• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

Buy From

Differences

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Nikon Df

  • Shoots 60p video
    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
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 1080p video
    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
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Df advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.31 vs 6.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    1400 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)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    29 vs 18 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

Buy From

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
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Wi-Fi
Nikon Df
Canon 6D
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Longer battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A850
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon Df
Sony A850
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon Df
Sony A99
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D610

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

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 Df
Nikon D750
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Compare Other Cameras?