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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,786 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
14 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Focus points
Many focus points
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Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Storage slots
More storage slots
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 14 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,786 ISO vs 2,293 ISO
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The 1D X has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 36 ms vs 120 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.8 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO
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The 1D X's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Size Much smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 158x164x83 mm
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Around 40% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 950 g vs 1,530 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.95 vs $6,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,549 cheaper (27.2x less)
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X:2,786 ISO
              5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
              Cross type focus points Lots of cross-type focus points Help
              41
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X:0.76x
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              Focus points Lots of focus points Help
              61
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              1D X:36 ms
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              1D X:51,200 ISO
              5D Mark III:25,600 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              1D X:204,800 ISO
              5D Mark III:102,400 ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X:1,530 g
              5D Mark III:950 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              1D X:158x164x83 mm
              5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1D X:11.8 EV
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $14,593 - $14,623 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

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