Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 90% more detail in your photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 120 ms vs 197 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 950 g vs 1,074 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
        D700:2,303 ISO
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        5D Mark III:0.71x
        D700:0.72x
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        5D Mark III:61
        D700:51
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        5D Mark III:41
        D700:15
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        5D Mark III:500 ms
        D700:400 ms
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        5D Mark III:950 g
        D700:1,074 g
        Size Large Help
        5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
        D700:147x123x77 mm
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        5D Mark III:6 fps
        D700:5 fps
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        5D Mark III:11.7 EV
        D700:12.2 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        5D Mark III:81.0
        D700:80.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $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 D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,999 - $3,160 body only

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,499 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,697 body only

        $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $947 body only

        $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $6,799 body only

        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Size Much larger
        True resolution Lower true resolution

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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        vitalishe (8:14 AM, November 25, 2013)
        Ok, if we were to ignore the video (which is a big thing for many) the true advantages of Mark III would be only in resolution. The advantages of D700 would be the price and the frame rate with the battery grip (8fps). This is the only assumption under which these two cameras are tired.
        If you are doing only still photography this could be write reasonable, but there are too many people for whom this is a huge difference. So, Canon should have an advantage here.
         
        Ky (9:38 AM, April 17, 2013)
        I agree. How is it possible as-well that a 5D MK III with SO MANY EXTRA FEATURES, including most of all VIDEO CAPABILITIES BETTER IMAGE QUALITY and BETTER COLOR QUALITY is tied at 85 with a camera which its only advantages are its lighter and cheaper ?
         
        Stefano (7:42 AM, March 28, 2013)
        It's impossible that canon 5d mark iII is tie Nikon d700. I don't understand what's the criterion.I begin to think that your reviews are unreliable......
         
        NiKoN RuLeS!! (1:35 AM, March 28, 2013)
        It's awesome than a 2008 Nikon ties a 2013 Canon!! just Outstanding!!! The Nikon D700 is a Magnificent Camera!!
         
        Avatar for Joe_Bob Joe_Bob (5:18 PM, April 04, 2012)
        I just got my Canon 5D III yesterday and was so excited I just had to take some pictures to try it out and give a little review of what I have found so far!  I have to say… compared to the Canon 5D II I am very impressed with the camera so far.  The AF is unbelievable and far exceeds the MK II and MK I!  The Canon 5D III is super accurate, fast and will focus in the dark – literally…. The AF is definitely on level and may even exceed the 1D series. I have some images that were shot at ISO 102,000 and 51,000, but I haven’t had a chance to process them yet.  I wanted to put something up for others to see, so I am posting images from ISO 12,800 to begin with and ISO 6,400 to follow.  I will be adding more images and expanding my hands on review in the coming days