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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7R

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Size
Really small
Standard size 127x94x48 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.1 EV
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Much more lenses available 156 lenses vs 4 lenses
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39x more lenses available
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Sony A7R

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Size Significantly smaller 127x94x48 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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2.3x smaller
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 95.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Much lighter 465 g vs 950 g
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2x lighter
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,746 ISO vs 2,293 ISO
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The A7R has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 3"
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Around 40% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 25.6 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        A7R:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        5D Mark III:81.0
        A7R:95.0
        External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
        5D Mark III:22.3 MP
        A7R:36.2 MP
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        5D Mark III:1,040k dots
        A7R:921k dots
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
        A7R:2,746 ISO
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        5D Mark III:24 bits
        A7R:25.6 bits
        Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
        25,600 ISO
        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
        A7R:Digital
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Weight Heavy Help
        5D Mark III:950 g
        A7R:465 g
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

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        competitors

        Shared 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 built-in GPS
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D810

        Nikon D810

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        $3,830 with 50mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,298 body only

        $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

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

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $6,799 body only

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Size Significantly larger
        Lowest price Much more expensive

        Sony A7R Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

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        Sharath (6:47 PM, April 06, 2014)
        seriously...I mean you're talking about cameras...a machine we use to captures PICTURES...and somehow the second-best rated camera by dxoMARK loses almost every comparison...?????????
        I use an Alpha57...a tiny mice of a camera when compared to other giants but I see my ease of work and a 5D user's struggle with video run-n-gun shoots...focus peaking...1080p @ 50fps (I'm from PAL country)...seriously...I can't wait to upgrade to an A99 or an A7R one day...
         
        Avatar for James James (2:23 PM, January 31, 2014)
        "Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed"
        I would say, they'll stop saying that when they're at an indistinguishable level of detail. The day's coming.
         
        Avatar for Toni Laird Toni Laird (4:03 PM, December 03, 2013)
        Agree with Adam and when will Snapsort stop posting 'Has an optical viewfinder' as an advantage as it is not!
         
        Adam K (8:28 PM, November 25, 2013)
        UUUMMM I believe you may have mixed up the overall winner.... clearly Sony has better ISO AND better Image quality, that alone is a winning factor..... not to mention it cost less shoots Full HD video @ 60fps oh and built in WiFi, 100% FOV coverage... Sony blows the extremely outdated Canon clear out of the water with user options like focus peeking & color histograms. Snapsort must be biased or something because this doesn't add up??? this is just silly.