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

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 
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Advantages of the Canon 1Ds Mark III

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Focus points Significantly more focus points 45 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
Size Significantly smaller 152x114x75 mm vs 150x160x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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 Large sensors Help
        Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        1Ds Mark III:0.76x
        5D Mark II:0.71x
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1Ds Mark III:1,600 ISO
        5D Mark II:6,400 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        1Ds Mark III:5 fps
        5D Mark II:3.9 fps
        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

        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"
        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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        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,690 - $1,899 body only

        $2,385 - $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

        $3,999 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

        $1,299 body only

        $1,599 - $1,799 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

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $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
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 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 D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $3,049 body only

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $721 - $840 body only

        $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        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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        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,147 body only

        $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        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