Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7

Portability
55
Imaging
70
Features
74
Overall
71
Canon EOS 5D Mark III front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Key Specs

Canon 5D MIII
(Full Review)
  • 22MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 116 x 76mm
  • Announced May 2012
  • Succeeded the Canon 5D MII
  • Newer Model is Canon 5D MIV
Panasonic FS7
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-132mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 139g - 97 x 54 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
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Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Overview

Here is a detailed analysis of the Canon 5D MIII and Panasonic FS7, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Ultracompact by competitors Canon and Panasonic. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the 5D MIII (22MP) and FS7 (10MP) and the 5D MIII (Full frame) and FS7 (1/2.5") come with different sensor sizes.

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The 5D MIII was manufactured 3 years later than the FS7 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Canon 5D MIII being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FS7 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a short view of how the 5D MIII scores versus the FS7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 5D MIII over the Panasonic FS7

 5D MIII FS7 
ReleasedMay 2012January 2009Fresher by 41 months
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Display dimension3.2"2.7"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS7 over the Canon 5D MIII

 FS7 5D MIII 

Common features in the Canon 5D MIII and Panasonic FS7

 5D MIII FS7 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera, you need to factor its weight and proportions. The Canon 5D MIII features exterior dimensions of 152mm x 116mm x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs) while the Panasonic FS7 has measurements of 97mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 139 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the 5D MIII against the FS7.

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the 5D MIII and FS7 is 55 and 95 respectively.

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 top view buttons comparison

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing merely by going through specs. The photograph below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the 5D MIII and FS7.

All in all, both cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The 5D MIII due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Canon 5D MIII will provide extra detail due to its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The younger 5D MIII provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 sensor size comparison

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon 5D MIII
Portrait photography with Panasonic FS7
82
has manual focus
MP count decent (22MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detect focusing
exports RAW files
20
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon 5D MIII
Street photography with Panasonic FS7
58
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather proof
great ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (950g)
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon 5D MIII as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FS7 as a Sports photography camera
72
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
MP count decent (22 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather proof
comes with phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
25
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Travel photography highlights
Panasonic FS7 Travel photography highlights
52
weather proof
MP count decent (22MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors in class (950 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
51
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 5D MIII as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FS7 as a Landscape photography camera
74
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
MP count decent (22MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
weather proof
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
27
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 5D MIII Vlogging information
Panasonic FS7 Vlogging information
28
comes with face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have mic support
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
heavier than competitors in class (950 grams)
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (33mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic port
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Canon 5D MIII vs Panasonic FS7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 5D MIII and Panasonic FS7
 Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS7
General Information
Brand Canon Panasonic
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark III Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7
Class Advanced DSLR Ultracompact
Announced 2012-05-22 2009-01-16
Body design Mid-size SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 5+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.5"
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 22 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 5760 x 3840 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 25600 1600
Highest boosted ISO 102400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 61 9
Cross focus points 41 -
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF fixed lens
Lens focal range - 33-132mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Total lenses 250 -
Crop factor 1 6.3
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology Clear View II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash -
Flash options no built-in flash Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 950g (2.09 lbs) 139g (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0") 97 x 54 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Other
Battery life 950 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model LP-E6 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Two One
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