Even though I am not in the market for a new camera, I find myself starting to get really anxious while awaiting the DPReview field test videos for most major camera releases. The team at DPReview always seems to find the absolute perfect location and activity to put the newest cameras to the extreme of their hyped up capabilities. The Nikon D5 was no different. Being billed as the best full-frame DSLR for shooting fast action in tough environments, the team enlisted the help of professional adventure photographer Michael Clark, and they headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Clark describes why Santa Fe made an ideal location to put the D5 to the test.
Santa Fe is this city based in this high-altitude altiplano between three different mountain ranges. It’s a small city with some of the best light I’ve seen anywhere in the world. There is 30 different climbing areas, skiing, mountain biking, BMX, white-water kayaking. There is a whole variety of adventure sports here.
DPReview tells us why the autofocus is so impressive. “Nikon’s D5 is a full-frame professional DSLR designed for shooting in tough environments. Market leading 153-point autofocus with 3D tracking enables the D5 to accurately maintain focus even on fast-moving subjects, in very demanding conditions.”
Based on the in-depth field test, it looks like the combination of photographer, sports and location were perfect to find out if the autofocus system on the D5 was all it’s made out to be. Based on what the video and the test shots show, it appears it may well be one of the best, if not the best, on the market today.
Read more on the Nikon D5 on DPReviews detailed review.