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.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn
Nikon D5000

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 of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn Canon 2005
Nikon D5000 Nikon 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 "APSH"-sensor while Nikon D5000 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 IIn 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)
Nikon D5000 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 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 Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 8,2 MP 8185344 3504 2336
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 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, afterwards 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 diffence 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 that 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 definately 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 of 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, carried around, for several hours at the 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 (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 1565 gr 3,45 lb
Nikon D5000 590 gr 1,3 lb