Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS R5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5 and Canon EOS R5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5
Canon EOS R5


Nikon D5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS R5 is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D5 were released 2016 and Canon EOS R5 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 R5 Canon 2020

Type of camera

Nikon D5 is a DSLR camera while Canon EOS R5 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

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 effected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

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 R5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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 R5 has 45 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 R5 45 MP 44761088 8192 5464

Canon EOS R5 has a 116 % 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 R5. Nikon D5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS R5 has 100 to 51200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5 100-102400
Canon EOS R5 100-51200

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.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS R5 belong to the Canon EOS R-system and need an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Read more about Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R5

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 R5 can shoot up to 20 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5 14
Canon EOS R5 20

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 R5 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 92% heavier than Canon EOS R5 and its 738 gr (or 1,63 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5 1415 gr 3,12 lb
Canon EOS R5 738 gr 1,63 lb