One of the first things people start doing when a new camera like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is announced is compare it to other cameras in its class… so we knew you’d want that and we put together this table of detailed specs on these 3 cameras… the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and the Nikon D800.

We thought about throwing in the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D4, but those are approximately $3,000 more so they’re in a different class.

For more on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III announcement, please see this planet5D coverage:


Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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CRITERIA

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III

D 800

Price (body only US$)

$2,499

$3,499

$2,999

General/Photography Settings

Articulated LCD

no

no

no

LCD Size

3”

3.2” 1.04 million dots

3.2” 921,000 dots

Image Stabilization

Only on lenses

Only on lenses

Only on lenses

Max Resolution

7360 x 4912

Autofocus points

9 points

61

Cross points: 21@f6, 20@f4, 5@f2.8

51 AF points

Raw stills support

yes

yes

yes

AE Lock

yes

yes

yes

ISO Range

100-6400 (high ISO up to 25600) (low ISO – 50)

100-25,600 (expand to 50-102,400)

100 – 6400 (50 – 25600 with boost)

Maximum frames per sec

3.9

6

4 fps in FX format, max 6fps in DX

MicroAdjustment for lenses

yes

yes

yes

Metering

63 Zone Full Color 

Metering (same as 7D)

TTL exposure metering using 91k pixel RGB sensor

Sensor size

Full Frame

Full Frame

Full Frame

Sensor mp rating

21.1

22.3

36.8

Processor

Digic IV

DIGIC V +

Expeed 3

Lens mounts

Canon EOS EF only

Canon EOS EF

Nikon F

Weather Resistant

water and dust resistant

Better than 5D2, less than Canon EOS-1D X

water and dust resistant

Memory card

1 CF

One CF one SD 

one CF one SD

Popup Flash

no

no

yes

Weight (with battery)

810g (1.8lb)

900 g (1.98 lb / 31.75 oz)

Battery

LP-E6

LP-E6

MB-D12

Battery Grip

BG-E6

BG-E11

extra

Custom Functions

3 sets of memorized settings

yes

yes

Automatic sensor cleaning

yes

yes

yes

Viewfinder coverage

98%

100%

100%

Ethernet port

no

no

no

multi-exposure

no

yes (up to 9 exposures)

no

HDR in camera

no

yes (5 options)

yes

Horizon level

no

dual axis leveling

dual axis leveling

Face Detection

yes

yes

yes

GPS location

external

external device

external device

AE Bracket

3 frames

3, 5, 7 frames

(2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)

Shutter life

150,000 actuations

150,000 actuations

200,000

Silent shooting

no

yes

yes

zoom in camera (not lens based)

no

no

no

Timelapse support

no

no

yes

Multifunction lock

no

yes

no

comparative playback 

no

yes

no

Video functions:

Video (1080)

29.97, 25 and 23.97

29.97, 25 and 23.97

29.97, 25 and 23.97

Video (720)

n/a

60, 50

60, 50, 30, 25 fps

Video (640)

30, 25

30, 25

24

Video (320)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Longest clip

approx 12 minutes

29 minutes 59 seconds

(split into 3 continuous clips)

29 minutes 59 seconds

NTSC / PAL

both

both

both

Microphone

internal mono only

internal mono only

internal mono only

Headphone Jack

no

yes

yes

Audio level control

yes – pre-recording only

yes + while recording

yes + while recording

Video autofocus

no

no

yes

Dedicated Video button

no

yes, programmable

yes

Video Recording format

H.264

H.264

H.264

Video compression

IPP

IPB or ALL-I

MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding

Uncompressed HDMI out

no

HDMI out but it is compressed

yes

Aperture control in video

no

yes

yes

Histogram in video

no

yes

no

Time code support

no

Rec Run and Free Run

no

Chromatic Aberration fix in video

no

yes

no



(cover photo credit: snap from Canon)