Canon EOS 1D X vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,786 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.76x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Thickness
Thin
3"
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Focus points
Many focus points
61
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
41

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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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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
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
Weight
Much lighter
950 g vs 1,530 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$2,499.00 vs $5,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,500 cheaper (2.4x 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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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              1D X2,786 ISO
              5D Mark III2,293 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X0.76x
              5D Mark III0.71x
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Cross type focus points Lots of cross-type focus points Help
              41
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              61
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              1D X36 ms
              5D Mark III120 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X1,530 g
              5D Mark III950 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X$5,999.00
              5D Mark III$2,499.00
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              1D X158x164x83 mm
              5D Mark III152x116x76 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1D X11.8 EV
              5D Mark III11.7 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X18.1 MP
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 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

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              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
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm 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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,175 body only

              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,416 - $2,611 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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $807 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $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

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              $8,431 with 24-70mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $9,317 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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