Nikon D850 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

Nikon D850 vs. Canon 1DX Mark II – Both are Full-Frame cameras, but Canon 1DX Mark II is highly popular DSLR for sports photographer that features 14 fps of bursts rate and offer 4k @60fps, which is simply incredible! On the other hand, Nikon D850 offers high resolution of 45.75 million effective pixels with BSI CMOS sensor that can produce stunning sharp images if shot even in lowlight. Both the two DSLRs maintain differences in specs, such as 45.75 vs 20 MP, 14fps vs 9fps etc.

Let’s see the detail comparisons of these two cameras:

Feature/Models Nikon D850
Canon 1DX Mark II
Megapixel 45.75 megapixels
20 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Expeed 5 Dual Digic 6+
Low pass Filter No Yes
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 153 61 points
ISO 64 – 102400 Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No No
Continuous shooting speed  9fps 14fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K Video at 60 fps (4096 x 2160)
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  1840 shots 1210 shots
Weight  915 g 1530 g
Size  146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5 mm 158 x 168 x 83 mm

Image quality

Though both have similar sized Full-Frame sensor inside, But 1DX Mark II has large pixels area that clearly shows that the camera could have greater efficiency in light gathering. Hence more the light more will be the clarity. Nikon D850, on the other hand, boasts trademark back-side illuminated (BSI) FX-format full-frame CMOS image sensor with 45.7 megapixels and no optical low pass filter, doubling the possibility of getting tack sharp images even in lowlight. Remember, maximum number of effective pixels also helps getting large prints and you can see Nikon D850 has 45.7mp resolution whereas Canon employs 20.2MP.

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AF system

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is the award winning AF technology By Canon. Excitingly, this dual-pixel technology incorporated inside 1DX Mark ii, enhancing the AF performance that tracks fast moving subject instantly. Also the AF system of Camera helps users get blazing fast AF response and also makes 4K video recording more easy and comfortable. On the other hand, Nikon D850 uses 153-point Multi-CAM 20k Autofocus System (Same as Nikon D5) which includes 99 cross-type sensors for improved subject recognition, and 55- points for better composition performance while Canon 1DX Mark II has comparatively low AF points of 61-point with 41-point cross –type.


It is really a very difficult task for a shooter to acquire better images in lowlight and the most challenging is how to get images with minimal noise. Well, the camera with maximum ISO range surely gets the preference, such as 1DX Mark II. 409600 the highest ISO range avails by 1DX Mark II clearly suggest you that you can be more consistent in lowlight shooting by offering you optimum image quality. On the other hand, Nikon D850 can reach the maximum ISO level of 102400.

Continuous drive

Canon 1DX Mark II offers 14 fps of burst rate and up to 16 fps in Live View so that even the split second actions of the target subjects would be captured marvelously. Compared to the 7fps of Nikon D850, the 1DX Mark II offers 14fps so that JPEG as well as RAW shooting will be done faster.


Nikon D850 is lagging behind from 1DX Mark II. Since Mark II supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 60 fps at 800 Mbps. On the other hand, Nikon D850 lets you record 3840 x 2160p @ 30fps only.


Nikon D850 lets you capture around 1840 shots at a time, whereas 1DX Mark II allows you capture only 1210 shots at a time


Canon 1DX Mark II is high-performing, versatile model that gives you some extraordinary specs inside. To be true, 1DX Mark II is just the camera for the professional sports photographers. On the other hand, Nikon D850 is a pure class that offers remarkable 45.7 MP resolution and massive AF system. So professional photographers can easily rely on it to experience real world photography.

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