Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5D Mark III vs 1100D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, imaging-resource.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 5D Mark III vs 1100D

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

EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO
EOS 1100D
755 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1100D
110 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 1100D
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 1100D
100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 5D Mark III
950 photos
EOS 1100D
700 photos

Features Key features of the EOS 5D Mark III  vs 1100D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP
EOS 1100D
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 ISO
EOS 1100D
6,400 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 III
38.7 microns
EOS 1100D
26.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 5D Mark III  vs 1100D 

8.2
6.9
With the 5D Mark III's large images files it is advisable to use a fast CF memory card, especially if you are planning to shoot bursts in Raw+JPEG mode.
EOS 5D Mark III

9.0
9.0
We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies looks decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, but otherwise the 5D Mark III is another stride forward for for both stills and video.
EOS 5D Mark III

9.0
7.0
If you’re in the market for a pro-spec DSLR that offers excellent handling, fantastic image quality, impressive low-light performance and excellent video abilities then the Canon 5D Mark III definitely deserves to be on your shortlist.
EOS 5D Mark III

9.0
8.0
We found that the screen provides a sharp, clear view even when shooting outside in bright sunlight.
EOS 5D Mark III

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 5D Mark III  vs
1100D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 22.3 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 5456 x 4096 4272 x 2848
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 36 x 24 mm 22.2 x 14.7 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.6x
Pixel size 38.7 microns 26.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 61 9
Cross type focus points 41 1
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 152 x 116 x 76 mm 130 x 100 x 78 mm
Thickness 76 mm 78 mm
Weight 950 g 459 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

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

video

EOS 5D Mark III  vs
1100D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 2.7"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.71x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 3 fps
Battery life 950 700
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 120 ms 110 ms
Shutter lag 61 ms 113 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 100 ms
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