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

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 15
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Grab focus in difficult situations
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 90% more detail in your photos
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 120 ms vs 197 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Cheaper $249.95 vs $3,395.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,145 cheaper (13.6x less)
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
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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 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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              3"
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III:6 fps
              D700:5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              D700:80.0

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,997 with 35mm 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $2,868 - $4,300 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Much larger

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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