Nikon D3x vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3x and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3x is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D3x were released 2008 and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II was released 2004. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3x 2008
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004

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 **
Nikon D3x 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon D3x has a 24,5 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has 16,6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D3x 24,5 MP
24385536 pixels
6048 x 4032
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 16,6 MP
16613376 pixels
4992 x 3328

Nikon D3x has a 47 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. 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 D3x has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. Nikon D3x has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3x 100-6400
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 50-3200

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 Nikon D3x
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D3x can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3x 5
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 4

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Nikon D3x or Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3.45 lb) which is 24% heavier than Nikon D3x and its 1260 gr (or 2.78 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3x 1260 gr
2.78 lb
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 1565 gr
3.45 lb

Nikon D3x vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3x and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, 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
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Name Nikon D3x Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Release Year 2008 2004
Release Date 2008-12-01 2004-09-21
MSRP 7470 USD 7999 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6048 x 4032 pixels 4992 x 3328 pixels
Megapixels 24,5 MP 16,6 MP
Image Processor EXPEED DIGIC 2
Image
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
ISO Range 100 - 6400 50 - 3200
White Balance Presets 12 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 51 45
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 2
Screen dots 920000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Frames per second 5 fps 4 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
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes Yes (N3 connector)
GPS Yes
Optional through GP-1
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
Battery Life (CIPA) 4400 shots 1200 shots
Width 160 mm 156 mm
Height 157 mm 158 mm
Depth 88 mm 80 mm
Weight 1260 gram 1565 gram