Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D300

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Live view
Has live view
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Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D300
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 67.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 21 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 206 ms vs 227 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 925 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 156 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
Size Slightly smaller 147x114x74 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $1,699.99 vs $2,299.99
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The best price we've seen is $600 cheaper (around 30% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II:400 ms
              D300:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark II:850 g
              D300:925 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
              D300:3,200 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
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark II:3"
              D300:2.9"
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
              D300:6,400 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              D300:6 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark II:79.0
              D300:67.0
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV
              D300:12 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO
              D300:679 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,200 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

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

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 - $629 body only

              $848 - $966 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,583 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $687 with 18-200mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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