• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 12,800
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D810 advantages over Canon EOS M5

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 1,262 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 295 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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 27 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon EOS M5 advantages over Nikon D810

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $3297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    60 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.2 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.3 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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

  • Enthusiast-oriented compact camera body; Good image quality in most situations; Built-in electronic viewfinder; Impressive Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Very good overall performance.

  • High ISO image quality and dynamic range aren't quite up to par with some of its competition; No 4K video recording; Native EF-M lens selection is still limited; Below average battery life.

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 EOS M5
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D800E

Nikon D810
Nikon D800E
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Newer
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D800E
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $2212
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

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 EOS M5
Pentax K-1
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Nikon D810
Canon EOS M50
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-T100

Nikon D810
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon EOS M5
Fujifilm X-T100
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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