• APS-H 525.5mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark III advantages over Nikon D610

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.23 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.10 vs 0.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2200 vs 900 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/300 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D610 advantages over Canon 1D Mark III

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-H
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Better color depth
    25.1 vs 22.7 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,925 vs 1,078 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.4 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    5 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.58x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 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
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Eliminated sensor dust-and-oil spot issue from D600; Great controls for amateur or pro; Comfortable ergonomics and weight; Excellent image quality and low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Not drastically different from D600; Moire with certain subjects; Auto WB still too warm in incandescent light; Slow AF in live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2774
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D610
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2774
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 1D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D610
Sony A99
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 1D Mark III
Nikon D600
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Better color depth
Nikon D610
Nikon D600
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 1D Mark III
Nikon D750
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D610
Nikon D750
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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