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Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III


When I first wanted to change to a better camera, these two DSLRs were the cameras that everyone suggested to me. Well, I couldn’t find comparisons about these two cameras at that time, but you can find quite a few now, nonetheless, I’m going to try to compare them and mention even their slightest differences and details.

I don’t know precisely how, but I ended up getting the Canon 5D Mark III, I think it was because of the autofocus system, the 5D Mark III has better specs for that, but it may also be because it performs better in low-light situations. Not that the Nikon D750 is short on any features though.

Now, to get back to the topic, if you are someone like me, that wants to upgrade to a better camera, or change to a DSLR, these two cameras might be the ideal choice, and I’m going to show you why in just a bit.

What’s a first great thing about these camera’s is that they are both full-frame, while a full-frame sensor basically enhances the camera’s performance greatly, but again, depending on what you need the camera for, still photography, portrait photography, videography, and so on, that’s how you’ll define which one of these camera’s is better for you.

I’m also the kind of person that takes the design of the camera pretty seriously, because that’s going to affect your overall experience with the camera a lot, for example, the button layout, the grip size for comfortable holding, and so on. If you’ve used another camera before with a button layout different from the one you’re purchasing, then you’ll have to get used to the new one, where it might also not satisfy you with having hard-to-reach buttons, or a “not so easy to use” operation, and stuff like this. However, now, let’s get straight into the topic and reveal what are these camera’s truly capable of.

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Head To Head Comparison

Nikon D750

Okay, how do we start this the right way, let’s just begin with the fact that this camera is a full-frame camera, just as we mentioned above. The D750 is a tool to unleash your artistry, with a plethora of premium features, and decent performance, this particular camera brings dazzling image quality, I know I’ve used the word “dazzling” a lot, but it’s the best way to define the image quality. It also has cinematic video capabilities and pro-inspired handling with a very unique design.

Since we mentioned the design, let’s start pointing out some interesting facts about it.

This nimble design that this camera boasts, employs a compact, lightweight and slim monocoque body design, while the whole front part is covered with carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics. As for the rear, it is covered with magnesium alloy, which brings out serious balance and a combination of nimbleness and ruggedness. This whole thing about the design allows for comfortable handling and for an ample grip, I haven’t had the change to use this camera much, but when I did, I couldn’t really find anything bad about the design.

But what about the LCD screen? The 3.2-inch 1,229k dot tilting vari-angle LCD display is something to be acknowledged, not only that it helps when you want to take a shot from different angles and viewing positions, but also helps with the user experience because you can tilt it to how you see fit for easier optimization. However, the fact that this camera doesn’t have touchscreen capabilities truly disappoints me, while this may not be a problem for some, but for me, I’m used to scrolling through images or changing settings with only a touch of a finger.

Okay, enough said about the design, let’s jump to performance specifics and see what else does this camera offer.

Remember how we classified this camera in the beginning, dazzling image quality, superb performance, and those weren’t just words. The D750 has a 24.3MP Full-Frame CMOS image sensor which runs the EXPEED 4 imaging processor, and with an ISO range of 100 to 12,800, but for those skeptic customers, you can also expand it to ISO 51,200. The combination of these specs allows for fast frame rates, for Full HD video with enhanced definition and reduced noise at even high ISO.

I also like the fact that this camera can be paired with a wide-angle lens or a variety of full-frame or DX-Format Nikkor lenses, but let’s talk now a bit about the autofocus performance, shall we?

This particular camera boasts a 51-point AF system, with 15 being cross-type, and if you see it as a whole, these specs truly make this camera stand out from the most on the market today. Remember how we said dit can shoot at fast frame rates, yes, this camera can shoot continuously at 6.5 fps, which is great for the price, but there are better cameras at similar price ranges which do better than this. Apart from that, let’s also not forget to mention that the optical viewfinder has a field coverage of 100%, and that’s pretty impressive if you compare it with other rivals on the market who only feature 96-98% field coverage. Thus, you won’t miss out on any details on your subject, this is something you won’t have to worry about.

What I like the most about this camera is the extensive auto-bracketing, which can go up to nine frames in 1/3, or 1/6 or 1 EV steps. In addition, the dynamic range of the image sensor can be also upgraded with the built-in HDR shooting, but that’s not all since you can also choose creative effects to put on your work such as the Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect and more in real-time to both stills and HD videos.

