Nikon Z5 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z5 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z5
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Manufacturing

Nikon Z5 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 5D Mark III is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z5 were released 2020 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III was released 2012. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z5 Nikon 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon 2012

Type of camera

Nikon Z5 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

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 Z5 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
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 Z5 has a 24 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 Z5 24 MP 24160256 6016 4016
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22,3 MP 22118400 5760 3840

Nikon Z5 has a 9 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 5D 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 Z5 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Nikon Z5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 5D Mark III has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z5 100-51200
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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z5
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 Z5 can shoot up to 4,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D Mark III can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z5 4,5
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 6

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z5 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III can shoot movies.

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 41% heavier than Nikon Z5 and its 675 gr (or 1,49 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z5 675 gr 1,49 lb
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 950 gr 2,09 lb