Nikon D5000 vs Canon EOS 1D Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D5000 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1D Mark II is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II was released 2004. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5000 2009
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5000 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a "Canon APS-H"-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 D5000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3

** 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)

Resolution

Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has 8,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336

Nikon D5000 has a 49 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark II. 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 D5000 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark II. Nikon D5000 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 50-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D Mark II can shoot up to 8,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5000 4
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,5

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 D5000. Unfortunately Canon EOS 1D Mark II does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

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.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3.45 lb) which is 165% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1.3 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1.3 lb
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 1565 gr
3.45 lb

Nikon D5000 vs Canon EOS 1D Mark II Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 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.

Product
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Name Nikon D5000 Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Release Year 2009 2004
Release Date 2009-04-14 2004-01-29
MSRP 849 USD 4499 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-H (approx 27.9 x 18.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 3504 x 2336 pixels
Megapixels 12,3 MP 8,2 MP
Image Processor EXPEED DIGIC 2
Image
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
ISO Range 200 - 6400 50 - 3200
White Balance Presets 12 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 11 45
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-H Sensor
1.3x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 31 mm
50 mm becomes 65 mm
100 mm becomes 130 mm
200 mm becomes 260 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 2,7 2
Screen dots 230000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.) 0.72 (0.55 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Frames per second 4 fps 8,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 17 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
N/A
Video resolution 1280 x 720
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
No
Remote Control Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Yes (N3 connector)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D5000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
Ni-MH pack NP-E3
Battery Life (CIPA) 510 shots N/A
Width 127 mm 156 mm
Height 104 mm 158 mm
Depth 80 mm 80 mm
Weight 590 gram 1565 gram