Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Many focus points
Focus points
61
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
41
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1500 shots
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
39

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 1,320 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Much smaller
152×116×76 mm vs 156×157×80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$2,239.99 vs $5,030.78
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The best price we've seen is $2,791 cheaper (2.2x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
950 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 39
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
1500 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
104 ms vs 120 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Cross type focus points Lots of cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III41
              EOS-1D Mark IV39
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              EOS-1D Mark IV104 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III61
              EOS-1D Mark IV45
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III950 g
              EOS-1D Mark IV1,230 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark III$2,239.99
              EOS-1D Mark IV$5,030.78
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              EOS-1D Mark IV156×157×80 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              EOS-1D Mark IV16 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III11.7 EV
              EOS-1D Mark IV12 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              $3,200 with 24-105mm lens

              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5DS

              Canon EOS 5DS

              Pro DSLR

              $3,699 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

              Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for Chris Koffend Chris Koffend (2:51 AM, October 16, 2013)
              No flip out screens to break and impossible to properly weather seal. No built-in flash to eliminate a high quality pentaprism and create a new weather sealing point failure.


              You guys need to figure out how to properly compare cameras based on important things, not the specs you get off the side of the box?


              Shoot birds in flight, a night time football game, a candle lit wedding reception, etc. . . These reviews are pointless.

              Track a race car and shutter off 25 shots, how many are sharply in focus? Well I guess that would depend on how you set up the camera.


              Don't read this junk and pick a camera based on this sites comparisons, they are useless at telling you what you really need, what is going to deliver the best image quality for your typical shooting.


              Just because a camera can shoot at 100,000+ iso doesn't mean you should ever do this. Unless of course you plan to post grainy images of big foot running past your campsite at night.


              I would much, much rather shoot the 1d4 at a football game or birds in flight than the 5D3 (which i own now), as I know I will get a lot more quality, in focus, images. I would rather shoot the 5D3 at a wedding than the 1D4 (which I am looking to buy used). I would rather shoot my 50D than the 5D with a 500mm lens of birds in flight! I'd get better shots and an equal keeper rate (based on experience with my 50D and 5D3 with a 500 mm lens). But lost most photographers shooting birds, I like the advantage of the crop bodies and the 50D has very good focusing power and is faster than the 5D3.
               
              Avatar for Chris Koffend Chris Koffend (2:36 AM, October 16, 2013)
              what is start up delay? Is this turning the camera on? My 5D3 takes several seconds to start up, go through its internal test and "clean" itself. Or do you mean when the camera goes to sleep and you depress the shutter button part way?
               
              Bill (11:11 PM, February 07, 2013)
              Very well done! The only things you missed :1D - Looking Professional, stronger, more shutter clicks?, vertical shooting comfort, more stable?