Canon® 5D Mark III vs Nikon® D800 - Page 2, 9.5 out of 10 based on 11 ratings
Canon 5D Mark III Advantages
On average, the Canon 5D Mark III is about $500 more expensive than the Nikon D800. The 5D Mark III costs around $3,500, while the Nikon D800 costs around $3,000. If you’re going to have to pay a little bit more for the Canon 5D Mark III, you might be wondering what kind of extras it has to offer in comparison to its top Nikon competitor. Here are a few of the key ways the 5D Mark III outshines the D800:
- The 5D Mark III’s maximum light sensitivity is much better than the Nikon D800′s. The 5D Mark III is fully capable of taking a clear picture of a dimly lit, nighttime scene at an ISO speed of 25,600. The Nikon D800, on the other hand, can only successfully capture a clear shot of a dimly lit scene at an ISO speed of 6,400.
- The 5D Mark III shoots faster than the D800. It can reach a continuous shooting speed of 6 frames per second, while the Nikon D800 can only reach a continuous shooting speed of 4 frames per second. Neither camera is particularly fast in the continuous shooting speed department, but the 5D Mark III is noticeably less sluggish when you’re trying to quickly capture several pictures in succession.
- The 5D Mark III’s 1,040k dot screen is higher in resolution than the D800′s 921k dot screen. Higher resolution screens allow photographers to get a better idea of what pictures they are about to take will look like and what pictures they’ve already taken will look like when they’re uploaded onto a computer.
- With 41 cross-type focus points, the 5D Mark III is able to easily and efficiently focus almost any subject. With 15 cross-type focus points, the D800 may have some trouble reliably focusing in some situations.
So, the Canon 5D Mark III definitely has some clear advantages over the Nikon D800. However, that doesn’t mean that the Nikon D800 doesn’t show up its Canon competitor in certain ways. Keep reading to find out why some photographers prefer the Nikon D800.