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Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II Comparison

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Here is a quick review and comparison for the Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II DSLR cameras with full-frame image sensors.

To see the difference between Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II full-frame digital SLR cameras we have put together Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II specs comparison table below.

Nikon D5 flagship DSLR camera $6,499.95 – (Amazon | B&H | Adorama) features a 20.8-megapixel FX sensor, a 153-point AF module with 99 cross-hatched focus sensors, a maximum shooting speed of 14fps at full resolution (12fps with AF), as well as 4K movie recording capabilities. See the offcial announcement.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II ($5,999.99 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama) is a new flagship DSLR camera features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors, 4K video capture up to 60p and an ISO range of 100 to 51200 (expandable from 50 up to 409600). See the offcial announcement.

Specifications Comparison of Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II Cameras


Below you can see the specs comparison table of Nikon D5 vs Canon 1D X Mark II  digital SLR cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Feature Nikon D5 Canon 1D X Mark II
Effective Pixels (megapixels) 20.8 Million 20.2 Million
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Pixel Size ~6.466 microns ~6.579 microns
Image Size 5,568 x 3,712 5472 x 3648
Image Processor EXPEED 5 Dual DIGIC 6+
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72x 0.76x
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media 2x CF OR 2x XQD, serviceable 1x CF + 1x Cfast 2.0
Continuous Shooting Speed 12 fps with AF/AE 14 fps (16 mirror-up)
Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit) 200 (XQD, RAW+JPG) 170 (Cfast 2.0)
RAW Depth 12bit, 14-bit 14-bit
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 400,000 cycles 400,000 cycles
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-102,400 100-51200
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 3,280,000 (power 15, H5) ISO 50, ISO 409,600 (power 12, H3)
Autofocus System 153-point, 99 cross-type AF system 61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
AF f/8 points 15 (unspecified types, 9 selectable) all (21 cross)
AF Detection Up to f/8 Up 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 Output MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264 MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 3840 x 2160 in APS-C crop 4096 x 2160, in-camera framegrab (8.8Mpix)
4K 60/50fps N/A intraframe JPEG, 60/50fps @ 800Mbps (5733 MB/min)
4K 30/25/24fps progressive (3 mins max) intraframe JPEG, 30/25/24fps @ 500Mbps (3587 MB/min)
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen LCD
LCD Resolution 2,359,000 dots 1,620,000 dots
LCD Touchscreen Yes Yes
Built-in GPS not built-in / GP-1A Yes
Wi-Fi / NFC not built-in / WT-5A/WT-6A not built-in / WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Battery EN-EL18a LP-E19
Battery Life 3780 CIPA; 110 mins HD footage 1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA
USB Version 3.0 3.0
Weight 1,405g (With Battery + Media) 1,530g (With Battery + Media)
Dimensions 160 x 158.5 x 92mm 158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
MSRP Price $6,496.95 (as introduced) $5,999.99 (as introduced)