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Canon 5D Mark III Review

By on May 31, 2012
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Canon 5D Mark III Background

The start of the EOS system of Canon began in 1987 when Canon introduced the EOS 650 to the world. It was the Japanese manufacturer’s first 35mm autofocus SLR. 25 years later, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the latest model in the line.


In 2005, the original EOS 5D was the first affordable full frame SLR which was equipped with a 24x36mm sensor as the format of choice for professional applications. The first SLR capable of recording a full HD video is the 5D Mark II. It was a feature that no one could possibly imagine a DSLR to be capable of.

In March 2012, Canon introduced 5D Mark II’s successor, which doubled its resolution from 12 to 22. It was then the 25th anniversary upon the announcement of the first EOS line.

Canon 5D Mark III Review

The 5D Mark III has a 22.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS digital-lens reflex camera and has a body based on the EOS 7D design. Its Auto focus system was borrowed from the EOS-1D X. In the pessimistic point of view, this camera could be noted as an update having features that are behind the Nikon’s 36 megapixel D800, which was also announced at the same time. On the brighter side, it is definitely the camera that the 5D Mark II owners would want to have.

Canon 5D MKIII 2012

The camera offers Canon’s fastest processor, the Digic 5+, enabling it to shoot 6 frames per second and having a shutter rated to 150,000 frames and has been redesigned for a quieter process. The new sensor, couple with the processor offers a standard ISO range of 100-25,600 and could be expanded to 50-102,800. It has a full 100% viewfinder coverage and an improved anti-reflection 3.2 inch LCD screen.

Upon the creation of the first movie mode in Japan in the 5D Mark II, the Mark III also offers an improved capability. The camera inherits the Canon 7D’s rear movie mode/live view switch making it more convenient when tweaking your Live view settings. A built-in-headphone socket for audio monitoring is found. Control dials are touch-sensitive (buttons) that allow recording parameters (sound volume, ISO, aperture and shutter speed) to be changed silently.

It also has a bonus of having twin card slots, a 63-zone metering and a new three-frame HDR mode.

The EOS 5D Mark III looks much alike to its predecessor apart from a different shaped head and the relocation of the preview button to the grip side of the lens mount. It is virtually the same width and depth as the Mark but only 2.5 mm taller (152 x 116 x 76mm). It weighs 950g with the battery making it 50g heavier than the 5D Mark II. Canon describes the Mark III as tougher and better weather-proofed than the Mark II.

Mark III feels like the Nikon D800 having a hooked inner area for the grip of the fingertips. However, Mark III is more comfortable to handle due to its thumb rest.

Mark III is powered by LP-E6 Lithium Ion packs and claims a longer life of up to 950 shots under CIPA conditions.

The Canon 5D Mark III is definitely a model to look out for.

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