Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs Nikon D4s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and Nikon D4s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D4s is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II were released 2016 and Nikon D4s was released 2014. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016
Nikon D4s 2014

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Even though the camera sensors might be called differently they are both considered Full frame which means that the focal length of the lenses is not affected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D4s 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has a 20 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D4s has 16 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 20 MP
19961856 pixels
5472 x 3648
Nikon D4s 16 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has a 23 % larger resolution than Nikon D4s. 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

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D4s. Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D4s has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 100-51200
Nikon D4s 100-25600

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 X Mark II
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D X Mark II can shoot up to 16 pictures per seconds and Nikon D4s can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 16
Nikon D4s 11

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and Nikon D4s can shoot movies.

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 X Mark II weighs 1530 gr (equal to 3.37 lb) which is 13% heavier than Nikon D4s and its 1350 gr (or 2.98 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 1530 gr
3.37 lb
Nikon D4s 1350 gr
2.98 lb

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs Nikon D4s Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and Nikon D4s, 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 X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Name Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Nikon D4s
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Release Year 2016 2014
Release Date 2016-02-02 2014-02-25
MSRP 5999 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels 4928 x 3280 pixels
Megapixels 20 MP 16 MP
Image Processor DUAL DIGIC 6+ EXPEED 4
Image
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 61 51
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3.2
Screen dots 1620000 921000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Frames per second 16 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format Motion JPEG
MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
XQD
Connectivity
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Optional via WFT-E8
Yes
Optional via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote Control Supported Yes (wired or wireless)
GPS Yes
Built-in (with e-compass)
Yes
Optional via GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Nikon D4s
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1210 shots 3020 shots
Width 158 mm 160 mm
Height 168 mm 157 mm
Depth 83 mm 91 mm
Weight 1530 gram 1350 gram