Updated (September 2008): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D3

Nikon D3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D3

104

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
88 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

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 D3.

competitors

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $679 body only

$949 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Slightly lighter
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,198 - $1,497 body only

$1,900 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,049 - $1,299 body only

$1,599 - $1,699 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,149 - $2,299 body only

$2,685 - $2,899 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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