Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

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Canon EOS 60D

66

Canon EOS 60D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the 60D
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 96%
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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 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability
More lenses available
197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$699.00 vs $2,494.73
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The best price we've seen is $1,796 cheaper (3.6x less)
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size
Slightly smaller
145x106x79 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
755 g vs 850 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              60D:5.3 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV
              60D:11.5 EV

              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
              5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
              60D:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              5D Mark II:98%
              60D:96%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II:1
              60D:9
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark II:79.0
              60D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO
              60D:813 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              khalsa (4:34 AM, January 27, 2014)
              Kaiser loved his 60D he never came back. He is on world tour with his new 60d ha ha ha ha ha
               
              Kaiser (6:31 AM, March 03, 2013)
              Bought 60d today . . . let me handle it ... will comment after 2 days ...
               
              Avatar for NitsanSimantov NitsanSimantov (2:49 AM, September 13, 2011)
              lol no one answered the guy below.. :P
               
              videostudent (1:04 PM, September 23, 2010)
              Does anyone have an idea when they are going to upgrade the Canon 5D mark II? Also how many mic inputs can you put on the Canon 5D mark II?