|Features/ Models||Canon 1DX Mark II||Nikon D5|
|Megapixel||20.2 MP||21 MP|
|Sensor size||Fullframe sensor||Fullframe sensor|
|Low pass filter||Yes||Yes|
|Image processor||Dual DIGIC6 + processor||Expeed 5|
|AF system||61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type||153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type|
|ISO||100-51200 and expandable range is 100- 409600||100-102400 and expandable range is 50-3280000|
|Shutter Min/ mix||30 – 1/8000||30 – 1/8000|
|Continuous shooting speed||16 fps||14 fps|
|Video @ 60 fps||4K @ 60fps||4K @ 30fps|
|Display||LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel||3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor|
|Wireless||optional||WiFi + NFC|
|Dimensions||150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm||160 x 459 x 92mm|
Sensor : Both the camera features almost same resolution sensor, there is no big difference here. But, the Canon 1DX Mark II features Dual-pixel CMOS AF sensor that quickly lock-down AF while you are using your DSLR display screen while shooting or recording a 4K video.
On the other side the Nikon D5 built-with traditional CMOS sensor so while you are using display for shooting still or recording a video contrast based AF system get’s activated resulting slower AF compared to its competitor.
ISO Range: The ISO range of the Nikon D5 is EPIC, on paper Nikon is creating world record, the camera expandable ISO range touched 3.3 Million mark on the other side Nikon D5 standard ISO range is 102400. Canon Standard ISO range is 51200 and its expandable ISO range is 409600.
|Canon 1DX Mark II||51200||409600|
From the specification we can say that Nikon will undoubtedly will give you neat and clean low-light images, with better dynamic range.
But believe me I have seen the image samples of both the camera and being a pro shooter I will never allow myself to go beyond ISO 25600 in both the camera.
AF System: Now the DSLR AF system divided into two parts, part one talks about the core – the AF module used inside the camera and in second part we will discuss the type of sensor used inside the camera.
Part 1 – Nikon features 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type points that covers a very large part of the screen and easily grabs AF on still or moving subject, Canon 1DX Mark II AF module remains same as of its predecessor, 61-point AF system, expanded range, 41-point cross-type.
|Canon 1DX Mark II||61||41|
|Canon 1DX Mark II||Hybrid||Contrast Detect + Phase Detect|
|Nikon D5||Standard||Contrast Detect|
Nikon does have better AF module than Canon, Canon have better hybrid AF sensor compared to Nikon D5.
AF sensor is utilized while shooting the viewfinder and Hybrid CMOS AF sensor is unitized while you are using display for shooting still or video.
Continuous shooting speed: Canon 1DX Mark II is bit better to Nikon D5, however even extra 1 frame can make you a true winner.
Video: Nikon D5 4K video recording limit is of 3min only. The Nikon D5 video recording limit has now become a running joke in the market, So Nikon desperately work on enhancing video recording limit of the camera.
Display: Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX Mark II camera now comes with touch display unit, however the D5 display features higher resolution compared to Canon display unit.
Verdict: Both camera have excellent core specification, Nikon D5 does showing more green lights on specification sheet but it doesn’t mean Canon 1DX Mark II is inferior.
Take a close look at both camera core specification and select the best one according to your needs.