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Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 - High ISO Test

High ISO Test image

French website published high ISO test result of Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR. Before we begin let’s talk about the specification of both the camera.

The Canon 1DX Mark II camera features 20.2 MP fullframe Dual pixel CMOS AF sensor powered by a Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, the camera features expandable sensitivity range from 50 to 409600. With the help of ultra fast image processor the Canon 1DX Mark II can capture 4K video @ 60fps and Full HD video at 120 fps. The fast continuous shooting speed of the camera touches 16fps in live view and 14 fps with Full time AF and AE.

Nikon D5 Features a 20.8 MP fullframe sensor and Expeed 5 image processor, the  Nikon D5 ISO range is unbelievable and touches 3.2 Million Mark, other features include 4k recording at 30 fps, 12 fps of continuous shooting with AF and AE.

If we look at the core specification of both the camera than due to Nikon intense High ISO range (3280000 vs 409600) the Canon 1DX Mark II look inferior compared to Nikon D5.

But the big question is Nikon D5 high ISO numbers really work or it’s a pure marketing thing ? Let’s take a look at the High ISI test of both the camera.
Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 image

According to the Reviewers of focus-numerique (translated by google)

Impossible not to compare its performance with the NIkon D5 (recently tested). No big surprises, it is true that both devices are equal even if their noise reduction strategy is slightly different sensibilities to critical passage. Note that Nikon favors smoothing and thus necessarily the slight loss of detail while Canon takes a little more noise but preserved textures. All this is of course valid for the common sensibilities of both devices. Remember that the Nikon mounts over 3 million it manages ISO and porridge with very high ISO better than the Canon (from 200 000 to 400 000).

Nikon D5 does showing only slight improvement over Canon 1DX Mark II. But, the camera isn’t showing any big difference in the High ISO test, that clearly shows that Nikon D5 ISO range written in  the specification-sheet is a marketing thing.

Also take a look at – Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 Specification comparison and Nikon D5 Sensor Shows Low Dynamic Range

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

Buy Nikon D5 from Amazon ||  B&H

Source: focus-numerique

Nikon D5 Camera User Manual Guide PDF

Niko D5 user manual

The Camera user for Nikon D5 DSLR is now available online for download, the user guide of the camera is quite thick and composed of 420 Pages. Only table of contents cover 7 pages of the PDF guide book. I really like the way Nikon help it’s users to explorers every function of the camera.

Take look at the Major features of the Nikon D5 DSLR

  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 102400, Extend to ISO 3280000
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support

Nikon D5 camera use manual guide is available for download below

Nikon to Extend Nikon D5 4k Video Recording Limit

Nikon D5 Video Limit ProblemNikon D5 was announced with 4K video mode but the big problem was Nikon 4K video limit was limited to 3 minutes only or 4GB of file size, So the big question is How to increase the Nikon D5 video limit?

So Back on January 22, 2016 we have reported that Nikon actively working to increase the video limit of Nikon D5 camera.

According to latest copy of Nikon Pro Magazine, Nikon will soon  announce a firmware update to solve the Video recording problem of Nikon D5 camera. After applying the firmware update to the camera Nikon D5 video recording limit touches 30 minutes.

First Understand the problem of Nikon D5

According to a Nikon Pro magazine the Nikon D5 recording is limited to 3 minutes due to the 4GB file size limit.

latest edition of Nikon Pro magazine

How Nikon D5 can creates a 30 min 4K video ?

The answer is very simple, Nikon upcoming firmware update will include a splitter software. That will automatically split 4GB files into pieces and will notify you via display monitor . You will get notification when a piece of 4GB file is about to be end and when next file starts. Later on All the pieces of 4GB file will be blended flawlessly to create a 30min long recording.

When Nikon D5 firmware is available ?

Nikon D5 next firmware update is expected to arrive at June 2016 according to latest rumors. However, Nikon pro magazine confirmed that the upcoming update is free of charge .

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Best Memory Card of Nikon D5

Do you want to know the name of Best memory Card for Nikon D5, yes we have… The Best XQD Memory card name is Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 64GB.

The Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 64GBMemory Card is one of the fastest memory card available on the planet, Lexar claims that PCI data interface of the card is capble to read data upto 440 MB/s and write speeds of up to 400 MB/s.
Does the claim made by Lexar is true? Let’s find out the actual read and write speed of Lexar 2933x XQD 2.0 Memory Card.

leaxer 2933x image
Guy’s of Cameramemoryspeed.com tested out not only Lexar 2933x XQD 2.0 64GB, but they also tested out Sony G Series XQD 64GB, Lexar Professional 1400x XQD 64 GB, Sony S-Series 168MB/s XQD 32GB and Sony M series XQD cards.
Out of all these card Read/Write test the Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 64GB performed extremely well. Take a look at the screen shot below.


In the next image you will see continuous shooting speed recording test of several XQD cards, the test result shows that how many number of images you can take with Nikon D5 camera by using the particular memory card.

best memory card image

Take a look at the CMS guy’s said abut the test

“For the best performance, the Lexar Professional 2933x 64GB XQD 2.0 was the fastest XQD card tested in the D5. It averaged over 292.9 MB/s write speed during continuous shooting. The runner up was the Sony G Series 64GB XQD Card which averaged 273.9 MB/s write in the D5.”

Get the Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 64GBMemory Card from Amazon | B&H

source – cameramemoryspeed.com

Nikon D5 Sensor Shows Low Dynamic Range

According to the test result published at dpreview lab the Nikon D5 Sensor move backwards in-terms of base ISO dynamic range.

You can see some pic of Nikon D5 camera captured at lower exposures and then they pushed them back to correct brightness level by using Camera Raw from Adobe.

Nikon D5 vs Nikon D750

Nikon D5 Low Dynamic Range

In the image you can see Nikon D5 vs Nikon D750 image comparison at different exposure level, unfortunately the Nikon D750 images look better compared to the Nikon D5 images.

Let’s try More – Nikon D5 vs Nikon D5500

Also take a look at the image comparison between Nikon D5 and Nikon D5500 and do share you thoughts with us.

Nikon D5 vs Nikon D5500 Dynamic range test

Just opposite – The latest test shows Canon new sensor technology used inside the Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 80D showing improvement in dynamic range.

image and news source dpreview

Nikon D5 High ISO Test

I was really waiting for this, A camera that breaks record by adding a 3.8 million ISO mark in the competition. Does the ISO of 3.8 million is really usable to a professional shooter or it’s just a marketing thing, let’s find out.

Without doubt the Nikon d5 is excellent camera, the camera features newly developed CMOS sensor and a intense ISO range.  Lets’ talk about the ISO test

The image below is taken at ISO 25600.

At ISO 25600 the camera is giving very neat and clean images.


The sample images shown below is captured at ISO 102400 and in this image I can see some color noise in the right side of the image (dark area looks bit colorful ). That clearly means ISO 102400 is not a option to get a perfect shot from your Nikon D5 camera.


The image below is captured at ISO 204800 where we can see a good amount of noise in the right side of the image.


You can see the the image captured at ISO ISO 3280000 (Hi 5), its completely useless. Also see Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5


Also see – Sony A7S II vs Sony A7S – High ISO Test  Buy Nikon D5 from Amazon ||  B&H

Image credits and news taken from —  source


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