Nikon D800 vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark III specs comparison

Here is a quick specs comparison between the Nikon D800 and the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III:

Model Nikon D800 Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Effective Pixels 36.3 million  22.3 megapixels
Sensor Size 35.9mm x 24mm 36 mm x 24mm
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
 JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original)
Picture Control Landscape
User-customizable Settings
User Defined 1-3
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
CF Cards (Type I)
Compatible with UDMA CF cards
SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards
Card Slot 1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card  1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30x24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
 Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
(At approx. 21mm eyepoint)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x Approx. 0.71x Approx.
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S Lenses)
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 4 frames per second High-speed: Maximum approx. 6 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec.
Silent continuous shooting: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec.
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV  ±5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 6400
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
SO 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments)
ISO speed expansion possible to ISO 50, 51200, and 102400
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)  61-point (up to 41 cross-type points)
One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.810 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4
and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
One-Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF
AI Focus AF
Manual focus
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51 61
Built-in Flash Yes No
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Auto (AWB)
Tungsten light
White fluorescent light
Custom (Custom WB)
Color temperature
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
 Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
1920x1080: 30/25/24fps
1280x720: 60/50fps
640x480: 30/25fps
Monitor Size 3.2 in. diagonal 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dots Approx. 1.04 million dots
Monitor Type TFT TFT
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Single image,
Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information
histogram, 4- or 9-image index
magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x)
rotated image (auto/manual)
image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen
by shooting date, by folder)
two-image comparative display
slide show
star rating
Battery Life (shots per charge) 900 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA) Approx. 950 (Viewfinder Shooting, At 73°F/ 23°C)
Approx. 850 (Viewfinder Shooting, At 32°F/ 0°C)
Approx. Dimensions 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in. (144.78mm x 121.92mm x 81.28mm)  6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 in. (152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 mm)
Approx. Weight 31.7 oz. (900g) body only 30.3 oz. (860g) body only
 Price $2,999.95 $3,499.00
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  • This time Nikon won.

    • karl

      and look at the pictures – Canon doesn’t even give the body cap.

      • Yoan


      • whattobuyCannikon

        hahaha…but Canon gives you noncleaned hdmi…so don’t be sad…hahaha

      • d400

        thats so as to cut the price down by a crucial $10.

    • zoom

      How did you figure that out just by looking at a spec sheet? Both the cameras have only been announced. They are not even in the market yet.

      • Vlad

        What’s their to figure out? Specs sheets say it pretty much all.

        • Andrew

          What’s “there” to figure out? Good point though, cheers!

          • Vlad

            Lol, I can’t believe I made that mistake!

        • St.

          Agree, the specs says it all. Here is a full comparison between the specs of the two cameras, as the winning features are marked with green. You can see the score at the bottom:

          5D Mark III will be a very good camera, and will produce very nice images, but it’s not a match for D800.
          As the article title says “Nikon innovates, Canon renovates!”

          I am Nikon! Cheers!

          • timon

            d300 5.42µm 12.48MP/TR(Tonal Range: ISO200/8.32bits, ISO 400/7.81bits
            d7000 4.73µm 16MP/Tonal Range: ISO 100/9.01bits, ISO 400/8.06bits

            you look, the d7000 pixel pitch was less than d300, but the imaging quality heightened!
            a new d800 announcement was in the d7000 launched date over 30 months. Well then the DSLR sensor gotten advancement.

            you have to notice the DSLR sensor advancement, moreover it still has a large pixel pitch 4.7μm or 4.85μm, and not a low-cost DC sensor only the pixel pitch 1.7 μm.

            5d2 and 5d3 inside the key mirror-box are plastic, only the outer skin Mg-Al, Canon did not say that. It is not a really alloying body.
            Canon 1d series have a alloying mirror-box, the lens-mount module fixed on the alloying base, but the 5d series sat on the plastic base.

            d300, d700, d800 all these are with alloying mirror-box.
            The d800e is more attractive.

