Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D4

88

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

74

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
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Size
Really small
Professional size (152×114×75 mm)
Thickness
Thin
3"
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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,650 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$5,898 - $6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$4,949 - $5,997 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price More expensive

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,239 - $1,499 body only

$1,800 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,249 - $2,599 body only

$2,700 - $3,199 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,266 - $1,599 body only

$1,592 - $1,949 with 18-135mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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?