Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sigma DP2

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

95

Sigma DP2

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
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High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma DP2

Size
Really small
Mid size (113×60×56 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.2"
Weight
Light-weight
280 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 320 x 240
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 4.6 MP
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Capture around 5x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 10 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 10 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sigma DP2

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Size
Much smaller
113×60×56 mm vs 152×116×76 mm
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3.5x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
280 g vs 950 g
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3.4x 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
$595.49 vs $2,249.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,654 cheaper (3.8x less)
Thickness
Thinner
2.2" vs 3"
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Around 30% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,150 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Smaller screen
              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

              $3,300 - $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 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $2,049 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
              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 flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Sigma DP2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sigma DP1

              Sigma DP1

              Boutique

              $629 - $799

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External flash No external flash support
              Sigma DP3 Merrill

              Sigma DP3 Merrill

              Digicam

              $599 - $799

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $722 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $473 - $697

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen

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