Canon 5D mki, mkii, and mkiii comparisons

With the price drop of Canon’s 5D’s, now may be the right time to think about purchasing a full frame camera.

Canon 5D Mk III vs Canon 5D MkII vs Canon 5D MkI

Camera Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5D Mark II Canon 5D Mark I
Sensor Resolution 22.3 Million 21.1 Million 12.7 Million
Sensor Size 36x24mm 36x24mm 35.8 x 23.9
Image Size 5760 x 3840 5616 x 3744 4368 × 2912
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ DIGIC 4 DIGIC 2
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 98% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x 0.71x 0.71x
Storage Media 1x Compact Flash & 1x SD 1x Compact Flash 1x Compact Flash
Continuous Shooting Speed 6 FPS 3.9 FPS 3 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 150,000 cycles 100,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC TTL, full aperture, 35 zones
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-6400 ISO 100-1600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400 ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600 ISO 50, ISO 3200
Autofocus System 61-point (41 cross-type points) 9-point TTL (1 cross-type point) 9-point TTL (1 cross-type point)
Video Output AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format No Video
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p No Video
Audio Recording Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
No built in Microphone
LCD Size 3.2″ TFT-LCD 3.0″ TFT-LCD 2.5″ TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 920,000 dots 230,000 dots
HDR Support Yes No No
Built-in GPS No No No
Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery BP-511A Lithium-ion Battery
Camera Construction Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm 152 x 113.5 x 75.0mm 152 x 113 x 75 mm
Weight 860g 810g 895g

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