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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
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 51
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
152×116×76 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
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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
Weight
Slightly lighter
950 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,299.00 vs $2,299.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,001 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III0.71x
              D8000.70x
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III61
              D80051
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III950 g
              D8001,000 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              D800209 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              D800146×123×82 mm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              5D Mark III3"
              D8003.2"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D Mark III25,600 ISO
              D8006,400 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark III1,040k dots
              D800921k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III6 fps
              D8004 fps

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              EOS 5D Mark III
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              D800
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