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Canon 1D Mark II vs Nikon 1 V1

The Canon EOS-1D Mark II and the Nikon 1 V1 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2004 and September 2011. The 1D Mark II is a DSLR, while the V1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on an APS-H (1D Mark II) and an one-inch (V1) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 8.2 megapixels, whereas the Nikon provides 10 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 1D Mark II   Nikon 1 V1
Canon 1D Mark II Nikon 1 V1
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Nikon 1 mount lenses
8.2 MP, APS-H Sensor 10 MP, 1" Sensor
no Video 1080/60i Video
ISO 100-1600 (50-3200) ISO 100-3200 (100-6400)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)
2.0" LCD, 230k dots 3.0" LCD, 921k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
8.3 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
Weathersealed bodyNot weather sealed
1200 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
156 x 158 x 80 mm, 1535 g 113 x 76 x 44 mm, 383 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS-1D Mark II and the Nikon 1 V1? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 1D Mark II and the Nikon 1 V1. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 1D Mark II vs Nikon 1 V1
Compare 1D Mark II versus V1 top
Comparison 1D Mark II or V1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon 1 V1 is considerably smaller (65 percent) than the Canon 1D Mark II. Moreover, the V1 is substantially lighter (75 percent) than the 1D Mark II. It is worth mentioning in this context that the 1D Mark II is splash and dust resistant, while the V1 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the 1D Mark II gets 1200 shots out of its NP-E3 battery, while the V1 can take 350 images on a single charge of its EN-EL15 power pack. As can be seen in the images above, the 1D Mark II has a battery grip built in. This facilitates image-taking in portrait orientation and gives it additional battery power.

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