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Nikon D810 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III comparison: full-frame DSLRs go head to head

If you are in the market for a top of the range full frame DSLR with expert video capabilities these two are probably in your thoughts, so it is very kind of Digital Camera World to do a comparison for you

The Nikon D810 launch might not have had the meteoric impact of its predecessors; it’s more evolution than revolution, after all. But Nikon’s latest high-resolution, high-end DSLR offers some key upgrades that shouldn’t be overlooked. Is this the camera that the D800/E should have been, and how does it shape up against the Canon 5D Mark III? Find out in our latest Canon vs Nikon comparison.


The Nikon D800 and D800E have lasted barely two years and already they’re both being replaced – by one camera.

The new Nikon D810 is the latest in Nikon’s FX format full-frame DSLR line with a stack of sometimes subtle improvements designed to make the camera appeal to both photographers and filmmakers alike.

SEE MORE: Nikon D810 vs D800: is it time to upgrade?

Nikon can’t emphasise that last point enough. In fact, the D810 press release issued by Nikon USA highlights the D810′s video upgrades above all others. Nikon USA is also promoting D810 bundles tailored specifically to filmmakers and animators.

The Nikon D810′s price tag is just under £2700, with a release date set for July0. The new camera shares much in common with the outgoing D800/E, including sensor resolution, 51-point AF array and 3D color matrix metering III.

However, the D810′s sensor is a new design with the optical low-pass filter removed, the autofocus is upgraded to bring it in line with the Nikon D4s and it gets an expanded ISO range.

It might seem unfair to compare the Nikon D810 and the Canon 5D Mark III, Canon’s camera being from the same generation as the D810′s predecessor as it is.

SEE MORE: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

But the price difference between the two cameras is relatively small, and Canon’s semi-pro full-frame DSLR still puts in a tremendous performance where Full HD video recording is concerned – the area that Nikon is keen to focus on with the upgrade of its D8XX line.

Let’s take a look at the key areas of comparison in this Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III head-to-head…

Here is the full report