Canon Vs Nikon Which One Is Better?
You may disagree with my opinion on which DSLR Camera is the better choice for you, Canon or Nikon but hear me out first before you draw any conclusions. Before we go any further here’s what I feel qualifies me to make an accurate comparison between these two popular and competing DSLR camera brands. I just happen to own both a Canon 5D MK III and a Nikon D810 and I have used both DSLR’s on a variety of photo shoots in number of different shooting situations.
The image above was shot on the Canon 5D MK III with the Canon 100mm Macro which is a pretty sharp lens, not a bad choice for portraits or shooting macro images. Here is another shot with the same set up, note the image sharpness and color rendition.
The Canon 5d Mk III is a great DSLR camera but after more than a year and a half of comparisons in my opinion there is a clear winner and it’s the Nikon D810. In this article I’ll go over what I feel are the major advantages that you will experience when you choose the Nikon D810 over the Canon 5D MK III or even the Canon 5DS. Hopefully by the end you have a clear idea of Canon vs Nikon Which One is Better for you.
You can also check out a comparison video below where you can see for yourself the differences and I will let you decide if you prefer Canon vs Nikon. Although this video doesn’t really give you the true feeling of owning both of these cameras.
Here’s the number one reason why I think the Nikon D810 is the clear winner. It all comes down to the cameras sensor which is where I believe Nikon has Canon beat by a long shot. The Nikon’s sensor which is actually made by Sony has a dynamic range of 14.8 as measured by DXO Mark compared to the Canon 5D MK III sensor which has a dynamic range of 11.7..
The dynamic range is noticeable especially when shooting outdoors where the expanded dynamic range of the Nikon D810 comes in handy. It also allows you to recover some of the shadows a little bit better than the Canon 5D Mk III does. The images below was shot on the Nikon D810 at F 1.4 with the Nikon 85mm F 1.4 G and it is pretty sharp at F 1.4.
If the dynamic range advantage isn’t enough to convince you, then the mega pixel count and the actual size of the image may just sway you to the Nikon side. The Nikon D810’s Mega Pixel size is 36 MP vs Canon’s 5D MK III’s is 23.38 MP and the size of the Nikon’s image is a staggering 7380 x 4928 vs Canon’s 5920 x 3950. This is also an advantage when comes to making large prints.
The mega pixel count is higher on the Canon 5DS but the sensor still lacks the dynamic range that the Nikon D810 has. Now I know these are just numbers and you are probably wondering if there is a visual difference between the two camera systems and the answer is a clear yes.
You will be able to tell the difference between the dynamic range and the images depth and perceived sharpness as well as when it comes to adjusting the shadow recovery slider in post processing. Overall I feel the images coming out of the Nikon D810 way more life like than what I can create with the Canon 5D MK III.
Here’s another image shot on the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 85mm F 1.4 G. in natural light, pay close attention to the dynamic range in the photo.
Here’s where things get a little muddy though, I actually prefer the look of the video from the Canon over Nikon’s video and I really can’t explain why. So if still images are more important to you then it is an easy decision but if you want both stills and video from the same camera then it becomes a tougher choice for you.
Instead of selling my Canon 5D MK III I decided to keep it around to shoot my behind the scenes videos for my YouTube channel. Below is a video we shot using Canon DSLR camera’s and they do a great job.
But back to still images, if you are looking for a Pro DSLR camera that excels at shooting still images and you are torn between Canon vs Nikon I urge you to take a serious look at the Nikon D810. You would have to make the move to a Medium Format before you would be able to see a noticeable difference than what you can achieve with the D810.
Having said that, your camera is just a tool and knowing how to get the most out of the gear you already own will have a larger impact on your images more than the actual brand of camera you decide to use.
People including myself at times get caught up in the latest greatest technology and that really comes second to proper technique, lighting, photo editing and a whole other assortment of factors that contribute to a finished image.
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Specifications, reviews, and videos don’t tell you the whole story though, if you can get access to a raw image file from both cameras and compare them yourself. That is when you will be able to make an informed decision of Canon vs Nikon. Below is another image taken with the Nikon D810 and the Nikon 85mm F 1.4G.
A written review and compressed images don’t really do either DSLR Camera system justice. Feel free to jump into a debate by using the comment box below this article. Do you have a preference for one brand over another and why? Although, I have switched over to Nikon for my stills my Canon is the first camera I grab when it comes to recording 1080P video.
Here’s another shot from the Nikon D810 taken in the studio with the Nikon 85mm F1.4 G at F 5.6.
In conclusion, Canon vs Nikon Which One is Better? That also depends a lot on if you have a lot of Canon glass, if you make the leap to Nikon you are going to lose money when you go to sell your lenses. Switching brands is a costly proposition and one you will have to put some thought into. Or you could be like me and keep both and use your Canon as a back up camera, let me know what you decide…
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