Development of Nikon D5, Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000 officially announced

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Nikon D5 Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000 development announced
Nikon just officially announced the development of the following new products:

With the exception of the WT-6, all this should not be a surprise to regular [NR] readers. With this "development announcement" Nikon is telling us that they are still alive and relevant. I just hope they have planned more than that for 2016. This announcement also kills any hopes for a D400 camera, at least for the first few months of 2016 (otherwise they would have mentioned it today).

Full text of the press release:

Development of Digital SLR Camera Nikon D5

November 18, 2015, TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models.

The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon's Speedlight lineup, are also being developed.

Through the combination of this next-generation professional camera offering an even higher level of performance, these advanced accessories and the rich lineup of existing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is pursuing further possibilities for imaging expression.

*Details including release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.

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  • MRomine

    I sure hope this SB5000 will be a transceiver unit and reasonably affordable 🙂

    • ZoetMB

      Transceiver maybe. Affordable? Ha ha ha. Nikon always wants a price increase with a new model and the SB910 is $550. The SB900 was $500. The SB800 was originally $420 and later dropped to $350 (I paid $320). That means this new model will be at least $600.

      • MRomine

        I know, I was being facetious.

    • Over/under MSRP is set at $500. What’s your bet? Mine is over. 🙁

  • Curtis

    Have they made these types of “development” announcements in the past, or is this something new?

    If they haven’t made them in the past, what has changed that would make them feel the need to make “development announcements” now?

  • Ray Eccleston

    Do you think they will release a new 70-200mm f/2.8 in 2016?

    • ZoetMB

      How would anyone here know that? Some people will say “yes” and some people will say “no”, so how would any of their responses help you even if a majority went one way or the other.

  • J J

    I can understand the announcement about the other items, but everyone could already assume they were working on a D5, so I’m not sure what the purpose is to say that out loud. Unless it’s going to be delayed for some reason….in which case, this would just be to let everyone know it’s still in the works.

  • EH

    weird statement, almost like saying “we know that you know, but just to be 100% safe, we reassure you we’re still making cameras”.
    2016: year of Olympic games, the release of the D5 was always a safe bet.
    Unless this statement means something different and it’s not aimed specifically at customers.

    • That’s the vibe I got. It’s an olympic year. Nikon is still in business. Announcing that a D5 is coming will probably ruin a grand total of….a half-dozen D4s sales between now and the D5’s actual release? I exaggerate, but you get the point.

  • Vasile Stan

    Maybe we should ask Sony for a D400… just saying 🙂

    • Sports

      It’s called A77-II.

      (But if Nikon builds one, it’ll perform better, of course.)

  • Emanuele Aymerich

    where is my V4 with integrated viewfinder?

  • Eric Dye

    What would you do if they made it mirrorless? =o

  • bgbs

    Is this the first time Nikon has officially announced the development of their product?

  • Bob Newman

    You realise of course that the ‘D5’ wont have ‘5’ written that way, it will be written this way:

    • Aldo

      Really? that’s it! I’m switching to Canon.

      • Bob Newman

        Canon, of course reserves a ‘-‘ after ‘EOS’ only for the EOS-1 series.

  • This seems like such an odd and pointless announcement that I wonder if there has been a really massive delay in development of the D5, etc. The announcement was expected around the end of the year, and there seems to be little point for this if they are on time … thoughts?

    • ZoetMB

      That’s the first thing I thought – that development of these products is delayed and this is a way of keeping people from buying something competitive.

  • Dave_D69

    Canon if they play their cards right are poised to annihilate Nikon. But I doubt they are clever enough either. Everybody talks about not cannibalizing their cash cow, but if these companies don’t adapt their cash cows will be dinosaurs. They should be in the front of mirrorless development regardless if all the pros take to it straight away…

  • Ric of The LBC

    Meh, what I have is good enough.

    • Nikonland

      So, R.I.P. Nikon 🙁

  • I don’t know why people keep talking about mirrorless. Is it that at the end, we need to attach a lens to the camera? Or people who keep talking about mirrorless never want to use those f/1.4 lenses, or f/2.8 zoom lenses? Is the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 anything smaller than the Nikon 700-200mm f/4?