      • Jason

        D700 and 5D mk II had same ISO specs of 6400, but D700 faired much better in low light. Is the new ISO specs for Mk III exagerrated, again?

        • Looks like it. Did you see the NR on those DP Review samples? Pretty heavy-handed in the luminance noise, once again. Say goodbye to noise….and detail!!!

          • JAson

            Yup! All marketing specs. 61 points of focus, but they only go upto f 5.6. Big 22mp, but usb 2.0. Advanced HD, but no clean HDMI out. Even 6 fps has a catch.

            • Jason —

              I looked into this, and nothing stuck out to me on the 6fps from Canon. Can you elaborate?

    • Rolf

      Yup. Everything almost identical, except resolution, built in flash, and price, and Nikon wins on all three by a significant margin. Surprisingly it’s even a bit faster in “normal” mode. We still need to see some really well done sample images to compare noise and general IQ for a definitive “final score,” but considering Nikon has generally held the edge on that historically, I doubt there will be any show-stoppers in that arena.

      Now, if it could just get some really good “preset” or user-definable button or dial to rapidly switch between things, a la the U1 and U2 on the D7000 or the C1 / C2 / C3 on the 5D mk II.

      • Not sure ‘built in flash’ is a plus unless it’s to trigger off camera flash. I now more pixels is great, but I also need bigger hard drives, longer to download, longer to open, longer to batch process… where does the MP count end… I know some togs only shoot jpeg for weddings, I knew 1 that would only shoot weddings at medium quality jpeg as they were big enough for the albums. I wonder if the smallest files this produces are still larger than the files on this thing

        Price is a plus for Nikon… very disappointing that the price difference in the US is only $500 when it’s £800 different in the UK ($1100)

        Would definitely consider the nikon for the +-5 as a plus.

        might consider a 1DX over the 5D3 – I don’t want to change systems, yet anyway – though I can see many might.

        Both are objects of desire

        • Q

          On camera flash is not a plus for elite photographers.. Lol

        • Qw

          You must be elite cause you say “togs”

      • I agree !
        I love the ‘U’ settings on my D7000. Extremely handy! But even though D800 doesn’t include that It’s still not a game changer. I’m pretty quick in Nikon’s excellent menus if i need anything changed, as i’m sure most of you folk are.

        • St.

          Agree. There are times, when those presets are extremely useful. I was shooting a MX racing and staying in the curve I wanted to take two shots of the same riders – one when they were jumping (appearing in my field of view and then close one when they were passing me on the curve. I needed two totally different settings and there was no way to set manually for each shot. So I set up the two and then just was switching between them. Amazing work.
          So yeah, I’ll miss that.

      • Crimed

        Not that it’s the most important thing, but I too really wish Nikon would have presets like the 3 on the Canon that reset everything to previously defined-by-user values.

    • Yusuf

      Sony Alpha need to show hands right noww……!!

    • Nikon Shooter

      Nikon was so worried about cannibalizing the D4 sales with the D800 (the way it went down with D3/D700) that they made the two very different from each other. That’s called micromanaging to death, because they completely missed the elephant that was the true threat to their sales. The 5D Mark III, at least on paper, is what the D800 should’ve been. Perfect number of megapixels, healthy fps rate and very intriguing ISO numbers. The number of focus points is also higher.

      If I didn’t know any better I’d be tempted to say that 5D Mark III is a better D700 replacement, but I’m well aware of how Canon lies about their ISO numbers and how atrocious Canon’s AF really is. Thus it’s too soon to tell, but if 5DMIII’s true performance is even 90% as good as it is on paper, then it’s a clear winner for most photographic applications.
      Let’s hope that the true D700 replacement is in the works.

      • Jaws

        The number of focus points or cross type sensors being higher hasn’t proven to be better. Canon usually has more of both, yet the Nikon’s always have better autofocusing systems. Even in comparing the 5D Mark III to the D800, the D800 has more active cross type sensors at f/2.8, and will autofocus at f/8 where the Canon has less active cross type sensors at f/2.8 and will not focus as f/8.