Before we end, let’s also point out some interesting facts about connectivity. The Nikon D750 has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which means that you can share or transfer files immediately without any problems.

Overall, I really like this camera and everything that offers. I love pairing it with a macro lens for nikon D750 and go shoot macro photos. I definitely recommend it to everyone who is looking for a camera upgrade, for a second camera, or just changing to a DSLR, you simply can’t go wrong with it.

Nikon D750 Sample Images:


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Canon 5D Mark III

Just as I mentioned, this was my “runaway” camera when I did my first upgrade to DSLR, I’ve had the chance to use this camera for quite a while, and I’ve done some reviews on it and comparisons a couple of times, but hey, here we are again, now comparing it with a camera of the same price and similar specs, so let’s see what to expect.

In terms of the design, I particularly like the button placement, while the camera also has a decent-sized grip, it feels comfortable to hold and it’s pretty customizable, however, if you compare it with the Nikon D750, the Nikon wins in this area. I also like the textured spots, I’ve said this so many times, but in my opinion, they deliver exceptional comfort and a nice touch to the overall appearance of the camera.

Moving down to the LCD screen, well, it’s fantastic. It has a hardened glass protector in front of the LCD with anti-reflective coating, and for those that have used premium cameras before, they already know that this is something pretty useful to have in a camera.

In size, the screen has 3.2-inches, and 1,040,000 dots, it’s pretty impressive but I was really disappointed that the LCD didn’t feature a flip-out design, nor touchscreen capabilities.

As you may know, a flip-out tilting design it’s very useful in some situations where you have to shoot from different viewing angles and positions, while the touchscreen provides the user with an easy-of-use experience, such as scrolling through images or changing settings with only one touch of a finger, but that’s not available in this camera, so I think the manufacturer could have done a better job here.

But what about performance?

Let’s start with the sensor, shall we? It has a 22MP sensor with a native ISO range of ISO100-25,600 while it runs the DIGIC 5+ processor. Viewfinder coverage is at 100%, so that’s also something important that needs to be mentioned because now, you’ll get a full viewfinder coverage when you shoot your shot, no details from the subject will be missing or whatsoever.

Thus, the combination of all of these specs brings out a fast continuous shooting rate of 6fps, which is less than Nikon’s D750 6.5fps, but again, it’s pretty similar and you will hardly feel the difference.

Regarding the autofocus system, this is an area where the 5D Mark III outperforms the Nikon D750, since it has a 61-point AF system, while up to 41 of them are cross-type points. These are pretty amazing specifications for a camera of this price range, which is also why I say that this camera is better suited for semi-professionals or professionals, or just people who want a DSLR camera upgrade.

Video quality is also pretty amazing, you’ll get stunning results with vibrant colors, sharp details, and crisp image quality, and for the most part, I like the fact that this camera has HDR support.

Also, one of my favorite features of this camera is the chromatic aberration correction, which makes the camera most suitable for sports, wildlife, photography as well, but it’s best for recording videos due to these remarkable specs.

Simply put, this camera is really amazing, it’s the perfect all-rounder full-frame DSLR camera out there in my opinion, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a second camera, or a DSLR camera upgrade.

Canon 5D Mark III Sample Images:


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Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III Feature Comparison

  Nikon D750 Canon 5D Mark III
Camera Type Full-Frame DSLR Full-Frame DSLR
Megapixels 24.3 22.3
ISO Range 100 to 12,800(51,200) 100-25600(50-102,800)
Flip-Out Screen Yes No
AF Points 51 AF points 61 AF Points
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Touchscreen No No
Video Recording Yes Yes
Sensor Size Full-Frame CMOS Full-Frame CMOS

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By now, I believe you have enough arguments to support your decision on whether you need one of these cameras or not. However, both of them are remarkable full-frame DSLRs, they are both at a fair and reasonable price, while most of the features that they deliver are found in many other high-end premium DSLRs.

I would personally recommend the Nikon for still photography, portrait photography, landscapes, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re after a camera for video recordings.

For that, we have the Canon 5D Mark III, which is fast, it has a fantastic autofocus system with 61-points, while 41 of them are cross-type, and it has the ability to track fast-moving subjects with easy without losing focus. It is perfect for those people who want a camera for weddings, sports, wildlife, and other video recording occasions. I’m not saying it’s not good for photography, but the Nikon D750 is more suitable for that.

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