Nikon Df vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark III

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

Manufacturing

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

Nikon Df were released 2013 and Canon EOS 1D X Mark III was released 2020. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Df 2013
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Even though the camera sensors might be called differently they are both considered Full frame which means that the focal length of the lenses is not affected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Df 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon Df has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Df 16 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 20 MP
19961856 pixels
5472 x 3648

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a 23 % larger resolution than Nikon Df. 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.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has a larger ISO-range than Nikon Df. Canon EOS 1D X Mark III has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Nikon Df has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Df 100-12800
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 100-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

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

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Df can shoot up to 5,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D X Mark III can shoot up to 20 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Df 5,5
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 20

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 Canon EOS 1D X Mark III. Sadly, the Nikon Df 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark III weighs 1440 gr (equal to 3,17 lb) which is 89% heavier than Nikon Df and its 760 gr (or 1,68 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Df 760 gr
1,68 lb
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 1440 gr
3,17 lb

Nikon Df vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Df and Canon EOS 1D X Mark III, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Name Nikon Df Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Release Year 2013 2020
Release Date 2013-11-05 2020-01-07
MSRP 2749 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Camera Type Digital SLR camera Digital SLR camera
Sensor
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Sensor Size FX (Full frame) Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4928 x 3280 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 20 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC X
Image
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
ISO Range 100 - 12800 100 - 102400
White Balance Presets 12 7
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 39 191
Lens Mount Nikon F
Compatible lenses
Canon EF
Compatible lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3,2 3.2
Screen dots 921000 2100000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.76
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Frames per second 5,5 fps 20 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-timer Yes Yes
Timelapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
H.264
H.265
Video resolution N/A 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
4096 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash Express
Connectivity
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
HDMI Yes Yes
Microphone port No Yes
Headphone port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Optional via WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Yes
Built-in (Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) (2.4 GHz only), with Bluetooth support)
Remote Control Yes (Cable release, wireless remote) Remote control with N3 type contact
GPS Yes
Optional with GP-1 or GP-1A
Yes
Built-in
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & dual charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1400 shots 2850 shots
Width 144 mm 158 mm
Height 110 mm 168 mm
Depth 67 mm 83 mm
Weight 760 gram 1440 gram