2016 finally saw the release of new top-of-the-line cameras from Canon and Nikon, two long-time stalwarts of professional photography. Rather than push resolution limits this time, both companies took the approach of increasing the overall usability of the cameras by increasing their continuous shooting capabilities, low light powers, and of course, autofocus performance. Certainly, both the Nikon D5 and the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II are well primed to handle any situation a professional photographer might find himself in. If you need to be absolutely sure you can get the shot, these cameras are for you.
Both DSLR cameras offer an extremely wide range of ISO settings and are matched with sensible 20MP sensors for optimal noise performance; but the Nikon D5 stood out in terms of the quality of its autofocus system. Lock on to a subject with the Nikon D5, and the camera will track it as long as it doesn’t leave your viewfinder. That, and the more-than-respectable 12fps continuous shooting speed and the inclusion of a buffer that can take up to 200 frames mean you’re unlikely to miss your shot. The Canon 1D X Mark II is no slouch of course, and it's also a tad more affordable (relatively speaking).
|Criteria/Model||Canon EOS 1D X Mark II||Nikon D5|
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.