New Canon EOS 5D Mark III won’t miss a perfect shot

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.

Full Specifications:

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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
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)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format 
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
  • RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics and Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View


Autofocus assist lamp optional dedicated Speedlite
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount  Canon EF mount
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes 
  • Auto+
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Custom (x3)
Built-in flash No
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)
Metering modes 
  • Multi
  • Center weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
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)
Videography features
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
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
Storage included None
USB  USB 2.0
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Optional
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Physical features
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
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″)