Nikon Z5 vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z5
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Manufacturing

Nikon Z5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z5 were released 2020 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II was released 2016. 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 Z5 Nikon 2020
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Canon 2016

Type of camera

Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is a DSLR 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 Z5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 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 Z5 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has 20 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 Z5 24 MP 24160256 6016 4016
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 20 MP 19961856 5472 3648

Nikon Z5 has a 21 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. 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

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 51200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z5 100-51200
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II can shoot up to 16 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z5 4,5
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 16

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II can shoot movies.

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 1D X Mark II weighs 1530 gr (equal to 3,37 lb) which is 127% heavier than Nikon Z5 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z5 675 gr 1,49 lb
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 1530 gr 3,37 lb