Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

Full-frame DSLRs go head to head

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

Full ISO 50 image taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, see the cropped (100%) versions from each camera below. The cropped areas are from the darker side of the scene as this is where the cameras struggle the most and more noise is visible.

The images are made from raw files with the noise reduction turned off at the processing stage. The crops are all 900 pixels wide, but because the D800 records larger images, the subjects are bigger in the versions.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 50

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 50

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 100

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 100

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 400

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 400

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 1600

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 1600

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 3200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 3200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 6400

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 6400

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 12800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 12800

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 25600

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Nikon D800 ISO 25600

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 51200

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III ISO 102400

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Head of Testing, Cameras

Angela (Twitter, Google+, website) is head of testing for Future's photography portfolio, writing and overseeing reviews of photographic equipment for Digital Camera, Photography Week, PhotoPlus, NPhoto and Practical Photoshop as well as TechRadar's cameras channel. Angela has a degree in photography and multimedia and prior to joining Future in October 2010 was Amateur Photographer magazine's technical editor.