• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D3X advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $2400* vs $3099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More dynamic range
    13.7 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer battery life
    More info 4400 vs 950 shots
    Capture more photos

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Nikon D3X

  • Higher effective ISO
    2,293 vs 1,992 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    950g vs 1392g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    63 vs 31 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 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
  • 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
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon D3X
Canon 6D
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $1391
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1391
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D3X
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2650
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $2650
  • 35mm

Compared to Leica S2

Nikon D3X
Leica S2
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Canon 5D Mark III
Leica S2
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $10000
  • 2.13 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D X
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $4573
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 1D X
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Headphone jack
  • $4573
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D3X
Sony A99
  • $4258
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2485
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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