Nikon Z5 vs Nikon D800e

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z5 and Nikon D800e. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Nikon.

Nikon Z5 were released 2020 and Nikon D800e was released 2012. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z5 2020
Nikon D800e 2012

Type of camera

Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D800e is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z5 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon D800e 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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)


Nikon Z5 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D800e has 36,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z5 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016
Nikon D800e 36,3 MP
36152320 pixels
7360 x 4912

Nikon D800e has a 50 % larger resolution than Nikon Z5. 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 Z5 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D800e. Nikon Z5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D800e has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z5 100-51200
Nikon D800e 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D800e

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D800e can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z5 4,5
Nikon D800e 6

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z5 and Nikon D800e can shoot movies.


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.

Nikon D800e weighs 900 gr (equal to 1,98 lb) which is 33% heavier than Nikon Z5 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z5 675 gr
1,49 lb
Nikon D800e 900 gr
1,98 lb