Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Canon.

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography were released 2012 and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III was released 2007. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography Canon 2012
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Canon 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has a "APSC"-sensor while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III has a "FF"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III has 21,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 21,1 MP 21026304 5616 3744

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III has a 17 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 100-51200
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 50-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography can shoot up to 5,3 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 5,3
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography. Unfortunately Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III weighs 1385 gr (equal to 3,05 lb) which is 83% heavier than Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography and its 755 gr (or 1,66 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 755 gr 1,66 lb
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 1385 gr 3,05 lb