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

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
69 ms shutter lag
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1Ds Mark III

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 69 ms vs 206 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points Significantly more focus points 45 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 1800 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.1 f-stops more 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size Significantly smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 150x160x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 1,663 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Much lighter 850 g vs 1,385 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $2,299.99 vs $5,999.99
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The best price we've seen is $3,700 cheaper (2.6x less)
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1Ds Mark III:0.76x
              5D Mark II:0.71x
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              1Ds Mark III:1,385 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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1Ds Mark III:1,600 ISO
              5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1Ds Mark III:5 fps
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              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
              1Ds Mark III:3,200 ISO
              5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1Ds Mark III:12 EV
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1Ds Mark III:80.0
              5D Mark II:79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1Ds Mark III:1,663 ISO
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 much 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,284 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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 D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly 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

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Competitors

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              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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              Ssia9 (1:13 PM, February 24, 2012)
              1ds mark3 no Weather sealed haha...!?!
               
              Avatar for Myname Myname (3:02 PM, July 27, 2011)
              why would the mark III cost so much more if the mark II fares better ? 
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:31 PM, May 03, 2011)
              Our comparisons only take into account the cameras features and not the price.
               
              Naccistefano (1:23 PM, May 03, 2011)
              ridicolo confrontare una macchina professionale da 6000 euro con una pur buona macchina ma sempre
              semi-pro da 2000 euro........ ci sono mille funzioni in piu' che la 1dsmark iii ha...altrimenti alla canon sarebbero impazziti