two of cameras. This is not a long term program to provide free XQD cards and readers for an extended period of time.

    • RX78

      So, does that mean all “pre order” should be included in the first batch or two ?

      Did that rep provide any further info ? Such as the card and reader gonna included in the package or just separate items ?

      Thanks 🙂

      • Eric Bowles

        The expectation is that pre-order will be completely covered, although that may not include 100% of dealers. There will be both a card and a reader in the package. This is for the US only.

        • RX78

          Thank you 🙂

  • RX78

    So, as long as US Authrized dealer, or any Nikon USA D5 Package ?

    • AlphaT

      I don’t think it’s offered by all dealers.
      The first launch event I went to offered the G series XQDs only (no reader).
      And the event I attended the other night, did not offer any freebies, only gift cards.
      I think it also depends on the deals they get from the regional reps.

      • RX78

        That’s kind of sad. Nikon USA should offer more bonus, since they didn’t even offer the name plate service 🙁

  • waterengineer

    Let’s do the math.

    ($6,500 + $110 + $38) / $6,500 is approximately a 2.3-percent discount. Now there is something to cheer about.

    (No tax was included, BTW)

  • Chris

    It’s included in price.

  • I wonder if this will apply to NPS pre orders through big shops(B&H)

  • Vertex

    Tokyo, Japan. March 4, 2016
    For Immediate release:

    “Steve” Mikimoto of Nikon’s professional imaging division announced this week that Nikon will be preemptively recalling both the D500 and D5 cameras nearly a month before their actual scheduled release. While neither camera has evinced any technical problems to date the company wishes to prevent another episode such as the “oil and garbage” on the sensors of recent product, the D600; and also the repeated and inconvenient recalls of the popular D750 cameras, with their sensor shading lens mounts.

    “We made the decision to preemptively recall most of our professional products in order to maintain our high standards.” Claims “Steve”.

    He continued, “While our engineers have found no flaws in either design or manufacturing of the newest products we are certain that our customers will spend every waking minute of every day until they find some sort of minor flaw as regards our latest cameras. We fully intend to actually test and use these new cameras ourselves before unleashing them on the public. To this end we are shipping and then subsequently recalling the cameras in order to be authentically present in the process.”

    We may actually put the newest two cameras; the D500 and D5, on to what we now call our “permanent recall list” in order to be prepared for the eventual rush of repairs for things like “nano battery cover texturing failure” and “perceived shutter button torsional flex.”

    Asked for the logic in these steps “Steve” went on to say that having products on permanent recall was an important part of the training process for the legion of customer service call center employees, teaching them to repeat, in dozens of languages, the following phrases: “This is the first we have heard of such issue!” “It sounds like drop damage to me!” “We’ll need you to send in the body and all your lenses so that we may evaluate your claim.” “Water damage is not covered by our warranty.” “Usage is not covered by our warranty.” “Ownership is not covered by our warranty.” And our favorite:
    “Your camera meets all our specifications and tolerances.”

    Since the cameras will be in permanent recall dealers and customers will not be able to actually buy these new models and are waiting anxiously for the announcement of Nikon’s even newer line, the D510 and the D5mk10. These models are being readied but will be in short supply because the models intended for shipping to countries with strong consumer protection laws are already slated for some sort of …… recall.

    Well, I’ll admit I was a little surprised by this move by Nikon. I own several D750s and I have not been able to replicate the issues that have plagued that model but this announcement will motivate me to test every camera I own under ever more rigorous conditions in the hopes that I too will be able to participate in another recall. I have found that yanking the sensor out of the camera and letting it sit on the sidewalk in bright sun for hours has a deleterious effect on its performance. That, and it’s hard to stick back into the body — which I now consider a critical design flaw….

    fake but funny.

  • Dan O

    Not sure if anyone else has checked into it, but Adorama’s reps are stating that a pre-order from them only includes the card and not the reader. And B&H rep’s have stated that there will be nothing included as part of their pre-order option. I checked with both places today. Just a heads up to the community…

  • Joe Schmitt

    My D5 from Amazon didn’t come with the free XQD card promo but I just received an email from Amazon and they’re honoring the promo for me! They put a $109.95 promotional certificate on my account which will automatically apply when I purchase the card. Wahoo!

  • Back to top