Canon EOS 1D Mark III vs Canon EOS 500D
This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Canon EOS 500D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.
These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.Canon EOS 1D Mark III were released 2007 and Canon EOS 500D was released 2009. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||2007|
|Canon EOS 500D||2009|
Type of camera
Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.
Sensors / crop factor
These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a "APSH"-sensor while Canon EOS 500D has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.
|Camera||Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **|
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3
|Canon EOS 500D||80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"
Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Canon EOS 1D Mark III has a 10,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 500D has 15,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||
3888 x 2592
|Canon EOS 500D||
4752 x 3168
Canon EOS 500D has a 49 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark III. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.
Canon EOS 500D has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1D Mark III. Canon EOS 500D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Canon EOS 1D Mark III has 50 to 6400.
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||50-6400|
|Canon EOS 500D||100-12800|
Autofocus and lens compatibility
Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.
Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 500D
Pictures per second
Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D Mark III can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 500D can shoot up to 3,4 pictures per seconds.
|Camera||FPS (Frames per second)|
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||10|
|Canon EOS 500D||3,4|
Ability to record movies
It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.
It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS 500D. Sadly, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III does not support this.
The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.
Canon EOS 1D Mark III weighs 1155 gr (equal to 2,55 lb) which is 122% heavier than Canon EOS 500D and its 520 gr (or 1,15 lb).
|Canon EOS 1D Mark III||1155 gr
|Canon EOS 500D||520 gr