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It’s been Canon EOS 5D MkIII fever over here for the past few days and, with the age old argument of Canon Vs. Nikon ever-present, I thought it was about time we put them up against each other for a head to head battle.

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I’ve compared all the key details below and, using only facts, not opinion, I’ve listed which one comes out on top.

My question: which one will you be buying?

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Vs. Nikon D800

 Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIWinnerNikon D800
Megapixels22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensorNikon36.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
ProcessorDiG!C 5+DrawExpeed 3
ISO100-25600 (expandable to 102400)Canon100 - 6400 (expandable to 50 - 25600)
Memory TypeCompact Flash, SDDrawCompact Flash, SD
Focus Points61 pointsCanon51 points
Frames Per Second6fpsCanon4fps in FX format, 6fps in DX
Viewfinder Coverage100%Draw100%
Screen Size3.2″ Draw3.2″
Min Shutter Speed30 secDraw30 sec
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 secDraw1/8000 sec
Self Timer10 sec, 2 secNikon2 - 20 sec
Metering ModesEvaluative, Centre-weighted, Spot, PartialCanonMatrix, Centre-weighted, Spot
VideoFull HD Movie DrawFull HD Movie
ConnectivityUSB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, Wireless Remote (optional)DrawUSB 3, HDMI, Mic Input, 10-Pin Remote Terminal
Battery TypeLithium-IonDrawLithium-Ion
File FormatsAVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4DrawRAW, TIFF, JPEG, MPEG-4, H.264
Dimensions152 x 116 x 76mmDraw146 x 123 x 82 mm
Quiet Shutter ModeYesDrawYes
AF AssistOptionalNikonYes
Built-in Flash NoNikonYes
Battery Life950Canon850
Multiple ExposuresYes, up to 9CanonNo
HDR ModeYesDrawNo
Shutter Life150,000 ActuationsNikon200,000 Actuations
Time-lapse SupportNoNikonYes
Comparative PlaybackYesCanonNo

Here’s the facts: Canon wins 7, Nikon wins 7 and there are 14 draws.

Pretty evenly matched but which factors matter the most to you? And why is Canon $500 more expensive?

Nikon’s higher megapixels count is more important to me than Canon’s comparative playback but Canon’s ISO range is more important to me than Nikon’s built in flash, so it really comes down to personal preference.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Vs. Nikon D800 – Which Is Best?

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