Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5D Mark III vs EOS-1D X Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

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 EOS-1D X Mark II

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

EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

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-1D X Mark II
1,210 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 5D Mark III
24.0 bits
EOS-1D X Mark II
22.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

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

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 ISO
EOS-1D X Mark II
409,600 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-1D X Mark II
43.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 5D Mark III  vs EOS-1D X Mark II 

9.0
9.0
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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 5D Mark III  vs
EOS-1D X Mark II 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 22.3 MP 20 MP
Resolution 5456 x 4096 5472 x 3648
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 38.7 microns 43.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 409,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 61 61
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 152 x 116 x 76 mm 158 x 168 x 83 mm
Thickness 76 mm 83 mm
Weight 950 g 1,530 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No Yes
WiFi None None

video

EOS 5D Mark III  vs
EOS-1D X Mark II 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps Unknown
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 1,620 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 16 fps
Battery life 950 1,210
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
16 fps
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