Product Comparison: Nikon D850 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


General Specifications
Brand
Nikon
Canon
Model
D850
EOS 5D Mark IV
Origin
Thailand
Japan
About the Product
When Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E, it set a new benchmark for DSLR image quality and super high resolution photography that approached medium format. Now, five years later, Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution.
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera builds on the powerful legacy of the 5D series with imaging excellence ideal for wedding and portrait photographers, nature and landscape shooters, as well as creative videographers. Superb image quality is achieved with Canon's 30.4 Megapixel full-frame sensor, and highly-detailed 4K video is captured with ease. Focus accuracy has been improved with a refined 61-point AF system and Canon's revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick, smooth AF for both video and Live View shooting. Fast operation is enhanced with Canon's DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, which provides continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps1. Built-in Wi-Fi2, GPS3 and an easy-to-navigate touch-panel LCD allow the camera to become an extension of you.
Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
45.7 MP
30.4 MP
Viewfinder
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical
Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
Lens
Body
Body

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Sensor definitely improved, ISO performance for the same shot from D810 same lighting conditions show much more micro contrast in images with great noise control. Note not a big change in base ISO 64 to 800 from D810. D810 still great
  • The new sensor and increased resolution gives me a very compelling reason to use this camera. When combined with my Otus 55mm lens I have something that closely resembles medium format. I can crop, crop, and crop and still get excellent resolution and edge contrast. It is amazing.
  • So far, I am impressed. The auto-focus is really impressive with some modern lenses and my favorite 55mm 2.8 AI-s lens works. Focus peaking in live view is fun and useful.
  • This camera is just amazing in every sense of the word. The large megapixel sensor allows me to crop waaaay down and still have fantastic detail; the low light and high ISO capability truly expand shooting possibilities.
  • Most of my lens are manual focus but tried few times with AF Nikon/Sigma Art lens on the new focus stacking feature. Makes things easier by adding steps. Does not work on MF lenses. Not a con thats the way it is.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Upgrading from a 70D, the difference in full frame is a major distinction with my L lenses I was using on the crop sensor frame. The speed of focus, additional focus sensor points make a huge difference in catching the moment.
  • A very nice improvement from the 5D Mark III--it feels very refined and polished. Integrated WiFi and GPS are a big plus, improvements in sensor technology.
  • Outstanding full frame sensor. Easy to use with some practice.
  • My greatest recommendation is not sufficient enough for this amazing machine. Yes, there are complaints about this piece from the viewfinder not being adjustable, but those fail in comparison to its performance.
  • The 5D MIV is a full sensor which has some advantages over the crop sensor of the 7D.
Size & Weight
Height
4.9 in.
4.58 in.
Width
5.8 in.
5.93 in.
Depth
3.1 in.
2.99 in.
Weight
32.3 oz.
28.22 oz.

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Weight is comfortable. Menu controls are easier to navigate too.
  • It's important to know this is a big and heavy camera but the features make it a worthwhile companion (for what I want to do).
  • My only criticism of the camera is that it is big and heavy.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • The grip is more comfortable than the Mark III. I have medium size hands, I own and tried many cameras, the Mark IV has the most comfortable grip for me. The rubber has been improved from the Mark III. It is more secure and comfortable to hold.
  • If you have an investment in "L" glass, prefer a full size camera in the hand, and need a versatile, super reliable, and impeccably well built piece of kit, then you'll love the Mark IV.
  • The body is clearly made for still photography. The weight alone makes shooting videos without a tripod a dog because of the combined weight of camera & lens & the fact that the 5DIV can only shoot video using live view.
Imaging
ISO Settings
64 - 25600
100-12800, Extendable to 32000
Burst Mode
Yes
Yes
Low Light/High Sensitivity
Yes
Yes
Face Detection
Yes
Yes
Image File Format(s)
JPEG, RAW, TIFF
JPEG, RAW, MOV, MP4
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Incredible image quality, particularly sharpness.
  • Focus system is improved, though far from perfect. Face/object-tracking is nice but hit-or-miss. Re-selecting a face/target is confusing.
  • Image quality is amazing. You can see the difference in detail compared to the D810. Its not a huge jump but noticeable. I also think ISO 64 is cleaner on the D850. When raising shadows the colors are truer and the detail is not lost.
  • No focus peaking with 4K video (there is focus peaking with 1080P video).
  • Some low ISOs actually seem *noisier* at 1:1 than the d800, including ISO 400. Weird... Obviously with the added resolution you can resize to 36mp and get some pretty nice clean results, but I was still surprised by this.
  • Would have been nice to have focus peaking for 4K, maybe firmware upgrade Nikon?
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Faster and improved auto-focus. All around great update to the Mark III.
  • Excellent focus, fast an excellent video. the only think that I missed was the internal flash.
  • Easy to use for those with experience. Produces crisp images. Wifi is awesome!
  • As expected the EOS 5D Mark IV with an L lens creates stunningly sharp images with a good baseline color. I shoot usually neutral and tune in Lightroom.
  • Great camera YET the focus is NOT always spot on so it is can be frustrating sometimes
Display
Display Type
LCD
TFT LCD
Touch Screen
Yes
Yes
Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
Screen Resolution
2359000 dots
1620000 dots
Viewfinder Coverage
100%
100%
Vari-angle Display
Yes
Yes

