Nikon Z7 II vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z7 II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon Z7 II is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D Mark II is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z7 II were released 2020 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II was released 2008. That is a 12 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z7 II 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008

Type of camera

Nikon Z7 II is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 5D 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 affected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z7 II 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon Z7 II has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5D Mark II has 21,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z7 II 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21,1 MP
21026304 pixels
5616 x 3744

Nikon Z7 II has a 116 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 5D 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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a larger ISO-range than Nikon Z7 II. Canon EOS 5D Mark II has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 25600 while Nikon Z7 II has 64 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z7 II 64-25600
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 50-25600

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 Z7 II
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z7 II can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D Mark II can shoot up to 3,9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z7 II 10
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 3,9

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z7 II and Canon EOS 5D 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II weighs 850 gr (equal to 1,87 lb) which is 21% heavier than Nikon Z7 II and its 705 gr (or 1,55 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z7 II 705 gr
1,55 lb
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 850 gr
1,87 lb

Nikon Z7 II vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z7 II and Canon EOS 5D 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 Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Name Nikon Z7 II Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Release Year 2020 2008
Release Date 2020-10-14 2008-09-17
MSRP 2999 USD 2699 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 8256 x 5504 pixels 5616 x 3744 pixels
Megapixels 46 MP 21,1 MP
Image Processor DUAL EXPEED 6 DIGIC 4
Image
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Range 64 - 25600 50 - 25600
White Balance Presets 12 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor Shift (5 axis))
Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 5 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 493 9
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2100000 920000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT liquid-crystal color LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 98%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x 0.71
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 N/A
Photography features
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Frames per second 10 fps 3,9 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 900 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Memory Card Compact Flash Express
SD/SDHC
XQD
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Yes
Optional
Remote Control Yes (via MC-DC2 or smartphone)
Yes (N3 connector)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15c lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 420 shots 850 shots
Width 134 mm 152 mm
Height 101 mm 114 mm
Depth 70 mm 75 mm
Weight 705 gram 850 gram