    • Aldo

      And when nikon comes up with a mirrorless… everyone will buy the inch thick f mount converter even before buying a mirrorless mount lens

      • nwcs

        I would but I don’t think of mirrorless as being big weight savings for the same class of camera. But it does potentially make the camera body cheaper to produce (and, in theory, cheaper for the consumer) and could enable some technology not easily achieved with a DSLR.

        • Aldo

          You are right… but most people focus on size like James pointed out.

    • @disqus_mYrtB6kzOz:disqus Give Thom Hogan’s website & articles a good browsing, when you have the time. He outlines the reasoning quite well and IMO it makes a lot of sense.

      Basically, it’s not just about mirror VS no mirror. (Because almost everything possible without a mirror is also possible with a mirror, especially since live view is just a button away.)

      Neither is it about how many ounces lighter a full-frame mirrorless system can be than a full-frame DSLR. (Because, the more FE mount bodies and lenses Sony makes, the more they DON’T weigh less than an EF / F mount equivalent.)

      Two rather important reasons for the big two adopting mirrorless are, unfortunately, 1.) change for the sake of change, and, 2.) overhead costs.

      Consumers consume new crap, it’s what they do. When something totally new comes out, the engines of consumerism and capitalism makes sure that society can’t live without it as quickly as possible.

      Along the same lines, consumers want things cheaper and cheaper, and I’d bet anything that it costs a lot less to make a Sony A7R II than a D810, yet they cost exactly the same at first MSRP if I recall. (It’s not just a matter of taking out the mirror. There’s a whole sub-mirror and phase-detect AF system too, plus the prism and focusing screen, all which require extremely precise alignment, making both manufacturing and service / repair more costly.)

      TLDR; even if OVF DSLRs aren’t going anywhere, mirrorless systems from both Nikon and Canon need to join the fray, and soon, in order to maintain a healthy business.

  • Victor Biro

    Maybe the WT-6 won’t cost a small fortune, and work on the D810 with having to add a cumbersome piece that makes it useless for PJ work.

    • KnightPhoto

      Amen to that. A WT-6 for us mortals, I would definitely buy it if it worked with multiple of my cameras.

  • nukunukoo

    Just trying to understand why this announcement kill hopes for the mythical D400?

    • I don’t even think it does, despite the glaring omission. The announcement of the D5 development is quite a “duh” announcement, it practically amounts to Toyota saying, “Oh, we do plan to continue to make the Camry next year.”

      In other words, Nikon is most certainly working on tons of other things right now, not just the D5 and a flash.

  • Mark Viszlay

    D5X!!!!!!!!! Or 4X, I don’t care! Just need a high resolution studio model with that body! No!810 s not an answer!!!! too mush amateur bodies, only 1 pro! It is not that Nikon i knew before

    • HF

      ?? D810 is great. Can you be more specific?

      • Mark Viszlay

        The d3x is the best digital, Nikon ever made. I tested the d800/s/810, not close to my d3x! If you use with capture nx2 this camera rocks! Beautiful pixels,more analog feeling, sharp edges, colors like in real! And the body, the most ergonomic body they ever made, you can hold it with two fingers. Im pretty sure, that the d810 is a good camera, but the raw images looks like jpgs converted with capture one, colors never good, pinky, orange whatever you adjust in wb, and the body feels like plastic, no weight, and that shit grip makes it uncomfortable. Maybe just the dynamic range is better in my opinion.

        Im a fashion and advert photographer, i don’t care about how fast the continuous shooting, don’t care about thousands of focus points and ultra hyper light metering system, programable buttons, HDMI port(who the fcks needs bytheway) and VIDEO(its not an iPhone, its a camera, there are better solutions for filming). I need a pro studio camera with a fast focus, one dial for the shutter speed and one for the aperture, with high exposure durability in an ergonomic body!

