Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
41
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×90×76 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

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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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 273 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
41 vs 0
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
True resolution
Higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your 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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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
More lenses available
165 lenses vs 108 lenses
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More than 50% more lenses available
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
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Smaller
124×90×76 mm vs 152×116×76 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
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
Significantly cheaper
$799.00 vs $2,239.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,441 cheaper (2.8x 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 24p support 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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              5D Mark IIIPentaprism
              DMC-GH2Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              5D Mark III1/8000s
              DMC-GH21/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3"
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark III11.7 EV
              DMC-GH211.3 EV
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark III152×116×76 mm
              DMC-GH2124×90×76 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,290 - $1,498 body only

              $1,900 - $2,745 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 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
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality 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

              $2,038 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Lighter
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 body only

              $1,800 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,749 body only

              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
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $949 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $515 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $590 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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