Nikon Flagship Camera Comparison – Nikon D5 vs D4s vs D3s

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Release Date

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

Nikon D5Nikon D4sNikon D3s

Sensor & Resolution

Sensor35.9 x 23.9mm CMOS36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS
Resolution20.8MP 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 ProcessorEXPEED 5EXPEED 4EXPEED
ISO SensitivityISO 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 Format12- 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 Metering180k-pixel RGB Sensor91k-pixel RGB Sensor1,005-pixel RGB Sensor
Advanced Scene Recognition SystemYes

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

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

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

NoNo
High Speed Continuous Shooting
Frame Advance Rate12 fps with AF/AE: in any image quality or sensitivity

14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and Mirror UP

11 fps with AF/AE9 fps with AF/AE
Buffer CapacityUp 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 SensorMulti-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 ProcessorYesNoNo
Minimum BrightnessEV -4 to EV +20EV -2 to EV +19EV -1 to EV +19
AF ModesSingle-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 On2 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 AFAF-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 CoverageFrame 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 Monitor3.2-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 FunctionYesNoNo
Detachable Eyepiece AdapterYes
Fluorine Coated for easier cleaning
Compatible w/Nikon Rain Cover (optional)
NoNo

Speedlight Control

Auto Flash ISO Sensitivity ControlYesNoNo
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

NoNo

Movie Features

Frame Size and Frame rate4K/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 card4K/UHD: Yes
1080p: Yes
1080p: Yes720p: 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 recorderYesYesNo
View simultaneous live
view output and record
uncompressed video via HDMI
YesYesNo
Selectable audio frequency rangeYes

Wide/Voice

Yes

Wide/Voice

No
ISO range100-3,280,000200-25,600200-6400
Save frame as a still frame4K/UHD: 3840 x 2160 (approx. 8MP)Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (approx. 5 MP)Not Available
Flat Picture ControlYesNoNo
Dedicated Movie Shooting MenuYesNoNo
Smooth Exposure CompensationYesNoNo
Highlight Display: Zebra StripesYesYesNo
Power Aperture ControlYesYesNo

Wired and Wireless Communication System

Wired LAN1000 Base T Support
400 Mbps
1000 Base T Support
175 Mbps
WirelessVia WT-6AVia WT-5AVia WT-4A
Transmission130 Mbps30 Mbps

Camera Handling and Operation

Dual memory card slots2 Models available

XQD+XQD
CF+CF

CF+XQDCF+CF
Quick SettingsYes

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

NoNo
Fn Buttons2 Front facing Fn buttons
1 Rear facing Fn button
1 Front facing Fn button1 Front facing Fn button
In-Camera Time-Lapse Movie

Function

Yes: Full HD & 4K UHDYes: Full HDNo
Interval timerYes
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)
BatteryEN-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 in6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in
 Weight 1240 gm 1180 gm 1240 gm

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