Nikon D4S vs D5

In this article, we compare the Nikon D4S vs D5. First, we review the Nikon D5 compared with the 4DS. Then we examine the Nikon D4S, and finally, we conclude. The Nikon D5 is the first professional digital SLR camera of Nikon since the release of the Nikon D4S.
Although the external differences are small, Nikon waited to expand the D5 capabilities. D5 comes with many new features. 8-bit video shooting in 4K resolution and a touchscreen display are a few of them. Besides, a new 153-point autofocus system and the latest EXPEED 5 graphics processor.
The set of changes introduced in the D5 vs D4S are quite extensive and varied. But, in combination, they create one of the most functional DSLR cameras available.

Nikon D4S vs D5

Comparison of Nikon D4S vs D5

Manufacturers of full-frame digital cameras rarely update the top models. Full Frame DSLR have a very long life cycle. For example, the updated Nikon D4S released two years after the predecessor Nikon D4.
Nikon D4S vs D5


During this time, the technology managed to jump ahead, and Nikon reacted. To begin with, Nikon D5 included a new focus module with 153 sensors. In comparison, the D4 has only 51 focus points, and the main competitor from the Canon has 61.
Check the table to find out all the nuances, comparing the novelty with its predecessor.
Features Models Nikon D5 Nikon D4S
Resolution 21 Mp 16 Mp
Sensor Size Full-frame Full-frame
Low-pass filter there is there is
Image processor EXPEED 5 EXPEED 4
Autofocus system 153 points, 99 of them are cross-type 51 points, 15 of them cross type
ISO speed 50-3280000 50-409600
Shutter Min / Max 30-1 / 8000 30-1 / 8000
Continuous shooting speed 14 frames per second 11 frames per second
Video 4K (30p / 25p / 24p) Full HD (60/30/24 frames per second)
Display 3.2 inches, 2.36Mp Touchscreen 3.2 inches, 921 thousand points
Viewfinder Optic Optic
Hot shoe there is there is
Wireless connection WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmental protection there is there is
Dimensions  160х459х92 mm 132x101x78 mm
The weight  1415 grams 1350 grams

Specifications of Nikon D5

The release of a new full-frame SLR camera is always great for photography. Especially when it’s such a critical update, as in the case of the Nikon D5.
The D5 has made progress on almost all the essential elements. It contains an advanced sensor and autofocus. Also, excellent communication capabilities.

 4176 × 2344; 2784 × 1560; 2736 × 1536; 1824 × 1024;

Nikon D5
Image sensor CMOS-matrix size of 35.9 × 23.9 mm (FX format), 21.33
The effective Megapixels 20.8 Megapixels
Image save format Photo Frame: JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW 12/14 bit
Video: MOV (H.264 / MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding)
Lens Bayonet F Nikon (with conjugation of AF and AF contacts)
Frame size in pixels Photocamera:
FX (36 ×  24): 5568 × 3712; 4176×2784; 2784 × 1856;
1.2 × (30 ×  20): 4640 × 3088; 3472х2312; 2320 × 1544;
DX (24 ×  16): 3648 × 2432; 2736×1824; 1824 × 1216
5: 4 (30 ×  24): 4640 × 3712; 3472х2784; 2320 × 1856;
FX when shooting video: 5568 × 3128; DX when shooting video: 3648 × 2048;
photos taken with video shooting with a frame size of 3840 × 2160: 3840 × 2160
Video: 3840 × 2160, 1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720
Sensitivity, units in ISO-equivalent From 100 to 102 400 ISO units in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; You can also set the values to 0.3; 0.5; 0,7 or 1 EV (equivalent to 50 ISO units); less than 100 ISO units or a value of 0.3; 0.5; 0.7; 1; 2; 3; 4 or 5 EV (equivalent to 3,280,000 ISO units); more than 102 400 ISO units
Shutter speed range, seconds 1 / 8000-30;
Synchronization of shutter speed for flash: 1/250
Metering, operation modes TTL-exposure metering using an RGB sensor with a resolution of 180,000 pixels;
matrix, centrally-weighted, point
Expocorrection -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Built-in flash No
Self-timer, s 2, 5, 10, 20; from 1 to 9 exposures with an interval of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 seconds
Information storage device CompactFlash (CF) memory cards (type I, compatible with UDMA 7)
LCD display 8.0 cm (3.2 inches), resolution of 2359 thousand points
Viewfinder Direct mirror viewfinder with pentaprism;
the frame coverage is 100% (FX), 97% (DX);
increase – 0,72х
Interfaces HDMI, USB 3.0, 10-pin remote control connector, audio output (mini-jack 3.5 mm), microphone jack (mini-jack 3.5 mm), Ethernet port
Food Li-ion battery EN-EL18a, 27 W * h
Dimensions, mm 160 × 158.5 × 92
Weight, g  1415 (with a battery and a CF memory card, but without the protective cover and the accessory shoe cover);
1240 (camera body only)

