Shooting Tethered with the Nikon D5

Posted by: on Jan 27, 2016

Tethering a Nikon D5 to your computer is quick and easy with Tether Tools gear! Shoot tethered with the Nikon D5 using our TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B cable, and be sure to add a TetherBoost USB 3.0 Core Controller to your shopping cart to avoid dropped signals.

TetherBoost™ USB 3.0 Core Controller is designed to boost and regulate power from a DSLR camera and/or Digital Back.  TetherBoost provides enough consistent power to maintain a stablereliable connection when a camera is connected to a computer via USB cables.

The Camera – Nikon D5

Qualifying itself as the flagship model in Nikon’s DSLR lineup, the D5 is positioned as a truly fast, highly precise machine for professional photographers. Revolving around a full-frame, FX-format 20.8MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this workhorse touts an impressive 12 fps continuous shooting rate with full-time AF and AE, an expandable sensitivity range that goes up to ISO 3280000, and 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps. Matching the imaging versatility, the Nikon D5 is also characterized by its redeveloped Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which incorporates 99 cross-type sensors for refined precision when tracking moving subjects or working in difficult lighting conditions. This model features dual XQD memory card slots, to provide versatility in file handling during shooting, and a range of selectable raw file sizes can also be used depending on output needs. Designed to keep up with the fastest subjects and handle the most difficult working conditions, the Nikon D5 is an advanced DSLR well-suited to the most extreme multimedia workflows.

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 102400, Extend to ISO 3280000
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
The Software – What software should you use to shoot tethered with the Nikon D5?

There are lots of software options for Nikon shooters including Adobe Lightroom, Capture One, and Smart Shooter. Learn more about these and more options in the Software category on

The Gear – Tether Tools Pro Tethering Kit for Nikon D5


  • Tether Table Aero Traveler
  • TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B cable, 15’ Cable
  • JerkStopper Tethering Kit
  • Aero ProPad
  • SecureStrap
  • AeroXDC
  • StrapMoore Extender
  • Tether Tools Cable Organization Case (Standard)

To learn more about shooting tethered including how to create better images and work more efficiently while keeping your files safe and secure by incorporating an archival tethering system into your workflow download the Ultimate Tethering Guide – FREE from Tether Tools and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

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