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

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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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
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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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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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 Longer battery life 1000 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size Slightly smaller 147x114x74 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Almost the same
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
        Weight Heavy Help
        5D Mark II:850 g
        D300:925 g
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        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"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        5D Mark II:920k dots
        D300:922k dots
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        5D Mark II:11.9 EV
        D300:12 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        5D Mark II:79.0
        D300:67.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        5D Mark II:1,815 ISO
        D300:679 ISO

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        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 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

        $640 body only

        $850 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

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 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 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

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 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

        $1,608 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Shutter lag 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

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 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

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 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

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

        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

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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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