Nikon Flagship Camera Comparison – Nikon D5 vs D4s vs D3s

Nikon D5 vs D4s vs D3s Front

Nikon D5 vs D4s vs D3s back

Release Date

Nikon D3s : 14 October 2009
Nikon D4s : 25 February 2014
Nikon D5 :  6 January 2016

Nikon D5 Nikon D4s Nikon D3s

Sensor & Resolution

Sensor 35.9 x 23.9mm CMOS 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS
Resolution 20.8MP FX-format
CMOS sensor
Anti-reflection coating is incorporated in various
components, minimizing ghost and flare
16.2MP FX-format
CMOS sensor
12.1MP FX-format
CMOS sensor

Image Quality

Image Processor EXPEED 5 EXPEED 4 EXPEED
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 – 102,400
(ISO 50 – 3,280,000 equivalent)
100 to 25,600
(ISO 50 to 409,600 equivalent)
200-12,800
(ISO 100 to 102,400 equivalent)
File Format 12- or 14-bit NEF (Large RAW),

12-bit lossless compressed, compressed or

uncompressed for Medium/Small RAW, TIFF, JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG (L/M/S)

12- or 14-bit NEF (Large RAW),

12-bit lossless compressed, compressed,

or uncompressed, Small RAW,

TIFF, JPEG, NEF (RAW) + JPEG (L/M/S)

Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)

Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless

JPEG, TIFF (RGB)

Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)

Advanced Scene Recognition System

3D Color Matrix Metering 180k-pixel RGB Sensor 91k-pixel RGB Sensor 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor
Advanced Scene Recognition System Yes

Face-detection menu (On/Off [default setting]) added, watch area menu added

Yes                 No
White Balance: Keep White Auto 0: Keep White Added

More natural color reproduction is achieved by combining EXPEED 5 and auto white balance

No No
High Speed Continuous Shooting
Frame Advance Rate 12 fps with AF/AE: in any image quality or sensitivity

14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and Mirror UP

11 fps with AF/AE 9 fps with AF/AE
Buffer Capacity Up to 200 shots: When using XQD memory card

Lossless 12-bit or JPEG/Fine/Large or 14-bit lossless compressed* JPEG/Fine/Large

Up to 133 shots: When using XQD memory card

Lossless 12-bit or JPEG/Fine/Large

Up to 82 JPEG (Fine) or 36 14-bit NEF (RAW)

using CF card

Autofocus Detection and Acquisition

AF Sensor Multi-CAM 20K
Phase Detect AF
153 AF Points
99 Cross Type Sensors
15 AF Sensors to f/8
Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX
Phase Detect AF
51 AF Points
15 Cross Type AF Sensors
Multi-CAM 3500FX
Phase Detect AF
51 AF Points
15 Cross Type AF Sensors
Dedicated AF Processor Yes No No
Minimum Brightness EV -4 to EV +20 EV -2 to EV +19 EV -1 to EV +19
AF Modes Single-point
Dynamic Area 25 AF points
Dynamic Area 72 AF points
Dynamic Area 153 AF points
Group Area AF
3D-Tracking
Auto Area AF
Single-point
Dynamic Area 9 AF points
Dynamic Area 21 AF points
Dynamic Area 51 AF points
Group Area AF
3D-Tracking
Auto Area
Single-point
Dynamic Area 9 AF points
Dynamic Area 21 AF points
Dynamic Area 51 AF points
3D-Tracking
Focus Tracking with Lock On 2 Parameters

Subject Motion: Erratic/Steady
Blocked Shot Response: Quick/Slow

5 (Long)
4 and 3 (Normal)
2 and 1 (Short)
5 (Long)
4 and 3 (Normal)
2 and 1 (Short)
Contrast Detect AF AF-S
AF-F
Focusing time (from half-pressing the shutter release button to the end of the focusing) is shortened up to
approx. 50% compared with that of the D4S
AF-S
AF-F
AF-S
AF-F

