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The table below was originally featured in our Nikon D2X review and was always intended to be used in both reviews. It shows that both of these cameras aim to offer similar things; double digit megapixel capture, a rugged body and a wide range of professional features. The 'headline' feature advantages for each camera are listed in the bullet points below, as you can see the EOS-1Ds Mark II does have some clear advantages, however you would have to ask yourself if these are worth the $2,500 premium.

In favor of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

  • A 4.4 million pixel advantage, larger pixel pitch
  • Full 35 mm frame sensor (36 x 24 mm)
  • Wider default sensitivity range: ISO 100 - 1600 (additionally ISO 50 & 3200)
  • JPEG quality programmable (10 levels)
  • Dual storage capable (CF and SD)
  • Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity
  • Fully environmentally sealed
  • Advanced RAW converted included (DPP)

In favor of the Nikon D2X

  • Faster default continuous shooting (5 fps vs 4 fps)
  • Special high-speed crop continuous shooting mode (8 fps at 7 MP)
  • Lighter and more powerful Lithium-Ion battery, more battery info
  • Slightly larger LCD monitor (2.5" vs 2.0")
  • Additional features: Timelapse, GPS, Overlay
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
  • $2,500 less expensive than the EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • Slightly smaller, lighter
 

Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II

Nikon D2X
Body Magnesium alloy
Rugged
Environmentally sealed
O-rings around controls
Magnesium alloy
Rugged
Rubber seals on compartments
Street Price ** US: $ 7,500
UK: £ 5,200
US: $ 5,000
UK: £ 3,500
FOV crop 1.0x (full size 35 mm) 1.5x (Nikon DX format)
2.0x (High-speed crop mode)
Lens mount Canon EF mount (not EF-S) Nikon F mount (inc. DX lenses)
Sensor 17.2 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
36 x 24 mm
7.2 x 7.2 µm pixel pitch
12.8 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
23.7 x 15.7 mm
5.49 x 5.49 µm pixel pitch
Image sizes 4992 x 3328 (16.6 MP)
3600 x 2400 (8.6 MP)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP)
2496 x 1664 (4.2 MP)
4288 x 2848 (12.2 MP)
3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2144 x 1424 (3.1 MP)
High-speed crop n/a 3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 MP)
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP)
 - with FOV crop of 2.0x
Sensitivity Default ISO 100 - 1600
+ ISO 50, 3200 equiv. option
Default ISO 100 - 800
+ ISO 1600, 3200 equiv. option
File formats RAW
JPEG
RAW + JPEG
RAW
TIFF
JPEG
RAW + JPEG
Color modes 4 x sRGB
1 x Adobe RGB
2 x custom (space, sat., color tone)
2 x sRGB
2 x Adobe RGB
1 x sYCC
Auto Focus 45 area
TTL-AREA-SIR CMOS
0 to 18 EV working range
7 cross-type, F2.8 or faster
11 area (9 area in HS crop)
Multi-CAM 2000
-1 to 19 EV working range
9 cross-type, F5.6 or faster
AF Area Modes One-shot AF
AI Servo AF
Manual Focus
Single Area AF
Dynamic AF + tracking
Closest Subject Priority
Group Dynamic AF
Metering 21 zone SPC 1005-pixel CCD
3D Color Matrix Metering
0 to 20 EV working range
Metering modes 21 Area Evaluative
Partial
Spot
3D Color Matrix Metering II
Center Weighted Avg.
Spot
Exp. Compen. -3 to +3 EV -5 to +5 EV
EV steps 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Shutter speed 30 to 1/8,000 sec
Bulb
30 to 1/8,000 sec
Bulb
Flash X-sync 1/250 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec

1/250 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec

Continuous
(full size image)

4.0 fps
Up to 32 JPEG frames
Up to 11 RAW frames

5.0 fps
Up to 22 JPEG frames
Up to 17 NEF frames
Continuous
(High-speed crop)
n/a 8.0 fps
Up to 35 JPEG frames
Up to 29 NEF frames
White balance Auto (1 sensor)
Six presets
Manual
Kelvin color temperature
WB Bracketing
Personal WB
Auto (3 sensor hybrid)
Five presets
Manual
Kelvin color temperature
WB Bracketing
Fine Tuning
Image Params Sharpness
Tone curve
Contrast
Color saturation
Color tone
Sharpness
Tone
Color saturation
Color hue
Noise reduction Long exposure (Off, On) Long exposure (Off, On)
High ISO (Off, Normal, High)
Timelapse No Yes, Interval Timer
LCD Monitor 2.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
2.5" TFT LCD
235,000 pixels
Audio clips Yes, Voice narration Yes, Voice narration
Optional auto record
Orientation sensor Yes Yes
Wireless option Yes, 802.11 b/g Yes, 802.11 b/g
JPEG quality programmable Yes (10 levels) Yes (2 levels)
Storage Compact Flash (Type I/II)
Secure Digital (SD)
Compact Flash (Type I/II)
Battery NiMH NP-E3 Lithium-Ion EN-EL4
Battery info Battery life (4 stages) Battery life (5 stages)
Remaining charge (%)
Shots taken since last charge
Calibration status
Charger Dual pack charger
120 mins full charge
Quick charger
100 mins full charge
Connectivity USB 1.1
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
Remote terminal
PC Sync terminal
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video Out
Remote 10-pin
PC Sync terminal
GPS connection No Yes, optional
Dimensions 156 x 158 x 80 mm
(6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
158 x 150 x 86 mm
(6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
Weight (including battery, no lens) 1.56 kg
(3.4 lb)
1.25 kg
(2.8 lb)

** Prices correct at time of publication

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