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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Nikon D300

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Nikon D300

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Slightly 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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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Cheaper
$1,649.00 vs $2,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $526 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II400 ms
              D300300 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
              D300925 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              D3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark II3"
              D3002.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              5D Mark II25,600 ISO
              D3006,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark II21 MP
              D30012.2 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II1
              D30015
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              D3006 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark II920k dots
              D300922k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark II11.9 EV
              D30012 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark II79.0
              D30067.0

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $891 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm 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

              $619 with 18-55mm 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

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 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

              $3,885 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,364 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              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

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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 D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $698 body only

              $893 with 55-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,800 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm 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

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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