Nikon D810 vs Canon EOS 450D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D810 and Canon EOS 450D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D810
Canon EOS 450D

Manufacturing

Nikon D810 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 450D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D810 were released 2014 and Canon EOS 450D was released 2008. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D810 Nikon 2014
Canon EOS 450D Canon 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D810 has a "FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 450D 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 D810 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 450D 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)

Resolution

Nikon D810 has a 36 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 450D has 12,2 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 D810 36 MP 36152320 7360 4912
Canon EOS 450D 12,2 MP 12166656 4272 2848

Nikon D810 has a 197 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 450D. 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 D810 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 450D. Nikon D810 has an ISO range that stretches from 64 to 12800 while Canon EOS 450D has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D810 64-12800
Canon EOS 450D 100-1600

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 D810
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 450D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D810 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 450D can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D810 5
Canon EOS 450D 3,5

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Nikon D810 or Canon EOS 450D 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.

Nikon D810 weighs 980 gr (equal to 2,16 lb) which is 87% heavier than Canon EOS 450D and its 524 gr (or 1,16 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D810 980 gr 2,16 lb
Canon EOS 450D 524 gr 1,16 lb