Nikon D700 vs Canon EOS 1Ds

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D700 and Canon EOS 1Ds. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D700
Canon EOS 1Ds

Manufacturing

Nikon D700 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1Ds is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D700 were released 2008 and Canon EOS 1Ds was released 2002. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D700 Nikon 2008
Canon EOS 1Ds Canon 2002

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Even though the camera sensors might be called differently they are both considered Full frame which means that the focal length of the lenses is not effected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D700 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 1Ds 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon D700 has a 12,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1Ds has 11 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D700 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832
Canon EOS 1Ds 11 MP 10989056 4064 2704

Nikon D700 has a 10 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1Ds. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D700 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1Ds. Nikon D700 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 25600 while Canon EOS 1Ds has 50 to 1250.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D700 200-25600
Canon EOS 1Ds 50-1250

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D700
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1Ds

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D700 can shoot up to 5-8 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1Ds can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D700 5-8
Canon EOS 1Ds 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D700 or Canon EOS 1Ds can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 1Ds weighs 1585 gr (equal to 3,49 lb) which is 48% heavier than Nikon D700 and its 1074 gr (or 2,37 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D700 1074 gr 2,37 lb
Canon EOS 1Ds 1585 gr 3,49 lb