Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x90x76 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 460k dots
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Around 2.5x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 655 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-GH2
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
156 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 4x more lenses available
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 40% 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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 273 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Size
Smaller
124x90x76 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
444 g vs 950 g
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2.1x lighter
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$606.34 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,348 cheaper (4.9x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              5D Mark III:22.3 MP
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5D Mark III:Pentaprism
              DMC-GH2:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              DMC-GH2:444 g
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III:11.7 EV
              DMC-GH2:11.3 EV
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III:152x116x76 mm
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 body only

              $2,300 - $2,500 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Lighter
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $496 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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