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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 120 ms vs 290 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 97%
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% 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
True resolution Higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price Cheaper $249.95 vs $1,699.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,449 cheaper (6.8x less)
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 145x111x71 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 770 g vs 950 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
              6D:2,340 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              102,400 ISO
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark III:3"
              6D:2.8"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III:6 fps
              6D:4.5 fps

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              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Avatar for myhealthtoo myhealthtoo (1:41 AM, September 09, 2014)
              whats a good camera and lens to use for taking tennis shots under $2000??
               
              Avatar for Cass Webber Cass Webber (3:08 AM, August 11, 2014)
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              Avatar for Aian I. Mazumder Aian I. Mazumder (5:19 PM, July 02, 2014)
              If you shoot RAW video using Magic Lantern, the fast speeds of the CF slot is pretty important in the 5D over the 6D.
               
              Avatar for Aian I. Mazumder Aian I. Mazumder (5:17 PM, July 02, 2014)
              That's always an option but at almost $400, I'd personally rather just put that money toward saving up for a 5D. You can't necessarily go wrong with the 6D but the 5D is no doubt still a better camera. The fast speed of the CF card slot is important if you're planning to record RAW video to the card slot. For photography and everything else other than being a professional or high speed/sports photography, the 6D is a great, affordable choice and will get identical pictures (image quality) to the 5Dm3. For video, I'd still save up for the 5D, but that's just my opinion. Both are still great cameras. Obviously the 5D costs a decent amount more but it's up to you if it's worth the money for the upgrades.
               
              Lucas Vazquez (1:15 PM, July 01, 2014)
              Hi Aian, what about VAF-6D moire/anti-aliasing filters? I saw some videos and they actually look great.
              Woud you still recommend 5d?
               
              Kwest (9:21 AM, June 22, 2014)
              I've filmed a low budget TV show with the 6D and 5dMk2 as back up. I gotta give it to the 6D. The only thing I hate about the camera is that damn moire! Now that I bought a $350 filter for it I'm very happy with it. $1650+350 still out weighs the $3500 for a 5DMK3. Don't get me wrong the 5DMK3 is the king but this fresh prince is just coolin' right now. The real problem is waiting to see if I should get the 1D-C (price drop) or the 5DMK4 or 6DMK2! Dang!
               
              John (2:35 AM, June 13, 2014)
              Yeah I mean who cares about money these days?
               
              Avatar for Lawrence C Lawrence C (10:58 AM, June 11, 2014)
              If the 5d's price was actually $250..... (Error in price)
               
              Avatar for Hannibal Hannibal (5:35 PM, May 29, 2014)
              5d mark III for 249.95?? Where?? I'll buy a whole bunch!! lol :P
               
              Avatar for Tim Tim (4:08 PM, May 12, 2014)
              I need to disagree with the final decision. It looks like far to much weight is given to size and weight. (no pun intended.) In nearly every way but price, the 5D3 is the clear winner. In terms of dynamic range and image quality, the 6D might have an extremely slight edge, but it is so minimal as to not really matter.

              Frame rate, auto focus, dual card slots, and shutter lag are all significantly better on the 5D3, which are very important features for a pro photographer.
               
              Avatar for Aian I. Mazumder Aian I. Mazumder (2:15 AM, March 31, 2014)
              The 3 things that led me to the 5Dm3 over the 6D is 2 card slots, the anti-aliasing filter (rarely gets mentioned), and the much, much better focusing system. For event photography, writing to 2 cards is HUGE, esp a fast write to a CF card. For video, anti-aliasing filter is quite important. If you don't notice aliasing now, you probably will eventually. Because of this, there is no doubt that the 5Dm3 is a much better camera for video. The focusing system is also a huge upgrade from the 6D if you're shooting anything other than stationary shots in the middle of the frame. Those 3 things made me pick the 5D over the 6D.

              For someone that doesn't do video, shoots mostly still subjects, and is comfortable shooting to one SD card (many photographers), then the 6D is the better choice at the cheaper price but if the 3 things I mentioned are important, I recommend saving up for the 5Dm3 like I did.
               
              Avatar for Clover Paws Cattery Clover Paws Cattery (8:38 PM, January 29, 2014)
              This is such a tough choice! The focusing system of the 5D is definitely
              better, I don't think there is any question about that. But in every
              other way these two are very comparably similar. The biggest advantages
              of the D6 are it's price and built in WIFI/GPS, which if you added these
              features to the 5D it would be a thousand dollars more than it already
              is. I do portraiture and some events. I tend to think I might get more
              usable, in focus shots, especially for weddings and perhaps with
              restless children with the 5D. But is the difference so much it's worth
              paying an extra thousand dollars? That's the big question. Saving a
              thousand dollars could allow me the purchase of a new lens, or some nice
              props. I am still very undecided!
               
