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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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 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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
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
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 22.3 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
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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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
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
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 950 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size Smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              70D:75 ms
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III:41
              70D:19
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              70D:11.6 EV
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              5D Mark III:$249.95
              70D:$199.95
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              70D:68.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

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

              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 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

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm 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

              $2,999 - $3,160 body only

              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 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 70D Competitors

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