Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D5 vs D3S

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D5
14 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D5
3,780 photos
Nikon D3S
4,200 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D5  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D5
20.7 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D5
3,280,000 ISO
Nikon D3S
102,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D5
Nikon D3S

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D5
41.4 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D5  vs
Megapixels 20.7 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 5588 x 3712 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 23.9 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 41.4 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 50 ISO to 3,280,000 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 153 51
Supports continuous Yes No


Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.72x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 14 fps 9 fps
Battery life 3,780 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
14 fps


Nikon D5  vs
Video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm


Size 3.2" 3"
Resolution 2,359 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 159 x 92 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 92 mm 88 mm
Weight 1,415 g 1,240 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


Includes a GPS Yes No
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