Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

Canon EOS 7D

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,949 - $3,099 body only

$3,399 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,029 body only

$1,399 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Size Smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,419 - $1,497 body only

$1,899 - $1,997 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,392 with 18-135mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$1,099 - $1,349 body only

$1,439 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $649 body only

$539 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Much worse image quality

discussion

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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