        Yep there are a the phase one and hasselblad, but they are around 25K with one lens only in set, not comfortable to shoot with them, and i have 8 lens in Nikon, to rebuild a set costs a lot, same with the Pentax645! They should build a camera like this, not selfie sticks and Dthousands every week!

        • HF

          Don’t agree. The D810 has better S/N ratio, DR, tonal range etc. when downsampled to the D3x resolution and is equal even on a pixel level (better at base ISO), as measurements show, Dxo for instance. AF is very good, shutter damped. So no, you are not the only one having compared cameras. The D3x is certainly a very good camera and it is great it suits your style of photography. Others may think differently.

          • Mark Viszlay

            Thank you dxo, dpreview, etc.. i was writing about my feelings, the way i use and i feel and my needs! i not compared cameras, i just tried to buy a new one, and i think for me it is not worth to buy a d810! Its not about who thinks differently, i didn’t say anything about anyone else, and you react like a guy who comment a lot… I never use a camera over 200iso if i can. d800 doesn’t feel better in 640iso or over except you taking photos yourself or a blog or instagram! A camera for me is not just technical details as you tried to explain, it is something i spend more time together than with my family. Just like my assistants, it needs to be not always the best, but something i can live with, work with and it is worth money. Take it easy, others may think differently!

            • neversink

              You are completely talking gibberish. i have sold many images that came out of my D800 at all different ISOs even some ISOs. Yes, I prefer to shoot at the lowest ISOs possible, but since 90 percent of my photography is on location, and at times with low light situations, the D800 and D4 has certainly surpassed anything the D3x could ever do.
              I think you need another Valium, as it is you who seems to be angry and over the top and contentiously cannot take anyone’s criticism of your bogus comments.

              Glad the D3x works for you, but your criticism of the D800 series is completely based on complete subjective and obviously nonsense. Your lack of research on the subject and your inexperience with the D800 series is obvious.

              PS – Rant and rave all you want. It’s the internet. I have thick skin. I just don’t like sham comments.

            • Michiel953

              Stay off the meth Mark; I’m not telling you again.

              On the other hand, fashion photography in your part of the world appears to be a really exciting lifestyle. Are you sure you’ll be able to keep it up?

        • neversink

          You’ve just repeated yourself — In case you missed it I will be very happy to copy and paste my recent post here (with apologies from the Department of Redundancy Department):

          You obviously like rambling on. Unfortunately you make a lot of statements that show that you have not shot with the D810, or even checked its features. It is an incredible camera, in a lovely small package.

          If you a fashion photographer, you can’t be very successful, complaining about the pricer of a Phase One camera. Yes they are expensive. But fashion photography is the highest paying meal ticket for photographers, and the advertising fees are almost as equal. You would easily be able to afford these overpriced cameras, and would impress your clients for even more lucrative pay days.

          Here are some of your spurious comments. Maybe to you the Nikon D3x is the most “ergonomic body they ever made,” but I think the D4 easily eclipses the design. And I can switch from a D800 to a D4 without thinking. It’s not that hard – in fact it’s rather simple. Both fit nicely in my hands. The D800 sensor is preferable to the D3x sensor. and the images have more dynamic range and great color saturation (though I prefer the color in the D4 to both.)

          The D810 has one dial for the shutter and one for the f-stop settings, so where in the world are you getting your info??

          I use Capture One Pro 8 and don’t have any problems with the colors from the D800. What are you doing wrong?? And have you really used the D800 series camera, or are just complaining because you have nothing better to do and have no assignments.

          • Upvote just for “Department of Redundancy Department”.

    • Unfortunately, the demand for such a camera is near-zero, because the D810 is in fact as much of a flagship body as 99% of photographers who need such resolution will ever want.

      BTW, if Nikon ever does make a D4X / D5X, it’ll be $7-8K, not $6K, because of how low the sales volume will be. So, buy yourself a couple D810’s, get used to the slightly different interface, and keep the change.

