• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 22.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark III advantages over Panasonic FZ200

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.25 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 2.4 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.9 vs 19.1 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,293 vs 114 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 950 vs 540 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    76 mm vs 110 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    348k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.46x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    22.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    63 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    18 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic FZ200 advantages over Canon 5D Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $320* vs $2900
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    603g vs 950g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.2 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

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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.

  • Max aperture f/2.8 across full 24x optical zoom range of Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded lens; Relatively sharp and detailed images for a superzoom camera; Full-res burst shooting at 12 frames per second; Advanced photographic capabilities (manual focusing/exposure controls, RAW image capture, etc.); Full HD video recording up to 60p.

  • Control scheme and menu layout frustrating to use, especially the over-reliance on the rear dial; Higher ISOs produce smudged and blurred images as noise reduction efforts increase; Tendency to clip highlights; EVF doesn't switch on automatically when you look through it.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 6D
  • $2474
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic FZ200
Canon 6D
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2474
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic FZ200
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark III
Sony A850
  • $2474
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic FZ200
Sony A850
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic FZ150

Canon 5D Mark III
Panasonic FZ150
  • $2474
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic FZ200
Panasonic FZ150
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon SX40 HS

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon SX40 HS
  • $2474
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic FZ200
Canon SX40 HS
  • $320
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 24p video
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