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Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV

Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV front
Portability
55
Imaging
78
Features
85
Overall
80

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Key Specs

Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Push to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Revealed January 2020
  • Old Model is Canon 1D X II
Canon 5D MIV
(Full Review)
  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 890g - 151 x 116 x 76mm
  • Revealed August 2016
  • Previous Model is Canon 5D MIII
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Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Canon 1D X III versus Canon 5D MIV, former is a Pro DSLR while the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both are built by Canon. There exists a sizable gap between the sensor resolutions of the 1D X III (20MP) and 5D MIV (30MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The 1D X III was introduced 3 years after the 5D MIV which is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Canon 1D X III being a Large SLR camera and the Canon 5D MIV being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise summary of how the 1D X III grades against the 5D MIV with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Canon 5D MIV

 1D X III 5D MIV 
RevealedJanuary 2020August 2016Newer by 41 months
Screen resolution2100k1620kClearer screen (+480k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon 5D MIV over the Canon 1D X III

 5D MIV 1D X III 

Common features in the Canon 1D X III and Canon 5D MIV

 1D X III 5D MIV 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3.2"3.2"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Canon 1D X III provides outside dimensions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") and a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) while the Canon 5D MIV has proportions of 151mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0") with a weight of 890 grams (1.96 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the 1D X III against the 5D MIV.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 1D X III and 5D MIV is 50 and 55 respectively.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to picture the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reading technical specs. The picture here might offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the 1D X III and 5D MIV.

As you have seen, the two cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Canon 5D MIV to deliver more detail using its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures more aggressively. The newer 1D X III provides an edge in sensor technology.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV sensor size comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 1D X III Portrait photography information
Canon 5D MIV Portrait photography information
85
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
86
manual focus
megapixel count fantastic (30MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D X III Street photography features
Canon 5D MIV Street photography features
62
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
has touch to focus
weather proof
above average ISO range (102,400)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
65
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
offers focus via touch
environment proofing
very good ISO range (25,600)
no moving screen
no image stabilization
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

Sports Comparison

Canon 1D X III Sports photography advice
Canon 5D MIV Sports photography advice
81
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
high max fps (20.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
great battery life (2,850 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
81
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
megapixel count fantastic (30MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 1D X III
Travel photography with Canon 5D MIV
67
great battery life (2,850 CIPA)
weather proof
has touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
67
environment proofing
offers focus via touch
megapixel count fantastic (30 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D X III Landscape photography details
Canon 5D MIV Landscape photography details
80
focusing manually
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
great battery life (2,850 shots)
two card slots
does not have image stabilization
81
manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
megapixel count fantastic (30MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
has double storage slots
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D X III Vlogging information
Canon 5D MIV Vlogging information
30
touch screen
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (5472 x 2886 pixels)
has microphone socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
32
has touchscreen
features face detection focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic port
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 5D MIV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D X III and Canon 5D MIV
 Canon EOS-1D X Mark IIICanon EOS 5D Mark IV
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Category Pro DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2020-01-07 2016-08-25
Body design Large SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Digic X Digic 6+
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 30 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 6720 x 4480
Max native ISO 102400 25600
Max boosted ISO 819200 102400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Lowest boosted ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 191 61
Cross focus points 155 41
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF Canon EF
Amount of lenses 250 250
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 3.2 inch
Resolution of display 2,100 thousand dot 1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.71x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 20.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p) 4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)
Max video resolution 5472x2886 4096x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in Built-in
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) 890 grams (1.96 lbs)
Physical dimensions 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") 151 x 116 x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 91
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.6
DXO Low light score not tested 2995
Other
Battery life 2850 images 900 images
Style of battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - LP-E6
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress type B CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)
Storage slots Dual Dual
Pricing at launch $6,499 $3,299