Canon EOS 1D Mark III vs Nikon D5000
This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Nikon D5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.Canon EOS 1D Mark III were released 2007 and Nikon D5000 was released 2009. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||2007|
Type of camera
Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.
Sensors / crop factor
These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a "APSH"-sensor while Nikon D5000 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.
|Camera||Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **|
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3
|Nikon D5000||75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"
Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a 10,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5000 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||
3888 x 2592
4288 x 2848
Nikon D5000 has a 21 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark III. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Canon EOS 1D Mark III has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 6400 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||50-6400|
Autofocus and lens compatibility
There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.
Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
Pictures per second
Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark III can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.
|Camera||FPS (Frames per second)|
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||10|
Ability to record movies
It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.
It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Nikon D5000. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III does not support this.
The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III weighs 1155 gr (equal to 2,55 lb) which is 96% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1,3 lb).
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||1155 gr
|Nikon D5000||590 gr