        The high ISO performance should be very good in the Canon, but in the past Canon has over exaggerated it’s high ISO performance so it will be interesting to see how this camera actually performs compared to the Nikon bodies.

        I do believe that Nikon in 12-18 months will come out with a DXXX to replace the D700 which will use the D4 sensor. If so, that will be much better than the 5D Mark III in just about every thing except for the Canon having 22 MP vs. 16 MP. But that isn’t too big of an advantage, and if you need more MP you can get the D800 which blows the Canon out of the water in terms of resolution.

      • I also hope for the real D700 replacement. 5 D Mark III has the sensor specs which I was waiting from D800.

        Nikon has the market of high ISO and low Mpx count, but a new under 6.000 Euro camera for this market is missing.

        Probably Nikon will realise that now, so they will start now working and they will announce the new 24 Mpx full frame camera in 2016.

    • I think that depends on what one person expects. I for one would have loved canon’s features in my next nikon body. But i guess we have to wait for the reviews to arrive.

  • Happy with my D800 pre-order…

    • Jim H


  • Zr

    Either Canon’s going to lower the price-tag, or Nikon’s going to up its. I would hate the see the second one happen.

  • Andreas

    Are those images represetative of the sizes? It looks like the Canon is significantly smaller….

  • T.I.M

    Are the 2 pictures at the same scale ?

    • broxibear

      camerasize have it in their database

      • T.I.M

        Thank you my friend, what will NR be without you !

    • I think so – those are press images

  • Joel

    Canon left a big gap between 2000$ 5dm2 and 3500$ 5dm3. The sale of D800 will be hot. The productivity of Nikon is a huge problem.

  • +This time Nikon won.

    • St.


      Btw, does the Canon have a crop mode??

      • Nope. Also, they don’t have compressed RAW functionality like Nikon has offered for years. Those Canon RAW files are paaaaaaaainful to manage when uncompressed.

        • St.

          Yeah, one more thing, better for Nikon!
          the DX mode is very useful, when need some reach.
          I now don’t feel sorry I sold my D7000. Seems that D800 in crop mode will have better quality images than D7000.

  • R!

    Very good but you forgot one thing Nikons sdhc/xc is UHS 1 compatible,while none of Canons are.

    • R!

      UHS 1 compatible camera: Nikon D7000
      Lumix GX1
      Nikon D800/E

  • Nikon wins the round this time in terms of overall usability, functionality, price, and versatility. Chalk one up for the dark side.


  • Cha

    Cannot wait for my D800E

    • T.I.M

      Cancel your pre-order and I’ll get mine faster !
      Thanks !

      • Cha


      • Ralph

        You should both cancel your orders……

        I got an email from B&H managing my delivery expectations for the E version….

        ” ….Nikon US allocation, shipments” yada, yada, yada

  • Isnogud

    Muhaha: The Canon still looks like a cheap plastic toy!
    …and probably is…
    D800 rulez, yeah!

    • First in Line….

      That was my first thought too. Canon’s look cheap and plastic.

  • MJ

    Both failed

    • rorobert


    • whattobuyCannikon

      hahaha…you are for hollywood…hahaha

    • Rob Ueberfeldt

      Or they both win. Either one would be nice for my kit.

  • Rich in TX

    also left out was that the Nikon has USB 3.0, the Canon has the old USB 2.0.
    3.0 is 10x faster than 2.0

    slam dunk by Nikon

    • R!

      Yes this very very important!!!!!
      the D800 is the first camera, I think ,that provides USB 3.0 ?

      • Is it really important? Yes those file sizes are bigger and will take longer to transfer over USB 2 but even my 12 month old PC doesn’t have USB 3 and thankfully it’s downwards compatible with USB 2 connections. How many people truly have USB 3 waiting to take advantage of this? I will have to buy and fit a USB 3 card if I want to take utilise this standard but there are known massive compatibility issues with this approach (for some reason I can’t really work out yet).