      • Mark Viszlay

        Its not just about the resolution! I bought my d3x, first in my country, yes, it was 8,5K, but worth every penny! The best digital, Nikon ever made. I tested the d800/s/810, not close to the d3x! If you use with capture nx2 this camera rocks! Beautiful pixels,more analog feeling, sharp edges, colors like in real! And the body, the most ergonomic body they ever made, you can hold it with two fingers. Im pretty sure, that the d810 is a good camera, but the raw images looks like jpgs converted with capture one, colors never good, pinky, orange whatever you adjust in wb, and the body feels like plastic, no weight, and that shit grip makes it uncomfortable. Maybe just the dynamic range is better in my opinion.
        I a fashion and advert photographer, i don’t care about how fast the continuous shooting, don’t care about thousands of focus points and ultra hyper light metering system, programable buttons, HDMI port(who the fcks needs bytheway) and VIDEO(its not an iPhone, its a camera, there are better solutions for filming). I need a pro studio camera with a fast focus, one dial for the shutter speed and one for the aperture, with high exposure durability in an ergonomic body!
        Yep there are a the phase one and hasselblad, but they are around 25K with one lens only in set, not comfortable to shoot with them, and i have 8 lens in Nikon, to rebuild a set costs a lot, same with the Pentax645! They should build a camera like this, not selfie sticks and Dthousands every week!

        • neversink

          You obviously like rambling on. Unfortunately you make a lot of statements that show that you have not shot with the D810, or even checked its features. It is an incredible camera, in a lovely small package.

          If you a fashion photographer, you can’t be very successful, complaining about the pricer of a Phase One camera. Yes they are expensive. But fashion photography is the highest paying meal ticket for photographers, and the advertising fees are almost as equal. You would easily be able to afford these overpriced cameras, and would impress your clients for even more lucrative pay days.

          Here are some of your spurious comments. Maybe to you the Nikon D3x is the most “ergonomic body they ever made,” but I think the D4 easily eclipses the design. And I can switch from a D800 to a D4 without thinking. It’s not that hard – in fact it’s rather simple. Both fit nicely in my hands. The D800 sensor is preferable to the D3x sensor. and the images have more dynamic range and great color saturation (though I prefer the color in the D4 to both.)

          The D810 has one dial for the shutter and one for the f-stop settings, so where in the world are you getting your info??

          I use Capture One Pro 8 and don’t have any problems with the colors from the D800. What are you doing wrong?? And have you really used the D800 series camera, or are just complaining because you have nothing better to do and have no assignments.

        • Yep, you’re very, very much alone in almost all of the opinions / complaints you just listed. Sounds like you should just buy a 645Z and be done with it, actually.

        • ITN

          The D3X produces nice colours indeed, but the noise level is quite high, ISO for ISO. There can only be either a big body with a given feature profile, or a compact body with that profile, but not both. The D3 sold ok, D700 did not, the D3X did not, so they swapped the two. Now D4 and D8x0 at least the D8x0 has sold well. The fall of journalism is probably affecting the D4 sales so eventually we might not have any large body left in the lineup.

    • Nikonland

      I agree, me too expect a D5x with north of 50mpx BSI CMOS sensor at not too crazy price 😉

    • Michiel953

      Stop drinking the hard stuff Mark. Now.

    • neversink

      I disagree. I use both a D800 and D4 as my pro cameras for all my work…. I use them interchangeably depending upon my needs. It’s great to have the option of 36mp in a small body. I prefer the IQ in the D4, but the D800 IQ is still beautiful. Enjoy your corn mash :–}

  • animalsbybarry

    Nikon has shown very little in the way of new products.
    Unless they are working on a lot of super secret surprises this is not good for the future of Nikon.
    This is consistent with a company in deep finanancial trouble but trying to show a profit by slashing expenses.
    So while Nikon continues to appear profitable the value of Nikon imaging division continues to decline.
    Nikon’s best coarse of action is to sell the division to Sony before the value further deteriorates.
    Nikon certainly cannot afford to participate in the intenses market share war between Cannon and Sony.

