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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II vs 1D X vs Nikon D5 Comparison

We compare the new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II with the 1D X and Nikon D5 professional DSLRs.

|  Canon EOS 1D X Mark II in Digital SLRs
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Canon Eos 1d X Body (1) Cropped TREX BODY Down FRT Cropped D5 35 1
1D X Front 1D X Mark II Front Nikon D5


The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is Canon's professional, top of the range all singing all dancing Digital SLR, with high-speed continuous shooting and 4K video recording. It updates the 1D X, and competes directly with the Nikon D5, which was recently introduced by Nikon, and also offers 4K video recording and high-speed shooting. 

Here we go over the main differences between the three camera models:

 

Canon EOS 1D X Vs EOS 1D X Mark II Vs Nikon D5 Features

 

  Canon 1D X Canon 1D X Mark II Nikon D5
Sensor 18.1mp 20.2mp 20.8mp
Screen 3.2, 1040k 3.2, 1620k, Touch 3.2, 2359k, Touch
Viewfinder 0.76x magnification 0.76x magnification 0.72x magnification
ISO range: ISO204,800 Max ISO409,600 Max ISO3,280,000 Max
Focus system 61 points, 41 cross type, 1 supports f/8 61 points, 41 cross type, 21 support f/8 153 points, 99 cross type, 15 support f/8
Low-light focus -2 EV -3 EV -4 EV
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting - fps 14fps (JPEG only) 16fps (Mirror lockup) 14fps (Mirror lockup)
Buffer (Raw) 36 170 200
Shutter rating 400,000 400,000 400,000
Dual-axis level Yes Yes Yes
Video spec FullHD
Mono mic built in
4K Video, 60/50fps
Mono mic built in
4K (UHD) Video, 30fps
Stereo mic built in
Mic / Headphone  Mic (no headphone) Mic / Headphone Mic / Headphone
USB USB2.0 USB3.0 USB3.0
Battery life 1120 (CIPA) 1210 (CIPA) 3780 (CIPA)
Dimensions 158x163.6x82.7mm 158x167.6x82.6mm 160x158.5x92mm
Weight 1340g 1340g 1405g
Price (RRP) £5299 (announced) £5199 May £5199 March


All three cameras feature high-speed continuous shooting, however, they offer two different high-speed modes, with the original Canon EOS 1D X offering 12fps with continuous AF/AE, or 14fps JPEG only. The 1DX Mark II offers 14fps with continuous AF/AE, and 16fps in live view with mirror lock up (AF/AE fixed at first exposure), and the Nikon D5 offers 12fps with continuous AF/AE, and 14fps with mirror lock up. 

The buffer size has been improved on the 1D X Mark II, with the official number of raw shots possible with the 1D X being 36 shots, compared to 170 on the 1D X Mark II, although the Nikon D5 tops this at 200 shots.

The ISO speed available on the 1DX Mark II has been improved, with this now extendable to ISO409,600 at the highest ISO setting (an improvement over ISO204,800 on the 1D X), and ISO50 at the lowest ISO setting. The Nikon D5 can extend it's ISO range down to ISO50 at the lowest setting, but can also extend the ISO setting to a massive ISO3,280,000 at the highest setting!

Video features of the 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 may seem similar, with both offering "4K" video recording, but the differences can be found in the details, with the 1D X Mark II offering 4K CINE / DCI 4096 x 2160 resolution video, at 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24fps, whereas the Nikon D5 offers 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution video at 30, 25 or 24fps. The Nikon D5 offers stereo microphones built in whereas the 1D X Mark II offers a mono microphone built in. The 1D X Mark II also offers high-speed Full HD video at 120 or 100fps, whereas the Nikon D5 offers Full HD video at 60fps at the highest frame rate.

The battery life of the two Canon EOS 1D X cameras is very similar, with the Mark II offering improved battery life at 1210 shots, however when compared to the 3780 shots of the Nikon D5 it doesn't look as good.

Canon EOS 1D X Vs EOS 1D X Mark II Vs Nikon D5 Side by Side

Side by side - not shown to scale:

4_EOS-1D-X_bodyonly_top_EUR TREX BODY TOP Nikon D5 Top Recropped
1D X Top 1D X Mark II Top Nikon D5 Top

 

Canon Eos 1dx Rear Canon Eos 1dx Mark2 Rear Nikon D5 Rear1
1D X 1D X Mark II  Nikon D5

 

As shown earlier, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II improves on the 1D X in specifications in a number of ways, although at first glance the physical design is very similar between the two models. Both the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark II offer touch-screens on the back of the camera, however, these can not be used to scroll through the menus, instead they are available in live view and playback mode (on the D5). 

Read our Canon EOS 1D X Review
Read our Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Hands-on Preview
Read our Nikon D5 Hands-on Preview

Comparison Table

Canon EOS 1D XCanon EOS 1D X Mark IINikon D5
ManufacturerCanonCanonNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1x1x1x
Image Sensor
Pixels18.1Mp (Megapixels)20.2Mp (Megapixels)20.8Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)518454725568
Pixels (H)345636483712
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull FrameFull-FrameFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm35.9mm35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm23.9mm23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution1040k dots1.62m dots2359k dot
Touch ScreenNoYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • TTL
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 20480050 - 40960050 - 3280000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting14fps16fps12fps
Video
Movie modeYesYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS25, 24fps60,50fps 4K, 120,100fps FullHD30, 25, 24fps
Stereo SoundYesNoYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 3USB 3
Wi-FiNoNoNo Data
Storage
Card Type
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • CF
  • CF
  • CFast 2.0
  • CF
  • XQD
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4NRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E19 (supplied)Lithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1120shots1210shots3780shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight1340g1340g1405g
Width158mm158mm160mm
Height163.6mm167.6mm158.5mm
Depth82.7mm82.6mm92mm
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sasan 6 36 England
3 Feb 2016 2:40PM
Challenge of titansGrin I'm die for this type of compare. D5 looks better but i'm still a Canon fanBlush

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31 May 2016 6:32AM
Nikon D5 has 14fps with mirror lock-up (12fps with continuous AF), vs. 16 and 14fps for the Canon.

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