• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • $8000 MSRP
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $3184 Average Retail $3500 MSRP

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Advantages

Nikon D3X over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    4400 vs 950 shots
    Capture more photos

Canon 5D Mark III over Nikon D3X

  • 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
  • 1080p
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    950g vs 1392g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 31 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $2408
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $3184
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $2408
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Pentax 645D

Nikon D3X
Pentax 645D
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4907
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Canon 5D Mark III
Pentax 645D
  • $3184
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4907
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 1D X

Nikon D3X
Canon 1D X
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life
  • $6437
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • 1080p
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 1D X
  • $3184
  • 35mm
  • Headphone jack
  • More pixels
  • $6437
  • 35mm
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Nikon D4

Nikon D3X
Nikon D4
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Longer battery life
  • More pixels
  • $5622
  • 35mm
  • Headphone jack
  • 1080p
Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D4
  • $3184
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $5622
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D3X
Sony A99
  • $8000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $3184
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $2407
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
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