• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Advantages

Nikon D800 over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 22.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Canon 5D Mark III over Nikon D800

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.25 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    ~ <0.2 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance.

  • Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700.

  • 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 D800
Canon 6D
  • $1774
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Wi-Fi
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $1386
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $1774
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1980
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D800
Nikon D610
  • $1774
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D610
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer

Compared to Nikon Df

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
  • $1774
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon Df
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Canon 5DS

Nikon D800
Canon 5DS
  • $1774
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
  • $3665
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5DS
  • $2476
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer battery life
  • $3665
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Newer
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