Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Nikon D4

100

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

91

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D4.

competitors

Nikon D4 Competitors

Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Pro DSLR

$6,349 - $6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,999 - $6,497 body only

Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,058 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,942 - $3,299 body only

$3,499 - $4,199 with 24-105mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,399 - $1,797 body only

$1,965 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

discussion

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Avatar for Indranil Chatterjee Indranil Chatterjee (7:30 PM, April 23, 2013)
both r great
 
Avatar for Athena.Long Athena.Long (11:40 PM, September 14, 2012)
Cynthia - I'm a Canon girl, and am not bothered/see any bais here. Almost consistently, my Canon's get beat by comparable Nikons, but I never get angry or anything. What's your deal?

As Nekkon2002 said, it's based on specs, not opinions. (the only gripe i could have with Snapsort is that it's presented as an advantage that the D4 has a full frame sensor at 36x24, implying that the 5DIII does not, when it in fact has the same exact type and size as the D4, and therefore should not be singly listed)

And how is it that it's slanted toward Canon when it says that the D4 wins?

You're illogical and just want to complain. THANK YOU SNAPSORT for being a great, easy to understand, and FREE RESOURCE. Oh yeah and that reminds me, you're also ungrateful.
 
Nekkon2002 (9:08 PM, April 20, 2012)
I dont see how unbalanced it is. It is based on numbers and factory specs, not comments. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:23 PM, March 28, 2012)
Hey @4da27dabc076548405f1d691f81c2e02:disqus Snapsort, is independent and doesn't have any brand preferences. We try to offer a side by side comparison of most cameras, so you can see why one camera is better than another. Sorry that you felt our review was slanted, but we try to only represent the facts.
 
cynthia (3:39 PM, March 28, 2012)
I found this review to be very slanted toward the cannons.  I will look elsewhere for a more balanced review.