Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III: Which One is The Better?

DSLR camera with a full frame sensor is not a cheap stuff. That is why buying a new full frame DSLR camera has always been a tricky task, especially if you had never done this before. Nikon D750 is one of the affordable full frame DSLRs you can put onto your “full frame cameras to consider” list. At least when compared to other Nikon full frame DSLRs like D850, the price of D750 is relatively cheaper.

Canon — the closest competitor of Nikon — also has several full frame DSLRs. One of which is 5D Mark III. On the market, the price of Canon 5D Mark III is more expensive than Nikon D750. What about the quality and specs? That’s what we are going to discuss here.

In case you haven’t known, Canon 5D Mark III is not the latest model. At the time of writing, this camera already has a successor, Canon 5D Mark IV, which was released by Canon in September 2016. Nikon D750, on the other hand, has no successor yet at the time of writing.

Just like usual, to makes it easy for you to compare the specs between Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III, we have created the table below. Just take a look carefully to see if your camera of choice has a better specs.

Specs comparison: Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III

 Nikon D750Canon 5D Mark III
AnnouncedSeptember 2014March 2012
Sensor24.3-Mpix full frame CMOS22-Mpix full frame CMOS
DxOMark score9381
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6032 x 40325920 x 3950
ISO50 - 5120050 - 102400
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/8000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)6.56
Mount typeNikon F FXCanon EF
Weight750 g950 g
Battery typeLi-ion, EN-EL 15, 7V, 1900mAh, 14WhLi-ion, LP-E6, 7.4V, 1800mAh
Number of autofocus points5161
Autofocus modesSingle-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCF card type I (UDMA compatible), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (NEF)JPEG, RAW (CR2), sRAW1 (CR2), sRAW2 (CR2
Other featuresLive view, tropicalization, mirror lockup, articulating screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, USB, Wi-Fi, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocusLive view, tropicalization, mirror lockup, USB, HDMI mini, sound recording, external micro, histogram
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On the sensor section, Nikon D750 looks better than Canon 5D Mark III. But please note that what you see on the table above is not the sensor size. Instead, it’s the resolution of the sensor. More detailed sensor comparison will be discussed on the next point later below.

Overall, Canon 5D Mark III has a higher specs than Nikon D750. You can take a look at the ISO range section, number of autofocus points and shutter speed range. On these sections, Canon 5D Mark III is ahead the Nikon D750. It has higher ISO range, more autofocus points and higher shutter speed range. If your main photography activity is capturing the moving objects then the choice is clear: Canon 5D Mark III. With the maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 — supported by 61 autofocus points — Canon 5D Mark III will make your job of photographing moving objects be much easier. Not to mention the higher ISO you can set to.

On the technical aspects of photography — exposure triangle in particular — Canon 5D Mark III might is better than Nikon D750. But, there are some sections where Nikon D750 is better than Canon 5D Mark III, including the display and the battery life.

Nikon D750 Canon 5D Mark III

 

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Both Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III actually have the same screen size of 3.2-inch, but Nikon D750 offers sharper image quality since it has a tighter pixel density. 1229000 compared to 1040000. Also, Nikon D750 offers an articulated screen (doesn’t support touch operation) while Canon 5D doesn’t.

Speaking of battery, the majority of Nikon cameras have a longer battery life than Canon cameras. Nikon D750 is no exception. Despite its smaller body, Nikon D750 offers a larger battery capacity than Canon 5D Mark III. You can use Nikon D750 to take about 1200s photos per charging while Canon 5D Mark III is only 900s. The recording video capability of Nikon D750 is also better than Canon 5D Mark III. The highest video resolution these cameras can record is 1920 x 1080, but Nikon D750 has more frame rates of 60 compared to 29.97 belong to Canon 5D Mark III.

Other feature where Nikon D750 is ahead the Canon 5D Mark III is the connectivity. Nikon D750 offers Wi-Fi for wireless photo transfer via SnapBridge app while Canon 5D III has no same feature to allow you transfer the photos wirelessly. Be it Nikon D750 or Canon 5D Mark III doesn’t offer Bluetooth.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III

The larger the sensor size of a camera, the better the associated camera in catching the light. This also means that a larger sensor is much better to take a picture in a lack of light condition. According to what’s on paper (spces), Canon 5D Mark III is better than Nikon D750 since its sensor is slightly larger although the difference is not too significant since both cameras  adopt a full frame sensor. We have created the image below to makes it easy for you to compare the sensor size of Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III.

Although the sensor Nikon D750 is smaller in size, it has more photo detectors (higher resolution). 24.32 compared to 23.38. As a result, the maximum photo resolution Nikon D750 can generate is higher than Canon 5D Mark III. The comparison is 6032 x 4032 : 5920 x 3950. The sensor of Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III have the same crop factor of 1.0.

Body comparison: Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III

Comparing the body of two DSLR cameras — on the same segment in particular — might not too interesting since there is no correlation between the photo quality and camera body. But sometimes, photographer put more attention on this section especially if they are looking for a DSLR camera with compact body. Both Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III are full frame DSLRs so the body of these cameras are relatively larger.

Overall, the body of Canon 5D Mark III is larger than Nikon D750. This also affects to its weight. Canon 5D Mark III is about 27 percent heavier than Nikon D750. We have also created the images below so you can compare the dimension of these cameras as well as the weight.

Photo results comparison: Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III

After making the analysis, you have probably made a choice which full frame camera you eventually want to buy, but still have a doubt because you haven’t seen the examples of the photos taken using the camera you chose. As usual, we have also put together the best examples of the photos taken using both Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III. All photos below were downloaded from Pixabay, our favorite resource for free photos.

  • Nikon D750
  • Canon 5D Mark III

Conclusion

Making a judgement to pick which is the better between two items has always been a hard task to do. According to the test results of DxOMark Nikon D750 is better than Canon 5D Mark III, but Canon 5D Mark III has higher specs than Nikon D750.

Although has fewer autofocus points than Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D750 earned plenty enough praises for its effective autofocus, as well as impressive low-light capabilities. Canon 5D Mark III, however, also has a good performance to take the pictures in a low-light condition. If you refer to the test results of DxOMark then Nikon D750 is better since it earned a higher score than Canon 5D Mark III. But, if you are looking for a DSLR camera with a higher specs then Canon 5D Mark III should be your choice.

Overall, both Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III are good DSLR cameras.

Written by Editorial Staff

Editorial staff of Bettertechtips.com



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