• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Canon 5D Mark III over Nikon Df

  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    22.3 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    61 vs 39
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Less shutter lag
    0.120 vs 0.274 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.7 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Df over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 6.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Newer
    11 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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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.

  • Same sensor and processor as professional D4; Great image quality; Arguably the best available-light shooter in its class; Handsome, retro styling; Weather-sealed design; Big, clear full-frame viewfinder; Excellent battery life

  • Expensive; Bulky, yet handgrip is quite modest; Some controls are clumsy; Plastic body panels don't gel with retro aesthetic; Autofocus isn't in the same league as image quality; No AF assist lamp; No movie capture; No portrait grip; Single card slot

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 Df
Canon 6D
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

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 Df
Nikon D800
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
  • $2484
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • 60p

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon Df
Sony A99
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D610

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

Compared to Nikon D4S

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D4S
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Df
Nikon D4S
  • $2614
  • 35mm
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
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