Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 1D X

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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
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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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 22.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Significantly smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 156x157x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 950 g vs 1,230 g
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More than 20% lighter
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 41 vs 39
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $3,399.00 vs $4,250.00
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The best price we've seen is $851 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.3 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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 120 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Lots of cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III:41
              EOS-1D Mark IV:39
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              EOS-1D Mark IV:104 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              EOS-1D Mark IV:45
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm 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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

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

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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 Mark IV Competitors

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              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies

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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?