• APS-H 525.5mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark III advantages over Canon SL2

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.23 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.10 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2200 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/300 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    19 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon SL2 advantages over Canon 1D Mark III

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 11.7 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    14 months vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    22 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • Higher resolution and better image quality than SL1; Much improved dynamic range; Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Compact body with improved ergonomics; Articulating touchscreen; Full HD movies up to 60p; Better battery life.

  • Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Dynamic range and high ISO performance still not as good as leading competitors; No 4K video option; OVF only offers 9 AF points.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3400

Canon 1D Mark III
Nikon D3400
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon SL2
Nikon D3400
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5600

Canon 1D Mark III
Nikon D5600
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T7i

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon T7i
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Canon T7i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More AF points

Compared to Canon T7

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon T7
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon SL2
Canon T7
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Nikon D3500

Canon 1D Mark III
Nikon D3500
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Internal flash
Canon SL2
Nikon D3500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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