Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs. Canon EOS-1D X

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Mar 2, 2012
Aug 25, 2016
Feb 2, 2016
Oct 18, 2011
 
Body only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
$3499 (body only), $4399 (w/24-70 F4L lens), $4599 (w/24-105 F4L IS USM lens)
$5999 (body only)
 
 
Mid-size SLR
Mid-size SLR
Large SLR
Large SLR
Magnesium alloy
Magnesium alloy
Magnesium alloy
 
 
5760 x 3840
6720 x 4480
5472 x 3648
5184 x 3456
3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
 
4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
3:2
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
3:2
3:2
22 megapixels
30 megapixels
20 megapixels
18 megapixels
23 megapixels
32 megapixels
22 megapixels
19 megapixels
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
 
sRaw suppoorted in all aspect ratio. Size between 5 and 7.5 megapixel.
 
 
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Digic 5+
Digic 6+
Dual DIGIC 6+
Dual Digic 5+
sRGB,Adobe RGB
sRGB, AdobeRGB
sRGB, Adobe RGB
 
RGB Color Filter Array
Primary color filter
Primary color filter
 
 
Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 (50, 102400 and 204800 with boost)
50
50
50
50
102400
102400
409600
204800
6
6
6
6
Yes (1)
Yes
Yes (5 slots)
Yes (5)
No
No
No
No
RAW
RAW
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal
Fine, normal
 
Fine, Normal
  • JPEG (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 (Exif v.2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CRW, 14-bit)
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
 
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
by optional dedicated Speedlite
Yes
 
 
No
 
 
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
61
61
61
61
Canon EF
Canon EF
Canon EF
Canon EF
1×
1×
1×
1×
 
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
Fixed
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
1,040,000
1,620,000
1,620,000
1,040,000
No
Yes
Yes (for AF point selection only)
No
Clear View II TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
Clear View II TFT LCD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
100%
100%
100%
100%
0.71×
0.71×
0.76×
0.76×
 
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
  • Auto+
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Custom (x3)
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
 
No
No
No
No
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync)
Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
 
 
 
E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
1/200 sec
1/200 sec
1/250 sec
 
 
  • Single shooting
  • Continuous hi/lo
  • Silent single shooting
  • Silent continuous
  • 2/10 sec self-timer / remote control
 
 
6.0 fps
7.0 fps
16.0 fps
14.0 fps
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Yes
Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Yes
 
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
 
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)
4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
H.264
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, H.264
1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
8.8MP stills can be grabbed from 4K video; camera supports ALL-I, IPB and IPB Light compression.
 
 
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
None
 
Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)
CompactFlash + CFast 2.0
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible
None
 
 
None
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
 
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes (mini-HDMI)
Yes
Yes (Mini)
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Optional
Built-In
Optional
Optional
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
802.11b/g/n + NFC
requires WFT-E8
LC-5
Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Yes
Yes (N3 connector)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
950
900
1210
 
950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
890 g (1.96 lb / 31.39 oz)
1530 g (3.37 lb / 53.97 oz)
 
152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99)
151 x 116 x 76 mm (5.94 x 4.57 x 2.99)
158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27)
158 x 164 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.46 x 3.27)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (by cable and PC)
 
 
Yes (by cable and PC)
Optional
Built-in
Built-in
Optional
With optional GP-E2 unit
 
with e-compass
GP-E1, GPE2