As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 6D and the EOS 5D Mark IV) and Nikon (such as the D750 and the D610)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has much less shutter lag (120 ms vs 260 ms), has slightly more focus points (61 vs 39), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 400 ms), is older (february 2012 vs october 2013), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and 5D Mark III

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
5 months newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly thinner: 2.8" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 61
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 6 fps

common strengths of the 6D and 5D Mark III

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
4 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 22.3 MP
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and 5D Mark III

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
3 years older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 61
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.9 fps vs 6 fps

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III

  • None found

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Fewer focus points: 39 vs 61
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D610 and 5D Mark III

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has a GPS
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and 5D Mark III

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has a weather sealed body, much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%), has a much longer battery life (950 shots vs 250 shots) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 2,100k dots), is significantly larger (professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS R

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6 years newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 61

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 950 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS R and 5D Mark III

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 950 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
5 years newer
$1,050 - $1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)
  • Much lighter: 469 g vs 950 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 950 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the X100F and 5D Mark III

  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 950 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS RP

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7 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 61
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 950 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the EOS RP and 5D Mark III

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 77 lenses), has a much longer battery life (950 shots vs 340 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 409,600 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony a6400

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7 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 61

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.71x
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the a6400 and 5D Mark III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a7R III

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5 years newer
$2,685 - $2,798 (body only)
$3,456 - $3,596 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7R III (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 1,040k dots

Significant disadvantages of the a7R III (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the a7R III and 5D Mark III

  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 650 shots vs 950 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica M10-P

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6 years newer
$7,777 - $7,995 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M10-P (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size (139×39×80 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the M10-P (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 950 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 77 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the M10-P and 5D Mark III

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

Sony A7

Sony A7
1 year newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 950 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7 and 5D Mark III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
2 years newer
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 950 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7S and 5D Mark III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-H1

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6 years newer
$1,299 (body only)
$2,100 - $2,198 16-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-H1 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-H1 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 950 shots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the X-H1 and 5D Mark III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.54x), takes much higher resolution photos (22.3 MP vs 12.2 MP) and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a screen which flips out, slightly fewer lenses available (165 lenses vs 220 lenses), is older (february 2012 vs october 2013) and is much larger (professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs prosumer size (124×99×76 mm)).

Canon EOS 3D

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7 months newer

Significant advantages of the 3D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 3D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • No weather sealing
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the 3D and 5D Mark III

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 22.3 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the D7200 and 5D Mark III

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
4 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 22.3 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 5D Mark III

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
4 years older
$262 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (142×105×80 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 22.3 MP
  • No live view
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the DSLR-A700 and 5D Mark III

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
1 year newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 22.3 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the 5D Mark III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5300 and 5D Mark III

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 61