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.

Nikon Df
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III

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 of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Df Nikon 2013
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Canon 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 effected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Df 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS 1D X 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 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 Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Df 16 MP 16163840 4928 3280
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 20 MP 19961856 5472 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, afterwards 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 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 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 definately 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 of 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, carried around, for several hours at the 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 (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Df 760 gr 1,68 lb
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 1440 gr 3,17 lb