Canon EOS 5D Mark III Compared to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

SpecificationsCanon EOS 5D Mark IIICanon EOS 5D Mark II
  Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Year Introduced20122008
Megapixels22.321.1
Total Pixels23.422.0
Sensor Size36.0 x 24.0mm36.0 x 24.0mm
Pixel Dimensions5760 x 38405616 x 3744
Pixel Size6.25µm6.41µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/10.1f/10.3
Aspect Ratio3:23:2
Sensor CleaningEOS Integrated Cleaning System with fluorine coated Low-Pass FilterEOS Integrated Cleaning System with fluorine coated Low-Pass Filter
Lens MountEF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-EEF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-E
FOVCF1.0x1.0x
Image ProcessorDIGIC 5+DIGIC 4
 
Autofocus  
TypeTTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensorTTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
Points61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
9-point AF (plus 6 Assist AF points)
Working RangeEV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)EV -0.5 - 18 (at 20°C & ISO 100)
ModesOne Shot
AI Focus
AI Servo
One Shot
AI Focus
AI Servo
Point SelectionAutomatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF 
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF 
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Automatic selection, Manual selection
PredictiveYes, up to 8m
Assist BeamEmitted by optional dedicated SpeedliteEmitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
MicroadjustmentAF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
C.Fn III-8 
+/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 20 lenses individually
 
Exposure Control  
Metering ModesTTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering: (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)EV 1 - 20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
Exposure Comp+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).+/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments+/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO SensitivityAuto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) 
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400
Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) 
ISO can be expanded to H1: 12800 and H2:25600
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
WB SettingsAWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation: 
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting.
White balance compensation: 
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom WBYes, 1 setting can be registeredYes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
 
Viewfinder  
TypePentaprismPentaprism
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 98%
MagnificationApprox. 0.71xApprox. 0.71x
EyepointApprox. 21mmApprox. 21mm
Diopter Correction-3 to +1 m-1 (diopter)-3 to +1 (1/m) (diopter)
Focusing ScreenFixed (Transmissive LCD screen)Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Eg-A
MirrorQuick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
InformationAF information: AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,
exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,
red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card
information, Battery check
Composition information
Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol
Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance
correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering
AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light.
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation.
Image information: White balance correction, CF card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
DOF PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview button.Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece ShutterOn strapOn strap
 
LCD  
Type3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots3.0" Clear View TFT, approx. 920K dots
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
Viewing AngleApprox. 170°Approx. 170°
CoatingAnti-reflection and Solid StructureDual Anti-reflection
Brightness AdjAdjustable to one of seven levelsAuto 3 levels + Manual adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
 
Flash  
Built-in GNN/A (ISO 100, meters)N/A (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageN/AN/A
Built-in Recycle TimeN/AN/A
ModesE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered ManualE-TTL Auto Flash
X-Sync1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only)1/200sec
Exposure Compensation+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments+/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments
Exposure BracketingYes, with compatible External FlashYes, with compatible External Flash
Exposure LockYesYes
2nd Curtain SyncYesYes
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / YesYes / Yes
External Flash CompE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash supportE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash ControlVia camera menuVia camera menu
 
Shooting  
Shooting ModesAuto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)Auto (Stills and Movie), Creative Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Color SpacesRGB and Adobe RGBsRGB and Adobe RGB
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only 
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),
Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Single, Continuous, Self timer /remote control (10s), Self timer /remote control (2s)
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG) or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card)Max. Approx. 3.9fps. (speed maintained for up to 78 images (JPEG) (310 with UDMA card), 13 images (RAW))
Shutter Lag59ms73ms
Viewfinder Blackout125ms145ms
 
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensorElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
FrameRate30 fps30 fps
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display OptionsGrid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic LevelGrid overlay (x2), Histogram, data, no data
 
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), 
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), 
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), 
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), 
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possibleYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible
Image SizeJPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480
RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920
JPEG: (L) 5616x3744, (M) 4080x2720, (S) 2784x1856
RAW: (RAW) 5616x3744, (sRAW 1) 3861x2574, (sRAW 2) 2784x1856
Movie TypeMOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
1920 x 1080 (16:9), 640 x 480 (4:3) -30fps
Movie LengthMax duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GBMax duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Sound FilesN/AN/A
FoldersNew folders can be manually created and selectedNew folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
 
Other Information  
Wireless Featuresvia optional WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter
GPSvia optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Custom Functions13 Custom Functions with 47 settings25 Custom Functions with 71 settings
Metadata TagUser copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
User copyright information (set via EOS utility)
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / YesYes / Yes
Water & Dust ResistanceYes (equal to EOS-1N)Yes
Sound MemoNoNo
Orientation SensorYesYes
Playback Zoom1.5x - 10x1.5x - 10x
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (2 levels) 
(2) Single image 
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view 
(6) 2 image compare display
(7) Movie edit
(1) Single image with information (2 levels) 
(2) Single image 
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) Jump display
Slide ShowImage selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Image selection: All images, by date, by folder, movies, or stills.
Playback time: 1/2/3/5 sec 
Repeat: On/Off
HistogramBrightness: Yes 
RGB: Yes
Brightness: Yes 
RGB: Yes
Highlight AlertYesYes
Image Erase ProtectionErase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories(1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)
(6) My Menu
(1) Shooting menu (x2)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x3)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
 
Interface  
Computer InterfaceHi-Speed USBUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other InterfaceHDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Microphone input, Extension system terminal (for WFT-E4)
Canon Printer SupportCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridgeCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Pict BridgeYesYes
 
Memory  
Memory TypeCompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC cardCompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E4
 
Software  
Browsing & Printing SoftwareImageBrowser EXZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing SoftwareDigital Photo ProfessionalDigital Photo Professional
Other SoftwarePhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
 
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1x CR1616 for date & settingsRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1x CR1616 for date & settings
Battery LifeApprox. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 850 (at 20°C)
750 (at 0°C)
Battery Indicator6 levels + percentage6 levels + percentage
Power SavingPower turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply Battery ChargersAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6E/LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6, Car Battery Cable CB-570
 
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body coversMagnesium Alloy body covers
Shutter Durability Rating150,000150,000
Operating Environment0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions Inches6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0" (152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm)6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0" (152 x 113.5 x 75mm)
CIPA Weight33.5 oz (950g)31.9 oz (904g)
 
Accessories  
ViewfinderEyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder CEyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15, Focusing Screens Eg, Angle Finder C
Camera Case
Wireless File TransmitterWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4
Compatible LensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E and MP-E lensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E and MP-E lenses
Compatible FlashCanon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E11  Buy ► BG-E6  Buy ►
RemoteRemote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1, Remote Controller RC-5
OtherHand Strap E2, GP-E2Hand Strap E2
 
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