Assembly Nikon D4S vs D5

The quality of the assembly is, of course, impeccable. The device assembles in Japan. Another place for a camera priced like this one would be strange.
The body design uses magnesium, which allows remaining functional in challenging conditions. Of course, it is water resistant, but when immersed underwater it will fail. The camera resists well under heavy rain.
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Externally, the camera almost did not change. The hand will not notice any difference. Nikon D5 added a few new buttons.
The D5 seems familiar if you practiced with the D4 and D4S cameras. The body has a natural texture and almost the same shape. The total weight and balancing also remain unchanged.
The most convenient change was the transfer of the ISO button to the index finger of the right hand. Now you can change the sensitivity by holding the camera with one hand. The camera was 55 grams heavier than D4s.
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D5 is about 2 mm higher than its famous predecessor. But the only notable difference is the upper panel, where some controls changed.

Front panel

On the front panel, there are the typical buttons. A bayonet, a control dial, a pair of microphones and a sync socket hidden under the rubber plugs. Also, a 10-pin connector for connecting the control panel and three programmable keys.

Rear panel

On the back panel, the shape and design of the rubber eyecup are now easily removed. Also, the design of the closing shutter of the viewfinder curtain is more convenient. 
Now the lever does not rest on the brow. In the lower left corner, there is an extra rubber pad. That pad makes it easier to work with the camera in portrait orientation.
The zoom-out has a function for controlling the flash parameters. You can program the information output button under the lower left corner of the display. 
The sensitivity control key is ow a drive mode selection button. Instead of voice notes, we now adjust the output of the information.

D4S vs D5

Top left panel

On the top left, you find the drive mode selection dial and the three keys that form a circle. In the D4S model, these keys settled the flash modes, bracketing, and metering mode. A new button moves the bracketing mode button to the place of the flash mode selection button. In its place appears the switch for selecting the mode exposure.

Top right panel

On the right, too, there are differences with the Nikon D4S. The video recording button is closer to the center. The switch for selecting the exposure mode replaces the sensitivity level button.
D4S vs D5
Several things remain unchanged. For example. the trigger key with the power switch and activation of the backlight. Also, the display itself. Finally, the button for introducing the exposure compensation.


From the bottom is only the tripod mount connector.

Right side

On the right side, there is one programmable key and an extra shutter release button with a lock lever.
D4S vs D5

Left side

There is a focus mode selection lever, supplemented with a selection/autofocus button. Moreover, a battery compartment with a two-stage lock. Finally, six connectors hidden under four rubber caps.
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From the innovations, we note the USB 3.0 port. Ethernet, HDMI, connectors for headphones and microphone. A port for connecting peripherals was also present in the predecessors.

Viewfinder, displays, and interface Nikon D4S vs D5

The eyecup is different and more convenient. Now you can change it, by holding two spring-loaded keys and pulling.

Yet, not only the eyecup is different, but the viewfinder too. The frame coverage is the same: 100% with FX-framing and 97% with DX.

D4S vs D5

But the magnification ratio changes: 0.72x versus 0.7x for Nikon D4 and Nikon D4s. Yet, is worth noting that the Canon competitor has an increase of 0,76x.

Of course, a high-end camera has a viewfinder curtain, which allows you to set the exposure. This effect is robust at high ISO and long exposures so that the shutter on a severe SLR camera is a must.

Segment displays on the Nikon D5 are two. One is on the top of the camera. The other on the back side. Both screens display a lot of information about the original settings. Both have a uniform emerald backlight.

By the way, when you activate the backlight of extra displays, the primary control keys also light up. The same feature was in Nikon D4 and Nikon D4s.

The primary display is gorgeous. In general, good cameras have pretty good screens. But the Nikon D5 camera has several new and better features. For example, a stunning color rendition. Also, a considerable margin of brightness. And finally, a small contrast change when the backlight brightness changes.