    • StevieJ

      Sony A99 blocks the dunk…

      • Twaddler Belafonte

        Does yet not exist. 😛

  • R!

    The calendar playback option is a great news,specially with the big capacitys of cards today.
    I always missed it in pro-body …
    I will take 2x64go or 2×128 go ,if the price go down ,and lets go!!!worldround trip without computer!!!!

  • grayscale

    Nikon wins on video with the clean HDMI out.
    Even though lower ISO, I’m sure Nikon performs better in low light.
    It will surely have sharper images, but really they are both amazing.
    D800 is 500$ cheaper though!

    • cowboycoffee

      yeah, i was surprised to not see that in the comparison. that’s everything, to me.

    • R!

      60 fps in 720p HD is a big improovement for Action film also!!

    • whattobuyCannikon

      I dissagree that it will be better in lw light with same iso…I wanted D800 to be better but it will not be. At least what we saw on videos had lot of noise. But I still prefer it because firstly of clean HDMI and many little specs that are better than 5D, like crop mode etc.

    • Ray

      Sure Nikon wins on video… for now.

      When Magic Lantern is out for the Mark III though, that won’t be the case.

    • framed

      The D800 requires interpolation and non-linear down-sampling to get from 36MP down to 1080p.

      The 5D3 sensor is 3×1920 wide – 5760 x 3840. This should make for very straight forward recording of HD video.

      My bet is that Canon have chosen the sensor size (3xHD) to help eliminate moire, etc, and despite the D800 having clean HDMI out, the 5D3 will kick the D800’s butt when it comes to video.

  • bob

    Flash Sync Speed
    D800 : Up to 1/250 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower.
    5DMk3 : 1/200 sec

    • That’s a huge limitation that affects real-world shooting situations. Whenever I’m working with colleagues who shoot Canon, we’re hamstrung to have to sync as low as 1/125 sometimes to avoid sync issues with the higher-power ProFoto D1 Air or Acute kits. It really can cause issues, inside AND outside.

      • bob

        Yes when my D700 is connected by cable to the Elinchrome Ranger RX type A , I can sync at 1/320s and it’s a BIG adventage on 5D. I hope that will be the same with D800.

  • R!

    I’d say : slam dunk 360° alley hoop by Nikon !!!!!!

    • Rorobert

      How can you write Win/Fail without having tried them? How come they have almost the same properties! Who cares about 36 MPx, crazy high speed CF cards? Why Canon so expansive? Pfff…

      • Ray

        expansive?…Don’t you mean expensive!!!

      • R!

        36 mpx is better.

  • Dime

    Waiting for DXO Labs comparison… Noise and EV range are my fav.
    Nikon Rules anyway

  • dime

    waiting for DXO Labs comparison. Noise & EV range are my fav…
    Nikon Rules anyway

  • R!

    Guys just get the 16 35 VR while you can ,because It’s going to be out of stock very very soon ,like the 18 200 VR used to be!!!!

    • ken

      why so, it’s middle of the road according to DxOMark and i haven’t seen a review anywhere that inspires me to go out and buy one.

      • R!

        Its the sharpest wild angle zoom of photography history ,plus It has VR!!!!!!

        • Dear lord, this is everything wrong with today’s crowd. Too much time on Mr Rockwell’s site no doubt…

          1. Wide angles don’t need VR.
          2. In my view the 16-35 is a VERY average lens indeed, even for landscape work. Poor at both ends, OK in the middle of the range.
          3. If you buy the D800 for landscapes, you will only get the best from primes, not zooms.
          4. The 24mm f/3.5 PC-E trounces a lens like the 16-35. I guarantee nothing will be better for a wide angle in front of the D800; if you want to get the best from those 36MP, take a long look at any prime before lower end zooms.
          5. Paying less attention to Rockwell in the long run pays dividends.

  • Dweeb

    I smell a Canon 500 dollar rebate coming.

    • It’s coming but $300 to make it the same as the D700’s price.

