Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D810 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, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D810 vs EOS 5D Mark III

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

Nikon D810
2,979 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D810
3,100 LPH
EOS 5D Mark III
2,800 LPH

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D810
1,200 photos
EOS 5D Mark III
950 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Nikon D810
25.7 bits
EOS 5D Mark III
24.0 bits

Features Key features of the Nikon D810  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D810
36.2 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D810
51,200 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 D810
23.8 microns
EOS 5D Mark III
38.7 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D810  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 64 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 32 ISO to 51,200 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 5 fps 6 fps
Battery life 1,200 950
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
5 fps
Shutter lag 54 ms 61 ms

video

Nikon D810  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 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 1,229 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 81.5 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 81.5 mm 76 mm
Weight 880 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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