Nikon D850 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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We previously compared the two brands listed above; they are the camera manufacturing duopoly we have in the world today. By duopoly, I do not mean that they are the only ones that produce cameras, but they are the biggest manufacturers of Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera and they are the most competitive.

Canon and Nikon are both Japanese and if you ask anyone that knows their cameras, you’ll probably hear canon is the top dog and Nikon is the underdog, in terms of design, camera properties, and image quality.

Nikon D850 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Today we will be reviewing two of their 2018 products; representing Nikon will be none other than what is referred to as the best DSLR camera in 2018, its none other than Nikon D850, the product for canon, on the other hand, is Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and has also been referred to as the best for 2018, some authors have boldly called it the second best for 2018, let us see if this is really the case and take a look at some basic specs of both products.

Both cameras are full frame DSLR cameras we’ll be looking at their megapixels, frame per second and video recording properties.

Nikon D850

Picture of Nikon D850

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Camera Megapixels

The Nikon D850 has a 45.7-megapixel camera, whilst the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a 30.4 megapixel with embedded COMOS for versatile shooting. Now let’s take a look at why megapixels are so important for a camera.

A megapixel is one million pixels and it describes the resolution of digital cameras, the higher the megapixels the greater the detail the camera can capture.

Don’t get it twisted megapixels aren’t the only thing that makes a good image, if they were cameras won’t be so heavy.

Frames per Second/ Autofocus Performance

Remember that DSLR are full frame cameras and one of the things that make them special is the frame per second shooting speed another is the autofocus function for shaky hands. The Nikon D850 has a 9 fps for 1 continuous shooting so your pictures can tell your story with that function; it also has a full functioning auto-focus.

The Canon 5D Mark IV has 7.0 frames per second for continuous shooting speed and has a 61-point Auto-focus system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage.

Camera Sensor Size

Sensor size is one of the reasons why a DSLR’s image quality will always be greater than any other camera that may exist. It complements the megapixel and the bigger the MP the bigger the sensor size.

Both cameras are full frame cameras and so should have full frame sensors although the Canon EOS 5D has a COMOS full frame sensor which makes for versatile shooting.

ISO range

The ISO is the camera’s sensitivity to light, although it also leads to image noise when raised too high, it is very important for photographers that shoot in dark and enclosed spaces.

The Nikon D850 has an ISO range of 64-25600 that is expandable 32-102,400. The Canon EOS 5D has an ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion.


A lot of camera users conclude that megapixels determine how good a camera is but the truth is, without other properties like sensors, autofocus, and ISO range, your megapixels don’t matter because they get to function optimally together. Although we have to give it to the Nikon D850, it aced today’s show and has made us raise the question: Is Canon still the top dog? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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