Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Many focus points
Focus points
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
69 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1800 shots
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
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
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 8 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Significantly smaller
152×116×76 mm vs 150×160×80 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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 10 f-stops better
Weight
Much lighter
950 g vs 1,385 g
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More than 30% lighter
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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0.6 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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III0.71x
              1Ds Mark III0.76x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              1Ds Mark III69 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
              1Ds Mark III45
              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
              1Ds Mark III1,385 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              1Ds Mark III150×160×80 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
              1Ds Mark III21 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III6 fps
              1Ds Mark III5 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III11.7 EV
              1Ds Mark III12 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $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 D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 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 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,299 body only

              $7,460 with 70-200mm lens

              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 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 body only

              $1,800 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Canon EOS-1D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

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