  • bgbs

    I don’t get it. Is the upcoming sb500 on top of the food chain, replacing Sb910?

  • Jim Leahy

    Forget the D400, I’m still waiting for the FE-3.

  • toinks

    nikon should stop with this “I AM…” tag line. really lame

    • KnightPhoto

      Someone’s wrong on the internet again 😉

    • Jim Soroka

      Maybe “I Won’t”……listen to my customers.

    • jimh

      It should be “I MIGHT BE”.

  • Jim Soroka

    So apparent that it’s not that Nikant produce the D400…but Nikont produce a professional Dx camera. I was sooo hoping for an answer to the 7dii.

  • Carleton Foxx

    I heard that they’re working on a camcorder that is going to absolutely kill Canon’s C100. (Thanks to NikonWeb.com for the photo)…

  • Nobody Cares

    I find it really disappointing that they’re not building WIFI into the camera. Come on Nikon, it’s time. There’s really no excuse for making us buy a separate piece of hardware, especially when the camera costs 6 or 7 grand (but I’d say the same if it was a 3k camera)

    • donpnz

      D750 has got wifi in-camera

  • saywhatuwill

    Guess Nikon had never heard of Osborne computers and announcing new products early.

  • Beso

    Nikon is becoming notorious for the informationless news release. Memo to Nikon: Try to exceed the expectations of your customers.

    • jimh

      But they’re not alone. I’m a Sony user these days, and it’s the same with them. They give an ‘interview’ somewhere, but dance around the tough questions and offer vague corporate boiler-plate in response to others.

      This seems to be the case with all the camera makers – say nothing, commit to nothing, and the real reason is that internally they’re wrapped up in conflict and have no real direction. I think they’ll pay a price in long-term loss of interest and commitment by their user base.

      • ITN

        They’re committed to the F mount. And that’s one of the reasons why they have customers. Samsung just displayed their lack of commitment to system cameras by discontinuing the NX1 in some countries. I would expect several mirrorless camera system manufacturers to drop out of the business in a few years simply because they’re dumping the cameras and lenses out on the market below cost.

  • Actually isn’t this one of the first “roadmap” announcements for Nikon, like, ever? I don’t ever remember Nikon saying that any other body in particular was in development.

    • Yeah, my guess is that Nikon was planning a release but because of Quality Control issues (as per most of last released products…) they postponed the launch and made an announcement of “development” instead! ahah

    • Nikonland

      Yes, D4s was in development announcement, early 2014 🙂

      • If the D4s development announcement is the ONLY other camera, then IMO this is definitely still a relatively new trend for Nikon.

  • DB White

    What…no new Coolpix models in development??? What a letdown. 😉

    A D750 update with 1/250th flash sync and D810-equivalent shutter would be nice.

    • A working shutter on the D750 would have made me happy enough! Mine was recalled for 2 issues: flare and shutter. I did not have the time to send it back, the shutter stopped working in my hands while shooting … guess what I was told: “shutter broke because of impact damage” not covered by the warranty!!!! O-O
      I am keeping cool still, and in the process to make them be reasonable… wait and see

  • Peter

    So the SB-5000 will be the replacement for the SB-910?

    • Nikonland

      Yes, certainly as the new Nikon flagship flashgun 🙂

    • neversink

      Not a replacement, but a new top-of-the-line model….

    • true

      Not necessarily. It could be that you need a pickup truck to carry the SB-5000, and a nuclear power plant to power it.

  • Nikonland

    Nikon has been very far from reality and its loyal customers if her hopes that this press release will skimpy send out the temptation to buy competition cameras. The last camera announced – the D7200 – is great but it is a photocopy of the D7100. The Nikon 1s were left to themselves. The D810 is beautiful but breaks down at her. The D4S really has a resolution reminding today that the D2Hs. The D5 will not offer much more and will be a camera for a few.
    Here they do not even announced a date of availability We have just said that it will exist. They have at least said something more to this mythical autofocus 100+ points. But nothing. If this is really what is capable of doing the new management in charge for almost a year, I see dark times for Nikon. This is no time to keep everything in secret, they must inform the nikonians who they are working for us …
    It ‘s so hard to do as a Nikon or Canon G5X like the Canon EOS M3, the Fujifilm X100T, the Sony A6000 or the Leica SL?
    Roadmap ? Nikon needs a complete rebirth …
    Sorry for this long post 🙁

    • true

      I’m wait for nikon to release a aps-c or ff mirrorless. That’s the thing that interests me the most.

