• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Nikon D610

  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More AF points
    61 vs 39
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    63 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D610 advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $1997 vs $3099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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.

  • Eliminated sensor dust-and-oil spot issue from D600; Great controls for amateur or pro; Comfortable ergonomics and weight; Excellent image quality and low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Not drastically different from D600; Moire with certain subjects; Auto WB still too warm in incandescent light; Slow AF in live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D610
Sony A99
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D600
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1357
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D610
Nikon D600
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • $1357
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon Df

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon Df
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
Nikon D610
Nikon Df
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D750
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon D610
Nikon D750
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
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