Nikon D50 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D50 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D50
Canon EOS 5D

Manufacturing

Nikon D50 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2005.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D50 Nikon 2005
Canon EOS 5D Canon 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D50 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 5D has a "FF"-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 D50 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS 5D 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)

Resolution

Nikon D50 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5D has 12,7 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 D50 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000
Canon EOS 5D 12,7 MP 12719616 4368 2912

Canon EOS 5D has a 111 % larger resolution than Nikon D50. 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

Canon EOS 5D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D50. Canon EOS 5D has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 3200 while Nikon D50 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D50 200-1600
Canon EOS 5D 50-3200

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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D50
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D50 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D50 2,5
Canon EOS 5D 3

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Nikon D50 or Canon EOS 5D can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

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.

Canon EOS 5D weighs 895 gr (equal to 1,97 lb) which is 44% heavier than Nikon D50 and its 620 gr (or 1,37 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D50 620 gr 1,37 lb
Canon EOS 5D 895 gr 1,97 lb