  • Max

    I’m still not a fan of the build quality of Canon cameras… too much of a plastic feel to them. However, I do wish that Nikon would pick up from Canon and give us the ability to shoot RAW in smaller resolutions…

    • I *always* describe Canon bodies as “feeling like toys” and all the Canon shooters don’t understand me. When I got into this game I was totally brand neutral and put my hands on bodies from ALL sorts of brands. Nikon’s felt like machined metal with purposeful angles. Couldn’t get behind the Canon feel.

      • Same with me – it was a toss-up between Nikon and Pentax. Canon and Olympus just didn’t feel right..

    • burgerman

      If shooting at 20mp + raw is what you want then great. But… The whole point of raw is to get the best image possible. So you want it full size while its worked on, de noised, etc. THEN shrink it to canon size…

    • I also wish the D800 could shoot raw in lower resoltion/smaller file sizes. The price difference is gonna be squashed by the cost of 128GB memory cards lol.

      I love Nikon and im sure im going to love my D800 (only if it arrives on the 21st as amazon promised. lol)

      Not happy about 76Mb tho. Least not for weddings but for normal shooting it will be pretty awesome!

      • It seems like people forget (or don’t realize) that Nikon offers two options for file-size reduction in RAW. You can choose lossless compressed OR lossy compressed RAW file format with Nikons, whereas you can only shoot full file-size (non-compressed) with the Canons. This means that the 5DmkIII will create a ~30mb raw file at 22mp, whereas the D800 will produce a ~36mb file at 36mp.

        Additionally you can also choose crop modes in the D800, 1.2x crop mode (24mp, ~27mb), and 1.5x crop mode (16mp, ~18mb). (I don’t acknowledge the 5:4 crop mode 😉 )

    • Frisco


      Image size adjusts to photographers’ needs:

      While many people have high expectations of the kind of image quality possible with 36.3 megapixels, I think some may worry that it’ll be tough taking full advantage of that potential. What have you done to make the camera accessible to a wide range of users?
      Hara: “The D800 has an effective pixel count of 36.3 megapixels, but that doesn’t mean it can take pictures only at that size. There are three image sizes – large, medium, and small – and you can choose the one that suits your needs. In FX format, the large size enables shooting with about 36.2 megapixels, while about 20.3 megapixels are used for the medium size, or maybe if you’re taking snapshots you’ll find you can get by with the small size, which is about 9 megapixels. Both the medium and small settings use data from the full extent of the 36.3-megapixel sensor optimally processed to a smaller size using EXPEED 3. Therefore, we suggest selecting medium or small for normal use and choosing large only for, say, group portraits or very high resolution landscape shots. And just like our high-end D4 model, the D800 offers a choice of four image area settings: FX format, DX format, a nearly square 5:4 format that studio photographers will find easy to use, and a 1.2x format that is slightly narrower than the FX format. Each of these formats is available in the large, medium, and small sizes I mentioned earlier, giving the photographer considerable freedom in choosing a size.”

      • Ralph

        Will S, M and L be in raw format? Anyone know?

        • Frisco

          My guess is that it applies to RAW and JPEG, but we won’t know for sure until the camera is available. Here is a link to the entire interview:

        • jorg

          sure it does. raw is what comes out of the sensor with minimal adjustments. afterwards the compression-engines take the daty to create tiff + jpg.

          • noal

            Frisco and others: No, L,M,S modes are most probably only for jpeg and tiff. Check the official D800 brochure, page 26 – memory card capacity.

    • Ray

      I wouldn’t say that the Canons are built like toys, but Nikons just fit in my hands better, have a control layout that works better for me, and just ergonomically suit me so much better.

      Before my first DSLR all my previous cameras were Canons, and I was initially set on a Canon, but then I got my hands round a D90…

    • quork

      you can shoot raw in dx-mode

  • Usonoid

    Where the “that’s it, I change to Canon now” boys are now?

  • I do think the D800 is the superior body… but the Canon *is* closer to the mini-D4 “true D700 replacement” that most of you are clamoring for.


      Shoot at 9 or 20mp and so is a D800

    • R!

