Bring Em OUT! Nikon D800 vs Canon 5d Mk III!


OK! The Champions Nikon (black and yellow) and Canon (red and black) came out swingin the past couple of months.  2 high end bodies from both.  This blog will compare tech specs only.  (not an official review, since I haven’t had a chance to shoot with any of them. logical right?!)  For this one we’ll look at the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5d mk III.  Both camps have waited quite a while to see these medium size DSLR Work horses.

Quick thoughts. I am glad to see improvements and I am (finally) impressed with something from Nikon.  36.3 is a ton of megapixels on a 35mm full frame so it should be interesting what noise looks like. Long story short. Great camera’s from great companies. Neither (in my opinion) are reasons to jump sides. The Canon has far more upgrades valuable to video shooting…though I am WILDLY impressed to see 61 points of focus. We’ll see if they made it focus any faster. Dual card slots will be lovely as well. MOVING ON TO NERDVILLE!


Camera Feature Nikon D800 Canon 5D Mark III
Sensor Resolution 36.3 Million 22.3 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.9x24mm 36x24mm
Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Image Size 7360 x 4912 5760 x 3840
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC 5+
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x 0.71x
Storage Media 1x Compact Flash and 1x SD 1x Compact Flash and 1x SD
Continuous Shooting Speed 4 FPS, 6 FPS in DX mode with MB-D12 battery grip 6 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 200,000 cycles 150,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor 91,000-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering III iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6,400 ISO 100-25,600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600 ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400
Autofocus System Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX with 51-points (up to 15 cross-type points) 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)
AF Detection Up to f/8 (up to 9 cross-type sensors) Up to f/5.6
Built-in Flash Yes No
AF Assist Yes No, only with external flash
Video Output H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Uncompressed Video Output Yes (HDMI) No
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p
Audio Recording Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 921,000 dots 1,040,000 dots
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments
Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments
HDR Support Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Wi-Fi Functionality Eye-Fi Compatible, WT-4A Eye-Fi Compatible, WFT-E7
Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 850 shots (CIPA) 950 shots (CIPA)
Battery Charger MH-25 Quick Charger LC-E6 Charger
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 3.0 2.0
Camera Construction Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 144.78 x 121.92 x 81.28mm 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight 900g 860g
MSRP Price $2,999 $3,499

If you want the super duper nerd talk reviews on these beasts check out these links for the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5d mk iii from They are always the first place I look at for reviews. Serious, these are jedi nerds that give so much back to the community. Everybody should tell them thank you.

I look forward to the mk III, but mainly because I am shooting/directing so much video. Still wise it’s not a complete trump of the mk II which is still a fantastic camera.
What do you guys think??





  • Vanessa says:

    Looking at the numbers alone, it seems the Nikon is the winer. I’m a canon girl, and don’t plan on switching, so I’ll add the Miii to my wish list 🙂 Thanks!

    • Brian Braun says:

      Yes I would def say Nikon walks away the champion out of these 2. Good for them, bout time. haha. I would love to play with one but I’m not switching just for that. I ordered a 5d mkiii and considering an X, but Hasselblad is more in my immediate needs.

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