You can see the screen from either side. The figures: 3.2 inches diagonal and resolution of 2,350 thousand points. To check a picture with many small details is much more convenient.

The resolution display of the Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II also increased. From 1,040 thousand points to 1,620 thousand points.

The camera interface remained the same as on the Nikon D4. This fact is quite natural. The menu is convenient and intuitive even for a beginner. This fact is despite the plenty of variable parameters.

Besides, it is not necessary to activate the primary display. That is because of a large number of physical controls, including programmable ones. We do not forget about a pair of segment screens.

Touchscreen Nikon D4S vs D5

A cool touchscreen appears on the Nikon D5. That is, that old screen now feels your touch. Now you can, like on an iPhone, scroll through the photos, zoom in, zoom out.
The touchscreen does not focus on navigating the menu. Even so, it has pronounced smartphone functions. As an example, selecting an AF point. Also, zooming photos to control sharpness. And even adjusting the white balance in the LiveView preview mode.
The touch layer is for selecting the focus point in LiveView mode. Also, for scrolling and scaling in playback mode. It also supports multitouch. Of course, the camera menu works fast and without delay.
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In principle, there is nothing revolutionary in this.
Also, the screen became sharper. The touch layer is not used to the full extent, as in the mirrorless Sony and Panasonic. This fact is to respect professional users who do not like those sudden changes.
This screen is a new fixed 8-centimeter touchscreen LCD with XGA resolution. According to the developer, it responds even to fingers in gloves.

Connectivity Nikon D4S vs D5

The Nikon D5 provide Wi-Fi or GPS, as external model options. For example, the WT-6 module allows you to work wireless with a remote FTP server at a distance of up to 200 meters. And enable the camera to communicate with smartphones via the Snapbridge application.
D4S vs D5
The classic Ethernet, so necessary for major sporting events, is present. By the way, its speed has grown one and a half times compared to Nikon D4s, and now it is 400 MB/s.
Nikon D5 replaced the data transfer port of mini-USB to USB 3.0. Now you can transfer masterpieces even faster.

Appearance and usability Nikon D4S vs D5

The Nikon D5 comes in a square case. So it is possible to place a massive capacity battery. Also, to duplicate the primary controls for a vertical grip. Finally, to provide the camera with more buttons and selectors.
The appearance of the device has not changed much since D4 / D4s, but there are some minor differences. If the thickness and width of the novelty differ, the mass increases.
D4S vs D5
The D4 with a battery and memory card weighed 1340 grams, and the D5 in the same configuration weighs 1415 grams. Of course, someone can say that more weight is extra stabilization. This fact creates the performance of professional equipment.

Image Sensor Nikon D4S vs D5

Nikon D5 has a new 20.8MP full-frame sensor, which is unique for this camera. Also new is the new processor EXPEED 5, which handles image processing. This improvement will allow journalists and studio photographers to play with this camera.
A high ISO value of up to 3.3 million (3280000 ISO) is the merit of the sensor and processor. This value is the most significant value of light sensitivity in consumer cameras. This value is all over the world.
But, Nikon D4S has a most excellent ISO 409600. The resolution of the sensor is lower than that of the novelty. Moreover, the processor is slower.

Graphics Processor Nikon D4S vs D5

The new EXPEED 5 processor in the Nikon D5 allows the camera to record 4K-videos. Also, performs a serial shooting at a rate of 12 frames per second with servo AF.
The Nikon D4 works with the EXPEED 4 processor, Full HD video and can shoot at 11 frames per second.

Autofocus system Nikon D4S vs D5

The recently announced Nikon D5 uses the Multi-CAM 20K AF system. So, Nikon D4S works with the Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system. The autofocusing points of Nikon D5 are three times denser than in the Nikon D4S.
The Nikon D5 offers 153 autofocus points, of which 99 are cross-type. In this case, D4S has only 51 points, of which 15 are of the cross type. A more significant number of AF points show that the accuracy of the autofocus will be higher.
fps GIF
The new Nikon grabs the main picture. This feature is especially noticeable in the dark. The Nikon D4S begins to grow dull in the twilight, and sometimes you have to focus. The D5, even at night it concentrates on any objects.
The new autofocus system endows enhanced functionality. For example, fast and accurate micro-correction of the focus in the LiveView mode. That is by analyzing the contrast of the picture. Cameras use this method of correction for a long time. Moreover, in D5 is in a new level due to the increased accuracy and ease of use.