      D 400 is coming for that after Olympics!!!!

  • John

    Too bad that the Nikon sucks at the high iso range, compared to the Canon.
    And what about the Moire of the D800E, what a miss

    • Andy

      >And what about the Moire of the D800E,

      Umm…what? Just order the D800 then and you’ll save $500 to boot.

      Seriously, that was a silly comment.

    • “Too bad that the Nikon sucks at the high iso range, compared to the Canon.”

      Apparently you don’t know how to analyze images. The samples that DP Review has posted shows massive luminance noise reduction, something that should be no surprise since that’s what they’ve done since day one. You may see less noise, but you lose loads of fine detail in the process. If soft images are your bag, cool. But your comment is just silly. Canon is a spec monster, nothing more.

  • Robert Orlando

    Who cares if ur a good photographer dose it matter Nikon or Canon

    • R!


    • Vlad

      That doesn’t make any sense.

      • WoutK89

        if you’re a good photographer, the brand doesn’t matter.

        • Vlad

          You just repeated the same thing. Still doesn’t make sense.
          I think you are deriving this from the fact that a good photographer is able to take a good photo with any equipment. But that doesn’t mean that your equipment doesn’t matter. What if a specific brand is more comfortable for you to use?

          • R!


          • F

            I know some high end photographers who shoot weddings with their old cellphones.

            It is not the camera it is the photographer

            • Vlad


            • ivanaker

              If I hired a photographer, paid him, and he shows up with a cellphone id sue him.
              Im a casual shooter, i have DSLR for 2 years, 5 years ago i knew nothing about gear, but i knew that the bigger the camera the better the pictures. And that is what 99% of non photographers think. So, everybody would fire a hired pro who shows up with a phone.

  • Bjorn Erik

    Canon have tried to please both camps here,.. Nikon went in two directions, one highspeed, high iso, low-res. And another slower, high-res. I ordered the D800 a while ago.. and I’ve not got any regrets, even though i had hoped it would have the same iso-specs as this 5D MkIII’s now got. It seems like Canon are allways struggelig, desperately to look better on paper, but looking at these specs, they’re struggelig to match the D800. It’ll be really interesting to see these battle it out in some real life test-scenarios.

  • ano102

    5DmarkIII is the successor of 5DmarlII, but D800 is not the remplacement of D700

    5DmarlIII and D800 are not designed for the same photographer

    • R!

      D800 are for photographer from Mars!!!!

    • I think this is marketing crap. Successors or not.. who cares? Be sure thy will fight 1:1 on all the reviews, forums and in people’s mind.

  • Robin

    Canon user gets a “Auto” in picture control, must be for dummies – a glorified point and shoot.

    • WoutK89

      and a ‘RATE’ button. Why not call it ‘LIKE’ and auto upload for facebook?

      • Ray

        If the ratings integrate well with Lightroom, that could actually be useful from a workflow POV.

    • Emanuele


  • MB

    Both cameras are awesome and have some advantages over the other but it seams to me that D800 have the edge here.
    To bad Nikon didn’t do anything more but a slight cosmetic change on SB-910 (and increased the price) do new Canon flash wins by far:

    • WoutK89

      all it wins on is integrated rf trigger. But 30 meters only????? The sb-910 does almost 20 meters with ir trigger.

  • Patrick

    In this comparison is still missing that the D800 can shoot 25fps in Full HD, as I can read on the Nikon Homepage (Germany): 1.920 x 1.080; 30 p (progressiv), 25 p, 24 p.

  • Jan

    D800 has 25fps, the same like Canon.

  • YM

    D800 = slow and noise on big pictures, 5DmkIII = fast and hi-iso on perfect 22M size sensor
    5DmarkIII will soon be the FF best seller of the year

  • kevin

    mark iii became the d700 replacement. wow

  • The D800 has more knobs, levers, do-dads, widgets, and a body cap. So clearly it’s the better camera 😉

  • D800 with 24 Megapixels would have won!