Viewing

Viewfinder Coverage Frame coverage: Approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.72x
Improved visibility during high-speed continuousshooting (shortened blackout time, reduced image blur)
Frame coverage: approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.7x
Frame coverage: approx. 100%,
magnification: approx. 0.7x
LCD Monitor 3.2-in
Approx. 2,359k-dot
XGA: 403 ppi
Touch screen for playback, text input
3.2-in
Approx. 921k-dot
VGA: 253 ppi
3.0-in
Approx. 921k-dot
VGA: 253 ppi
Touch Screen Function Yes No No
Detachable Eyepiece Adapter Yes
Fluorine Coated for easier cleaning
Compatible w/Nikon Rain Cover (optional)
No No

Speedlight Control

Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity Control Yes No No
Optical Control

Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)

Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Up to 3 Groups: A/B/C
Up to 4 Channels
Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Up to 3 Groups: A/B/C
Up to 4 Channels
Yes: Via Compatible Speedlight or Speedlight
Commander SU-800
Up to 3 Groups: A/B/C
Up to 4 Channels
Radio Control

Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)

Yes: When using optional WR-R10/WR-A10 Wireless Remote Controller and SB-5000 Speedlight

Wireless remote control SB-5000 via radio control up to 98 feet

Up to 18 Radio Control Speedlights

Up to 6 Groups: A/B/C/D/E/F

Up to 3 Channels: 5/10/15

Can be mixed using optical system (SB-900 series, SB-800 series, SB-700, SB-600, SB-500) and Radio Control using SB-5000
Unified Flash Control using SB-5000 and Camera Control Pro 2 (version 2.23.0 or later) Remote setting possible using D5 Flash Control menu setting

No No

Movie Features

Frame Size and Frame rate 4K/UHD: 3840 x 2160 30/25/24p
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 60/50/30/25/24p
(including 60p output to an external recorder under limited conditions)
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 60/50/30/25/24p

(including 60p output to an external recorder

under limited conditions)

HD 1280 x 720 / 24 fps
VGA 640 x 424 / 24 fps
QVGA 320 x 216 / 24fps
Recorded in-camera to memory card 4K/UHD: Yes
1080p: Yes
1080p: Yes 720p: Yes
Multi-area mode Full HD
D-Movie with three image area options
FX
DX: 1.5X
4K/UHD: 1.5X (dot-by-dot readout)
1920 x 1080 Crop: 3X
FX
DX: 1.5X
1920 x 1080: 2.7X (dot-dot readout)
FX
Simultaneous recording to memory card and external recorder Yes Yes No
View simultaneous live
view output and record
uncompressed video via HDMI
Yes Yes No
Selectable audio frequency range Yes

Wide/Voice

Yes

Wide/Voice

No
ISO range 100-3,280,000 200-25,600 200-6400
Save frame as a still frame 4K/UHD: 3840 x 2160 (approx. 8MP) Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (approx. 5 MP) Not Available
Flat Picture Control Yes No No
Dedicated Movie Shooting Menu Yes No No
Smooth Exposure Compensation Yes No No
Highlight Display: Zebra Stripes Yes Yes No
Power Aperture Control Yes Yes No

Wired and Wireless Communication System

Wired LAN 1000 Base T Support
400 Mbps
1000 Base T Support
175 Mbps
Wireless Via WT-6A Via WT-5A Via WT-4A
Transmission 130 Mbps 30 Mbps

Camera Handling and Operation

Dual memory card slots 2 Models available

XQD+XQD
CF+CF

CF+XQD CF+CF
Quick Settings Yes

Release mode setting can be changed quickly and intuitively with the release mode button (left hand) and command dial (right hand) while looking through the viewfinder

No No
Fn Buttons 2 Front facing Fn buttons
1 Rear facing Fn button
1 Front facing Fn button 1 Front facing Fn button
In-Camera Time-Lapse Movie

Function

Yes: Full HD & 4K UHD Yes: Full HD No
Interval timer Yes
Increased number of exposures (up to 9999), setting until one week later is possible
Yes
Increased number of exposures (up to 9999),
setting until one week later is possible
Yes
Increased number of exposures (up to 999)
Battery EN-EL18a
Approx. 3,780 shots
EN-EL18a
Approx. 3,020 shots
EN-EL4a
Approx. 2,400 shots
 Dimension  6.3 × 6.3 × 3.7 in  6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in
 Weight  1240 gm  1180 gm  1240 gm
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