Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.7 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly 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
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 251 ms
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2.1x 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 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 2 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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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
205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
83.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
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 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$896.95 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,057 cheaper (3.3x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
675 g vs 950 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              D7100:51
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $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
              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
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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 D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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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???