ISO Nikon D4S vs D5

Currently, there is a race of numbers between camera manufacturers. Everyone is trying to create a device with the highest possible specifications. Most top resolution of the sensor, most potent zoom, or highest light sensitivity.
Nikon D4S vs D5
Nikon managed to win the ISO race among consumer products. The recently announced Nikon D5 is capable of capturing images from ISO to 3.3 million.
The Nikon D4S limits on 500 thousand ISO. Such a high value in D5 allows shooting in the dark. But here must pay attention to the quality of the pictures and amount of noise.
The actual working value on which you can get a satisfactory picture quality is much lower. But still, it is higher than the previous model.

Memory cards Nikon D4S vs D5

High-speed photography and 4K-video requires high writing speeds. Thus, the camera comes with two XQD card slots. But for the retrogrades, it is possible to order the Nikon D5 with two CF slots. Also to completely replace the unit with memory card slots in the service.
D4S vs D5

Continuous shooting speed Nikon D4S vs D5

Serial shooting in the Nikon D5 is high. The camera is capable of taking pictures at a rate of 12 fps with autofocus and 14 fps with a locked focus. The Nikon D4S limit is to only 11 frames per second.

More quiet camera Nikon D4S vs D5

The camera is quieter than the D4s.

Video Nikon D4S vs D5

Nikon made a breakthrough, adding support for 4K. The Nikon D5 is the world’s first SLR camera with video support in this resolution.
Nikon D5 will be interesting for those who engage in video shooting. But the camera received few professional functions for shooting video.
Even so, there is a limit of 3 minutes of recording. The restriction is due to the file system and the inability to write a massive file.
The Nikon D4S limits on recording Full HD video.

Nikon D4S

Modern 16 megapixels FX sensor might be low to this DSLR, but it offers some attractive features. Nikon D4S is a professional DSLR with EXPEED 4 processing engine. It also has weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. The expanded ISO range is a crucial improvement of Nikon D4S over all the previous models.
You can now enjoy streaming the uncompressed videos. You can get the help of HDMI port, microphones and headphone jackets to an external recorder. This camera offers 1080/60p/50p full HD movies.
D4S vs D5
Nikon D4S is quite big DSLR like its predecessor Nikon D4. But this size is not as big as you would think after reading it technicalities. Weight distribution and body ergonomics of Nikon D4S are perfect. A photographer cannot think of it as anything else but the natural extension of his hand.
The shape of memory card door changed by the addition of two joysticks on its back. Nikon D4S also has a textured surface and perfect grip. They place the autofocus ON button along with the thumb rest. Even the front and rear control near thumb rest along with shutter release button.

Specifications of Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S offers thirty percent faster shooting with RAW files. The new mirror and shutter mechanism has helped Nikon D4S to reduce mirror bounce. Nikon D4S also comes with an increased buffer capacity of RAW and JPEG files. Besides, enhanced controls over apertures, audio levels, and shutter speed. So the photographer can empower his creativity while shooting.
Nikon D4S carries Multi-CAM 3500FX auto-focus module. This module comes with expended ISO range. That makes Nikon D4S stand among high performing competitors.
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Here are the detailed specifications of Nikon D4S.
  • Optical sensor resolution: 16.2 megapixels.
  • 1x optical zoom.
  • 51 autofocus points.
  • Continuous shooting speed of 11 frames per second.
  • ISO range of 100 to 25600.
  • Largest horizontal resolution of 4,928.
  • Smallest shutter speed of 30 seconds.
  • Largest shutter speed of 1/ 8000 of a second.
  • CMOS photosensor technology.
  • EXPEED 4 processing system.
  • Dust reduction system for sensor cleaning.
  • Self-timer.
  • Full HD 1080p video capture format.
  • Optical viewfinder of 0.7x magnification.
  • Water and dust resistant body.
  • Large SLR with optional GPS and mini-HDMI.
  • Manual focus.
  • Flash can attach via hot shoe or flash sync port.
  • Flash sync speed of 1/ 250 seconds.
  • Expanded ISO from 50 to 409,600.
  • Average battery life of 3,020 photos.
  • Wired or wireless remote control.

