Finally since both Nikon D5 and the Canon 1DX Mark II flagship DSLRs have been announced, we can compare the specifications and see how they fare against each other. There are many notable differences in specs when you see Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II. This post will only compare the specs and not their image qulaity, performance etc as in case of Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II, both cameras are yet to be launched for public.

Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II Specification Comparison

Camera Feature Nikon D5 Canon 1DX Mark II
Sensor Resolution 20.8 Million 20.2 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Coating Anti-reflection Standard
Sensor Size 35.9×23.9mm 36.0×24.0mm
Sensor Pixel Size 6.45µ 6.58µ
Low Pass Filter Yes Yes
Sensor Dust Reduction Yes Yes
Image Size 5,568 x 3,712 5,472 x 3,648
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-102,400 ISO 100-51,200
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 204,800-3,280,000 ISO 102,400-409,600
Image Processor EXPEED 5 Dual DIGIC 6+
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72x 0.76x
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media 2x XQD / 2x CF 1x CFast, 1x CF
Continuous Shooting Speed 12 fps with AF/AE 14 fps with AF/AE
Top Shooting Speed 14 fps 16 fps
Buffer Size (RAW, Lossless 14-bit) 200 170
Continuous Shooting 16.7 seconds 12.1 seconds
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 400,000 cycles 400,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor 180,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III 360,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
Autofocus System 153-point, 99 cross-type AF system 61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
AF Detection Up to f/8 Up to f/8
AF Detection Range -4 to +20 EV -3 to +20 EV
Video Output MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264 MOV, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 3,840×2,160 (4K) up to 30 fps 4096×2160 (4K) up to 60 fps
Video Recording Limit 3 min N/A – Depends on Card Size
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 2,359,000 dots 1,620,000 dots
Articulating LCD No No
Touchscreen LCD Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi / NFC No No
Built-in Wired LAN 1000 Base T Support 1000 Base T Support
Battery EN-EL18a Lithium-ion Battery LP-E19 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 3,780 shots (CIPA) 1,210 shots (CIPA)
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 3.0 3.0
Weight (Body Only) 1,405g (With Battery + 2x XQD) 1,530g (With Battery)
Dimensions 160 x 158.5 x 92mm 158 x 168 x 83mm
MSRP Price $6,499 (as introduced) $5,999 (as introduced)

On paper, the Nikon D5 seems to take lead with its 153-point, 99 cross-type AF system. However, remember that most of those focus points are used for tracking subjects. The actual number of points that you can select is limited to 55 focus points, as seen below:


hence, in terms of selectable number of focus points, the Canon 1DX Mark II wins this Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II round. Will soon be doing a spec battle article which will discuss these specs in detail and what they actually mean in real time, not just on paper. Thus for now, this concludes Nikon D5 vs Canon 1DX Mark II. Which one do you like more?