Comparison: Nikon D850 VS Canon 5D Mark IV

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Nikon D850 vs Canon 5D Mark IV


Nikon and Canon are unarguably the biggest camera manufacturers globally at this point of time. Both the companies work dedicatedly on cameras ranging from budget ‘point and shoot’ devices to the one vital for professional photography. And today we have prepared another interesting comparison for you of the recently launched Nikon D850 (Full Specifications) and the beast Canon 5D Mark IV. To some it could to be Canon whereas to others Nikon is superior, however we’re not comparing the brands here as its more about their respective products rather than the brands themselves. It’s like comparing iPhone 8 Plus to Galaxy Note 8 and not Apple VS Samsung.

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If we start with the price tag first, both the Nikon D850 and Canon 5D Mark IV are priced similarly. Both the cameras are available in India and you can purchase them both online or offline.

Nikon D850

Pixel Count

However as soon as we shift to the Effective pixel count, one can see a major difference between them. While on one hand Canon 5D Mark IV offers 30.4-megapixels, Nikon D850 on the other hand features a whopping 45.7-megapixel count. Now it’s not advisable to only go with the pixel count as you may have noticed that the 8-megapixel shooter on an iPhone captures better photographs than the 20-megapixel selfie camera on some Chinese smartphones. Surprisingly both the cameras offer brilliant photographs.

Read Full Nikon D850 Features.

Read Full Canon 5D Mark IV Features.

Dimensions and Weight

Nikon & CanonThe second feature that a user should look for is the size of the sensor. Bigger the sensor, better the picture quality. The Nikon D850 features a 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm size sensor, while the Canon 5D Mark IV offers a 23.5 x 15.6 mm sized sensor. The Nikon D850 weighs 915grams for body only while the Canon 5D Mark IV weighs 575 grams for body.

Picture Format

Conon 5D Mark IV

Both the cameras can capture photographs in RAW as well as JPEG formats. The 5D on one side can only capture photos in 14bit RAW type while the 850D can shoot RAW photographs in both 12bit as well as 14bit RAW.

ISO Range

The Canon 5D Mark IV offers an ISO range of ISO 100 – ISO 32000, which can also be pushed upto ISO 102400 in H2. The Nikon D850 on the other hand offers ISO 64 to 25600, which also goes upto ISO 102400 equivalent.


Canon 5D Mark IV Camera

The number of autofocus points is another crucial feature that one should look for before making a final choice. Here the Canon 5D Mark IV only offers Max. 61 autofocus points, however the Nikon D850 offers an unmatchable 153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8).

Shutter Speed

The shutter speed in a camera is a very important feature and allows you to capture photos in varying situations. For sports photography we need a faster shutter speed, as well as for wildlife photography. However, we also need slower shutters to capture long exposure shots. The Nikon offers a range of 1/8000 to 30seconds. While the 5D mark IV also offers the same range. Both the cameras also deliver a rapid shooting speeds of upto 7.0 frames per second.

Video Recording

Both the Nikon and Canon offer a fantastic touch screen display on their individual cameras of size 3.2-inch. Also you can record 4K videos at 30fps on both Nikon D850 and Canon 5D Mark IV.


Nikon D850 Camera

In terms of connectivity, the Nikon D850 offers you a wide range of options including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, Audio input, Audio Output, Remote terminal and USB. While the Canon 5D Mark IV also offers multiple connection features like HDMI, Remote terminal, USB, Audio in, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

One big advantage that you get on the Nikon D850 apart from the above mentioned is the feature of recording 8K time-lapse photos, which could turn out great for you in case you have an 8K display available with you.

In a quick note I would like to say that both the Nikon D850 and Canon 5D Mark IV are the greatest cameras of all time. However, the Nikon D850 is a fairly new choice and comes with loads of features to play with apart from the regular specs.

Availability: Nikon D850 on Amazon

Availability- Canon 5D Mark IV on Flipkart

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

Holding camera at extreme destinations or playing games in metro train his love for tech never ends. Phones, Apps, Updates, Cameras and Tech gossip all in one roof, he’s a complete tech-package. Travelling or sampling new cuisine nothing would distort him from his passion.