• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Advantages

Canon 5D Mark III over Nikon D610

  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    61 vs 39
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    950g vs 1350g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.120 vs 0.260 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.7 fps vs 1.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 36 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot 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 over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Newer
    12 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

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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
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Canon 1D X

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 1D X
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Headphone jack
  • More pixels
  • $6799
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon D610
Canon 1D X
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Headphone jack
  • $6799
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D800

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D800
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $2484
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
Nikon D610
Nikon D800
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
  • $2484
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D610
Sony A99
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon Df

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon Df
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Nikon D610
Nikon Df
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • 60p
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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