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Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5

Canon-1DX-Mark-II-vs-Nikon-Canon 1DX Mark II specification comparison wit Nikon D5, take a look at the table and the details below;

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
Viewfinder Optical Optical
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless optional WiFi + NFC
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life
Dimensions 150 x 167.6 x 82.6mm 160 x 459 x 92mm
Weight 1340g 1415 g

 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.

ISO Standard Expandable
Canon 1DX Mark II 51200 409600
Nikon D5 102400 3280000

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.

AF Module
AF Points Standard Cross-type
Canon 1DX Mark II 61 41
Nikon D5 153 99
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.

Buy Canon 1DX Mark II from Amazon || buy Canon 1DX Mark II from B&H

Buy Nikon D5 from Amazon ||  B&H

3 comments to Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5

  • Sakaphoto Graphics

    We’ll see whether the 3 minute limit will remain or whether they can fix the problem with firmware:

  • I.Muñoz-Seca

    Undoubtedly I prefer, and with eyes closed, the option to D5 of NIKON CANON 1D X2. NIKON with its focal area focal points TOTAL 155 12 f / s in servo, the ridiculous, I insulting focal area CANON D1 X2 with its 61 focal points that say improved to 14 f / s in servo. How is it possible that with the D1 X2, with the camera held vertically constrained to follow the center of the center of the frame ??????. CANON DISAPPOINTED.

    Sin duda alguna prefiero, y con los ojos cerrados, la opción de la NIKON D5 a la de la CANON 1D X2. NIKON con su area focal TOTAL con 155 puntos focales a 12 f/s en servo, a la RIDICULA, he insultante área focal de la CANON D1 X2 con sus 61 puntos focales que dicen mejorados a 14 f/s en servo. Como es posible que con la D1 X2, con la cámara en vertical sigamos CONSTREÑIDOS en el centre del centro del encuadre??????. DECEPCIONANTE CANON.

  • Giovanni Fanuele

    La Nikon D4S, aveva già vinto il confronto con la 1DX precedente in quanto a qualità del file, in termini di rumore e pulizia del colore. Questa evoluzione della D1X MkII, avrebbe superato la D4S in quanto a numero di sensori AF (51 contro 61), ma non ha previsto il salto generazionale fatto da Nikon in questo senso e adesso il distacco è incolmabile! Canon ha voluto attendere che Nikon presentasse la sua nuova TOP, convinta di uscire dopo, presentando una camera più performante della Nikon! Il risultato è penoso: un’attesa lunghissima dei canonisti, ai quali sono state inviate una enorme quantità di “Pillole” con indicazioni sulla nuova camera che sarebbe presto presentata ma, il presto è diventato tardi, troppo tardi e poi con questo risultato! La fine è che Nikon ha stracciato la concorrenza di Canon che adesso annaspa e si focalizza sulla sua superiorità nel video… Mi viene da ridere!
    Inutile girarci attorno, in questa lunga contesa di anni, la Nikon ha vinto e adesso ha un vantaggio incolmabile!

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