Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Nikon D4

100

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

90

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

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
Great battery life
Battery life
2600 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Thickness
Thin
3"
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,316 - $3,099 body only

$2,656 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Placeholder

Nikon Z 6

Boutique

$1,997 - $2,594

Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,265 - $1,697 body only

$1,825 - $2,197 with 24-120mm lens

Size Much smaller
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,265 - $1,697 body only

$1,825 - $2,197 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Focus points Fewer focus points
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,316 - $3,099 body only

$2,656 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,022 body only

$1,333 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Size Smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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.