Nikon D3S vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Nikon D3S

86

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3S

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
41

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

Nikon D3S Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,799 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 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

$5,979 - $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 D500

Nikon D500

Pro DSLR

$1,997 body only

$3,067 with 16-80mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,799 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 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

$1,243 - $1,499 body only

$1,679 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Pro DSLR

$2,420 - $2,797 body only

$3,060 - $3,497 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

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.