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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 
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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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.50x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 120 ms vs 276 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
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
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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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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
True resolution Higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $319.00 vs $3,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,080 cheaper (10.7x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark III:500 ms
              D3200:400 ms
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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 body only

              $549 - $579 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

              $847 with 75-300mm 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

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm 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
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              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

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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