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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 1Ds Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
69 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1800 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,293 ISO vs 1,663 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size Significantly smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 150x160x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 5 f-stops better
Weight Much lighter 950 g vs 1,385 g
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More than 30% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.95 vs $5,999.99
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The best price we've seen is $5,750 cheaper (24x less)
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon 1Ds Mark III

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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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1800 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 69 ms vs 120 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              1Ds Mark III:0.76x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              1Ds Mark III:69 ms
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III:41
              1Ds Mark III:19
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              5D Mark III:61
              1Ds Mark III:45
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500 ms startup delay
              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
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              1Ds Mark III:1,385 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
              1Ds Mark III:150x160x80 mm
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III:6 fps
              1Ds Mark III:5 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              1Ds Mark III:12 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              1Ds Mark III:80.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor

              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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view
              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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