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

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

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

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon D3 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D3  based on its reviews.

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

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

Nikon D3
2,290 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3
88 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D3
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3
4,300 photos
EOS 5D Mark III
950 photos

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

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3
12.1 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3
25,600 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 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 III
38.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

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

10.0
9.0
For that, you can get a D3 body, one of the brand-new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 N-series lenses and Nikon's fabulous 14-24mm N-series wide-angle zoom.
Nikon D3

Overall

9.5 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D3  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.1 MP 22.3 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 5456 x 4096
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 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
JPEG
RAW
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 61
Cross type focus points 15 41
Supports continuous No No

shutter

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

form factor

Size 160 x 157 x 88 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 88 mm 76 mm
Weight 1,300 g 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D3  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
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

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3.2"
Resolution 922 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 9 fps 6 fps
Battery life 4,300 950
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 88 ms 120 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 61 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 500 ms
Nikon D3
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