• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon 1DX Mark III advantages over Nikon D780

  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2850 vs 2260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    155 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.76x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    191 vs 51
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    819200 vs 204800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D780 advantages over Canon 1DX Mark III

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lighter weight
    840g vs 1440g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5

Canon 1DX Mark III
Nikon D5
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon D780
Nikon D5
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Canon 1DX Mark III
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $4499
  • 35mm
Nikon D780
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $4499
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 1DX Mark III
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $2882
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2882
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Canon 1DX Mark III
Pentax K-1 II
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D6

Canon 1DX Mark III
Nikon D6
  • $6499
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Longer exposure
Nikon D780
Nikon D6
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • More cross-type AF points
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