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

Nikon D3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D3

181

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

174

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
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 D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Slightly lighter
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$105 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,419 - $1,497 body only

$1,899 - $1,997 with 24-120mm 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

$999 - $1,029 body only

$1,399 - $1,999 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

$2,349 body only

$2,599 - $3,200 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,796 with 18-135mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lens availability More lenses available
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

discussion

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