Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D3S

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

92

Nikon D3S

88

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Many focus points
Focus points
61
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,253 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
120 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
4200 shots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3S.

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$861 body only

$1,279 with 28-135mm lens

Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,585 - $1,997 body only

$2,109 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,219 - $1,399 body only

$1,679 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS
Screen size Much smaller screen

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,585 - $1,997 body only

$2,109 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D5

Nikon D5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,497 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder
Nikon D4s

Nikon D4s

Pro DSLR

$5,491 - $5,997 body only

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Much shorter battery life

discussion

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Avatar for Lars A Grønningsæter Lars A Grønningsæter (8:42 PM, October 22, 2013)
Mind-boggling
 
Treepop (5:58 PM, July 03, 2012)
This comparison is mind bottling. It bottles the mind. How can something with so many distinct advantages loose by such a large margin? I would say maybe a 90 to 95...or 92 to 88, but a 7 point advantage...I dunno about that. 80% more detail in shots, while only sacrificing 1/2 a stop. In addition to much MUCH better video. This is a tough choice. Sure the d3s is the low light king (however it might loose that title to the 1dx, we shall see), but Canon does have a lot to offer.