Nikon D5 vs Nikon Z9

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Nikon Z9. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5
Nikon Z9

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Nikon Z9 was released 2021. That is a 5 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 Z9 Nikon 2021

Type of camera

Nikon D5 is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z9 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 Z9 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)

Resolution

Nikon D5 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z9 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 Z9 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504

Nikon Z9 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 Z9 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5. Nikon Z9 has an ISO range that stretches from 32 to 102400 while Nikon D5 has 100 to 102400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Nikon Z9 32-102400

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 Z9

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 Z9 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Nikon Z9 30

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 Z9 can shoot movies.

Weight

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 6% heavier than Nikon Z9 and its 1340 gr (or 2,95 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb
Nikon Z9 1340 gr 2,95 lb