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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs

Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
Nikon D2Xs front
Portability
51
Imaging
51
Features
40
Overall
46

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Key Specs

Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Increase to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Announced January 2020
  • Superseded the Canon 1D X II
Nikon D2Xs
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 800 (Expand to 3200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1200g - 158 x 150 x 86mm
  • Announced June 2006
  • Older Model is Nikon D2X
  • New Model is Nikon D3X
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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Canon 1D X III versus Nikon D2Xs, both Pro DSLR cameras by brands Canon and Nikon. There is a huge difference among the resolutions of the 1D X III (20MP) and D2Xs (12MP) and the 1D X III (Full frame) and D2Xs (APS-C) come with totally different sensor sizes.

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The 1D X III was unveiled 13 years later than the D2Xs and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Large SLR).

Before getting straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the 1D X III matches up against the D2Xs with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Nikon D2Xs

 1D X III D2Xs 
AnnouncedJanuary 2020June 2006Fresher by 166 months
Screen sizing3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2100k235kClearer screen (+1865k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D2Xs over the Canon 1D X III

 D2Xs 1D X III 

Common features in the Canon 1D X III and Nikon D2Xs

 1D X III D2Xs 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you will have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon 1D X III enjoys physical dimensions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) whilst the Nikon D2Xs has dimensions of 158mm x 150mm x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4") along with a weight of 1200 grams (2.65 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the 1D X III and the D2Xs.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the 1D X III and D2Xs is 50 and 51 respectively.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizing just by going through specs. The graphic here will help give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1D X III and D2Xs.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The 1D X III with its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh easier and the Canon 1D X III will produce greater detail having an extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The fresher 1D X III is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs sensor size comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 1D X III
Portrait photography with Nikon D2Xs
85
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
54
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low resolution (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D X III Street photography information
Nikon D2Xs Street photography information
62
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
offers touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (102,400)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
50
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (800)
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1D X III as a Sports photography camera
Nikon D2Xs as a Sports photography camera
81
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
high frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
great battery life (2,850 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
54
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 1D X III Travel photography info
Nikon D2Xs Travel photography info
67
great battery life (2,850 per charge)
environment proofing
offers touch focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
43
environment proofing
low resolution (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D X III as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon D2Xs as a Landscape photography camera
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great high ISO (102,400)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
great battery life (2,850 CIPA)
2 card slots
lack of image stabilization
50
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
max ISO too low (800)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D X III Vlogging features
Nikon D2Xs Vlogging features
30
touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
video res high (5472 x 2886 pxls)
includes external mic support
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
9
can't shoot video
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Canon 1D X III vs Nikon D2Xs Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D X III and Nikon D2Xs
 Canon EOS-1D X Mark IIINikon D2Xs
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model type Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Nikon D2Xs
Class Pro DSLR Pro DSLR
Announced 2020-01-07 2006-06-01
Physical type Large SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic X -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 4288 x 2848
Maximum native ISO 102400 800
Maximum enhanced ISO 819200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 191 -
Cross type focus points 155 -
Lens
Lens mount type Canon EF Nikon F
Total lenses 250 309
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 2,100 thousand dots 235 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.57x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 20.0 frames per second 8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
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) -
Maximum video resolution 5472x2886 None
Video data 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) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1440 gr (3.17 lbs) 1200 gr (2.65 lbs)
Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") 158 x 150 x 86mm (6.2" x 5.9" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 59
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 10.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 489
Other
Battery life 2850 images -
Battery type Built-in -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress type B Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots Two Single
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