Yet Another 5D Mark III vs D800 Comparisons Round-up (5D3 clear winner regarding AF, ISO performance)


Let’s go into another round of what is starting to look as a Battle of the Giants.

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon’s D800. Both full-frame, the Nikon having a 36MP sensor, Canon a 22MP, and costing respectively $2,999 (Nikon) vs $3,499 (Canon). Announced and released more or less at the same time, these two cameras are heating up the discussion in dedicated forums and allover the web. Which one is better? Which camera has the better AF? Which one has better ISO performance, and so on and so forth.

It’s obviously never really an easy issue to compare cameras – do you prefer mere technical specification (are you engineering-oriented?), or do you like field-tests (do you prefer real-world performance analysis)? And it’s is even more difficult if the cameras you want to compare are similar, both the most advanced in their league, and perform both very good. Sure, the D800 has some features that make it shine out: lower price tag, high-res sensor, very good performance at lower ISOs (and more). The Canon, on the other side, comes with a sensor that has a surprisingly “low” resolution, given the high-res-sensors-run most camera manufactures have embraced (but then: 22MP is not low-res, it’s high resolution but not the MP champion the D800 is). The Canon shines out with an advanced Auto-Focus system, well controlled moire and aliasing, and very good high ISO performance. I don’t think you can state one is better than the other. Sure, they have different strengths (and weaknesses), and at the very end it is up to your preferences and needs. Are you mostly a studio shooter, do you need to make extreme crops, do you need a 36MP to earn your living (or simply have lots of Nikon lens)? – Then the D800 may be better suited for your needs. On the other hand, if you are a wedding photographer,  need a camera that adapts to many different situations, are you mainly shooting in low-light and (and have lotsa Canon lens)? – Then the 5D Mark III may be your choice of default. In this post I concentrate on the AF system and on noise performance. How do the cameras compare?

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EOS 5D Mark III Quality Issue Announcement by Canon UK

This was published on Canon UK’s site:


This issue relates to customers who are using the Digital Photo Professional (DPP ver.3.11.10) RAW image processing software with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital camera.

We have identified an issue that prevents users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III from processing their RAW format images when using Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10, the RAW image development software that is bundled with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Answer :

We will shortly release an update for the Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10 for users to download which will address this issue. The update will be released on the website in mid-April.

To learn more about this issue check forums.

Deal: Canon EOS 7D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and lots of accessories for $2,599.96

This is a great deal by Adorama starting today, April 5 at 8pm EST. Use coupon code S0401201. The offer expires 4/30/2012, but usually these kits sold out pretty quick. If you are seriously looking for a good EOS 7D deal this may be your opportunity – click here to check this Canon deal. The $2,999.96 $2,599.96 (after having applied the coupon code) kit comes with an EF 24-105 F/4L IS USM lens, and much more. The full kit includes:

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Hacked EOS 5D Mark III: New footage!

WARNING: Don’t modify your camera without the necessary technical knowledge. Opening the camera voids warranty and may irreparably damage it.

We reported about this hack by James Miller a few days ago. James Miller opened his brand new EOS 5D Mark III and removed the Optical Low-Pass Filter (aka Anti-Aliasing filter) from the sensor. It seems that the filter is really blurring the image, since the pics shot without the filter are much more detailed.

Now, Miller published new material shot with his hacked EOS 5D Mark III. Removing the OLPF makes a visible difference, while moire seems not to be worsened at all and aliasing is under control. See and judge for yourself…

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