Canon EOS Rebel T3 vs Canon EOS 5D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Canon EOS 5D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 were released 2011 and Canon EOS 5D was released 2005. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011
Canon EOS 5D 2005

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS 5D has a "Canon Full Frame"-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 Rebel T3 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS 5D 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a 12,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 5D has 12,7 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Canon EOS 5D 12,7 MP
12719616 pixels
4368 x 2912

Canon EOS 5D has a 5 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel T3. 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.

ISO range

Canon EOS Rebel T3 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5D. Canon EOS Rebel T3 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 6400 while Canon EOS 5D has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel T3 100-6400
Canon EOS 5D 50-3200

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 Rebel T3
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 5D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 3
Canon EOS 5D 3

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 Rebel T3. Unfortunately Canon EOS 5D 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 5D weighs 895 gr (equal to 1,97 lb) which is 81% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr
1,09 lb
Canon EOS 5D 895 gr
1,97 lb

Canon EOS Rebel T3 vs Canon EOS 5D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Rebel T3 and Canon EOS 5D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Name Canon EOS Rebel T3 Canon EOS 5D
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Release Year 2011 2005
Release Date 2011-02-07 2005-08-22
MSRP 499 USD 3299 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 4368 x 2912 pixels
Megapixels 12,2 MP 12,7 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 2
Image
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
ISO Range 100 - 6400 50 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 9 9
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2.7 2,5
Screen dots 230000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor TFT liquid-crystal color LCD
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.71
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Frames per second 3 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Video recording Yes No
Video format Motion JPEG
H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1280 x 720
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
No
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes (N3 connector)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon EOS 5D
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 400 shots
Width 130 mm 152 mm
Height 100 mm 113 mm
Depth 78 mm 75 mm
Weight 495 gram 895 gram