Nikon D610

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Nikon D610

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.2 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
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
 

differences

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
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
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 D610

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,496.95 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,457 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Lighter
760 g vs 950 g
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20% 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
              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"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              D610:0.70x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D610:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              D610:39
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
              D610:141x113x82 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 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
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              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