Takeaways

By Carey Rose and Dan Bracaglia

Both the Nikon and Canon have earned themselves a beer.

Obviously, both the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 are in a league of their own when it comes to professional sports cameras. While we've only scratched the surface in terms of finding out what these two cameras are capable of, we both walked away impressed with the speed and autofocus performance of each.

In the end, we saw firsthand the advantages of a ridiculous burst rate and practically bottomless buffer while shooting objects that move very, very fast. We saw that the 1D X Mark II shoots at a noticeably higher burst rate than the D5, and that it is able to track subjects noticeably better than other Canon cameras, including the EOS 7D Mark II and original 1D X. However, the Canon still can't match the Nikon's uncanny ability to track objects reliably and accurately as they progress across the frame while also coming toward or moving away from the camera. Regardless, both are impressively capable photographic machines worthy of professional sports photographers.

But there's more shooting to be done! Keep an eye out for our upcoming D5 review and more 1D X Mark II content in the coming weeks.


Canon Samples gallery with Raw files

Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II real-world samples

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Nikon D5 Samples gallery with Raw files

Nikon D5 real-world samples gallery

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