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

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

Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 05 Design and build quality

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The Nikon D810’s grip is a little deeper than the D800’s, while the viewfinder is also a touch brighter thanks to improved coatings (although you really do have to be examining the cameras side by side to be able to spot these types of changes).

The Nikon D810’s rear LCD screen is also higher resolution than the one offered by both its predecessors and the top-of-the-range D4s (1229k pixels compared to the D800 and D4s’s 921k pixels). The Canon 5D Mark III’s 3.2-inch screen offers a slightly lower 1040k-pixel LCD display).

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In addition to adjusting the brightness of the D810’s monitor, you can customise its colour balance making it easier to match an external monitor or for print calibration.

This might also go some way to alleviate any fear of the widely reported ‘green cast’ issue that troubled some D800 users being raised again.

The D810’s Live View display also offers a new Split Screen Display Zoom feature. This allows you to compare two points to ensure they’re level – useful for checking the horizon in a landscape.

Body only, the Nikon D810 weighs 880g versus the Canon 5D Mark III’s 860g. Essentially, there’s nothing in it.

In terms of battery life though, there’s been a marked improvement between the D800/E (approximately 900 shots) and the D810 (approx. 1200 shots). The Canon 5D Mark III’s battery life is rated at around 950 shots.

There are several other notable differences between the D810 and the 5D Mark III worth mentioning. The D810 has a built-in flash, for instance, while the 5D Mark III doesn’t.

Face detection is available when using the D810’s optical viewfinder, and can be toggled on or off, whereas this function is only available in the 5D Mark III’s Live View mode.

Nikon has also introduced a new electronic front-curtain shutter option and has redesigned the mirror mechanism for the D810’s Quiet shooting modes, both of which are designed to reduce internal vibrations and lead to sharper images.

Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 01 Sensor resolution and ISO
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 02 Video
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III: 03 Autofocus and continuous shooting
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 04 Image processor and metering
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 05 Design and build quality
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: 06 Price
Nikon D810 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison: our conclusion

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