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Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
89.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.1 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 120 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Much thinner 3" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 51
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.95 vs $6,743.69
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The best price we've seen is $6,494 cheaper (27x less)
Weight Much lighter 950 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 30% lighter
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,965 ISO vs 2,293 ISO
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The D4 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Much longer battery life 2600 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 11 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 24.7 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
              D4:2,965 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              D4:0.70x
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              D4:51
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              5D Mark III:102,400 ISO
              D4:204,800 ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              D4:1,340 g
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
              D4:160x157x91 mm
              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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              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

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

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              GPS Has a GPS
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,199 - $2,595 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 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 D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,150 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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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.