The long-awaited successor to Canon’s extremely popular EOS 5D Mark III camera is here. As its name implies, the company’s 22-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an evolutionary upgrade for advanced DSLR users.

The full-frame Mark III’s improvements are mainly under the hood. It has a much larger and sharper rear LCD which is noticeable at a glance. The camera is quite impressive, but Canon 5D Mark II owners will want to weigh upgrading carefully based on their specific needs.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is not only a very capable photographic tool in almost all areas, but it’s also fun and exciting to shoot with. Slight JPEG softness is disappointing in a camera at this level but it’s only visible at pixel-level and we would expect most of the camera’s target group to shoot Raw anyway. Photographers who want an extremely versatile photographic tool that is capable of great results in many shooting situations.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III: Price

Canon EOS 5D Mark III: Design and Build

The Canon 5D Mark III is a compact advanced DSLR. Put it into consideration that it’s 35mm full-frame image sensor is larger than those in more conventional APS-C D-SLRs. The camera measures 4.6 by 6.0 by 3.0 inches. This advanced-level camera weighs 2.09 pounds with a battery and memory card

If you prefer a more solid camera, Canon Mark III’s size and weight can be increased via the BG-E11 Battery Grip. It has a connection to the bottom of the camera and adds vertical shooting controls. The grip can accommodate two rechargeable batteries. It doubles the operating life of the camera. Canon 5D Mark III gives you the option to power it using disposable AA cells. These work well for use in those photogenic parts of the world where electricity is not readily available.

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Canon 5D Mark III: Performance

Any individual owning a collection of premium Canon EF lens is most likely appreciate the fact that the Canon 5D Mark III’s 22-megapixel full-frame sensor. It is a comparable size as a frame of 35mm film. Your 28mm lens will be offering you the exact field of view on the digital camera. The same as it does on a film body. If you’re a Canon user seeking an upgrade from one of the company’s traditional APS-C D-SLRs you should yield an assessment of your lenses.

Canon 5D Mark III: Viewfinder

The rear LCD is humbly fantastic. The 3.2-inch display is bursting with over a million dots. It’s one of the most vivid that you will ever see on any camera. There is no problem with reviewing your images on a bright day. It offers sufficient resolution to make manual focus throughout live view reality. There is also a monochrome information display on the top of the camera.  You can gauge the current shooting settings at a glance.

You will also be able to see settings in the Canon 5D Mark III’s large and bright viewfinder. It gives you 100 percent of the frame. So, what you view through the finder is exactly what you’ll get in your photo. The disadvantage of this improved coverage is that you will no longer be able to change the focus screen out as you are done with the Mark II.

Canon 5D Mark III: Specifications

Price
Body type
Sensor
Image
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Storage
Connectivity
Physical
Other features
MSRPBody only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution5760 x 3840
Other resolutions3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels22 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors23 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5+
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.71×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage typesCompact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Remote controlYes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)950
Weight (inc. batteries)950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Dimensions152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)
GPSOptional
GPS notesWith optional GP-E2 unit

Canon 5D Mark III: Key Differences

 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Sensor22.3 MP full-frame CMOS21 MP full-frame CMOS
ProcessorDigic 5+Digic 4
ISO range50 – 10280050 – 25600
Maximum shooting rate6fps3.9fps
Viewfinder coverage100%98%
LCD screen3.2″ – 1,040,000 dots3.0″ – 920,000 dots
AF Sensor61 points9 points
CA correctionYesNo
All-I and IPV video compression optionsYesNo
Touch-sensitive rear dialYesNo
Headphone socketYesNo
HDR shootingYesNo
Multiple exposureYesNo
Silent shutterYesNo
Side-by-side image comparisonYesNo

Canon 5D Mark III: Conclusion

While the major design improvements since the 5D Mark II largely put the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in line with the current DSLRs of Canon, we are pleased with the latest camera performance.

Raw and JPEG images have lots of detail, noise at the higher native sensitivity settings is well managed, and color and exposure are normally very good.

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