Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
 
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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 1,162 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Focus points Many more focus points 61 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.60x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 22.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 40% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 950 shots vs 740 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Smaller 130x96x72 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 81.0
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Almost the same
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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 104 ms vs 120 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price Cheaper $659.95 vs $3,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,739 cheaper (5.2x less)
Weight Lighter 740 g vs 950 g
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More than 20% 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 Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              K-5:104 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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Size Is slightly larger
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,613 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,297 body only

              $1,170 - $1,437 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 - $1,997 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Significantly larger

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $1,049 - $1,247 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $433 - $550 body only

              $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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