Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

95

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Thickness
Thin
3"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $2,595.00 vs $3,160.39
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The best price we've seen is $565 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 79.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 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
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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 900 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark II:0.71x
              D800:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II:400 ms
              D800:200 ms
              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 II:850 g
              D800:1,000 g
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              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.

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark II:920k dots
              D800:921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              Beldievirgil (1:53 PM, April 23, 2012)
              I think you are wrong whit ISO Canon it's better  i take a photo whit ISO 10000 and not have noise .............