Nikon D5 versus Canon 1Dx Mark II

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The endless competition between Canon and Nikon continues with the Nikon D "with one digit" and Canon EOS 1DS and 1D.
This race started the sixty's with film cameras between Canon F and Nikon F and continues now with digital cameras.

With the announcement in August 2007 of Canon EOS 1DS Mark III, Canon exceeds 20 million of pixels on 24x36 type camera. Two days later, Nikon announces Nikon the D3, the first digital Nikon camera full format 24x36 (format FX) less ambitious with its "only" 12 million pixels but general-purpose which replaces D2x and D2h. In December 2008, Nikon adds to the D3 the D3x with a 25 megapixel sensor manufactured by SONY.
In October 2009; Nikon updates its D3 through D3s with video capabilities and new high speed sensibility up to 100 000 iso.
Somme days after, Canon announces the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV that reachs the same sensibility.
In October 2011 two years afterwards, Canon replaces 1Ds and 1D by new Canon 1DX with 18 million pixels CMOS sensor and 14 frames/second.
In January 2012, Nikon launches the D4, challenger with video capabilities and 16.2 million pixels CMOS sensor and 11 frames/second. It replaces D3s.
In 2016 Nikon updates its flagship which becomes D5. Some weeks after, Canon presents the 1Dx Mark II.

... to follow

Canon 1Dx Mark II

Nikon D5

Usable lenses

Lenses Canon EF

Lenses Nikkor AIP, Nikon AF D, DX, G, I et S

Pixel CCD

20.2 megapixels effectifs
~6.579 microns 5472 x 3648 pixels

20,8 megapixel
5568 x 3712 pixels

Image size

35,6 x 23,6 mm

36 x 23,9 mm

Lens focal length conversion factor

1 in Full Format :
the focal remains the same

1.6 in APS-C format

1 in FX :
the focal remains the same

1.5 in DX :
24 mm lens becomes a 36 mm in 135 format

Video Mode

4K 4096 x 2160 in 1.33 format (8.8 Megapixels)

4K 5568 x 3840 in 1.45 format

Speeds and synch flash

from 30 seconds to 1/8000 s - synch flash 1/250

from 30 seconds to 1/8000 s - synch flash 1/250

Sensibility range

ISO equivalent 100-51200 Iso H: 409 600 iso

ISO equivalent 100-102 400 Iso H: 3 280 000 iso


2 x Dual DIGIC 6+


Continuous shooting mode and consecutive shoots

14 frames per second

12 frames per second, 14 frames per second in Jpeg with AE and AF locked.


AF System with 61 points (included 49 in cross),
2 card slots ; 1 CompactFlash card and 1 CFast 2.0
Wifi Transmission
GPS, Integrated Cleaning System
Real Continuous View on 3.2-inch screen of 1 620 000 pixels ...

AF System with 153 points
2 CompactFlash TM card slot or 2 XQD card slot
WiFi, Integrated Cleaning System
Real Continuous View with AF on a touch screen of 2 359 000 pixels 3.2-inch screen ...


158 x 167.6 x 82.6 mm

160 x 158.5 x 92 mm

(body without battery)

1530 g (body only)

1405 g with 2 CF cards
1415 g with 2 XQD cards


March 2016

March 2016


$ 6000 (April 2016)

$ 6499 (April 2016)



 pierre j.

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Created in October 9, 2001, Updated February 6, 2016

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