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

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D800

93

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Thickness
Thin
3"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Size
Smaller
152x114x75 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
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
Cheaper
$1,999.50 vs $2,545.44
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The best price we've seen is $546 cheaper (more than 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark II0.71x
              D8000.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II400 ms
              D800200 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark II850 g
              D8001,000 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark II$1,999.50
              D800$2,545.44
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark II152x114x75 mm
              D800146x123x82 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              D8004 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II1
              D80015
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark II920k dots
              D800921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              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

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,973 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,650 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price More expensive

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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 .............