The latest rumors on the upcoming Nikon D5 suggest that it may be the first Nikon DSLR to shoot 4K video. On the still image side of things though, it looks like it may offer a new 20MP FX sensor with a max native sensitivity up to ISO 102,400.
Additionally, the Nikon D5 is rumored to features 173 AF points with a 15 fps still frame rate. The camera isn’t expected until late 2015 or early 2016. If there’s any truth to these rumors, however, it gives Nikonians a lot to look forward to.
While the flagship Nikon and Canon DSLRs have been known as primarily still image cameras, neither manufacturer has really embraced 4K video as a consumer or enthusiast feature. Hopefully, if these rumors turn out to be true, this will be a step forward for Nikon and force Canon to offer 4K on more of its cameras as well.
It’s not really if Nikon and Canon will offer 4K throughout their camera lines. It’s more of when. I don’t think the Nikon D5 is necessarily going to throw down any gauntlets in the HDSLR realm due to its price point; however, it is a crucial first step in bringing 4K Nikon cameras to the masses.
Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are pushing the industry to 4K faster than what Canon and Nikon appear to be ready to move. In their current market positions, those three players really have nothing to lose. So they can apply pressure at every juncture in an attempt to take market share from the old guard.
[via Nikon Rumors]