    • The D800 has 24mp. 1.2 crop mode. I think real world tests will show this camera to be on par or superior to the 5DmkIII.

      You have some incredible product design work. Your sketches are phenomenal.

        • Personally, I’m cautiously optimistic about the D800 with its 36mp sensor. After all, the D3x had a 3mp surplus on the 5DmkII, and yet it produced cleaner files by a noticeable margin. Likewise, judging from the initial samples from each camera, the Nikon has an advantage in base ISOs, and looks to also output cleaner, sharper files at higher ISOs.

          One thing is certain: the 5DmkIII high-ISO shots seen so far are frighteningly devoid of detail. Canon has stuck to the same old approach of sacrificing sharpness in an attempt to reduce apparent noise, even in RAW files it is assumed. That’s fine if you want to brag about zero noise at huge ISOs. But if you truly care about image quality and image sharpness (why else to get a camera with anything more than 12mp), then buyer beware.

  • Jack

    It looks like a nice camera to me. Canon wins the KiloISO crown, Nikon wins the megapixel crown. I think I’ll be happy win my D800, but I’m sure there are a lot of excited Canon users looking in the sofa cushions for enough change to make up the huge difference in price between the Mk II and the Mk III. Note that the current differential is $1k for the Canon but only $800 for the Nikon D800-D700.

  • MikeV

    You guys keep saying Nikon has the edge but I see similar cameras geared for two types of people…
    D800 is breaking into the medium format realm (commercial work, studio type work) while the 5DM3 is responding to the demands of wedding and low light photographers & videographers.
    Hopefully Nikon will make a Mini D4 to go against the the new 5DM3, preferably this year. Who knows, maybe if they make a D400 it will be upgraded to FF and be a low light beast… 16-21 mp, 100-25600 native iso, paired up with the rest of the D800 specs… One can only hope and wait

  • D400

    Nikon wins on
    SDXC compatible
    UHS-I compatible
    USB 3.0 compatible
    Uncompressed HDMI out (whatever that is)
    Popup flash that doubles as commander
    $500 less
    more resolution
    AA filter-less version
    Real Autofocus
    On-Off switch in a sensible place
    Better metering
    Autofocus to f/8 – like D4

    Anything I missed?

    • St.

      WB presets: 12 vs 6
      Custom WB: 5 vs 1
      Autofocus assist lamp: yes vs. optional with speedlight
      Self-timer: 2 to 20 sec (1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 sec) vs. 2 or 10 sec for Canon
      AE Bracketing, WB bracketing, etc….

    • D400

      and aperture control in video, and a built in timelapse function!!

    • jodjac

      91K RGB meter. Underline RGB.
      Face detection/tracking.

  • Opinion…

    Canon is worse because it doesn’t take Nikon lenses!
    I’d like to see what people would be saying if both cameras were by Nikon. Admit people, these (5d) are the specs that you wanted D700 replacement to have:). It’s probably going to be a great camera. I’ll still go (when I see the real reviews) for D800 though.

    • Will

      Actually Canon can take Nikon lenses with an adapter. However, you cannot put Canon lenses on a Nikon. The Novoflex Lens Mount Adapter from B&H costs $269.99.

      • I bought my Nikon lens to Canon body adapter for $10 USD. Works great.

  • Darren

    There really can’t be a winner or loser until we get to see the image quality of both, as that’s what really matters.
    Both are awesome camera’s by looking at the specs.
    I would lean to the Canon because of the higher ISO, but how will that look, we don’t know.

  • Harry

    Looks like a lot of specs are missing… output – HDMI ( uncompressed on the Nikon), ethernet plug, stereo mic jack, headphone jack, wireless flash control to name a few!

  • I’ve been waiting for years for the D700 successor. Never thought, that I would be thinking about switching to Canon… but the time has come. I still prefer a fast camera to a Pixelmonster!

    • MikeV

      that makes the two of us… just got to wait and see what comes next… maybe if enough people complain they start another dslr class for people with our needs

    • R!

