• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $3241 Average Retail $3500 MSRP
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $2280 Average Retail $2800 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon 5D Mark III over Sony A99

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.50 vs 0.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer battery life
    950 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    61 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.7 fps vs 1.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.6 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A99 over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos

Review Excerpt

  • Superb still and video image quality; Powerful, fast, and accurate AF system with loads of cross-type points, loads of configurability and great frame coverage; Rugged, weather-sealed body with great control layout and user-interface configurability.

  • Dynamic range is limited by noise in deep shadows; Somewhat heavy-handed noise suppression and sharpening at default settings. (Shooting RAW avoids both.); No AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $3241
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack
  • $2452
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
Sony A99
Canon 6D
  • $2280
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2452
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D800

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D800
  • $3241
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
Sony A99
Nikon D800
  • $2280
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2784
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D610
  • $3241
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points
  • $2444
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
Sony A99
Nikon D610
  • $2280
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2444
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon Df

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon Df
  • $3241
  • 35mm
  • 60p
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $2946
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
Sony A99
Nikon Df
  • $2280
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2946
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D750
  • $3241
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Sony A99
Nikon D750
  • $2280
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Wi-Fi
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