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Nikon D5 vs. Canon EOS 1D X Mark II: What’s Different?

Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

The two big names in DSLR cameras have released their newest flagship cameras. The question being asked now is what are the differences?

Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

Whilst there are some definite similarities, as is to be expected, there are some surprising differences. Take a look at the comparison below and see for yourself.

Nikon D5 Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Sensor 20.82 MP CMOS 20.2 MP CMOS
Processor EXPEED 5 Dual DIGIC 6+
Metering Sensor 180K-pixel RGB 360K-pixel RGB+IR
ISO Range Native ISO 100-102,400 (extendable to 50-3,280,000) Native ISO 100-51,200 (extendable to 50-409,600)
Maximum Burst 14 frames per second 16 frames per second
Maximum Burst Duration 200 frames 170 frames
Maximum Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 (30p) 4096 x 2160 (60p)
Maximum Image Dimensions 5588px x 3712px 5472px x 3648px
Screen Details 3.2-inch, 2,359K-dot TFT LCD touchscreen 3.2-inch, 1,620K-dot LCD touchscreen
Focus points 153 autofocus points (55 selectable), 99 cross-type 61 autofocus points, 41 cross-type
AF detection range -4 to +20 EV -3 to +18 EV
Camera Size Approx. 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm Approx. 167.6 x 158 x 82.6mm
Card Readers 2 XQD cards or 2 CompactFlash (CF) cards 1 CompactFlash (CF card), 1 CFast 2.0 card
Battery life 3,780 shots 1,210 shots
Weight (body only) 1,415 g (incl. batteries) 1,340 g
Cost £5,199 £5,199

From looking at this comparison, the Nikon D5 is the clear winner in terms of sensitivity. The Canon 1DX Mark II promises greater shooting speeds, but is this really a deal breaker?

Here is a look at the rears of both of the cameras:

rear camera comparison

Have a look at this initial review by renowned camera boffin Matt Granger:

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