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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

Canon EOS 650D

59

Runner-up

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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
220 lenses

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 650D.

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"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
120 ms vs 269 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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 4 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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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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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
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 165 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
133×100×79 mm vs 152×116×76 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$676.61 vs $2,239.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,563 cheaper (3.3x less)
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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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III11.7 EV
              650D11.2 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $731 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm 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

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $735 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

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

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,135 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

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

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $538 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

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

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