When Nikon's new flagship DSLR, the D5, was announced this week, the fact that it achieves a maximum ISO of 3,280,000 seems to have grabbed all the attention. That is until now, with a released video showing the 12 fps shooting power in all its glory. While that may only be a measly 1 fps faster than the previous generation D4s, there's something else about this speed that is dropping jaws.
12 frames per second is fast. And for stills, it's hard to argue that you'd ever need it to go faster. The trouble with raising shutter speeds is that the faster your shutter, the more the mirror goes up. This means more blackout and less time for your autofocus system to do its business. It also means, well, a lot of pictures. Putting the issue of having to go through all of them later aside, it means you'll have to contend with every sports and and wildlife photographer's best friend, the buffer.
Well, as Alex Cooke reported earlier this week for us, have no fear. On paper, things are looking pretty stellar, with a buffer big and fast enough to handle a mind-blowing 200 raw frames. The AF specs are equally shocking, with 99 cross-type points making up part of the whopping 153 total points, acquiring focus in light as low as EV -4, mind you. What the paper doesn't show, but this video does, is that the tracking is fast — lighting fast, or maybe faster than that. Look at those AF points follow subjects in relatively dim lighting so well that it's almost as if the mirror wasn't getting in the way at all.