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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

88

Canon EOS 7D

67

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,293 ISO
Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
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differences

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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
61 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 4 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 6 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
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$749.00 vs $2,249.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,500 cheaper (3x less)
Size
Smaller
148×111×74 mm vs 152×116×76 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              7D131 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III950 g
              7D860 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              5D Mark III3"
              7D2.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              5D Mark III22.3 MP
              7D17.9 MP

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 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

              $2,150 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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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