Nikon D5 vs Nikon Z7

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Nikon Z7. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5
Nikon Z7


These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Nikon Z7 was released 2018. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5 Nikon 2016
Nikon Z7 Nikon 2018

Type of camera

Nikon D5 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z7 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon Z7 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Nikon D5 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z7 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5 21 MP 20742656 5588 3712
Nikon Z7 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504

Nikon Z7 has a 119 % larger resolution than Nikon D5. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon Z7. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Nikon Z7 has 64 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Nikon Z7 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z7

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z7 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Nikon Z7 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5 and Nikon Z7 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D5 weighs 1415 gr (equal to 3,12 lb) which is 110% heavier than Nikon Z7 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb
Nikon Z7 675 gr 1,49 lb