Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D800
Canon EOS 5D

Manufacturing

Nikon D800 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D800 were released 2012 and Canon EOS 5D was released 2005. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D800 Nikon 2012
Canon EOS 5D Canon 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

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 D800 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
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 D800 has a 36,3 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 D800 36,3 MP 36152320 7360 4912
Canon EOS 5D 12,7 MP 12719616 4368 2912

Nikon D800 has a 184 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 5D. 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 D800 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D. Nikon D800 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS 5D has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D800 100-25600
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.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800
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 D800 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D800 6
Canon EOS 5D 3

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 D800. Unfortunately Canon EOS 5D 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, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D800 weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 1% heavier than Canon EOS 5D and its 895 gr (or 1,97 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D800 900 gr 1,98 lb
Canon EOS 5D 895 gr 1,97 lb