While Nikon made a lot of waves at CES by announcing the D5 and D500, Canon didn't wait too long to respond with an updated flagship DSLR of its own. The EOS-1D X Mark II represents the top of the line for Canon's full-frame cameras, featuring a 20.2MP CMOS sensor, dual Digic 6+ image processors, a 61-point autofocus, and the ability to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Naturally, all this doesn't come cheap: The 1D X Mark II will sell for $5,999 (body only) when it becomes available in April.
Other improvements to the EOS-1D X Mark II include continuous shooting speeds of up to 14 fps and 16 fps in Live View mode. The two Digic processors also allow the camera to shoot up to 170 consecutive RAW images, and unlimited JPEG images—that is, until the memory card fills up. The EOS-1D will accept both CF and CFast memory cards.
While the EOS-1D's touchscreen does not articulate like that on the Nikon D5, it does support touch focus during video recording.
The camera also boasts an ISO range of 100 - 51,200, which can be expanded to 50 on the low end and 409,600 on the high end. Each of the 61 autofocus points supports an f/8 aperture, good for wildlife photographers who want to isolate their subjects. Additionally, the autofocus will work down to -3EV, which means it'll be able to lock on subjects even in moonlight.
When it's available in April, the Canon will cost $5,999 (body only), or $6,299 for a premium kit which includes a 64GB CFast memory card and card reader. This is one serious camera that will put the Nikon D5 to the test; choosing between these two will not be easy.