• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Nikon D4S

  • Less expensive
    $3099 vs $5997*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.20 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    22.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lighter weight
    950g vs 1356g
    Lighter weight

Nikon D4S advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 6.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,074 vs 2,293 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.3 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 3020 vs 950 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    17 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 63 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.6 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.8 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb still and video image quality; Powerful, fast, and accurate AF system with loads of cross-type points, loads of configurability and great frame coverage; Rugged, weather-sealed body with great control layout and user-interface configurability.

  • Dynamic range is limited by noise in deep shadows; Somewhat heavy-handed noise suppression and sharpening at default settings. (Shooting RAW avoids both.); No AF illuminator.

  • Excellent, tank-like build quality; First-rate ergonomics a pro would expect; Superb performance with confident autofocus; Great image quality; Big, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage; Excellent battery life; Doubles as a powerful video capture tool

  • Fairly minor upgrade over the D4; Image quality improvements apply only to JPEG; XQD card format isn't broadly accepted; Consumer-friendly default JPEG processing may turn off some pros; Body is large and hefty (but that's normal for pro gear)

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1391
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon D4S
Canon 6D
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1391
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon 1D X

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 1D X
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Headphone jack
  • $4573
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon D4S
Canon 1D X
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $4573
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon EOS-1D C

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Newer
Nikon D4S
Canon EOS-1D C
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D4S
Sony A99
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D610
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D4S
Nikon D610
  • $5997
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
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