Nikon D850 vs. Canon 5D Mark IV

Most of the time when customers come into the store looking to upgrade their camera, they tend to stay loyal to the brand they originally started with. So when these customers come in looking for a Semi-Pro DSLR camera for either Canon or Nikon, we know they're looking for the Canon 5D Mark IV or the Nikon D850. Both of these cameras are impressive and the customer feedback has been nothing short of positive. Although, when compared, there are some major differences between the two—some maybe even motivate you to switch from one brand to the other.

Nikon D850 vs. Canon 5D Mark IV Specification Chart

Camera Feature 

Nikon D850 Canon 5D Mark IV
Mount Inner Diameter 51mm  54mm
Mount Flange Distance 20mm 44mm
Mount Type F Mount  EF Mount
Sensor Resolution 45.7 MP 30.4 MP
Sensor Type  BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.9 x 23.9mm 36 x 24mm 
Low Pass Filter  No  Yes 
Sensor Pixel Size 4.34µ 5.36µ
Image Size  8,256 x 5,504 6,720 x 4,480
Image Processor  EXPEED5 DIGIC 6+
Dynamic Range 14.8 13.6
Native ISO Sensitivity
Boosted ISO Sensitivity 32, 51,200-102,400 50, 51,200-102,400
Dust Reduction/Sensor Cleaning  Yes Yes
Calibrations  Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type  Optical Optical 
Built-in Flash No No
Storage  1x XQD, 1x SD  1x CF, 1x SD 
Continuous Shooting Speed 7 FPS 7 FPS
Max Shutter Speed  1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
AE Bracketing Range  ±5 EV ±3 EV
Number of AF Points  153 AF points, 99 cross-type 61 AF points, 41 cross-type
AF Detection Range 
-4 to +20 EV
-3 to +18 EV
Smallest AF Detection Aperture f/8 f/8
Video Max Resolution
3,840 x 2,160(4K)/ 30 FPS
4,096 x 2,160 (DCI 4K)/ 30 FPS
1080p Video Max Frame Rate 120 FPS 60 FPS
HDMI Output  4:2:2, 8-bit  4:2:2, 8-bit 
Video Crop Factor  N/A 1.74x
Audio Recording  Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone
Headphone Jack  Yes  Yes 
LCD Resolution  2,359,000 dots  1,620,000 dots 
Built-in GPS No  Yes 
Wi-Fi Yes  Yes 
Bluetooth Yes  No 
Battery Life  1840 900 
Weather-Sealed Body  Yes Yes
USB Version  3.0 3.0
Weight  1005 g 800 g
Dimensions  146 x 124 x 79 mm 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9 mm
MSRP Price $3,296.95 (check price) $3,099 (check price


Nikon vs. Canon 

As you can see from the specification chart above, both cameras have noticeable differences. One thing to take into consideration is that the Nikon D850 came out in August of 2017 while the Canon 5D Mark IV came out the year prior in August of 2016. Since the D850 is the newer camera, it features more of an advantage in sensor technology. Both cameras have a full-frame sensor but the D850 comes with a higher resolution with 45.7MP compared to 30.4MP on the Canon 5D Mark IV. 

Although the Nikon D850 is a newer camera with higher resolution, there are a few advantages of the Canon 5D Mark IV. The first one is its weight. At 800g, it is about 200g lighter than the Nikon D850. It also does better in low light with a high ISO performance of 100-32,000 compared to 64-25,600 in the D850. Another major advantage is the higher video resolution. If you are looking to shoot video, the 5D Mark IV is a slightly more suitable option. It also offers 4K Photo Mode that allows you to take 8MP stills from your videos while the D850 cannot. 

The D850, on the other hand, has more than just higher megapixels to offer. It also comes with a 45% higher resolution articulating LCD screen which surprisingly isn't a feature in the 5D Mark IV. Not to mention, it has 92 more focus points and 58 more cross-type focus points than its Canon counterpart. Battery life is a huge advantage in the D850 with the ability to take 940 more frames on a single charge than the 5D Mark IV. Additionally, it has a higher color depth, dynamic range and AE bracketing range than the 5D Mark IV. It even includes Bluetooth, focus bracketing and illuminated buttons while the Canon 5D Mark IV does not.

Of course, there is one important factor to keep in mind—the price. The Nikon D850 is the more expensive of the two at $3,296.95 MSRP while the Canon 5D Mark IV is about $200 cheaper at $3,099.00 MSRP for the body only. Both cameras are currently on sale. For prices and more information on these two cameras, head over to our website!

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Tom Yazzie

Tom Yazzie

They are both tools. What matters is how the person uses their cameras. Both are fine pieces of equipment.



This is a great comparison, I see why a lot of comparisons indicate that the Canon is better, but mannn…the Nikon has interesting advantages over the Canon. I’m really at a head-scratching crossroads over which to pick…maybe I should get both and decide which is best for which mission (low-light conditions, max resolution, GPS, etc.). Your opinions are highly welcome.
Atul Chavan

Atul Chavan

Nikon mark 4

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