              Avatar for Jason Nalley Jason Nalley (0:57 AM, October 21, 2013)
              The shutter speed is also an issue for the 6D. I mean seriously why include a 1/4000s limitation on a Full Frame? Why not just allow it to do the 1/8000s like the rest of the cameras on the market today as well as its predecessors?
               
              Avatar for Shawn M. Knox Shawn M. Knox (3:08 PM, August 28, 2013)
              The 5DM3 has a multi-cluster of center points (9 I believe). It makes a big difference for sports or event action. I used to have a 5DMK2 that had the lone center focus point. If you're subject is moving directly towards you you'll probably get some usable shots but if it is moving across the plane then you'll need a lot of luck or perfect timing. The choice is up to each person on what they buy. My only point here is make sure you choose what you need. The 5DMK3 focusing system is very advanced and not difficult to do. It has been a long time since I could say that about a Canon DSLR. If you're shooting sports you will be limited. If you're shooting still life subject then you will probably be satisfied with the 6D. WiFi seems to be an overrated feature to me. I can see few specialized uses but not many in my workflow. I would rather have a higher percentage of in-focus shots than have the wifi option and end up with a lot of out-of-focus shots transferred wirelessly. There are other and better ways to fire cameras wirelessly (at the moment). But again, choose the camera based on your needs and understand that almost no camera is perfect for every type situation, so choose wisely.
               
              John Wynne (4:33 AM, August 26, 2013)
              Then you must have very still subjects. Fast moving subject such as action or sports requires an adept focusing system, even when your subject is not dead center.
               
              Avatar for kaka kaka (4:10 AM, August 24, 2013)
              forgot about the money and the weight
               
              Avatar for Cbordin Cbordin (9:46 PM, August 04, 2013)
              I have never moved my focus point from center. I would never trust that the sensor wouldn't pick a back ground or foreground object and ruin my shot.

              Pick your focus point and hold then frame your shot.
              I can not think of a time in the past 22 years of shooting that I would want the camera to decide what to focus on.

              Just bought a 6D and I am selling my 5D Miii to buy a second 6D.

              5D plus wifi = 2 6D's .... no brainier unless you are making thousands of dollars a month from your camera.

              I'm going to miss my dual card slot but that is about it. And JPG In the camera for HDR.... Who would want to create a HDR in the field unless it was for fun. To do a good job in HDR it needs to be done in post.

              My 2 cents :)
               
              Avatar for Shawn M. Knox Shawn M. Knox (8:23 PM, July 29, 2013)
              There is one glaring advantage to the 5DMKIII that should be heavily weighted in its favor over the 6D and that is the focusing system, which is well worth the additional cost. The 6D is using a system with only 11 focus points and 1 cross sensor. If you are shooting stationary objects then you'll be OK but if you're shooting anything with any type of movement pay the difference and get the 61 point/41 cross sensor focusing system of the 5DMKIII which compares favorably with the very high priced 1D X. As with every camera purchase, look at your needs first and then match those to the camera. If you're a landscape, fine art or portrait only photographer then the 6D is probably a good choice. If you shoot the aforementioned, plus events, weddings, sports, etc. then upgrade to the 5DMKIII. My personal rule of thumb on buying high cost technology is to always try and buy up if you can possibly afford it. That's just me but given that you are already spending $2K, I think another $1K is worth the investment. You can usually get a refurbished 1DMKIII with warranty from the Canon store for around $2800 which is less then a $800 difference and is definitely worth it in my opinion.
               
              Avatar for Anna Anna (1:07 PM, April 22, 2013)
              6D is a great camera, and surely it has some advantages over the 5d mk3 - weight, for starters, which happens to be absolutely crucial for me.. I'm not massively frustrated about this, it was however one of those things that I didn't find out when researching this purchase. The fact that I first bought the 5dMk3, after all the reading etc, only to return it and swap for the 6d, kind of shows how closely the two cameras can compete. So definitely check both cameras out at this detailed comparison review below. The 6D will appeal to you.

              Canon 6D vs 5D III
               
              Wildlife shooter (10:09 PM, March 25, 2013)
              I can't choose ...... Both so cool!
               
              Ricecim (3:40 PM, September 20, 2012)
              Forgot wifi for the 6D