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The always controversial (and kind of fun) DXO has completed their sensor review of Nikon’s latest flagship DSLR, the D5. It has an overall score of 88, which places it 11th on the list of best Nikon sensor scores.
For comparison, the Canon EOS-1D X received a sensor score of 82 and the Nikon D4s scored an 89. It’ll be interesting to see how the EOS-1D X Mark II fares in the DXO testing.
Moving from a 16-Mpix to a 20.8-Mpix sensor is quite significant for professionals, and the improvements in high ISO DR are useful in a camera like this. In terms of sensor resolution, the Nikon D5 now matches the admittedly aging Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II, a camera still widely used for magazine features (think double-page spreads) as well as commercial photography. While it’s true that models such as the Nikon D810 (and the Canon EOS 5DS and SR) are arguably more suited now for that kind of work, the Nikon D5 nonetheless represents a tipping point in all-around capability. Read the full review
I predict an EOS-1D X Mark II sensor score of 100…. or 85….. or 77… or, where’s my 300D?