Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS 650D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 650D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon D5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 650D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Canon EOS 650D was released 2012. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5 2016
Canon EOS 650D 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5 has a "FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 650D has a "APSC"-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 650D 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 650D has 18 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 650D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456

Nikon D5 has a 16 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 650D. 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 650D. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 650D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Canon EOS 650D 100-12800

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 650D

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 650D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Canon EOS 650D 5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 650D can shoot movies.


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 146% heavier than Canon EOS 650D and its 575 gr (or 1,27 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5 1415 gr
3,12 lb
Canon EOS 650D 575 gr
1,27 lb