Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D700

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

81

Nikon D700

79

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
41
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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 D700.

competitors

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

$2,339 - $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

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,799 - $1,997 body only

$2,479 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,266 - $1,497 body only

$1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$1,052 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

discussion

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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