Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 1D Mark III

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 1D Mark III. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D4
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Manufacturing

Nikon D4 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 1D Mark III is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon D4 were released 2012 and Canon EOS 1D Mark III was released 2007. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D4 Nikon 2012
Canon EOS 1D Mark III Canon 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D4 has a "FX"-sensor while Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a "APSH"-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 D4 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 65 mm (a Canon APS-H sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.3)

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 D4 has a 16,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D Mark III has 10,1 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 D4 16,2 MP 16163840 4928 3280
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10,1 MP 10077696 3888 2592

Nikon D4 has a 60 % 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, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D4 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark III. Nikon D4 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 204800 while Canon EOS 1D Mark III has 50 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D4 100-204800
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 50-6400

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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D4 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D Mark III can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D4 11
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Nikon D4 or Canon EOS 1D Mark III can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

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.

Nikon D4 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2,95 lb) which is 16% heavier than Canon EOS 1D Mark III and its 1155 gr (or 2,55 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D4 1340 gr 2,95 lb
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 1155 gr 2,55 lb