Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Specs Comparison

Here is the quick specs comparison of the new Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. You can take a look at the key differences between the two full frame DSLR cameras.

Nikon D5 ($6,496 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): Revolving around a full-frame, FX-format 20.8MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this workhorse touts an impressive 12 fps continuous shooting rate with full-time AF and AE, an expandable sensitivity range that goes up to ISO 3280000, and 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps. The Nikon D5 once again redefines what a DSLR is capable of capturing, and is engineered with the ideal balance of resolution, low-light ability, system speed and processing power.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II ($5,999 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features a full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, which contribute to fast continuous shooting rates up to 16 fps in live view, 14 fps with full-time AF and AE, and an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600. The sensor and processor combination also avails DCI 4K video recording at 60 fps and Full HD 1080p recording at 120 fps, along with the ability to record on-board to a CFast 2.0 memory card or via HDMI to an optional external recorder.

Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Specs Comparison

FeatureNikon D5Canon 1D X Mark II
Effective Pixels (megapixels)20.8 Million20.2 Million
Sensor Type / SizeCMOS, 36 x 24 mmCMOS, 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Pixel Size~6.466 microns~6.579 microns
Image Size5,568 x 3,7125472 x 3648
Image ProcessorEXPEED 5Dual DIGIC 6+
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.72x0.76x
Built-in FlashNoNo
Storage Media2x CF OR 2x XQD, serviceable1x CF + 1x Cfast 2.0
Continuous Shooting Speed12 fps with AF/AE14 fps (16 mirror-up)
Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit)200 (XQD, RAW+JPG)170 (Cfast 2.0)
RAW Depth12bit, 14-bit14-bit
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability400,000 cycles400,000 cycles
Base ISOISO 100ISO 100
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-102,400100-51200
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 50, ISO 3,280,000 (power 15, H5)ISO 50, ISO 409,600 (power 12, H3)
Autofocus System153-point, 99 cross-type AF system61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
AF f/8 points15 (unspecified types, 9 selectable)all (21 cross)
AF DetectionUp to f/8Up to f/8
AF Detection Range“EV -4 to +20 (@ 68°F/20°C, ISO 100)”“(center point) EV -3, down to f/8″
Video OutputMOV, MPEG-4 / H.264MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160 in APS-C crop4096 x 2160, in-camera framegrab (8.8Mpix)
4K 60/50fpsN/Aintraframe JPEG, 60/50fps @ 800Mbps (5733 MB/min)
4K 30/25/24fpsprogressive (3 mins max)intraframe JPEG, 30/25/24fps @ 500Mbps (3587 MB/min)
LCD Size3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD3.2″ Rear Touchscreen LCD
LCD Resolution2,359,000 dots1,620,000 dots
LCD TouchscreenYesYes
Built-in GPSnot built-in / GP-1AYes
Wi-Fi / NFCnot built-in / WT-5A/WT-6Anot built-in / WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz
BatteryEN-EL18aLP-E19
Battery Life3780 CIPA; 110 mins HD footage1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA
USB Version3.03.0
Weight1,405g (With Battery + Media)1,530g (With Battery + Media)
Dimensions160 x 158.5 x 92mm158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
MSRP Price$6,496.95 (as introduced)$5,999.99 (as introduced)

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