Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Nikon D4

89

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
11 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
61
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
41
Thickness
Thin
3"

Items often bought with the Nikon D4 or Canon 5D Mark III

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

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Much smaller
152×116×76 mm vs 160×157×91 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 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
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
Weight
Significantly 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$2,239.99 vs $3,789.40
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The best price we've seen is $1,549 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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 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 much 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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Almost the same
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark III2,293 ISO
              D42,965 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III0.71x
              D40.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III61
              D451
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III950 g
              D41,340 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark III$2,239.99
              D4$3,789.40
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              D4160×157×91 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              D416.2 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $4,599 body only

              $6,760 with 70-200mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5DS

              Canon EOS 5DS

              Pro DSLR

              $3,699 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              $3,200 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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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.