Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS 450D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 450D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 450D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Canon EOS 450D was released 2008. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5 2016
Canon EOS 450D 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 450D 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 D5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 450D 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 D5 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 450D has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5 21 MP
20742656 pixels
5588 x 3712
Canon EOS 450D 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Nikon D5 has a 70 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 450D. 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 D5 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 450D. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 450D has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Canon EOS 450D 100-1600

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 D5
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 450D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 450D can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Canon EOS 450D 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D5. Unfortunately Canon EOS 450D does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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 D5 weighs 1415 gr (equal to 3.12 lb) which is 170% heavier than Canon EOS 450D and its 524 gr (or 1.16 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5 1415 gr
3.12 lb
Canon EOS 450D 524 gr
1.16 lb

Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS 450D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 450D, 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 D5
Canon EOS 450D
Name Nikon D5 Canon EOS 450D
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Release Year 2016 2008
Release Date 2016-01-05 2008-01-24
MSRP 6499 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
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 5588 x 3712 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 21 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 5 DIGIC 3
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
ISO Range 100 - 102400 100 - 1600
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 RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 153 9
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 D5
Canon EOS 450D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2359000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Frames per second 14 fps 3,5 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 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Memory Card Compact Flash
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Optional with WT-5A or WT-6A
Remote Control Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone) Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Optional with GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D5
Canon EOS 450D
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL18a lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3780 shots N/A
Width 160 mm 129 mm
Height 159 mm 98 mm
Depth 92 mm 62 mm
Weight 1415 gram 524 gram