• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Nikon D810 advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 2,381 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1200 vs 700 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    57 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    23 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 5DS advantages over Nikon D810

  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 36.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Handles even better than its predecessors; Absolutely spectacular images from the 36-megapixel image sensor; Unusually wide sensitivity range for its resolution; Improved performance and buffer depths; Improved video feature set; Impressive low-light autofocus

  • Prone to moire and false color with some subjects; No longer available with a low-pass filter; Demands excellent lenses for the best detail; White balance tends warm under tungsten lighting

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Nikon D810
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Canon 5DS
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Nikon D800E

Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
Canon 5DS
Nikon D800E
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Nikon D810
Canon 5DS R
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Pentax K-1

Nikon D810
Pentax K-1
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon 5DS
Pentax K-1
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A99 II

Nikon D810
Sony A99 II
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 5DS
Sony A99 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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