Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5D Mark II vs 1Ds Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 5D Mark II vs 1Ds Mark III

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 5D Mark II
2,600 LPH
EOS 1Ds Mark III
2,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Features Key features of the EOS 5D Mark II  vs 1Ds Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 5D Mark II
41.1 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark III
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 5D Mark II  vs 1Ds Mark III 

Colors are extremely accurate and, as mentioned above, the automatic white balance system does a great job of keeping color neutral across a wide range of lighting.
EOS 1Ds Mark III

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 5D Mark II  vs
1Ds Mark III 
Megapixels 21 MP 21 MP
Resolution 5616 x 3744 5616 x 3744
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 41.1 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 9 45
Cross type focus points 1 19


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 152 x 114 x 75 mm 150 x 160 x 80 mm
Thickness 75 mm 80 mm
Weight 850 g 1,385 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization


EOS 5D Mark II  vs
1Ds Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Manual N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 98% 100%
Magnification 0.71x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.76x


Max continuous shooting 3.9 fps 5 fps
Battery life 850 1,800
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5616 x 3744, JPEG, 56 shots
3.9 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 206 ms 69 ms
Shutter lag 82 ms 45 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 500 ms
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