Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D4

117

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Thickness
Thin
3"
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D4.

competitors

Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,187 - $2,797 body only

$2,900 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,370 - $1,797 body only

$1,956 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Pro DSLR

$5,314 - $6,497 body only

$6,714 with 50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly more expensive

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,299 body only

$1,699 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$1,758 - $2,299 body only

$2,899 - $2,995 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,039 - $1,499 body only

$1,469 - $1,949 with 18-135mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

discussion

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Pieropereira (2:38 AM, January 10, 2012)
Thanks Parksed, I really work on studio and try to get the most of size and resolution from my photographs rather than high speed shooting or high ISO. Maybe I have to move to medium format to upgrade from my D300
 
Parksed24 (0:35 AM, January 10, 2012)
I believe that 16megs allows for a much better low noise/high ISO quality.  The D4 shoots very crisp photos in the higher ISO range compared to other cameras from what I've heard.

Guess it depends on what you'd like to use your camera for, I'm particularly interested in live band shots and night time photography so (provided I could come up with THAT much extra money) I would go for the D4.  

I shoot a D7000 now and that does pretty darn well in low light situations, so I'm imagining the D4 should blow it away.
 
Pieropereira (9:05 PM, January 09, 2012)
I use Nikons since 1972 but at these point why should i spend  US$6K on a 16Meg D4 if Canon 5DMII sells at US$2.5K and throws 21MEGS!!!
Can somebody answer this question?