Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D

Canon EOS 5D Mark III front
Canon EOS 90D front

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Key Specs

Canon 5D MIII
(Full Review)
  • 22MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 116 x 76mm
  • Introduced May 2012
  • Old Model is Canon 5D MII
  • New Model is Canon 5D MIV
Canon 90D
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 701g - 141 x 105 x 77mm
  • Launched August 2019
  • Previous Model is Canon 80D
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Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D, both Advanced DSLR cameras and they are both designed by Canon. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the 5D MIII (22MP) and 90D (33MP) and the 5D MIII (Full frame) and 90D (APS-C) provide totally different sensor measurements.

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The 5D MIII was introduced 8 years earlier than the 90D which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief summary of how the 5D MIII matches up versus the 90D for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon 5D MIII over the Canon 90D

 5D MIII 90D 
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Canon 90D over the Canon 5D MIII

 90D 5D MIII 
LaunchedAugust 2019May 2012Newer by 88 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon 5D MIII and Canon 90D

 5D MIII 90D 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display resolution1040k1040kEqual display resolution

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon 5D MIII features external measurements of 152mm x 116mm x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0") along with a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs) while the Canon 90D has measurements of 141mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") along with a weight of 701 grams (1.55 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the 5D MIII compared to the 90D.

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 5D MIII and 90D is 55 and 60 respectively.

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D top view buttons comparison

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions only by going through technical specs. The picture underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the 5D MIII and 90D.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The 5D MIII having a larger sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field less difficult and the Canon 90D will show greater detail using its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged 5D MIII will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D sensor size comparison

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Portrait photography features
Canon 90D Portrait photography features
has manual focus
megapixel count good (22MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
saves RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count great (33 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Street photography details
Canon 90D Street photography details
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (950g)
screen articulates fully
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
features focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 5D MIII
Sports photography with Canon 90D
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
megapixel count good (22 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment proof
comes with phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
MP count great (33 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
great battery pack (1,300 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Travel photography advice
Canon 90D Travel photography advice
environment proof
megapixel count good (22 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (950g)
display isn't selfie friendly
great battery pack (1,300 per charge)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
MP count great (33 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Landscape photography details
Canon 90D Landscape photography details
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inches)
megapixel count good (22MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proof
has double storage slots
no image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a good size (3")
MP count great (33MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment sealing
great battery pack (1,300 shots)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Vlogging information
Canon 90D Vlogging information
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (950g)
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
provides face detect focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic support
no image stabilization
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Canon 5D MIII vs Canon 90D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 5D MIII and Canon 90D
 Canon EOS 5D Mark IIICanon EOS 90D
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EOS 90D
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2012-05-22 2019-08-28
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5+ DIGIC 8
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 332.3mm²
Sensor resolution 22MP 33MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5760 x 3840 6960 x 4640
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 102400 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 61 45
Cross focus points 41 45
Lens mounting type Canon EF Canon EF/EF-S
Total lenses 250 326
Focal length multiplier 1 1.6
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3.2 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,040k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display technology Clear View II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x 0.6x
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per sec 11.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options no built-in flash -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200s 1/250s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless Optional Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (With USB-PD compatible chargers)
GPS Optional None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 950g (2.09 pounds) 701g (1.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 152 x 116 x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0") 141 x 105 x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 81 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 2293 not tested
Battery life 950 shots 1300 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6 LP-E6N
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Card slots 2 One
Pricing at release $2,780 $1,199