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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Has live view
Live view
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.76x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
69 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
1800 shots
Focus points
Many focus points
45

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Explore our gallery of 88 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. Explore our gallery of 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1800 shots vs 850 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
45 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,999.50 vs $8,837.00
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The best price we've seen is $6,838 cheaper (4.4x less)
Size
Much 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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1Ds Mark III0.76x
              5D Mark II0.71x
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1Ds Mark III1,385 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1Ds Mark III$8,837.00
              5D Mark II$1,999.50
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              1Ds Mark III150x160x80 mm
              5D Mark II152x114x75 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1Ds Mark III1,600 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1Ds Mark III5 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              1Ds Mark III3,200 ISO
              5D Mark II25,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              21 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              1Ds Mark III230k dots
              5D Mark II920k dots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1Ds Mark III12 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1Ds Mark III80.0
              5D Mark II79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1Ds Mark III1,663 ISO
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 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

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,018 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 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

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,299 body only

              $7,461 with 70-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              Showing 4 comments

              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