Thursday, 1 March 2012

Canon 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II comparison

 

Now that the Canon 5D Mark III is almost out (see Canon 5D Mark III Specifications), I am sure many photographers will be interested in seeing feature differences between the now obsolete Canon 5D Mark II and the new 5D Mark III. In this Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 5D Mark II comparison, I will write about the specifications of both cameras and talk about their differences. Please keep in mind that the information below is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided once I get a hold of the Canon 5D Mark III.
Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 5D Mark II Specification Comparison

Camera FeatureCanon 5D Mark IIICanon 5D Mark II
Sensor Resolution22.3 Million21.1 Million
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor Size36x24mm36x24mm
Dust Reduction / Sensor CleaningYesYes
Image ProcessorDIGIC 5+DIGIC 4
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage100%98%
Storage Media1x Compact Flash and 1x SD1x Compact Flash
Continuous Shooting Speed6 FPS3.9 FPS
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability150,000 cycles150,000 cycles
Exposure Metering SensoriFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensorTTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC
Base ISOISO 100ISO 100
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-25,600ISO 100-6,400
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600
Autofocus System61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 21 cross-type points)9-point TTL (1 cross-type point)
AF AssistNo, only with external flashNo, only with external flash
Video OutputAVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV FormatH.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Video Maximum Resolution1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p
Audio RecordingBuilt-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots920,000 dots
HDR SupportYesNo
Built-in GPSNoNo
Wi-Fi FunctionalityEye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-FiEye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-Fi
BatteryLP-E6 Lithium-ion BatteryLP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery ChargerLC-E6 ChargerLC-E6 Charger
Weather Sealed BodyYesNo
USB Version2.02.0
Camera ConstructionMagnesium AlloyMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions152 x 116 x 76mm152 x 114 x 75mm
MSRP Price$3,499$2,699

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