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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

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 926 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the 70D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 68.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 22.1 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 10% 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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 75 ms vs 120 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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 $1,099.00 vs $3,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,300 cheaper (3.1x less)
Size Smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 950 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              70D:75 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III:41
              70D:19
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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
              70D:11.6 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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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              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
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Significantly larger

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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