• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon 1Ds Mark III advantages over Sony DSLR-A200

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,663 vs 521 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1800 vs 750 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.75x vs 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    21.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    45 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 2.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony DSLR-A200 advantages over Canon 1Ds Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $7999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    625g vs 1425g
    Lighter weight

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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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 Pentax K200D

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Pentax K200D
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A200
Pentax K200D
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D60

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Nikon D60
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Sony DSLR-A200
Nikon D60
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony DSLR-A300

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A200
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon XS

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Canon XS
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony DSLR-A200
Canon XS
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon 1Ds Mark III
Pentax K2000
  • $7999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Top deck display
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A200
Pentax K2000
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More cross-type AF points
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