Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Compared to the Nikon D850

SpecificationsCanon EOS 5D Mark IVNikon D850
  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Nikon D850
Year Introduced20162018
Total Pixels31.746.9
Sensor Size36.0 x 24.0mm35.9 x 23.9mm
Pixel Dimensions6720 x 44808256 x 5504
Pixel Size5.36µm4.35µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/8.6f/7.0
Aspect Ratio3:23:2
Sensor StabilizationNN
Sensor CleaningEOS integrated cleaning systemImage sensor cleaning
Lens MountEF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-ENikon F
Image ProcessorDIGIC 6+EXPEED 5
TypeTTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with Dual Pixel & AF-dedicated sensorNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection and fine-tuning
Points61 Point / max of 41 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points at f/8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
153 focus points (including 99 cross-type sensors and 15 sensors that support f/8), of which 55 (35 cross-type sensors and 9 f/8 sensors) are available for selection
Working RangeEV -3 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)EV-4 to EV 20 (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
ModesOne Shot
AI Focus
AI Servo AF
Continuous-servo (AF-C), Face-Priority AF, Full-time Servo (AF-F), Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder, Normal area AF, Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status, Single-servo AF (AF-S), Wide area available in Live View and D-Movie only
Point SelectionAutomatic selection: All 61 point AF (based on EOS iTR AF setting)
Manual selection: Single point AF (selectable points 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)
Manual selection: Single point Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF (all AF points divided into 9 focusing zones)
Manual selection: Large Zone AF (all AF points divided into 3 focusing zones)
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
9, 25, 72, or 153 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
Group-area AF
Assist BeamEmitted by an optional dedicated SpeedliteEmitted by optional flash
MicroadjustmentManual: Enter adjustment +/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for zoom lenses)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
Exposure Control  
Metering ModesApprox. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering. EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis system
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering: Center spot metering (approx. 1.3% viewfinder at center)
AF point-linked spot metering not provided
(4) Center weighted average metering
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle)
Matrix: 3D Color Matrix Metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering III (other CPU lenses); Color Matrix Metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses
Metering RangeEV 0 – 20 (at 23°C, ISO100, with evaluative metering)-3 - 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 - 20 EV (spot metering)
0 - 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
@ ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F
Exposure Comp+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
AEB+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
ISO SensitivityAuto 100-32000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400
ISO 64 - 25,600
Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102,400 equivalent) above ISO 25,600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Shutter Speed30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)30 sec. to 1/8000 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, Bulb, Time, X250
WB SettingsAWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9
Auto (3 types) , Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K), Cloudy, Direct Sunlight, Fine-tuning, Flash, Fluorescent (7 types), Incandescent, Natural Light Auto, Preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), Shade
Custom WBYes, 1 setting can be registeredYes, 6 settings can be registered
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels in single level increments
3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias
TypePentaprismEye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.71xApprox. 0.75x
EyepointApprox. 21mmApprox. 17mm
Focusing ScreenFixed, with information Transparent LCD overlayType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
InformationAF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+), JPEG/RAW indicator, Dual Pixel RAW, Digital Lens Optimizer.