Features of Nikon D4S

Speed, versatility, efficiency, and precision are the primary offerings of this incredible DSLR. Nikon D4S has introduced remarkable improvements throughout its features. It includes ISO sensitivity performance and levels of speed. The superior image quality of Nikon D4S remains unmatched by the DSLRs of the same rank.
Nikon D4S does not only perform while capturing images. But it records high quality 1080p HD movies. You can transfer files with 10x speed as compared to other cameras. This fact has become possible with the new base-T wireless LAN. The rate increases by capturing smaller RAW SIZE S format images.
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Nikon D4S has made professionals shoot in ways which they never thought.
Here are some noteworthy features of Nikon D4S.

An extraordinary performance

There are features which can turn an exceptional camera into a remarkable camera. Nikon D4S did the same with Nikon D4 by maintaining its existing excellent features. Moreover, along with new improved ones. They have improved its precision, speed, and efficiency with the help of extended ISO range (100 to 25,600). Furthermore, enhanced tonal range and faster image processing.

No moment can deceive you now

Image quality delivered by Nikon D4S will elevate the power of your story and redefine you. The FX format 24 megapixels CMOS sensor works with the powerful EXPEED 4 processor. It provides an accurate blend of speed and quality. You can achieve vibrant colors, excellent ISO sensitivity, natural depth and smoother gradation.
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This quality remains in both still images as well as videos.

The flagship ISO performance of Nikon D4S

A photographer will go wherever his work takes him. Situations and surroundings may not match the technicalities of a particular camera. Thus, Nikon D4S provides high-performance standards at sensitive ISO settings.
One may have to shoot in badly lighted venues as well as bright open areas. A light change will no longer be a problem due to 100 to 25,600 ranges of extended ISO settings.

Pros and cons of Nikon D4S

The ingenuity of professional photographers and talent forgets the modern style of imaging. The cameras become so innovative that they redefine the possibilities. Nikon D4S proved to be such a camera. Yet, it cannot claim as a do it all camera. Every electronic device has its benefits as well as limitations.
Here are the advantages and limitations of Nikon D4S.

Pros of Nikon D4S

  • The tank-like body built is excellent.
  • Dual memory card slots.
  • Outstanding low light capabilities.
  • Confident and fast autofocus.
  • Powerful 60p video capture capability.
  • Faster burst speed with continuous autofocus.

Cons of Nikon D4S

  • A hefty body.
  • Hue accuracy is below average.
  • Expensive.

Why should you buy Nikon D4S vs D5?

A camera is suitable if it suits your specific specifications and shooting style. Nikon D4S is a worth buying camera for every single professional out there. It tends to become the most crucial part of his collection. Nikon D4S can make you addicted to its particular style. It does so through precision, speed, and sharpness.
Fast processor, full HD videos and excellent performance at ISO sensitivities. All those aspects justify its price. Don’t forget to check the Nikon D5 more advanced features before considering the purchase.
If your budget is limited the Nikon D4S has already the necessary features to excel. Yet, if you have more budget you should consider the Nikon D5 too.

Conclusion Nikon D4S vs D5

Why should you buy Nikon D5?

After the release of the new Nikon D5, there were many questions about differences with old ones. One significant difference was the addition of 4K-video. But this is not all.

Verdict Nikon D4S vs D5

To conclude, Nikon has made a device that can remain a flagship in the coming years, and few can overdo it. In the first place, the autofocus system and high image quality obtained are revolutionary. Again, the resolution and light sensitivity of the sensor.
As a matter of fact, few photographers use expensive professional SLRs like Nikon D5. Yet, the requirements and needs of such users are extensive and varied.
In like manner, varied profiles use professional techniques. For example, Journalists, bird and wildlife photographers, portraitists and sports activities photographers. Also, researchers, criminalists, and professional multimedia players.
Furthermore, compared with the prior flagship model D4S, D5 has gone through many changes. That will be beneficial to all users without exception. D5 is faster and more productive and far more convenient to work. It has a new autofocus and matrix system and can make high-quality images in dark conditions.
In the same fashion, the D5 facilitates the 4K ultra-high-description video recording function. That feature can only help it to maintain its relevance and relevance nowadays. Since there is a growing number of features needed from cameras.
Then, with all its merits, the brand new flagship from Nikon, of course, isn’t perfect. Capturing Ultra HD video pays to some users. Yet, it must not stop from investing in a full-featured 4K camcorder.
The new autofocus program will serve professionals. Yet, Canon provides better focus control in its top-end SLR cameras.
Finally, with the release of the D5 model, Nikon has once more demonstrated that it’s trying to improve its items. It is also adapting it to contemporary realities. Brand lovers can resolve their more laborious tasks with more quality and speed now.
Marie White

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