• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Canon N2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    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
    ~ 6.25 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 950 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1044k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    22.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.0 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon N2 advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    32 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    201g vs 950g
    Lighter weight
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

User reviews

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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
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon N2
Canon 6D
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Canon N2
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A850
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon N2
Sony A850
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A99
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon N2
Sony A99
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 5D Mark III
Nikon D600
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon N2
Nikon D600
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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