The much anticipated successor of the popular EOS 5D Mark II is finally here. The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III has features that will truly delight both advanced amateur photographers and independent filmmakers.
The EOS 5D Mark III is a class-leading full-frame DSLR which can generate high still image quality of 22.3 effective megapixels.
It is equipped with a new 36 x 24mm full-frame CMOS sensor and is powered by Canon’s latest and powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor. It is 17x faster than EOS 5D Mark II’s DIGIC 4. This new processor uses a newly developed advanced algorithm to achieve the highest possible image quality at low noise.
The overall enhancements made in the EOS 5D Mark III improve movie shooting performance and increase continuous shooting speeds to approximately 6 frames per second of action filled still images–even at full 22.3 megapixels.
Another interesting improvement on the EOS 5D Mark III is the Enhanced AF System which features a newly designed 61-point High Density Reticular AF System as compared to EOS 5D Mark II, which only features a 9-point AF system.
The new AF System is also capable of correcting real-time chromatic aberration and lens distortion using in-camera RAW processing. The very same AF system is used in EOS 1DX, Canon’s flagship DSLR camera.
With the enhanced AF coverage, not only will it be easier for photographers to compose portraits, but also track fast-moving subjects, sports, action and wildlife photography.
The EOS 5D Mark III’s ISO sensitivity is capable up to 25600 ISO, which can be further pushed to an astounding ISO 102400. The old EOS 5D Mark II can only accomplish up to 6400 ISO.
This added light-receiving efficiency was made possible by a new gapless micro lens array and improved photo diodes.
While the numbers themselves are impressive enough, photographers will be truly amazed by the EOS 5D Mark III’s ability to take photos at ISO 25600 with roughly the same noise levels as the EOS 5D Mark II at ISO 6400.
With the improvement in ISO sensitivity and high signal-to-noise ratio and the new customizable “Auto ISO” function, photographers can easily take high quality photos in any given lighting condition–even in low light.
The EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with the new version of EOS Movie, which is capable of producing higher quality videos than its predecessor. With the new CMOS sensor and the fast processing speeds of the new DIGIC 5+, the EOS 5D Mark III is able to solve a common video problem by significantly reducing color artifacts and moiré in areas containing striped patterns.
The power of the DIGIC 5+ also grants the EOS 5D Mark III an increase in S/N ratio, so that videos shot in dimly-lit environments will have noticeably reduced noise, even at higher ISO speeds
The EOS 5D Mark III is able to shoot at all the popular frame rates and quality, ranging from Standard Definition all the way to Full HD, in 30P/25P/24P.
The new EOS 5D Mark III supports both ALL-I and IPB compression modes to address the different post-production work-flows as a required by most film editors.
The EOS 5D Mark III is now capable of recording videos in longer takes such as wedding videos. This camera can automatically create a new video file and continue shooting once a file reaches 4GB (the maximum file size for FAT file systems). There is no lapse in shooting between files, so editors will be able to cleanly splice these files together without any glaring jump cuts.
The new EOS 5D Mark III has also been equipped with new High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode that will further push the photographer’s creativity. In HDR mode, three images shot at different exposures to form one single detailed image. Another interesting creative function of this camera is its ability to take multiple exposures.
The EOS 5D Mark III is fitted with a 3.2” tempered-glass 1.04 million dot Clear View LCD II monitor, with a wide 3:2 aspect ratio and an optical elastic polymer between the LCD and protective panel that reduces reflections making it easier to frame shots, review images and navigate menus.
It is also fitted with lightweight yet sturdy shutter blades withstand an amazing 150,000 shutter cycles.
To benefit users who primarily use their cameras for shooting movies, the EOS 5D Mark III’s Quick Control Dial includes an inner ring that is triggered by an electrostatic touch sensor. With this silent control, cinematographers are able to change settings while shooting movies without any risk of accidentally recording any clicking sounds from the control dial.
The EOS 5D Mark III is truly remarkable with its new features and capabilities. It has evolved into an extremely versatile DSLR that will surely meet the stringent needs of advanced amateurs photographers and cinematographers.
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||5760 x 3840|
|Other resolutions||3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||22.3 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||23.4 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Color spaces||RGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||RGB Color Filter Array|
|ISO||100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics and Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||optional dedicated Speedlite|
|Number of focus points||61|
|Lens mount||Canon EF mount|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Clear View II TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Viewfinder coverage||100 %|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Continuous drive||Yes (6 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 EV (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 Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)|
|Videography notes||1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame|
|Storage types||Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI mini)|
|Remote control||Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||950|
|Weight||950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)|
|Dimensions||152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)|