Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.70x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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 11.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 1,480 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 16.6 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 156x158x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Much lighter 850 g vs 1,565 g
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Around 50% lighter
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:0.70x
        5D Mark II:0.71x
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        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-1Ds Mark II:1,565 g
        5D Mark II:850 g
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:4 fps
        5D Mark II:3.9 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:1,600 ISO
        5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:11.3 EV
        5D Mark II:11.9 EV

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:3,200 ISO
        5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:2.0"
        5D Mark II:3.0"
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:230k dots
        5D Mark II:920k dots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:74.0
        5D Mark II:79.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        EOS-1Ds Mark II:1,480 ISO
        5D Mark II:1,815 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,608 - $1,899 body only

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

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

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

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        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

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

        Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Competitors

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        Pro DSLR

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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