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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

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
 
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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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.95 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $470 cheaper (2.9x less)
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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
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 Common Weaknesses

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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              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
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              650D:11.2 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,642 - $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

              $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,155 body only

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

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              GPS Has a GPS
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              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
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $3,597 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $600 - $697 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $567 body only

              $433 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $469 body only

              $548 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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