• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 1Ds Mark III advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1800 vs 850 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.07 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    45 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon 1Ds Mark III

  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    920k 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 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
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D700

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Nikon D700
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D700
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Sony A900
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Nikon D3X
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Sony A850
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Nikon D600
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D600
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
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