Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5


Let’s see the comparison of this two immersive camera Canon 1DX Mark II and Nikon D5…

Features/ Models Canon 1DX Mark II Nikon D5
Megapixel 20.2 MP 21 MP
Sensor size Fullframe sensor Fullframe sensor
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Dual DIGIC6 + processor Expeed 5
AF system 61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type
ISO 100-51200 (expanded in 409600) 50-3280000
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000 30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 16 fps 14 fps
Video @ 60 fps 4K @ 60fps 4K @ 30fps
Display LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life
Dimensions 150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm 160 x 459 x 92mm
Weight 1340g 1415 g



Nikon D5 has 21MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor supported by the upgraded and advanced EXPEED 5 Image Processor to produce high resolution images with better color combination in various situations with high sensitivity as well as delivers magnificent images with better quality while Canon 1DX Mark II has 20.2MP CMOS sensor supported by Dual DIGIC6 + image processor to produce better images as well as also features extraordinary video capability. Canon 1DX Mark II is the world’s first camera comes with Dual-pixel CMOS AF sensor.

Nikon D5 has much better ISO of 50-3280000 comparative to Canon 1DX Mark II, which has ISO of 100-51200 (expanded in 409600).

D5 captures 21MP images @ 14fps while Canon 1DX Mark II captures 20MP images @16fps.

AF System:-

Nikon D5 has 153-point Multi-CAM 20k Autofocus System which includes 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55- points for better compositional performance while Canon 1DX Mark II has comparative low AF points of 61-point with 41-point cross –type .

Hence, due to the more advance AF points, the Nikon D5 captures more AF area of the screen and locates the real subject more quickly and also it helps the users to track the fast moving subjects more conveniently and effectively compare to Canon 1DX Mark II.

We do know that the AF module of Nikon D5 is very advance , but the Canon 1DX Mark II features dual-pixels CMOS AF sensor that enables blazing fast AF while shooting the videos or capturing a still images by utilizing the display unit of the camera .


The Nikon D5 has the native ISO 102400, which can be extended to ISO 3280000 while Canon 1DX Mark II has ISO 100-51200 (expanded in 409600).

The Nikon D5 has 3 stop increases in expanded ISO compare to Canon 1DX Mark II. Hence such increase in ISO is definitely better for users to capture images in low light as well as changing light conditions.

Hence the more ISO makes the Nikon D5 a suitable camera for all kinds of shooting environment while Canon 1DX Mark II is suitable for shooting in bright conditions.

Continuous Shooting Speed:-

Canon 1DX Mark II has continuous shooting speed of 16fps while Nikon D5 has continuous shooting speed of 14fps.

Hence, there is no doubt that Canon 1DX Mark II will be the better performer during capturing fast action objects with more accuracy along with tracking each and every action of the fast moving subjects compare to Nikon D5.

Video- Since Nikon D5 is the first DSLR to offer 4K video recording at 30 fps, while the Canon 1DX Mark II offers 4K video at 60fps.

Hence there is no much difference in video quality of both the cameras and the users will definitely like the video quality of both the cameras


Undoubtedly, the overall performance of the Nikon D5 is definitely superior to Canon 1DX. Since it is the winner due to the presence of the higher resolutions, advanced image processor, more AF Points, higher ISO and also comes with better video capturing capability. So, we recommend you to buy Nikon D5 for better experience during photography.



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