Canon EOS 1D Mark II vs Nikon D5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark II and Nikon D5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Nikon D5

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D Mark II is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II were released 2004 and Nikon D5 was released 2016. That is a 12 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 D5 Nikon 2016

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 D5 has a "FX"-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 D5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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 D5 has 21 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 D5 21 MP 20742656 5588 3712

Nikon D5 has a 153 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark II. 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

Nikon D5 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark II. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 50-3200
Nikon D5 100-102400

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 D5

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 D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,5
Nikon D5 14

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 of movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D5. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark II does not support this.

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 11% heavier than Nikon D5 and its 1415 gr (or 3,12 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 1565 gr 3,45 lb
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb