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Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 are both high performance cameras with incredible resolution. Photographers enjoy using both cameras for capturing high-definition movie-quality recordings. Nikon and Canon both do an excellent job of focusing on technology to improve image and sound quality. With advanced features, photographers shoot realistic and accurate images without significant effort. There is a bit of a price difference between the cameras, but each camera excels in different areas.

Features of Nikon D800 versus Canon 5D Mark III:

• Advanced Image Processing. Advanced image processing is made possible by D800’s 36.3 mega-pixel CMOS sensor. This sensor is more advanced than Canon’s 5D but is offered at a lower cost. Canon’s 5D only features a 22.3 mega-pixel CMOS sensor. Canon uses other advanced features to compensate for the sensor and to produce a higher resolution image.

A 14-bit A/D convertor and DIGIC 5+ image processor is capable of reducing noise and producing clarity in Canon’s images. Nikon’s EXPEED 3 technology is responsible for its rich, accurate images and noise reduction. Canon produces higher ISOs than Nikon, and it also is faster. Canon reaches speeds of six frames per second, and Nikon can only achieve four frames per second.

• High Density AF Points. Canon Mark 5D outperforms D800 Nikon with 61 high-density, high-resolution AF points. Nikon’s D800 only features 51 high-resolution AF points. Improved accuracy of images and subject tracking is made possible with this feature. Even in low-light situations, both of these cameras perform well. Canon Mark 5D is slightly more sensitive in low light situations.

• Optimized Exposure and Image Quality. Canon Mark 3 uses 63-zone Intelligent Focus Color (iFCL) dual-layer metering sensor. Accurate photographs are produced with this technology. By contrast, Nikon uses TTL exposure metering with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. This feature combined with an optical low pass filter (OPLF) aids in the accurate production of colors with Nikon’s D800. Both cameras produce sharp images, but each camera excels in different categories. Canon performs well even when lighting changes quickly. Nikon has problems with blurring.

• Incredible High Definition Video. Both Canon and Nikon produce movie-quality or broadcast-quality video. Multiple frame rates and manual exposure control allows photographers to produce high-definition video. Canon is known for its All i-frame technology and IPB compression. Nikon features 1080p high definition technology with exceptional audio quality.

• LCD MonitorsCanon 5D Mark III features a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor with 1,040,000-dot VGA and 0.71 magnification. Nikon’s D800 has an impressive viewing angle with 921,000-dot VGA. Both monitors are durable and feature vibration dust removal.

Thoughts from Reviewers:

Both cameras are expected to be available for purchase at the end of March. While experts are providing rave reviews about both cameras, consumers have not had an opportunity to comment in detail. Negative comments are expected to include:

Canon 5D Mark III’s Negatives:
• Heavier than most but 50g lighter than Nikon’s D800
• Buttons are reachable by most users, but some are misplaced.
• No white balance “hard button” available.

Nikon’s D800 Negatives:

• Moire and False Color Not Eliminated Completely
• Slower than Canon’s 5D Mark III
• 1:1 Pixel Matching Mode Not Supported

Canon Mark 3 5D Digital Camera versus D800 Nikon Summary:

Nikon’s D800 will be offered for introductory price of $2999, and Canon 5D costs $4,299. Both cameras produce high quality images, but Canon seems to outperform Nikon in many categories. The question becomes whether the improvements are worth $1300 more. Nikon’s camera is affordable and shoots quality images.

Canon’s Mark 5D III and Nikon’s D800 Warranty:

Canon and Nikon both will offer a limited manufacturer’s warranty, but the details have not been released yet.

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