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Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5 – Which is best?

Canon 1dx-markII vs Nikon d52016 is an exciting year for flagship cameras with both the Canon 1DX Mark II and the Nikon D5 releasing about the same time.  I have no doubt that these two cameras are going to push photography to a new level so I’ve decided to put them head to head.  Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5.  I thought it would be fun to get an early look at these two cameras.  I’ll be sure to come back and update this as they release more information.

If you were here to definitively find out which is better, I don’t think there is enough information to make a call like that.  These two cameras seem very similar with the 1DX-2 having a slight edge in reported video specs with 4k at 60fps and potentially having RAW video features.

Canon 1DX Mark II vs Nikon D5


The resolution of these two cameras comes in about the same with the Canon 1DX Mark II claiming 22mp vs Nikon D5 claiming 20.8mp.

ISO Performance

Both cameras boast ground breaking ISO performances and I believe that these cameras have hit an important landmark in light sensitivity.  The flagship cameras always have impressive performance for their time.

I’ve looked at sample photos for the D5 and they are very impressive even as high as 100k ISO.  The D5 does boast over 3 million extended ISO but extended ISO is just amplifying your RAW image after it’s captured you aren’t getting more information.  Extending ISO is not a feature I appreciate much because it’s so easy to do in post processing.

Media Type

Media type probably isn’t a which camera is better type of spec but the canon reports using 1 CFast slot and 1 Compact Flash slot.  The D5 reports CF Type 1 and  XQD Type Memory


Both feature a Touch screen LCD with an improved viewing angle over earlier models.


Both boast 4k video however Canon reports up to 60 fps in 4k and the Nikon reports 30 frames.

In body GPS

Both cameras report in body GPS and geo-tagging features.


The canon MSRP is $5999 vs the Nikon $6499

Canon 1DX Mark II is planning announcement in the first week of February 2016 and shipping in April 2016.  The Nikon D5 has already been announced and will ship in March 2016.

It’s not confirmed but there are rumors of RAW 4k video.  I seriously doubt that will be the case just based on the processing power that would need and because it seems like that feature would hurt their other product sales.

I hope this has helped you compare two upcoming cameras that I’m excited to see in action.  Which camera do you think will become the king of the flagship cameras in 2016?