Nikon D800E vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Top 21 Reasons for the
Compared to Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Vastly more megapixels (photo)
1.55x more megapixels (photo)
Notably lower noise at high ISO
29.92% lower noise at high ISO. The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
Clearly better image quality
14 better image quality. A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
50 g lighter
Somewhat better video recording quality
1080 x 30 fps
1080 x 29.97 fps
0.10% better video recording quality
Way better color depth
6.67% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
A little more battery power
5.56% more battery power
Has a stereo microphone
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Is dustproof and water resistant
Dustproof / water resistant at depth equal to or greater than 1m.
Noticeably wider dynamic range
22.22% wider dynamic range. The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
Clearly less shutter lag
0.55 s less shutter lag. The amount of time it takes the camera to take a photo, without having to focus.
Has a built-in focus motor
The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. With it built into the camera, you still have the function when using a lens without its own motor. This allows you to use a wider range of lenses.
GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
7.22 mm narrower
Noticeably more microphone(s)
1 more microphone(s). More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Has a flash
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
Vastly faster flash X-sync
25% faster flash X-sync. Flash synchronization is defined as the firing of a photographic flash coinciding with the shutter admitting light to the image sensor. In general, faster flash sync speeds are better if the photographer needs to flash-fill subjects that are backlit and wants to avoid motion blur, or wants to increase depth of field by using a high aperture.
Has timelapse function
A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.
Has dual card slots
It has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Clearly newer USB version
1 newer USB version. Newer USB versions are faster and have better power management.
Nikon D800E is better than Canon EOS 5D Mark III because...
Top 16 Reasons for the
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Compared to Nikon D800E
Marginally larger sensor
24 x 36 mm
24 x 35.9 mm
0.28% larger sensor. The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
Vastly more focus points
10 more focus points. The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
Notably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
1.50x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
Vastly higher maximum light sensitivity
4x higher maximum light sensitivity. With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Slightly higher pixel density
8.82% higher pixel density
Significantly higher resolution
12.72% higher resolution
A little bit less body volume
6.70% less body volume
A lot longer battery life
50 shots longer battery life. CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Significantly less startup delay
0.02 s less startup delay. It takes less time for the camera to turn on and take a first picture.
Has a microphone in
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
A little shorter
5.50 mm shorter
Significantly higher resolution (screen)
1040 k dots
921 k dots
119 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
A little thinner
5.10 mm thinner
Has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
Notably more cross-type focus points
26 more cross-type focus points. Cross-type focus points, in contrast to normal focus points, can detect both horizonal and vertical making them the most precise and reliable focus points to use.
Has 100 percent viewfinder coverage
With 100 percent viewfinder coverage you can preview the full image that the image sensor will capture, rather than missing some of the outer edges.