Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn vs Nikon D5000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn and Nikon D5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn were released 2005 and Nikon D5000 was released 2009. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005
Nikon D5000 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has a "Canon APS-H"-sensor while Nikon D5000 has a "Nikon DX"-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 Mark IIn 65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3
Nikon D5000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5000 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848

Nikon D5000 has a 49 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn. 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 D5000 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn. Nikon D5000 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 50-3200
Nikon D5000 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn can shoot up to 8,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 8,5
Nikon D5000 4

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 D5000. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3.45 lb) which is 165% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1.3 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 1565 gr
3.45 lb
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1.3 lb

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn vs Nikon D5000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn and Nikon D5000, 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.

Product
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Name Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn Nikon D5000
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Release Year 2005 2009
Release Date 2005-08-22 2009-04-14
MSRP 3999 USD 849 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Sensor Size APS-H (approx 27.9 x 18.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 4288 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 12,3 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 EXPEED
Image
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
ISO Range 50 - 3200 200 - 6400
White Balance Presets 8 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 45 11
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-H Sensor
1.3x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 31 mm
50 mm becomes 65 mm
100 mm becomes 130 mm
200 mm becomes 260 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 2.5 2,7
Screen dots 230000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72 (0.55 35mm equiv.) 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Frames per second 8,5 fps 4 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 17 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Memory Card Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 510 shots
Width 156 mm 127 mm
Height 158 mm 104 mm
Depth 80 mm 80 mm
Weight 1565 gram 590 gram