Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III Comparison Video

by Barry Andersson3 Comments

The Nikon D810 was announced recently and we are starting to see some videos popping up online.

This is a great comparison video between the new D810 and the Canon 5D Mark III.

You will notice right away the the Nikon is much sharper and has way more detail in the video images. I find the color to be a bit muted and more on the white/blue side of things.

The Canon 5D Mark III seems a bit soft and lacking detail (nothing we haven't heard before). I do like the warmer tone the Canon gives off over the native look of the D810. However, that might be able to be changed within the camera to create a more warm look out of camera. This test was set up to be as close as possible and to not change anything between the cameras so you can compare as apple to apple as possible.

I wish they had shoot some scenes with a moving camera to test moire since in my opinion the D800 moire in video was almost unusable. I would love to see how much that has been improved (if any) with this upgrade. However, I didn't see enough sample footage here to make that sort of determination.

Also I wished they had filmed more people rather than flowers, trees and bushes. In the one scene with the gentleman on the bench you could clearly see the detail in the man's skin is superior on the D810 vs the 5D Mark III. With that said it was one shot and sometimes that level of detail is undesired when shooting faces (and often filtration is used to make it less sharp) so I would have loved to see a variety of faces- male and female and of different ages.

With this said it is some early footage for you to look at that does start to give us a glimpse of another new camera and if it is worth taking a deeper look at.

Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III


Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III Video Test

Lenses used :- Nikkor 24-70 2.8 Canon 24-70 2.8
Note :- Not editing is done. Both Camera are set on Same ISO-Aperture-Shutter Speed – Standard Style & Used same quality of Lenses . * No Atomos Ninja -2 or Atomos Samurai or Blade or No any other External Video Recorder are used. Its All In camera Video Footages.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. I recently heard that Canon always intended for sharpening to be done in post, presumably to offer more control? I did a screen grab at full resolution and applied smart sharpening to the canon side. The result was essentially as sharp with only the slightest less detail as the 810. Try this yourself with the building shot at the 2 minute mark. The Nikon really can’t be sharpened any further and still looks anemic by comparison — although drop the exposure by a third stop and that may help a lot.

    Anyway, the sharpness/detail differences aren’t quite so clear as they seem at first glance. Working with the raw video may be even more informative.

  2. Nikon has 2 problems. its native lenses focus backwards. its a real pain to deal with and I think most folks choose not to deal with it at all. 

    2, the lens mount. EF has proven to be a VERY adaptable mount to put just about anything on the front of your lens, next to M4/3 and maybe the sony mounts which are shallow. after that though adapting lenses to nikon is harder or impossible. folks aren’t going to go dump a pile of EF mount glass just to use a nikon. they also aren’t interested in rebuying a new set of glass. 

    if nikon wanted to get the market back they’d have to put a EF mount on their body which I don’t picture ever happening. So if you have nikon mount glass this might be an option, but for most I don’t think the camera will get much interest.

  3. SteveOakley What are you talking about?  These arguments never come up, ever, in my discussions with anybody.  The problem is not in the mount, the problem is in the cost of switching and sometimes in the lens selections.   But if Canon keeps up with 22mp for another 3 years, the folks who have not yet heavily invested in Canon are not going to sit put.

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