Nikon certainly didn't make big promises but small improvements. The 2016 professional flagship DSLR, the Nikon D5, sees sweeping updates across the board, becoming Nikon's new top-of-the-line option. Frankly, this thing is a monster. An expensive monster, but a beast of a camera nonetheless.
The Nikon D5 can see even more than the human eye, thanks to the 3,280,000 maximum ISO. Yes, that's over three million. While the image is going to of course be noisy, that's a pretty significant capability. Getting a bit more realistic, the new EXPEED 5 image processor will help reduce noise at the levels more commonly used by most pros compared to the older D4s.
That processor is also behind the new 4K video capability, Nikon's first DSLR to feature the high resolution format. That resolution is possible at 30 fps, making it an option for videographers as well as photographers.
The D5 also sees a jump up in autofocus capabilities with a new 158 point autofocus. That's a lot of autofocus points that comes in handy for tracking moving subjects. That paired with an excellent 12 fps makes the D5 a serious option for professional sports shooters.
While action photographers are more likely to pay the money for those features, the D5 isn't beyond applications like portrait and fashion work either. The RAW files can be captured uncompressed or in 12-bit for when those 20 megapixel files start to fill up your hard drive. Nikon has also upgraded the screen with touch capabilities.
The Nikon D5 looks like an excellent piece of photography equipment, though few can afford one at the $6,995.95 list price. Canon's flagship EOS 1D X by comparison has 61 autofocus points, 1080p HD video and a 204,800 maximum ISO, albeit with a faster 14 fps maximum burst. Since the 1 DX was realesed in 2012, expect a Canon update soon.