Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II



From 100 to 102,400 of native ISO range, makes the Nikon D5 camera the king of lowlight shooting. And For extreme low-light situation, when you have no options to shoot through using its native ISO range then its expandable ISO range from 50 to a remarkable ISO 3,280,000 is precious.

So once again we have come with taking two magnificent cameras one is the FX-format professional DSLR camera, Nikon D5, and the other one is Canon 1DX mark II.

Features/ Models Nikon D5 Canon 1DX Mark II
Megapixel 21 MP 20.2 MP
Sensor size  Full frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor Full frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Expeed 5 Dual DIGIC6 + processor
 Image stabilization  No  No
AF system 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type 61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type
ISO 50-3280000  100-51200 and expandable range is  100- 409600
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000  30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps  16 fps
Video 4K  (30p/25p/24p)  4K @ 60fps
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC optional
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  3780 shots  1210 shots
Dimensions  160X459X92 mm 150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
Weight  1415 g 1340g


Megapixel- Nikon D5 adopts 20.8 (Aprox 21)-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor promises of delivering stunning image quality on the other hand, Canon uses 20.2 MP of resolution. However, both the two cameras utilize the same sensor size (36 x 24 mm), so we do expect we would notice any difference in their quality of the images.

AF system-

Phase AF module – Nikon incorporates the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module that offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors, So that photographers can feel the never before experience in tracking desire target more conveniently.

AF during live view- Canon 1DX mark II has got the upper hand while live view shooting since it features dual pixel CMOS AF sensor that enables super speedy AF while shooting at live view mode or recording of video. On the other hand, the Nikon D5 features traditional CMOS sensor that will give you sluggish AF while recording a video or using live view mode.

ISO- Nikon D5 is brilliant camera for minimal light shooting with expandable ISO range from 50 to 3,280,000. And the range between ISO 3200 and 12800, favored to sports photographers. This ultra ISO range extremely useful in capturing 4K UHD video as well as the photojournalist can also use the best of it. On the other hand, ISO range offered by Canon 1DX Mark II is limited upto 100- 409600.

Continuous shooting speed- For professional sports and wildlife photographers, Canon 1DX Mark II (16 fps)is an inch better than that of Nikon D5(14fps).

Battery- EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery of D5 is so powerful that one can easily take maximum 3780 shots at a time whereas LP-E19 lithium-ion battery of Canon 1DX Mark II offers to take only 1210 shots.

Verdict-As we have seen from the table that Nikon D5 is somehow a brilliant camera, D5 is not only the lowlight king but also has incredible features including AF system etc. Canon 1DX Mark II does also have features but not looking standard in comparison to D5. So Nikon D5 will be our suggestion to buy.

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