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

Nikon D7100

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.7 EV
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 11.9 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 79.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% 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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$895.92 vs $2,494.73
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The best price we've seen is $1,599 cheaper (2.8x less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
950 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
675 g vs 850 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II:400 ms
              D7100:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              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

              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
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              Showing 11 comments

              Abey (9:28 AM, June 26, 2014)
              Im not really a fan of Canon nor Nikon,but in this instance ive stumbled apon this site cause i wanted to know is its really true that the Nikond7100 is far better than the Canon 5Dii , me an a good friend also pro photographer took some really good pics whole day , abit of everything action , wedding , food ect and the Nikon came out tops in terms of colour and resolution and its just plain true im not even a nikon fan ...the cANON WAS AN IS STILL MINE BY THE WAY ...IM NOT CHANGING IT ...all im saying is ,its better
               
              Soctav (8:16 AM, April 24, 2014)
              I don't think this website favors one or an other. They have an algorithm that compares certain key features and give points for each. D7100 is not a better camera than 5dMark2. It is a better deal. Because the website takes the price into account as well. So you get more camera for the buck with d100 than with 5d mark2 and I am sure this si true. 5d is only slightly better and the price is way way larger. And in my opinion Canon always made better cameras but a lot more expensive than Nikon. So if you are an uncompromising professional, you wil go for Canon's top cameras. But if you can't afford Canon's best, you will probably be better buying Nikon.
               
              rajeev sharma (11:15 PM, April 06, 2014)
              i think each one shoot whom they feel by his her fellings.our thought not equal.only a simple way bright contrast and colour make us confused.otherwise both r best.price is matter if we spend same as mark3 maybe its littlebit better.only one shot u paid 50% more.a passioner need a cam or time.low light doesnot metter
               
              Avatar for Saad Nadeem Hashmi Saad Nadeem Hashmi (7:56 AM, April 03, 2014)
              Canon is Best
               
              Avatar for Peter Paul Poop Peter Paul Poop (7:10 AM, February 10, 2014)
              nice compare...nikon is the best!
               
              Avatar for VotingHasChanged VotingHasChanged (3:10 AM, November 28, 2013)
              LMAO at all the butt hurt losers who wasted their money on the 5D!
               
              Protographer (2:40 PM, September 19, 2013)
              This website is Nikon supporter or may be like Dpreview alike support Sony. For normal sense, full frame camera is always better then the crop sensor. Likewise full moon is brighter then the half moon.
               
              Avatar for Iulian Iulian (11:44 AM, August 23, 2013)
              I'm starting to think that this site is making Nikon look way good than Canon...
               
              KENJI CHOI (11:23 PM, June 11, 2013)
              you can not compare $2475 vs $1179 = $1296 THAT'S BIG DOLLARS???????????????
               
              vitalishe (9:32 PM, June 08, 2013)
              How is that a camera that costs 40% less is only slightly cheaper?
              Also D7100 totally dominates D7000 and D7000 tied with 5DM2.
              How in the world is this true?
               
              Avatar for David Jackson David Jackson (2:38 AM, March 29, 2013)
              A TIE!? It's like the d7000 vs the mark 2 review was copied and pasted.