Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon Rebel T5i

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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 Rebel T4i

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 722 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the T4i
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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 120 ms vs 269 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
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 1 f-stop better
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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 T4i

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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
Size Smaller 133x99x78 mm vs 152x116x76 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
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              5D Mark III:$249.95
              T4i:$199.95
              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
              T4i:11.2 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,200 - $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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm 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 D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,440 with 24-85mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $3,820 with 20mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              Anonymous (0:50 AM, February 22, 2013)
              Wow, the Mark III won!? I wouldn't have imagined with the $2,000 price difference. Nevertheless, this was a very well put-to-gather article.