A VTR format, introduced in 1994 by Panasonic, that uses the same cassette as D3 but recording uncompressed component signals sampled to ITU-R BT.601 recommendations at 10-bit resolution. With internal decoding, D5 VTRs can play back D3 tapes and provide component outputs.

D5 offers all the performance benefits of D1, making it suitable for high-end post production as well as more general studio use. Besides servicing the current 625 and 525 line TV standards the format extends to HDTV recording by use of about 4:1 compression (HD-D5).