Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 1D X vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Winner
Canon EOS 1D X

90

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Runner-up

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 II

Size
Really small
Professional size 152x114x75 mm
Thickness
Thin
3"
Weight
Light-weight
850 g
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x

galleries

Explore our gallery of 35 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1D X. Explore our gallery of 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
14 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,786 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The 1D X has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Many more focus points
61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
36 ms vs 206 ms
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5.7x less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1500 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 1D X's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Size
Much smaller
152x114x75 mm vs 158x164x83 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
850 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,999.50 vs $5,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,300 cheaper (2.7x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X0.76x
              5D Mark II0.71x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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 II850 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X$5,299.00
              5D Mark II$1,999.50
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              1D X158x164x83 mm
              5D Mark II152x114x75 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1D X11.8 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X18.1 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

              Pro DSLR

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              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
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,355 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

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

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS-1D C

              Canon EOS-1D C

              Pro DSLR

              $9,540 body only

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,019 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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