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    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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