Nikon Z9 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z9 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Nikon Z9 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z9 were released 2021 and Canon EOS 5D was released 2005. That is a 16 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z9 2021
Canon EOS 5D 2005

Type of camera

Nikon Z9 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 5D 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 Z9 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 5D 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)


Nikon Z9 has a 46 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
Nikon Z9 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504
Canon EOS 5D 12,7 MP
12719616 pixels
4368 x 2912

Nikon Z9 has a 257 % 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, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z9 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D. Nikon Z9 has an ISO range that stretches from 32 to 102400 while Canon EOS 5D has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z9 32-102400
Canon EOS 5D 50-3200

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 Z9
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z9 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z9 30
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 Z9. Unfortunately Canon EOS 5D does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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 Z9 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2,95 lb) which is 50% heavier than Canon EOS 5D and its 895 gr (or 1,97 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z9 1340 gr
2,95 lb
Canon EOS 5D 895 gr
1,97 lb