Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
Around 10% larger screen
Focus points
Many more focus points
61 vs 9
Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3.9 fps
More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 21 MP
Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
950 shots vs 850 shots
More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Slightly smaller
152×114×75 mm vs 152×116×76 mm
Almost the same
850 g vs 950 g
More than 10% lighter
3" vs 3"
Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark III$2,299.99
              5D Mark II$2,310.51
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III950 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              5D Mark II206 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              5D Mark III500 ms
              5D Mark II400 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              5D Mark II152×114×75 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              5D Mark III25,600 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark III1,040k dots
              5D Mark II920k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III6 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps




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              Avatar for Jean Max Jean Max (4:12 PM, January 27, 2018)
              How is the Mark III cheaper than the Mark II ? I can pick up a used Mark II for about $1000 on eBay.
              Avatar for ALLAN SILLIPHANT ALLAN SILLIPHANT (8:05 AM, September 15, 2017)
              The biggest VIDEO advantage I can see with the 5D Mark3 over the Mark II is that you can control your sound level & hear if an external mic is getting wind popping. Otherwise, when using a good mic plugged into snd input... is a crap shoot! Unacceptable for news stand-ups or outdoor acting or speech making., a secondary advantage of a Mark 3 is the camera chip set digic 5, I recall that it is 17 times more powerful than the digic4 in the Mark II, this is manifested by far better moire reduction. With the controllable sound levels you can use a higher end directional mic, such as a 14 inch Sennheiser, which lets you mic actors well, from up to 16 feet. A last word on the Mark IIs. Keep at least one of your earlier purchased Mark IIs as a second angle camera for reaction shots, & cut-aways, since you can't get much for it ...& that second angle can be cut in easily if you slate both...front end & again at end of the two camera shoot Why dump it for a lousy $600 or so $$$!.Another good thing for keeping a Mark II, is that you can used if with good results with a 40mm Canon pancake lens which has huge depth of focus, & usually works well without an operator for shooting audiences, or a closeup of the second person in a conversation for sync inter-cutting, or an interviewer listening to the interviewee.
              Avatar for Tim Krenzke Tim Krenzke (11:52 PM, August 01, 2017)
              You. have to be kidding. Trivial differences and nothing substantial when it comes to image quality. Worth the money? Only to canon. Instead of a new body, buy the best lenses.