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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 5D Mark II

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,293 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 120 ms vs 206 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 950 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $2,499.00 vs $3,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $900 cheaper (around 30% less)
Size Slightly smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 3" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              5D Mark II:850 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Thin Help
              3"
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III:6 fps
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              5D Mark II:79.0

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

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

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 - $1,849 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 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
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm 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

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              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,299 body only

              $3,595 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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              Avatar for Krishnamoorthy Sivaramakrishna Krishnamoorthy Sivaramakrishna (6:36 AM, October 31, 2014)
              hello... i am a absolute beginner to wildlife photography. I have currently a canon 60 D camera body with a 24-105mm f/4 L lens and have recently acquired a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. i also understand that i need a full frame camera to get the best out of my lenses. Kindly advise the best camera body to acheive my ambition of being a good wildlife photographer.
               
              jacks a moron (10:10 AM, November 29, 2013)
              Regardless of what Jack above is saying about just using the centre focus point, you are better with the 5DIII for the 41 cross type focus points (out of the 61 total focus points). This allows you to shoot fast primes wide open without focus recompose and without using outer non cross type focus points for a bigger hit/keep rate on your shots. I currently shoot a 5Dii but will be upgrading to the 5diii as soon as funds allow for this reason alone. Any other benefit is a bonus. If you are not using fast primes wide open all the time then the 5Dii is an excellent camera and you should get that and spend the money you saved on some more glass.
               
              Avatar for michael michael (5:31 AM, July 10, 2013)
              The 6D is far superior to the 5D mkII. And just below the mkIII. It has almost the same rez as the mkIII, slightly less weather proofing, but it will AF in video mode. None of the previous 5s do that.. Add in the in-camera wifi function, another feature no mk camera has, and its a winner. Canon has an app for android and i-whatever that can remotely control the camera. I recently received mine, and am stoked to use it. It has crazy rez, and is easier to hold, especially with the grip.
               
              KKennedy (1:27 AM, July 08, 2013)
              OK everyone I need your help.....I am a new photographer, currently using a Canon T2i and occassionally use a 40D. I want to upgrade to the Canon 5D, but am undecided on the Mark ii or pay the difference and go all the way to the Mark iii. Convince me or stop me......HELP me decide, I need pro's and con's on both sides. Thanks much!
               
              Avatar for Goutham Goutham (1:10 PM, July 06, 2013)
              what you guys thnk about 6d ? Is that better , we can compare to m2 & m3 ?
               
              Brandon (9:34 AM, July 01, 2013)
              Her point was that it was a great upgrade... There's no debate about the difference between cropped frame and full frame. And assuming that she was happier about her upgrade from Mark 2 to Mark 3 more than from the 40D to Mark 2 is not entirely wrong in any case. It's like I had a 1998 Ford Mustang and I upgraded to an 2013 Ford Mustang. They're both Ford cars, they're both Mustangs, but one's obviously better than the other. See my point?
               
              Brandon (9:30 AM, July 01, 2013)
              That is true, but the point of these 61 AF cross type points is to help beginners find their way to professional photography or professional photographers to have better opportunities to find a specific spot of intrest/focus. Manual is always superior to automatic, but sometimes automatic makes thing easier. It's like the debate about automatic gear-shifting cars and manual gear-shifting cars.
               
              Brandon (9:26 AM, July 01, 2013)
              Everyone uses their camera to take photos. Cameras haven't been so futuristic to the point where we can shoot lasers at people we hate yet. The point Chris is trying to make here is that the improvements might not be major for owners of the 5D Mark II, but it is a great NEW camera for a person buying their first full frame/pro DSLR camera.
               
              Jack (11:46 AM, May 30, 2013)
              She was happy with it but she stated the upgrade to Mk III was the happiest experience. It means the upgrade from 40D (cropped frame) to 5D Mk II (full frame) gave her less happiness than the upgrade from 5D Mk II to Mk III (both full frame).
              Btw. I upgraded from 40D to Mk II and I really know the difference between crop and full frame.
               
              Avatar for Chris Chris (6:57 PM, May 29, 2013)
              She never said she wasn't happy with it. She wanted the next best thing, and you upgrade. Don't know where you got that from!
               
              Avatar for Jack Jack (10:57 AM, May 29, 2013)
              It is the composer's responsibility to find the correct focus.

              He/she is able to find it better than any highly priced camera.
               
              Avatar for Jack Jack (10:55 AM, May 29, 2013)
              Since I take photos i use one AF point, which can be found in the center of the view field.
               
              Avatar for Jack Jack (10:52 AM, May 29, 2013)
              First of all i use my camera to take photos.

              * almost 2 stops improvement: 2 stops more blurry.
              * Clean HDMI output: for what? i don't use HDMI to take photos.
              * F/8 AF: i don't have F/8 lens.
              * much nicer frame rate: for what? i take one photo per theme.
               
              Avatar for Jack Jack (10:46 AM, May 29, 2013)
              Hi Jen,
              You were less happy with your upgrade from 40D to 5D2 than from 5D2 to 5D3. It sounds really unbelievable!
               
              Avatar for Jennifer Grapentine Jennifer Grapentine (8:28 PM, May 16, 2013)
              These are hardly "minor". Get your hands on one and take it for a spin... On paper they look small but they translate to a thing of beauty!
               
              Avatar for Jennifer Grapentine Jennifer Grapentine (8:25 PM, May 16, 2013)
              I just upgraded from the MK II to the MK III it was 100% worth it! I can't tell you the huge difference in words. The DIII handles low light/noise like a dream and all the extra focus points alone make it worth it! It also has a much more sturdy feel to it. Out of all my upgrades I'm happiest with this one! From the original rebel, 40D, 5D MKII to the 5D Mk III.
               
              Avatar for Chris Chris (1:10 AM, January 06, 2013)
              Minor improvements... I have read other sites, and the 5D MK III has almost 2 stops improvement. Plus, it will have Clean HDMI output, F/8 AF, a much nicer frame rate too. The 1Ds MK III was $7,000 when it first came out along with the 5D MK II, and the 5D MK III is better than the 1DS Mk III. The original 5D was $3200. Maybe it is not a camera to upgrade for some, but for someone who will be buying his first full frame, it does what I want it to.
               
              Indy (2:51 AM, November 20, 2012)
              $1500 for minor improvements and an extra card slot? Really, this camera was more like a minor update instead of a brand new camera that made major improvements. It kind of felt like Canon rolled out a new one just because the new camera gen is being rolled out with its competitors. The 5D MK ll will certainly last until "real" improvements need to be made.
               
              Chris (9:22 AM, September 16, 2012)
              I see the extra $1500 to be worth it. 61 freaking AF points... That's crazy! And the better low light capabilities, and the headphone jack! Considering the 1DS MK III cost $1,000 more than the 5D mk III, it's a good deaL. And you can find MK III's for as low as 2700' which is how much rhe mk II was.
               
              Danileduard (0:23 AM, May 24, 2012)
              200% agree on that :)
               
              treepop (3:33 PM, April 20, 2012)
              Meh...unless you need fps and you don't like using the center focus point there is no point spending $1500 more.  Buy better glass!