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

Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 1D X

92

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

81

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Size
Really small
Professional size 152x114x75 mm
Thickness
Thin
3"
Weight
Light-weight
850 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 14 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 36 ms vs 206 ms
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5.7x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1500 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality 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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Much lighter 850 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 40% lighter
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $2,179.99 vs $6,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $4,619 cheaper (3.1x less)
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X:0.76x
              5D Mark II:0.71x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              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
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X:1,530 g
              5D Mark II:850 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              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 II:11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

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

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              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
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              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
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $6,621 - $6,842 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

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

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