Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Nikon D4


Canon EOS 5D Mark II



Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Large screen
Screen size

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay


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.


Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s


$5,999 - $6,497 body only

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Nikon D5

Nikon D5


$6,349 - $6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D810

Nikon D810


$2,199 - $2,797 body only

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

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Overall image quality Better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,058 - $1,399 body only

$1,699 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$690 - $979 body only

$1,049 - $1,099 with 15-45mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$350 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability More lenses available
Size Smaller
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder


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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?