Updated (March 2015): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7100

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

Nikon D7100

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 251 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 4 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 51
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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 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
83.0 vs 81.0
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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
Size
Smaller
136×107×76 mm vs 152×116×76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Significantly lighter
675 g vs 950 g
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Around 30% lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 24 bits
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$745.00 vs $2,239.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,495 cheaper (3x less)
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III61
              D710051
              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
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm 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
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,135 body only

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

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $747 body only

              $709 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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              discussion

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              Christina C (1:52 PM, June 11, 2014)
              Under advantages of the 5D, it is noted that it is "slightly cheaper". Considering that the 5D is almost $2000 more than the d7100, I think that may just be a typo???