Nikon D100 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D100 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D100
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Manufacturing

Nikon D100 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D Mark III is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D100 were released 2002 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III was released 2012. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D100 Nikon 2002
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D100 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a "FF"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon D100 has a 6 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5D Mark III has 22,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D100 6 MP 6016000 3008 2000
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22,3 MP 22118400 5760 3840

Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a 268 % larger resolution than Nikon D100. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D100. Canon EOS 5D Mark III has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D100 has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D100 200-1600
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D100
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D Mark III can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D100 3
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 6

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 of movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Sadly, the Nikon D100 does not support this.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III weighs 950 gr (equal to 2,09 lb) which is 22% heavier than Nikon D100 and its 780 gr (or 1,72 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D100 780 gr 1,72 lb
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 950 gr 2,09 lb