Now that Canon has unveiled the 5D Mark IV, we thought it was an opportune time to survey the field of $3,000+ full frame interchangeable lens cameras. In the interest of simplicity, we’ve focused on two flagships that compete closely with the Mark IV: Sony’s a7 R II and Nikon’s D810.

Here’s how they stack up.

Image Sensor

5D Mark IV: 30.2-megapixel CMOS w/ low-pass filter

D810: 36-megapixel CMOS with no low-pass filter

a7 R II: 42-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS w/ low-pass filter.


ISO Range

5D Mark IV: 100-32,000 (50-102,400 expanded).

D810: 64-12,800 (32-51,200 expanded)

a7 R II: 100-25,600 (50-102,400 expanded)

Continuous Shooting

5D Mark IV: 7 fps

D810: 5 fps

a7 R II: 5 fps


Video Recording

5D Mark IV: 4096 x 2160 @ 30p; Full HD @ 60p

D810: Full HD @ 60p

a7 R II: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p; Full HD @ 60p

AF System

5D Mark IV: 61 AF points, Dual Pixel CMOS AF

D810: 51 AF points

a7 R II: 399 phase-detect AF points; 25 contrast detect points


5D Mark IV: Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and USB 3.0

D810: USB 3.0

a7 R II: Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0


Memory Cards

5D Mark IV: one CompactFlash and one SD card slot

D810: one CompactFlash and one SD card slot

a7 R II: one SD card slot

Battery Life

5D Mark IV: 900 shots

D810: 1,200 shots

a7 R II: 290 shots (viewfinder)

Weight (Body only)

5D Mark IV: 28 ounces

D810: 31 ounces

a7 R II: 20 ounces


5D Mark IV: $3,500

D810: $2,800

a7 R II: $3,200



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