Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 7D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
220 lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$3,299 body only

$4,049 with 24-70mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
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Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
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Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,499 - $1,797 body only

$2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$940 with 18-135mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
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Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Lens availability Fewer lenses available
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,499 - $1,799 body only

$1,849 - $1,949 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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ivan (2:09 PM, October 26, 2013)
After 3 years of 7D use I was quite disappointed when tried the 5D Mark iii in the field settings: (1) poor light sensitivity for autofocusing: in the settings where the 7D gets the focus immediately, the 5D3 hunts forever; (2) slov autofocus on moving subjects (eg sport or wildlife); (3) at least my specific exemplar of 5D3 always tended to under-expose, both in the ambient light and with a flash; (4) with a flash, the 5D3 did 50% of under- and other 50% of over-exposures. So much unpleasant experience!
 
Avatar for Blah Blah (9:14 PM, July 17, 2013)
i love my Mark III. :D