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level
Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance
Roll indicator
AF Area Brackets
Framing Grid
Focus Points
Pitch Indicator
Flicker Detection
Focus Indicator
AE Lock
Shutter Speed Lock
Shutter Speed
AF Mode
Aperture Lock
Aperture (f-number and number of stops)
DOF PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview buttonYes (via Pv button)
Eyepiece ShutterOn strapBuilt in
TypeTouch screen 3.2" (8.10cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots3.2" (8cm), approx. 2359k-dot (XGA) tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
Viewing AngleApprox. 170°Approx. 170°
CoatingAnti-reflection and Anti-smudge. Reinforced glass incorporated
Brightness AdjManual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
Color Tone Adjustment: 4 settings
Adjustable to one of five levels
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(4) Custom Quick Control Screen
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level
Built-in GNN/A (ISO 100, meters)N/A (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageN/AN/A
Built-in Recycle TimeN/AN/A
ModesE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered ManualFront-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Exposure Compensation+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlites- 3.0 EV – +1 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / YesYes / Yes
External Flash CompE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash supportNikon Speedlight
External Flash ControlVia camera menu screenVia camera setting/ flash setting menu
Shooting ModesScene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb and Custom (x3)Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Programmed auto with flexible program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)Auto, Flat, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Lens optical correction:
- Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction (during/after still photo shooting, during Video only)
- Distortion correction, Diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer (during/after still photo shooting)
Resize to M, S1, S2 or S3
Cropping: JPEG images can be cropped (Aspect ratios 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1)
- 45 cropping sizes selectable, from 11% to 95% (diagonal)
- Switch between vertical and horizontal cropping orientation
- Cropping frame can be moved using touch screen operation
RAW image processing
Multiple exposure
4K Frame Grab
Distortion Control
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Red-Eye Correction
Side-by-Side Comparison
Trim Movie
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Silent Single, Silent Continuous, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote)Continuous low-speed [CL] mode, Continuous high-speed [CH] mode, Mirror-up [Mup] mode, Quiet Shutter Release, Quiet Continuous Release, Self-timer Mode, Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 7fps. with full AF / AE tracking, speed maintained for up to unlimited number of JPEGs or 21 RAW images
Max. 4.3fps in Live View mode with AF Tracking
Max approx. 9 frames per second with EN-EL18b Battery inserted in a MB-D18 Power Pack; up to 7 frames per second with alternate power source
Shutter Lag58ms
Viewfinder BlackoutN/A
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensorElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
FrameRate29.97 fps60 fps
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone - Single, FlexiZone - Multi), available with all EF lenses and Touch shutter
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected), Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Pinpoint AF, Subject-tracking AF
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor (315-zone)
Partial metering (approx. 6.3% of Live View screen)
Spot metering (approx. 2.7% of Live View screen)
Center-weighted average metering
Active metering timer can be changed
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Display Options4 levels available through INFO. button: No information, Basic shooting information, Advanced shooting information and Advanced shooting information with Histogram
Multiple Exposure status also available in Multiple Exposure mode
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG: 3 compression options
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Complies with Exif 2.30 and Design rule for Camera File system 2.0
Complies with Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
EXIF 2.31 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible including Dual Pixel RAW +JPEGYes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible
Image SizeJPEG:
3:2 ratio (L) 6720x4480, (M1) 4464x2976, (S1) 3360x2240 , (S2) 1696x1280 , (S3) 640x480
4:3 ratio (L) 5952x4480, (M1) 3968x2976, (S1) 2976x2240 , (S2) 1920x1280 , (S3) 720x480
16:9 ratio (L) 6720x3776, (M1) 4464x2512, (S1) 3360x1888 , (S2) 1920x1080 , (S3) 720x408
1:1 ratio (L) 4480x4480, (M1) 2976x2976, (S1) 2240x2240 , (S2) 1280x1280 , (S3) 480x480
(RAW) 6720x4480, (M-RAW) 5040x3360, (S-RAW) 3360x2240
FX-format: (L) 8,256 x 5,504, (M) 6,192 x 4,128, (S) 4,128 x 2,752
1:2 format: (L) 6,880 x 4,584, (M) 5,152 x 3,432, (S) 3,440 x 2,288
5:4 format: (L) 6,880 x 5,504, (M) 5,152 x 4,120, (S) 3,440 x 2,752
1:1 format: (L) 5,504 x 5,504, (M)4,128 x 4,128, (S)2,752 x 2,752
DX-format: (L) 5,408 x 3,600, (M) 4,048 x 2,696, (S) 2,704 x 1,800
FX-format photographs taken during movie recording: (L) 8,256 x 4,640, (M) 6,192 x 3,480, (S) 4,128 x 2,320
DX-format photographs taken during movie recording:
(L) 5,408 x 3,040, (M) 4,048 x 2,272, (S) 2,704 x 1,520
Movie TypeMOV Video: 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 - Motion JPEG (internal recording only), Full HD, HD - MPEG4 AVC / H.264 variable (average) bit rate, Audio: Linear PCM
MP4 Video: Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 - MPEG4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC
MOV/MP4, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding, Linear PCM AAC Stereo Audio
Movie Size4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) Motion JPEG
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 HDR ( 29.97, 25 fps) inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter frame
HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intra frame
4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160 - 30/25/24 fps
Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 - 60/50/30/25/24 fps
HD 1,280 x 720 - 60/50 fps
Slow-motion: Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 30p/25p/24p
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Quality selection available at all sizes except 3,840 x 2,160 (when quality is fixed at high) and 1,920 x 1,080 slow-motion (when quality is fixed at normal)
Movie Length4K and Full HD - Max duration 29min 59sec. (excluding High Frame Rate movies). No 4GB file limit with exFAT CF card29 minutes 59 seconds
Each movie will be recorded across up to 8 files of up to 4 GB each.
