Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 7D MII

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,293 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the 7D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 22.3 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 800 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 120 ms vs 131 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.95 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $749 cheaper (4x less)
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Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 6 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size Smaller 148x111x74 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 860 g vs 950 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3"
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              7D:131 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark III:41
              7D:19
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              7D:860 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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              5D Mark III:$249.95
              7D:$999.00
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark III:3"
              7D:2.9"
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              7D:66.0

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,200 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,440 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $4,097 - $4,697 with 70-200mm 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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $3,820 with 20mm lens

              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 7D Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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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