Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Canon. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Canon, is a camera from Large Sensor Compact category, while EOS 5D Mark III is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Canon XC10, features has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, features a sensor with a resolution of 22.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from Compact category create serious competition to models that fall into DSLR category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Canon XC10 Key Features:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Key Features:
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||22.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||45.5% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 122.88 mm2||85.8% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Continuous Shooting||6 fps vs 3.8 fps||2.2 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||61 vs 9||52 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 1k dots||99.9% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||950 g vs 1040 g||90 g lighter|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs No||0.71 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3.2″||Large display|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Continuous Shooting||3.8 fps | 6.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 90g less than the Canon XC10. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon XC10 features a 12.0 MP 1" sized CMOS sensor . Canon EOS 5D Mark III, in its turn, comes with a 22.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Canon XC10. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon XC10||Canon EOS 5D Mark III|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon XC10 or Canon EOS 5D Mark III, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon XC10 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS 5D Mark III deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon XC10. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon XC10||Canon EOS 5D Mark III|
|Model||XC10||EOS 5D Mark III|
|Announced||Apr 08, 2015||May 22, 2012|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||1"||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||12.8 x 9.6 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||122.88 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||22.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||5760 x 3840|
|Max Native ISO||20,000||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||160||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1x|
|Macro Focus Range||8|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||61|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||41|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.8 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||4K UHD 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) 1280 x 720 (120p, 100p)||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||XF-AVC, H.264||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||1040 g||950 g|
|Physical Dimensions||125 x 102 x 122 mm||152 x 116 x 76 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||950 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||CFast, SD/SDHC/SDXC||Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC|