Nikon D810 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D810

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
96.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.7 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
Storage slots
More storage slots
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D810.

competitors

Nikon D810 Competitors

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Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,797 body only

$2,126 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
True resolution Much lower true resolution
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$3,299 body only

$4,049 with 24-70mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
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Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,599 - $1,897 body only

$2,497 - $2,540 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much lower true resolution

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$3,299 body only

$4,049 with 24-70mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
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Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,399 body only

$1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
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Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,797 body only

$2,126 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

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Avatar for Jeff Jeff (11:23 AM, November 03, 2016)
Panasonic / Lumix GH4
 
Avatar for Nizmo Nizmo (9:24 AM, September 04, 2016)
Re:"low noise at high ISO" for Nikon? The clowns from snapsort should get a black belt in trash talking.
Here is high ISO compared in real life:
http://thenewcamera.com/canon-5d-mark-iv-high-iso-test/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NewCamera+%28New+Camera%29
 
Avatar for Sandmax Sandmax (4:20 PM, October 22, 2015)
Nikon - $2,796.95 & Canon - $2,499.00
 
Avatar for Ίριδα Στρατή Hutchcraft Ίριδα Στρατή Hutchcraft (8:49 PM, October 18, 2015)
I know right? I haven't seen any Canons get top rating.
 
Daniel (10:02 AM, May 22, 2015)
Sony A7
 
Avatar for gokul gokul (10:47 AM, February 04, 2015)
which one is better camers nikon d810 or canon 5dmarkiii pls ans me
 
Avatar for ashu ashu (5:38 PM, January 27, 2015)
which one is better for VIDEO shoot
 
nikon pro (2:01 AM, November 09, 2014)
With battery grip the d810 does 7fps. Sigma art or zeiss lenses are incredibly sharp with the 810.
 
Avatar for Brent Nora Brent Nora (8:03 PM, October 11, 2014)
This website is becoming unreliable with their information...
 
Avatar for Shutterbug31189 Shutterbug31189 (7:42 PM, October 07, 2014)
Canon 5d 3 is certainly not $250. Its $3400 depending on where you buy it
 
Avatar for DaveAms DaveAms (0:41 AM, September 27, 2014)
They have one model with built in GPS. I bought without as one can just add one.
 
Avatar for Leoncius Leoncius (6:53 AM, August 07, 2014)
nikon is heavier, not canon
 
Yogee (4:11 PM, August 06, 2014)
I don't think nikon d810 has in built GPS
 
markthshark (9:12 AM, July 18, 2014)
Plus the cross-type AF sensors are 15, not 9.
 
Avatar for David Portass David Portass (3:17 PM, July 14, 2014)
Plus the SD slot in the D810 is UHS-I compliant with SDHC and SDXC memory cards supporting write speeds of up to 104mb/s where as the SD slot in the 5D Mk 3 is not UHS-I compliant meaning the maximum it will write on any card is 20mb/s regardless of what the card is capable of.
 
Avatar for Fritz Asuro Fritz Asuro (9:10 PM, July 04, 2014)
The Nikon D810 has 2 memory card slots (CF & SD).