Comparison – Canon EOS 5D MkIII vs Nikon D800

Well, now that we have seen two major launches in the last few days in the Full Frame DSLR segment, I thought it would be interesting to look at their specifications, side by side.

But before we get there, what I understand is that both are very capable cameras but have very divergent approach to image making. While nikon has upped the ante in the Pixel game, canon seems to be focussing more on the image quality/noise supression and ISO image quality. As of tnow, we do not have any sources for comparing image quality but should be there soon.

Camera Feature Canon 5D Mark III Nikon D800
Sensor Resolution 22.3 Million 36.3 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Sensor Size 36x24mm 35.9x24mm
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x 0.70x
Image Size 5760 x 3840 7360 x 4912
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ EXPEED 3
Storage Media 1x Compact Flash and 1x SD 1x Compact Flash and 1x SD
Continuous Shooting Speed 6 FPS 4 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode with MB-D12 battery grip
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 200,000 cycles
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-6,400
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 921,000 dots
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments
Bracketing ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure Metering Sensor iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor 91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400 ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600
Autofocus System 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points) Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51-points (up to 15 cross-type points)
AF Detection Up to f/5.6 Up to f/8 (up to 9 cross-type sensors)
Built-in Flash No Yes
AF Assist No, only with external flash Yes
Video Output AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Uncompressed Video Output No Yes (HDMI)
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p
Audio Recording Built-in microphone Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional) External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size 3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2 diagonal TFT-LCD
HDR Support Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Wi-Fi Functionality Eye-Fi Compatible, WFT-E7 Eye-Fi Compatible, WT-4A
Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 950 shots (CIPA) 850 shots (CIPA)
Battery Charger LC-E6 Charger MH-25 Quick Charger
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 2 3
Camera Construction Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm 144.78 x 121.92 x 81.28mm
Weight 860g 900g
MSRP Price $3,499 $2,999
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6 thoughts on “Comparison – Canon EOS 5D MkIII vs Nikon D800

  1. Which produce the best quality natural photography? I have no nikon or canon accessories. waiting for your valuable reply. Regards.

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