  • RMJ

    I don’t mind if they skip D400 as long as it’s successor (D500) is coming soon !

  • neversink

    I’ll probably need to replace my D4 in a year, so I am not going to purchase the D5 in the first production model. Unfortunately, DSLRs are incredibly complicated and first production models always seem to have software bugs, let alone potential oil and dust issues. I’ll just wait. And then I’ll sell my D4 in Kenya…. I’m quite certain the D5 will be an incredible upgrade to the D4 series…. but who knows.

    • Nikonland

      You can also wait two years for the D5s 🙂

  • nukunukoo

    I do hope they come out with the gold version of the Hotshoe Cover (who knows, they might even add 4K on it). And I hear they are using almost all of their resources for the next Selfie Stick which is rumored to finally have a compartment for keeping the Hotshoe Cover.

  • Michiel953

    I’ve heard from a reliable source that the D5 will, for quality assurance and control reasons, be manufactured in Thailand alongside the D810.

  • Bill

    How long was it between d4s announcement and release?

    • Nikonland

      6 january 2014 announcent of development, 25 february 2014 official launch of the “new” D4s 🙂

  • Ric of The LBC

    Top post for November.

  • nikonian

    All I want in a D5 is 2 stops iso quality over the D4s in crummy light, dual xqd, medium raw, & starring of images… Hopefully the SB-5000 is weatherproof. I dont trust my sb900 in extreme enviroments.

    • nikonian

      Update. It has everything. I will be buying one before the year is out…

  • donpnz

    I AM… Reading forums instead of taking photos

  • Nikonland

    So what ? Leica launch now the third full-frame camera (mirrorless) in few months and Nikon the “development” of the future DSLR flagship only ?

  • luca

    I hope they have a CSC camera ready … possibly with the same Nikkor bayonet, otherwise they are dead!

  • Jefftabb

    So with the development of another wireless transmitter I guess Nikon still isn’t listening to photographers that want built in wifi.
    Its kind of a let down. Well, hopefully they put USB type C along with dual C Fast cards and 4k@30fps, HD@120fps. As far as megapixel count 18-20 would be more than enough. At the end of the day I’ll wait until the D5s is released; I rushed out to buy a D4 and once the D4s was released it’s like Nikon stopped supporting the D4.

  • JJeremyBBenthem

    I wish Nikon would put some kind of way to lockup the camera (in the software) to make it unusable in case it gets stolen. Feel pretty vulnerable walking around with a $10K camera

  • ola

    The simplest way to share your Nikon image on social media is to photograph the screen on the back with your phone.
    Good to know Nikon plan a new clumsy accessory that can transmit full res images. I have absolutely no need for that, I will buy into a system with bluetooth for simple sharing of full-hd res photos via my phone.

    • KnightPhoto

      I use the built in WiFi in my V3 and the dongle on a J3 and they both work fine for getting images to your smartphone. I would imagine the new cameras such as D5500/D750 work just as easily. Sure the App is beta 1.0 but hopefully even Nikon will get there.

      All the latest Nikon cameras have either a decent dongle or built in WiFi capability that does work (D4 and D800 lines excepted of course).

  • Gaetan

    Toujours aucune info sur ce nouveau SB5000 🙁

    J’attends avec impatience sa sortie pour remplacer mon SB900 qui commence à se faire vieux 😉

    • That’s actually a good point; we now have leaks about the D5, but nothing on the SB5000/WT-6…

  • AndersonBetterThanKleberson

    Please pleaaase release the strobe with built in radio receiver, along with a hot shoe radio transmitter with a good af assist light

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