As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 5D is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and compacts. The Canon EOS 5D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark II and the EOS 6D) and Nikon (such as the D700 and the D810)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, compared to other pro DSLR competitors the Canon 5D doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,620k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.7 MP vs 20.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and 5D

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

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

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

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

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

common strengths of the 6D and 5D

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
11 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)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 12.7 MP

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and 5D

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the 5D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the 7D and 5D

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
7 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 5D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 3"

common strengths of the 70D and 5D

  • None found

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
2 years newer
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the 5D)

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and 5D

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.54x), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.7 MP vs 15.1 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the 5D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the 5D)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.71x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the T5i and 5D

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 5D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 5D)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the T2i and 5D

  • None found

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
3 years newer
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the 5D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the 5D)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the T1i and 5D

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 years newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the 5D)

  • Has live view
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Professional size (152×113×75 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the 5D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T3 and 5D

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the 5D)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the 5D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.71x
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D90 and 5D

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.71x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
6 months newer
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the 5D)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Significantly smaller: Professional size (144×106×74 mm) vs Professional size (152×113×75 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the 5D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 8.2 MP vs 12.7 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.56x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the 30D and 5D

  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 lenses) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.7 MP vs 24 MP).

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
11 years newer
$565 - $679 (body only)
$679 - $799 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the 5D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the EOS M5 and 5D

  • None found

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
8 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5D)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and 5D

  • None found

Sony A7

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

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the 5D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A7 and 5D

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
7 years newer
$852 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the 5D)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the 5D)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the DMC-G6 and 5D

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D compared to compact competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (12.7 MP vs 7.1 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs tunnel) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, is much larger (professional size (152×113×75 mm) vs compact (90×57×27 mm)), is thicker (3" vs 1.1"), is much heavier (895 g vs 185 g) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Canon PowerShot SD550

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similar age

Significant advantages of the SD550 (vs the 5D)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Professional size (152×113×75 mm)
  • Built-in flash
  • Much lighter: 185 g vs 895 g

Significant disadvantages of the SD550 (vs the 5D)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 7.1 MP vs 12.7 MP

common strengths of the SD550 and 5D

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentaprism