The Canon 5D Mark III is the second from the top of the line of EOS camera bodies right behind the EOS 1D x. At less than half the price, the 5D offers a beautiful and professional camera that offers the biggest feature vs list price value in the line up. Most professional photographers use the Canon 5D for this reason.
The Mark III represents the 3rd version of the original 5D. Each one of these versions has been significant and this may be arguably the most significant camera model in the digital age. The original offered full frame sensor and amazing low light capabilities. The Canon 5D Mark II introduced DSLR video and other improvements. And now we have the Canon 5D Mark III. Does it live up to the name of the two models before it?
First off, ISO is improved even further which has been a hallmark of each 5D to be introduced. ISO goes up all the way to 25,600 and looks amazing at 6400. This is a two stop improvement over the 5D Mark II. Also introduced in this model is automatic color fringe correction. This is a first in any DSLR. Color fringes are problematic to lenses and is usually one of the things that separates the expensive and cheap lenses. Canon now has the ability to automatically adjust for this which means you can use cheaper lenses with this camera and get amazing detail and quality. It also means you don’t have to spend your had earned money on top of the line lenses all the time.
Some usability improvements with the button layout have been introduced and the Mark III uses the same batteries as the Mark II. Definitely a worth while upgrade and an amazing camera once again from this line.
The only sad news is that the list price went up. But honestly, this camera still gives an incredible bang for the buck. For that reason I think this is one of the best cameras you can buy as a professional. The 1DX is great, but extremely expensive. If you’re running a business, this is the practical model to get as most photographers do.
New Features in the Canon 5D Mark III
Automatic Color Fringe Correction – as explained above this is amazing and the first we’ve seen in any camera. You will have to manually load lens profiles as the system is tuned for each lens. This actually is nice because it means the camera is calibrating to your exact lens.
Dual Memory Card Slots – 1 CF and 1 SD – the camera will work with either or using them as overflow, backup or record different file sizes to each card
Custom File Names – never been a problem for me, but I suppose this is nice for naming according to the session. One less thing to do later.
In-camera Image Rating – again, one less thing to do in post but I’m not sure that’s a decision I want to make on a shoot.
Built In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
Power Switch and DOF Preview Relocated
Embedded Timecode – Very nice for doing video work. Would have been nicer a few years ago as there are workarounds now. But better late than never.
Sensor: 22.3MP Full-frame CMOS
Image Processor: DIGIC 5+
LCD: 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution
Auto Focus: 61 Point High Density
ISO Range: 50-102400
Shutter: 1/8000 – 30 sec
Flash Sync: 1/200 sec
Frame Speed: up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
Storage: Dual CF/SD
Viewfinder: 0.71x magnification
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Mov
Video Frame Rates:
1920×1080: 30fps, 25fps, 24fps,
1280×720: 60fps, 50fps
640×480: 30fps, 25fps