Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D3300

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

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Nikon D3200

71

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the D3200
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.52x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
61 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
120 ms vs 276 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Significantly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
505 g vs 950 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.00 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,645 cheaper (9.6x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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