Canon EOS 1D Mark II vs Nikon D1

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark II and Nikon D1. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Nikon D1

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D Mark II is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D1 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II were released 2004 and Nikon D1 was released 1999. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 1D Mark II Canon 2004
Nikon D1 Nikon 1999

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a "APSH"-sensor while Nikon D1 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)
Nikon D1 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D1 has 2,7 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,2 MP 8185344 3504 2336
Nikon D1 2,7 MP 2624000 2000 1312

Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a 212 % larger resolution than Nikon D1. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D1. Canon EOS 1D Mark II has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 3200 while Nikon D1 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 50-3200
Nikon D1 200-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D1

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark II can shoot up to 8,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D1 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,5
Nikon D1 4,5

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Canon EOS 1D Mark II or Nikon D1 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

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

Canon EOS 1D Mark II weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3,45 lb) which is 30% heavier than Nikon D1 and its 1200 gr (or 2,65 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 1565 gr 3,45 lb
Nikon D1 1200 gr 2,65 lb