Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

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 Design and Build

The Canon 5D Mark III is a compact advanced DSLR. Put it into consideration that its 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 battery and memory card

If you prefer a more solid camera, the 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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Performance of Canon 5D Mark III

Any individual owning a collection of premium Canon EF lens is most likely appreciate that 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 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 done with the Mark II.

Canon 5D Mark III Specifications

MSRPBody only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
Body type
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
Optics & Focus
  • 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
Screen / viewfinder
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×
Photography features
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)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
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
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″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)
GPS notesWith optional GP-E2 unit



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