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Canon 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D810: Which One Comes Out On Top?

By Hanssie on September 10th 2014

Canon vs. Nikon. It’s a feud as old as time, with a deep line drawn in the sand and all parties ready to fight to the bitter death for their beloved companies. Me, I am a Canon user, but my alliances are wavering to a possible desertion to Fujifilm or Sony in the near future. (Write your death threats in comment section below…)


In either case, when you pit the two camera giants together, the results are always of interest, which is why this video, caught my eye. In the following video, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens does a side-by-side comparison of the new Nikon D810 and the Canon 5D Mark III. He compares the color balance, sharpness, details, low light performance, and overall image quality of each camera in video comparison tests. Using the same exposure settings, he tested each camera outdoors, indoors and in low light. Let’s see how each camera performed under fire…or, well, smoke.


Jay P. put Spencer in a fire suit, mixed in some smoke and a blue sky backdrop and shot with the 70-200mm lens. See for yourself which camera comes out ahead:

[Via The Slanted Lens]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jerome Chiu

    It does not seems to be a big difference in image quality. Would any pick D810 over 5D3 for high ISO pictures?

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for the video review. Both cameras are amazing.

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  3. Doc Pixel

    Not really a fair review comparing a newly released camera (d810, August 2014) to one that’s already over 2 years old (March 2012).

    CMOS chip and processor technology is changing so fast, 2 years today is similar to 10 years 2 decades ago.

    Just an example not related to cameras (actually, yes it is), all smartphone technology is 87x (times!) more powerful today than the first iPhone release in 2007. The curve goes almost straight up from 2010 at an over 50x power increase, almost doubling every year.

    I’m with the author here, and looking beyond Canon and Nikon at specifically Sony… the maker of the chips in Nikons… and Fuji for film making.

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  4. Michel Andy

    The Nikon looks brighter than the Canon. How come?

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  5. Austin Swenson

    Haha “death threats” for jumping ship to Fuji or Sony? Join us over on the dark side my friend!

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  6. Chuck Eggen

    You can correct color but you can’t add detail. Just saying… Nobody is using raw video out of camera anyway.

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  7. Ryan Orcullo

    Mark 3 versus the Canon 810? What? Haha! Great work Mr. JP :)

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  8. Jeff Ladrillono

    Meh. Miniscule differences in image quality will never make up for a bad concept and terrible execution.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Agree 100%. If you think your images are bad because you don’t have the latest camera, you might be misdirecting your blame.

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  9. Matthew Perry

    This is a great, to the point comparison between the two. Good work!

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