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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1

Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
Nikon D1 front
Portability
51
Imaging
40
Features
36
Overall
38

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Key Specs

Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Superseded the Canon 1D X II
Nikon D1
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • 1/16000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 157 x 153 x 85mm
  • Launched November 2000
  • Later Model is Nikon D1X
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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Overview

Here, we are looking at the Canon 1D X III versus Nikon D1, both Pro DSLR digital cameras by brands Canon and Nikon. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the 1D X III (20MP) and D1 (3MP) and the 1D X III (Full frame) and D1 (APS-C) boast different sensor sizes.

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The 1D X III was revealed 19 years later than the D1 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Large SLR).

Before going straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise overview of how the 1D X III grades vs the D1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Nikon D1

 1D X III D1 
LaunchedJanuary 2020November 2000Fresher by 233 months
Display size3.2"2"Larger display (+1.2")
Display resolution2100k130kSharper display (+1970k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D1 over the Canon 1D X III

 D1 1D X III 

Common features in the Canon 1D X III and Nikon D1

 1D X III D1 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera frequently, you should factor its weight and size. The Canon 1D X III provides outer dimensions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") and a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) while the Nikon D1 has specifications of 157mm x 153mm x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3") with a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the 1D X III against the D1.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1D X III and D1 is 50 and 51 respectively.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizing only by going over a spec sheet. The graphic below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1D X III and D1.

As you can see, both the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The 1D X III with its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field simpler and the Canon 1D X III will deliver extra detail because of its extra 17MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The fresher 1D X III should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 sensor size comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 1D X III
Portrait photography with Nikon D1
85
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
50
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/500s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
megapixel count low (3MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D X III as a Street photography camera
Nikon D1 as a Street photography camera
62
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
environment proofing
above average ISO range (102,400)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
48
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1D X III Sports photography information
Nikon D1 Sports photography information
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
high fps (20.0 frames per second)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment proofing
great battery pack (2,850 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
41
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
does not have liveview
low frames per second (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (3MP)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 1D X III as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D1 as a Travel photography camera
67
great battery pack (2,850 per charge)
environment proofing
provides focus via touch
MP count decent (20MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
28
missing Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (3 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D X III Landscape photography advice
Nikon D1 Landscape photography advice
80
you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
above average ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
great battery pack (2,850 shots)
two card slots
no image stabilization
43
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2 inch)
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (3 megapixels)
missing Timelapse mode
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D X III as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D1 as a Vlogging camera
30
touch screen
features face detect focusing
high res video (5472 x 2886 pixels)
does have microphone socket
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
9
can't record video
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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D X III and Nikon D1
 Canon EOS-1D X Mark IIINikon D1
General Information
Brand Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Nikon D1
Type Pro DSLR Pro DSLR
Released 2020-01-07 2000-11-27
Physical type Large SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic X -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 23.7 x 15.5mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 367.4mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 3 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 2000 x 1312
Max native ISO 102400 1600
Max enhanced ISO 819200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 191 -
Cross focus points 155 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF Nikon F
Number of lenses 250 309
Crop factor 1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inches 2 inches
Screen resolution 2,100 thousand dots 130 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 20.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings no built-in flash Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/500 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p) -
Max video resolution 5472x2886 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 -
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) none
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1440 grams (3.17 lb) 1200 grams (2.65 lb)
Physical dimensions 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2" x 6.0" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 2850 shots -
Type of battery Built-in -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Dual CFexpress type B Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots 2 1
Pricing at release $6,499 $5,130