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

What customers say about "Display"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Rear touchscreen is iphone-like -- very responsive and intuitive to use. No lag.
  • Screen is much brighter than previous Nikons and the refresh rate seems to be totally "real-time" which is a real improvement.
  • Flip screen is definitely useful, especially for video.
  • Touch screen is nice (with some caveats).
  • Tilt screen is awesome addition for low shootings, only complain here is I wish it flips in portrait mode like GFX 50S
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • This camera is great, I wish it had a fold out preview screen
  • The camera is pretty close to the Mark III which I also own but the Touch screen is amazing the HDR video also amazing .
  • Loving the product except one minor defect on the screen but over all canon took care of it.
  • Great services and I got it in store. Great camera and I love touch screen and great auto focus.
  • Really love the touch screen controll, solid build, and the improved dynamic range
Features
Water Resistant
No
No
Shock Resistant
No
No
Panorama Mode
No
No
Shooting Modes
Auto, Flat, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Night Portrait
Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom shooting mode C1, C2, C3
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Direct Sunlight, Fine-tuning, Fluorescent (7 types), Natural Light Auto, Preset Manual, Incandescent, Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K), Shade
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (White), Flash, Custom, Color Temperature
Shutter Speeds
30 - 1/8000
1/8000 - 30"
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Autofocus is extremely fast -- noticeably better than my D800 or Df.
  • ISO button has been moved and is much easier to find/use.
  • Automated focus bracketing (and later stacking) opens up some fun opportunities.
  • Better viewfinder with specs it might seem small but very noticeable and bright.
  • Nikon does not offer inbody image stabilization nor prime lenses with VR. Unfortunate for serious videographers.
  • Nikon wireless iOS app is astonishingly, embarrassingly bad and has been for years.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • What I like about the new features of the newest lineup of the Canon 5D Series camera is how simple and flexible the customization of the buttons. This is a pros dream.
  • It has speed, it has features, and most importantly, the autofocus capabilities to make photography fun and easy or the manual features to be creative
  • Very great camera. Very powerful features and controls
  • Picture quality is fantastic! The camera is well built. It has a lot of great features.
  • The Mark IV has so many more features compared to my 7 year old Mark ll.
Connectivity
PictBridge Enabled
Yes
Yes
NFC Enabled
No
Yes
Integrated GPS
No
Yes
Output(s)
Stereo mini-pin jack 3.5 mm, HDMI C (Mini), Mini-USB, USB 3.0
USB 3.0, HDMI C (Mini)
Number Of Memory Card Slots
2
2
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • It has sd card slot and you can do a lot of pics with a good high speed SD card.
  • No GPS. I could probably buy shoes now that have GPS so not having this in 2017 seems silly.
  • Nikon will tell you that SnapBridge will help you connect to your iPhone, it will only do that in a very temporary and fragile period, then it will disconnect and you will not get back that connection without going through a huge setup process over and over again.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Own older Canons and very happy with them. But the resolution, the WiFi connection, the touch screen, the controls are all so advanced on this camera.
  • Camera is super fast, great at focusing, the GPS is welcome, Wi-Fi connects excellently to phone or laptop.
  • The canon camera connect app is really lacking.
  • Wifi capability built in is a nice function but the integration of how to setup and get it to work is not easy, Like that it has USB 3 connection
  • Easy to use for those with experience. Produces crisp images. Wifi is awesome!
Power
AC Adapter Compatible
Yes
No
Battery Life
1840 shots
900 shots
Battery Model
EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Pack LP-E6N

Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

What customers say about "Power"
Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Battery life is awesome.
  • It works better with the battery grip with the DN-EL18 or the 8 AA batteries.
  • Snapbridge drained my battery in one day (while the camera was off) without actually transferring anything useful.
  • The SnapBridge seems to work fine, but drains the battery life a lot faster.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Battery life is great and working with strobes is awesome - so easy to connect.
  • It does everything the 5D miii does but more! The battery life is an issue.
  • The battery does seem to go quicker and the memory cards do fill up quicker so get some extra.
  • I have bin waiting for long for the combination of GPS high MP and NSF It would of bin better if it had more mp but over all very good battery life not as good anymore but still better then most
  • Wifi and GPS can burn the battery quickly but I have extra batteries.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer


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