Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

100

Canon EOS 7D

75

Runner-up

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
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,069 - $1,199 body only

$1,599 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Pro DSLR

$2,809 - $3,199 body only

$3,399 - $4,099 with 24-105mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,370 - $1,497 body only

$1,956 - $1,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$750 body only

$788 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,069 - $1,199 body only

$1,599 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
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Color depth Better color depth
Weather sealed No weather sealing

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