Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 650D

59

Canon EOS 650D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the 650D
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
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 9
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
120 ms vs 269 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution
Higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability
More lenses available
197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
133x99x78 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
575 g vs 950 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$719.99 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,234 cheaper (4.1x less)
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              650D:11.2 EV

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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