Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3 vs 5D Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3 vs EOS 5D Mark II

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D3
2,290 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3
88 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D3
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3
9 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3
4,300 photos
EOS 5D Mark II
850 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D3  vs EOS 5D Mark II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3
25,600 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D3
71.7 microns
EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3  vs EOS 5D Mark II 

9.3
8.2
Noise remains well under control through ISO 1,600, and begins to creep up a bit at ISO 3,200 and ISO 6,400.
Nikon D3

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3  vs
EOS 5D Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 21 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 5616 x 3744
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 71.7 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
JPEG
RAW
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 9
Cross type focus points 15 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 98%
Magnification 0.7x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 3.9 fps
Battery life 4,300 850
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
3.9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 88 ms 206 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 82 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 400 ms

video

Nikon D3  vs
EOS 5D Mark II 
Video None 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 922 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 152 x 114 x 75 mm
Thickness 88 mm 75 mm
Weight 1,300 g 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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