The professional Nikon F5 was released in 1996. It’s a powerful camera with a self-diagnostic and self-adjusting shutter and many other features including:
- A mirror-balance system that reduced camera shake.
- Electronically controlled exposure times from 1/8000 second to 30 seconds.
- Built-in 8 frame per second motor drive (up from 5.7 frame/s on the F4).
- 1/300 second flash sync (up from 1/250 on the F4). However, at 1/300 second, flash units could not use their full capacity.
- Full support for Nikkor AF-S and G designated lenses (the F4 could not use G lenses in aperture-priority or full manual modes).
- Support for the Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization feature of newer Nikkor lenses.
- Five focus points for the autofocus sensor (up from one on the F4) with intelligent dynamic autofocus mode.
- A new industrial design by Giorgetto Giugiaro (also designer of the F3 and F4).