For those of you wanting to see reviews of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, one of the leaders of the review community, DPreview, just posted their Canon EOS 5D Mark III review: Digital Photography Review.
They're pretty impressed – and they give it the same exact rating as the Nikon D800 – 82%
DPreview Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Just Posted: Our Canon EOS 5D Mark III review. The 22.3MP 5D Mark III appears to offer similar specifications to 2008's 5D Mark II. However, sensor and processing developments, along with a host of user-interface revisions mean the Mark III is a much more capable camera. It also gains a greatly-improved autofocus system. So do these changes justify the considerably higher price tag? Read our full review to find out.
Comparison of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800
also from this DPreview review of the Nikon D800
One of the few obvious physical differences between the D800 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is that the D800 has a built-in flash whereas the 5D Mark III doesn't. Both cameras share very similar proportions and the D800 weighs only 50 grams less. Both have 3.2 inch rear LCDs, with the 5D Mark III boasting a higher screen resolution of 1.04 million versus 921,000 pixels in the D800.
Under the hood of course is where the most notable difference lies. The D800's 36.3MP sensor surpasses the pixel count of the 22.3MP 5D Mark III, as well as every other 35mm-format DSLR currently on the market. The D800 also offers a useful DX (APS-C) crop mode which captures 15.3MP stills. While the D800 inherits the 51-point AF system of the D4 with 15 cross-type points, the 5D Mark III sports a 61-point AF system shared with the EOS-1D X, in which 41 of these are cross-type points. The D800 has an edge in flexibility, however, when it comes to the aperture required for these cross-type points to function. While the 5D Mark III requires a minimum aperture of f/4, the D800 can utilize 9 of its center cross-type points at an aperture as narrow as f/8.
So there you go!
Interesting to see that they've essentially rated the two cameras the same isn't it? What do you think?
I certainly love my Canon EOS 5D Mark III! I know many of you don't think it is that much of a step up from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, but I'm very very impressed with the image, the autofocus and the video.
I'd love to get my hands on the Nikon D800 too to compare!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)