Canon EOS 1D vs Nikon D810A

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D and Nikon D810A. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 1D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D810A is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D were released 2001 and Nikon D810A was released 2015. That is a 14 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D 2001
Nikon D810A 2015

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D has a "APSH"-sensor while Nikon D810A has a "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 1D 65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3
Nikon D810A 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 1D has a 4,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D810A has 36 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D 4,1 MP
4060672 pixels
2464 x 1648
Nikon D810A 36 MP
36152320 pixels
7360 x 4912

Nikon D810A has a 790 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D. 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 D810A has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D. Nikon D810A has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 12800 while Canon EOS 1D has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D 100-3200
Nikon D810A 200-12800

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 1D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D810A

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds and Nikon D810A can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D 8
Nikon D810A 5

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D810A. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D does not support this.


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.

Canon EOS 1D weighs 1585 gr (equal to 3,49 lb) which is 80% heavier than Nikon D810A and its 880 gr (or 1,94 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D 1585 gr
3,49 lb
Nikon D810A 880 gr
1,94 lb