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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

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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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
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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 45
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Significantly smaller 152x116x76 mm vs 150x160x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Weight Significantly lighter 950 g vs 1,385 g
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More than 30% lighter
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 22.1 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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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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        5D Mark III:0.71x
        1Ds Mark III:0.76x
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        5D Mark III:120 ms
        1Ds Mark III:69 ms
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        5D Mark III:61
        1Ds Mark III:45
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        5D Mark III:41
        1Ds Mark III:19
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        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
        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

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,690 - $1,899 body only

        $2,385 - $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

        $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        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
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,897 - $1,997 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 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 slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        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 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,299 body only

        $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm 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

        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-1Ds Mark III Competitors

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        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
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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