Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D800 vs 5D Mark III

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, 1001noisycameras.com, imaging-resource.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D800 vs EOS 5D Mark III

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

Nikon D800
2,979 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
EOS 5D Mark III
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
209 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D800
200 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Features Key features of the Nikon D800  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D800
36.2 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D800
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 D800
23.8 microns
EOS 5D Mark III
38.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D800  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

8.2
8.2
In addition, you can specify a fixed, minimum shutter speed value to ensure sharp pictures - this is generally most useful when you need a high shutter speed to freeze motion.
Nikon D800

10.0
9.0
Boasting a 36-megapixel FX format sensor, the Nikon D800 is currently the highest-resolution “35mm size” digital SLR camera in the world.
Nikon D800

10.0
9.0
ISO 6400 is where noise becomes more noticeable, although yet again it’s perfectly possible to make good images at this setting – especially if you are shooting in Raw and processing out the noise yourself.
Nikon D800

9.0
9.0
For example, in our shots taken a gym that was dimly lit by sodium lamps, chroma noise is clearly visible from around ISO 2500 when the images are viewed at 100% on the computer screen.
Nikon D800

8.6
8.2
And it handles bright, saturated reds, pinks and purples very well, without blowing out any detail.
Nikon D800

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D800  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 36.2 MP 22.3 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912 5456 x 4096
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 23.8 microns 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 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
TIFF
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,100 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,100 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 6 fps
Battery life 900 950
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
Focus lag 209 ms 120 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 61 ms
Startup delay 200 ms 500 ms

video

Nikon D800  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 921 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

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 82 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 82 mm 76 mm
Weight 1,000 g 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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Comments

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The Nikon D800 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography. Well duh, all the DSLRs do this. Don't make it look like the Canon 5d mark iii doesn't. The continuous shooting rate is also faster, 5 fps rather than 4 fps. This makes it look like the Nikon shoots faster than the Canon. Wrong again. The 5D iii has faster continuous shooting. Read the link below for really interesting facts on the continuous shooting. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_III/ http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-5d-mkiii/canon-5d-mkiiiA6.HTM http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d800/nikon-d800A6.HTM Compare the above info. I do believe this site is biased. On purpose? By using stats to make one look better? By using untested specs to make one look better? You can make one camera look better and give it a better rating by using just one stat and not using all the stats. You can rate one stat better and increase the rating. Manufacturer specs: you also have to be careful. One company says optimized and the other company says not optimized. Then you find out both are identical. What other specs are not true? Both cameras are amazing. Use both for what you and the camera are best at. Use you cameras system. It amazes me when I read that a person is selling their system and moving to the other company. How can anyone sell a $7000+ system for $5000 and buy a new system for $8000+. A loss of a new camera. Do I hear Forrest Gump. Stupid is stupid does. My sons boss got a picture of mine and blew it up to 3 feet by 8 feet. Then put it in his hotel dining room. This picture was from a 2006 crop camera with a very good lens. If a 2006 crop camera can have such a big picture then any full format will out do it. Go take pictures.
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