      Sale some lenses ,buy a D4.
      If you don’t have enuff lenses then you dont need a pro body.
      ….or sale your car lol!!!!!!

      • MikeV

        unfortunately I need all my lenses, I shoot weddings so i need pro bodies, I can get by with d700 however their are some really dark churches that 100-25,600 native ISO would be perfect if they make a true successor to the D700. I know D3s’s are going in the 4k range on ebay but newer technology is usually better especially the new meter system by nikon seems like it will do really good.

        • Isnogud

          Oh, get a D4 and stop whining!

          • D4 is to big and to expensive for my needs.

    • I’d wait for the real-world tests. For example, the D800 will focus on F/8 lenses, but the 5DmkIII will only focus to f/5.6. Sure, Canon claims 102,000 ISO, but let’s wait and see what the real-world results look like. So far, the samples aren’t promising at all. There’s blotchy noise in the ISO 100 files from Canon (in the shadows, as usual). I think the Nikon is going to turn a lot of heads once the two cameras are released.

    • ivanaker

      Get a D4

  • Ren Kockwell

    Ridiculous comments considering we have little or no images to compare yet.

    But it seems to me that Nikon actually gambled a bit here and it may pay off. They have given us a D700 replacement that triples the MP while maintaining (it appears so far on paper) the low-light capability. If Canon could have done that, believe me, they would have. And the biggest surprise? A lower price! Unless you need the extra FPS, I can’t see the compelling argument for the MkIII. Throw the extra MP away if you don’t need them. The workflow complaints are laughable. Honestly.

    • R!

      The image on Nikon D800 page is enuff for me:the quality of colors of Nikons with this amount of pixels and the exactitude of the metering is beating even the best haselblad leaf or mamya,this is a revolution!!!!

    • tomas jonsson

      “little” images to compare? I’d say we have “few” images to compare but “little” images would probably be useless.

      • Mock Kenwell

        Wow. Ten thousand illiterate posters on this site and you’re going to call me out on that paltry usage? To boot, you do it by starting your post in lower case and ignoring two comma insertions.

  • iffi

    happy with my Nikon F1 pre-order

  • Egan

    I’m sorry, but Canon got OWNED by Nikon this time. The 5DMkIII @ $500 MORE than the D800 just looks downright embarrassing. I see at least a $5o0 price drop on the 5DMkIII coming very, very soon.

    Nikon’s historically better noise control will probably play out here, as well, even with the higher pixel density and Canon’s better (on paper) ISO specs. Even if it doesn’t, Nikon users can just downsample their 36MP images to 22MP and will surely trounce the Canon from there. The word here is flexibility; and that trophy goes to Nikon for this round.

    I’ll probably shoot Medium quality most of the time for snapshots of my kids and whatnot, and then shoot full tilt for landscapes and other work that needs hi-res. I am stoked for mine to arrive!

  • Dakota

    You forgot a few vital things the Nikon has over the Canon,
    HDMI out at uncompressed 4,2,2 video feed
    USB 3.o
    F/8 focusing ability (huge for anyone using teleconverters)
    Frame rate increase in crop modes (1.2x an 1.5x)

  • HTL

    I saw someone posted on youtube this one:

    Canon 5D Mark III Hands-on First Impression

    Canon 5D Mark III Hands-on First Impression
    In this video, we attend the Canon press conference for the 5D Mark III announcement. Kai waits, waits and waits some more and then finally gets to play with…..

  • Funduro

    Nikon D800 or Canon EOS 5D Mark III

    LOL, can Canon use any more letters and numbers? What DSLR you own? How much time do you have?

    • T.I.M

      In Italy it is called Canon EOS Marcus Julius XXIV

  • Justin

    I haven’t seen the D800s ISO performance but man, the Mark III looks ever so clean!

    • Thanks to some super heavy-handed Luminance noise-reduction. That’s a cardinal sin, in my book.

      • BasJ

        Thanks for that clarification. I also thought the 5D III high ISO shots were pretty amazing, but the sharpness is indeed poor.

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