Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Top Six Reasons for the
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Compared to Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Notably more focus points
36 more focus points. The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
Appreciably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
28.21% faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format. Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
Considerably longer battery life
950 shots longer battery life. CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Explicitly faster flash X-sync
1.50x faster flash X-sync. Flash synchronization is defined as the firing of a photographic flash coinciding with the shutter admitting light to the image sensor. In general, faster flash sync speeds are better if the photographer needs to flash-fill subjects that are backlit and wants to avoid motion blur, or wants to increase depth of field by using a high aperture.
Has dual card slots
It has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Marginally more viewfinder coverage
2 % more viewfinder coverage. With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III is better than Canon EOS 5D Mark II because...
Top 22 Reasons for the
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Compared to Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Vastly more megapixels (photo)
2.09x more megapixels (photo)
Clearly higher maximum light sensitivity
4x higher maximum light sensitivity. With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
345 g lighter
Better color depth
4.41% better color depth. The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
Faster video autofocus due to a phase detection autofocus when shooting movies
A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus and allows sharper movies.
Significantly higher pixel density
2x higher pixel density
Has a stereo microphone
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Is dustproof and water resistant
Dustproof / water resistant at depth equal to or greater than 1m.
Considerably higher resolution
3.99x higher resolution
Somewhat wider dynamic range
1.71% wider dynamic range. The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
Has a microphone in
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
4 mm narrower
Noticeably more microphone(s)
1 more microphone(s). More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
42.60 mm shorter
Vastly higher resolution (screen)
920 k dots
230 k dots
690 k dots higher resolution (screen). A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
A little thinner
4.90 mm thinner
Has a HDMI output
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
Has manual shutter speed
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
Newer DIGIC version
Newer DIGIC version. Newer image processors are better at processing multiple tasks simultaneously, and can produce higher quality images with better low-light performance and faster AF.
Shallower Depth of Field
Because of large sensor
X-sync at 1/200 sec
The 6D has only a X-sync at 1/180 sec