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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Focus points
Many 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
 
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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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 4x larger sensor
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
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
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
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 41 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 40 lenses
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Around 4x more lenses available
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
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 23
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $249.95 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,249 cheaper (6x less)
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $1,700 body only

              $3,200 - $3,387 with 35-100mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Smaller
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $898 body only

              $1,329 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-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $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

              $537 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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