Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS 850D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 850D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5
Canon EOS 850D


Nikon D5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 850D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Canon EOS 850D was released 2020. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5 Nikon 2016
Canon EOS 850D Canon 2020

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 850D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 850D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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 850D has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5 21 MP 20742656 5588 3712
Canon EOS 850D 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Canon EOS 850D has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon D5. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D5 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 850D. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 850D has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Canon EOS 850D 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 850D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 850D can shoot up to 7,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Canon EOS 850D 7,5

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 850D can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D5 weighs 1415 gr (equal to 3,12 lb) which is 175% heavier than Canon EOS 850D and its 515 gr (or 1,14 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb
Canon EOS 850D 515 gr 1,14 lb