Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,200 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
14 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
36 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
61
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
41
Size
Really small
Professional size 152x116x76 mm
 
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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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 1500 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $3,399.00 vs $6,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,400 cheaper (2x less)
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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              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X:$6,799.00
              5D Mark III:$3,399.00
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1D X:82.0
              5D Mark III:81.0

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $6,744 - $6,842 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

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              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $14,501 - $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

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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