• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Samsung NX1000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 4.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,815 vs 840 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 320 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 77 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.21 vs 0.60 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Samsung NX1000 advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $342 vs $2699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    6 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    400g vs 1588g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.2 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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 Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Samsung NX1000
Sony A900
  • $346
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Samsung NX1000
Nikon D3X
  • $346
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Samsung NX1000
Sony A850
  • $346
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony NEX-5R
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Samsung NX1000
Sony NEX-5R
  • $346
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Canon 5D Mark II
Samsung NX1100
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Samsung NX1000
Samsung NX1100
  • $346
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $500
  • APS-C
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