This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.
Nikon D3 vs Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
4.4 MB JPEG (4256 x 2382)
3.0MB JPEG (3,888 x 2,592)
Once again taking the camera's (default) JPEG processing out of the equation reveals a slightly different story with the D3 and EOS-1D producing images that are almost identical save for minor colour mapping differences (and depth of field - the paper clips in the D3 shot are acutally out of focus). The D3's slight resolution advantage is more visible but there's not enough difference here to consider either camera to be anything even close to a clear winner.