Updated (October, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS-1D Mark III vs Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
2200 shots
 
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark III

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Battery life Significantly longer battery life 2200 shots vs 1500 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 100 ms vs 400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 94 ms vs 104 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 39 vs 19
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,320 ISO vs 1,078 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 71.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS-1D Mark IV's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 1,230 g vs 1,335 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:94 ms
        EOS-1D Mark IV:104 ms
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:2200 shots
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1500 shots
        Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
        10 fps
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        45
        Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:19
        EOS-1D Mark IV:39
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:100 ms
        EOS-1D Mark IV:400 ms
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Weight Heavy Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:1,335 g
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,230 g
        Size Large Help
        Large 156x157x80 mm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:10.1 MP
        EOS-1D Mark IV:16 MP
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:71.0
        EOS-1D Mark IV:74.0

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:APS-H 28.7x18.7mm
        EOS-1D Mark IV:APS-H 27.9x18.6mm
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:0.61x
        EOS-1D Mark IV:0.59x
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:22.7 bits
        EOS-1D Mark IV:22.8 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        EOS-1D Mark III:1,078 ISO
        EOS-1D Mark IV:1,320 ISO

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        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $3,120 body only

        $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
        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 significantly smaller
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,663 - $1,899 body only

        $2,341 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Canon EOS 1D X

        Canon EOS 1D X

        Pro DSLR

        $6,799 body only

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

        Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

        Canon EOS-1D Mark III Competitors

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        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Live view No live view
        Canon EOS 5D

        Canon EOS 5D

        Pro DSLR

        $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Live view No live view

        Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

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