Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D850

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1100D and Nikon D850. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 1100D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D850 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1100D were released 2011 and Nikon D850 was released 2017. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1100D 2011
Nikon D850 2017

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1100D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D850 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1100D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D850 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 1100D has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D850 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1100D 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Nikon D850 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504

Nikon D850 has a 273 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1100D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D850 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1100D. Nikon D850 has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 25600 while Canon EOS 1100D has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1100D 100-6400
Nikon D850 64-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1100D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D850

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1100D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D850 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1100D 3
Nikon D850 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 1100D and Nikon D850 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D850 weighs 1005 gr (equal to 2,22 lb) which is 103% heavier than Canon EOS 1100D and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1100D 495 gr
1,09 lb
Nikon D850 1005 gr
2,22 lb

Canon EOS 1100D vs Nikon D850 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1100D and Nikon D850, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Name Canon EOS 1100D Nikon D850
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Release Year 2011 2017
Release Date 2011-02-07 2017-07-25
MSRP 419 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 8256 x 5504 pixels
Megapixels 12,2 MP 46 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED 5
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
ISO Range 100 - 6400 64 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 14
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 151
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 2.7 3.2
Screen dots 230000 2359000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.75
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Frames per second 3 fps 9 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Built-In ( 802.11b/g + NFC + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D850
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 1840 shots
Width 130 mm 146 mm
Height 100 mm 124 mm
Depth 78 mm 79 mm
Weight 495 gram 1005 gram