Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D7100

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

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Nikon D7000

74

Nikon D7000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 40% 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
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k 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
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
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Smaller
132x105x77 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$679.00 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,275 cheaper (4.4x less)
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
780 g vs 950 g
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Around 20% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              D7000:39
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:39 PM, March 26, 2012)
              Hey Lowmans

              We do not have the DxOMark score yet for the 5D Mark III so we have yet to make a recommendation, our score is preliminary until then.