Other Information  
Wireless FeaturesBuilt-in Wi-Fi and NFCBuilt-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
GPSBuilt-invia optional GP-1/GP-1A
Custom Functions17 Custom Functions with 46 settings55 Custom Settings
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / YesYes / Yes
Water & Dust ResistanceYesYes
Sound MemoNoNo
Orientation SensorYesYes
Playback Zoom1.5x - 10x in 15 stepsYes
Display Formats(1) Single image
(2) Single image with information (2 levels )
Basic - Shooting information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO and Image quality)
Detailed - Shooting information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering Image, quality and file size), Lens information , Brightness and RGB histogram, White balance, Picture Style, Color space and noise reduction, Lens optical correction, GPS information
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100 image index
(7) Jump Display (1, 10 or 100 images, Date, Folder, Movies, Stills, Protected images, Rating)
(8) Movie edit
(9) RAW processing
(10) Rating
Auto Image Rotation, Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) , Highlights, Histogram Display, Location Display, Movie Playback, Movie Slideshow, Photo Information, Photo Slideshow, Picture Rating, Playback with Zoom, Playback Zoom Cropping
Computer InterfaceSuperSpeed USB 3.0SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector)
Other InterfaceHDMI mini out (Type C, HDMI-CEC compatible), External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack), N3-type terminal (remote control terminal)Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Headphone Connector
Ten-pin remote terminal: Can be used to connect optional MC-30A/ MC-36A remote cords, ML-3 modulite remote control sets, WR-R10 (requires WR-A10 adapter) or WR-1 wireless remote controllers, or GP-1/ GP-1A GPS units
Memory TypeCompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible) (Incompatible with Type II and Microdrive); SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-IXQD, Secure Digital (SDHC/SDXC UHS-II compliant)
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied) / LP-E6EN-EL15a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery LifeApprox. 900 shots (at 23°C)
Approx. 850 (at 0°C)
Approx. 1,840 shots
Battery Indicator6 levels + percentage5 levels
Power SavingPower turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins
Power Supply Battery ChargersBattery charger LC-E6E (supplied), Battery charger LC-E6, AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E6, AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6N/ACK-E6, Car Battery Charger CBC-E6MH-25a
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body coversMagnesium alloy and carbon fiber
Shutter Durability Rating150,000200,000
Operating Environment0 – 40 °C, 85% or less0–40 °C (32–104 °F), less than 85% humidity
Dimensions Inches5.93 x 4.58 x 2.99" (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm)5.7 x 4.9 x 3.1" (146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5mm)
CIPA Weight31.4 oz (890g)32.3 oz (915g)
ViewfinderEyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder CDK-19 Rubber Eyecup, DK-17C Diopter-Adjustment Viewfinder, DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece, DG-2 Eyepiece Magnifier (requires DK-18 adapter), DK-14/DK-17A Antifog Finder, DK17F Fluorine-Coated Finder, DR-5/DR-4 Right-Angle Viewing Attachment
Camera Case
Wireless File TransmitterWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7BBuilt-in
Compatible LensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E and MP-E lensesAF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses, AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only).
Compatible FlashCanon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX-II-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)Nikon SB-R200, SB-300, SB-400,SB-500, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, SB-5000, R1, R1C1
Battery Grip BG-E20  Buy ► MB-D18  Buy ►
RemoteRemote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5 and Speedlite 600EX-II-RTMC-30A/ MC-36A
OtherHand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100
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