Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 70D

73

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

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
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Phase detection

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Explore our gallery of 78 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Explore our gallery of 9 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 70D.

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
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
61 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Significantly 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
$999.00 vs $2,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,500 cheaper (2.5x 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              70D75 ms
              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
              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
              70D11.6 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              70D20 MP

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 body only

              $849 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,170 - $1,197 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

              $479 - $650 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $589 - $747 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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,799 body only

              $4,740 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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