Nikon D3x vs Canon EOS 850D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3x and Canon EOS 850D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D3x is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 850D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D3x were released 2008 and Canon EOS 850D was released 2020. That is a 12 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3x 2008
Canon EOS 850D 2020

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3x has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 850D has a "Canon APS-C"-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 **
Nikon D3x 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 850D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** 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)


Nikon D3x has a 24,5 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 850D has 24 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 850D 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon D3x has a 2 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 850D. 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 850D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3x. Canon EOS 850D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D3x has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3x 100-6400
Canon EOS 850D 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 Nikon D3x
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 850D

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 850D can shoot up to 7,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3x 5
Canon EOS 850D 7,5

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 Canon EOS 850D. Sadly, the Nikon D3x does not support this.


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.

Nikon D3x weighs 1260 gr (equal to 2.78 lb) which is 145% heavier than Canon EOS 850D and its 515 gr (or 1.14 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3x 1260 gr
2.78 lb
Canon EOS 850D 515 gr
1.14 lb

Nikon D3x vs Canon EOS 850D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3x and Canon EOS 850D, 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.

Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Name Nikon D3x Canon EOS 850D
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Release Year 2008 2020
Release Date 2008-12-01 2020-02-12
MSRP 7470 USD 749 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6048 x 4032 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 24,5 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED DIGIC 8
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 6
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 850D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 51 45
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 920000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.82 (0.51 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Frames per second 5 fps 7,5 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 4 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
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 850D
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone)
Optional through GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3x
Canon EOS 850D
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL4a rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 4400 shots 800 shots
Width 160 mm 131 mm
Height 157 mm 103 mm
Depth 88 mm 76 mm
Weight 1260 gram 515 gram