Nikon D610

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
 
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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 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 120 ms vs 260 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Cheaper $249.95 vs $1,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,547 cheaper (7.2x less)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,293 ISO
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The D610 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
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
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 950 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Almost the same
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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
              D610:2,980 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D610:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              D610:0.70x
              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%
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              D610:850 g
              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

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6 fps

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

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

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              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

              $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,395 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              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

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D610.

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              Showing 3 comments

              Avatar for IntensorPoet IntensorPoet (2:37 AM, August 21, 2014)
              If it were 250 dollars, I would have bought it already! :P
               
              Avatar for kostromphoto kostromphoto (11:42 PM, July 21, 2014)
              It's displaying the wrong price for the mark3 in the advantages section
               
              Avatar for Mohammad Mansour Mohammad Mansour (9:42 AM, November 12, 2013)
              Nikon usually is the best