Nikon D850 vs Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark IV is a trademark Canon camera is categorized as Mid-range DSLR but the camera for professional shooters as well. Nikon D850, on the other hand, taking the vow of offering stunning sharp images with exceptional overall imaging performance at the same time. 46 MP high-resolution, 153 AF points, continuous drive helps the photographer to feel the experience of professional photography. You can see from the table how comfortably Nikon D850 surpasses Canon 5D Mark IV.

Nikon D850 vs Canon 5D Mark IV

Feature/Models Nikon D850
Canon 5D Mark IV
Megapixel 45.75 megapixels
30.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Expeed 5 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 50-102400
Shutter speed  1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No  No
Continuous shooting speed  9fps 7fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K Video at 30 fps (4096 x 2160p)
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  1840 1200 shots
Weight  915 g 890 g
Size  146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5 151 x 116 x 76 mm

Image quality

One of the big advantages of Nikon D850 is its unrivaled capacity to produce large prints, plus it would also display huge details of the subjects or scene when you play it on your Computer or Television since D850 has fabulous 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and extraordinary EXPEED 5 image processor. On the other hand, Canon 5D Mark IV does also have the same Full-Frame sensor but it has only 30.4 mp resolution, which means it offers large pixels area compared to D850. So we know larger the pixels area maximum amount of light could enter into the sensor as a result we can get much clear images of the subject. But Nikon D850 grab a few points more for providing stunning details of the subjects or the scene since it eliminates the AA filter (Anti-Aliasing or Low Pass Filter).

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AF system

Even the hard professional photographers love the Canon 5D Mark IV all because of its extremely dedicated AF system. Yes! Canon 5D Mark IV implements Dual Pixel CMOS AF system at the heart, which at a time is at the peak among the best AF technologies in the imaging world. You should know the role of Dual Pixel CMOS AF system — Actually, while shooting 4K focusing precision is more important than anything else and this award winning AF mechanism helps to offer you precise, speedy Live View shooting AF comparable to viewfinder shooting AF. On the other hand, Nikon D850 doesn’t have any dedicated AF technology inside the core. So we confidently believe Canon 5D Mark IV is somewhere doubling it score in imaging performance due to its remarkable AF system. By the way, it doesn’t mean Nikon D850 has poor AF technology. It has an incredible 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors. The system is configurable 153 focus points with 99 cross-type sensors and a fully dedicated AF processor, so that Small subjects moving at high speed, even in low light, can be tracked or captured with remarkable precision. Nikon D810’s users have to satisfy with 51 AF points only. settings in Continuous AF mode. Small subjects moving at high speed can be tracked with high precision. On the other hand, Canon 5D Mark IV offers 61 AF points only with 41 cross-type points that is not able to track the subjects from wider area with remarkable precision as of D850.


Though both are capable of recording 4K videos, but Canon 5D Mark IV supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 30 fps at 500 Mbps, including 1080p@60fps. On the other hand, D850 allows 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) using either the full-frame area or a DX crop area in 30p, 25, or 24p frame rates, including 1080p@120 fps. Plus, Nikon D850 can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or with the help of built in intervalometer users can capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse.

Continuous shooting speed

The Nikon D850 doesn’t compromise with the speed of the subjects move on because it offers 9 FPS, which is phenomenal that captures every action and activity of the subjects. Meanwhile, Canon 5D Mark IV offers 7fps only.

Battery Life

Nikon D850 at one time charging lets you capture around 1840 shots of different subjects, whereas 5D Mark IV allows you shoot 1200 shots only at a time.

Other than these, there are some key differences between these two cameras, such as Nikon D850 features Radio Flash Control, Focus Stacking ( Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers) etc.


In terms of specs, Nikon D850 is carrying the winning flag. Nikon D850 has staggering 45.7 MP BSI CMOS sensor to give you crystal clear images with extraordinary sharpness. In Canon 5D Mark IV, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and its 4K recording capability are something, but when image quality is the topic, Nikon D850 swipes 5D Mark IV away with its unconditional 45.7 MP sensor.

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