Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

Posted: 21st February 2013 by Himanshu Nagar in Photography, Reviews
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Canon climbed another stepping-stone in the DSLR market. This time something for the professional users, as it released the Canon EOS 5D Mark III On 2nd March, 2012, keeping the heat on. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the latest and the most advanced in its Full-Frame 5D series. The 5D series has been an important one for canon up till now. In 2005 Canon released the Canon EOS 5D the first in the 5D series and a joy for the pockets for many professionals. Later, The Canon EOS 5D Mark II enthralled professionals worldwide with its full frame video recording capabilities. And now, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is out there to flare the magic in the Digital photography arena. It is bundled with some great features for both still and video shooters. Borrowing technologies, features and designs from some of the latest releases of canon like the Canon 7D and Canon 1D-X. Initially priced at $3500 in USA, it is worth for money if you are looking for better Image quality and performance. Canon introduced for the first time the 61 point AF system in its 5D series which was previously only seen in the Canon 1D-X.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the most advanced camera by canon till date. It is a 22.3-megapixel (5760 × 3840), full-frame CMOS censor (36 × 24) camera. Powered with the DIGIC 5+ image processor, ISO range of 100–25600 and expandable to 102400, 61 Point AF system, six frames per second continuous shooting, Larger LCD of 3.2-inch and the list goes on… Only the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 outnumbers the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in terms of megapixels but the latter still has a number of features which promise the buyers a better deal.

Canon added a few entirely new features. It is the first in the Canon`s arsenal to have the in built High Dynamic Review shooting capability. The user-friendly autobracketing system offers up to seven frames thus covering a vast +/- 8 EV range. The same range can be used while you are in the recording mode. The introduction of the new Automatic Lens Optimization which can correct the light falloff and lateral color fringes that are introduced due the lenses. The user is able to store correct data for lenses in the camera. It comes with profiles for 27 lenses already created and the user has the option to store profiles of as many as 40 different lenses. It also includes a new side-by-side image comparison option.

Few other astonishing features which might catch the buyer’s eye are:

  1. Dual card slots for CF and SD
  2. 1080p30 video recording
  3. 100% viewfinder coverage
  4. Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  5. The new playback mode for videos
  6. Headphone connectivity to monitor audio.
  7. Camera settings storage dial modes C1,C2 and C3
  8. The Silent shutter mode.

In addition to the above canon also fixed a few glitches like the depth of field button fix and placing the power switch on the top.

For professionals who were keenly waiting for the latest release in the 5D series here is a quick comparison between the last two releases in the canon 5D series.

Feature/Model Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Processor 22.3 MP full frame CMOS 21 MP full frame CMOS
Sensor Digic 5+ Digic 4+
ISO Range 50-102400 50-25600
Continuous shooting speed 6fps 3.9fps
Viewfinder coverage 100% 98%
AF System 61 Point 9 Point
Silent shooting Yes No
LCD Screen Size 3.2-inch 3.0-inch
HDR Shooting Yes No
Headphone slot Yes No
Dual Memory Slot Yes(both CF and SD) No (only CF)
Automatic Lens optimization Yes (up to 40) No
Weight 860 g (body only) 810 g (body only)


I will give a thumbs up to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and recommend this amazing camera to serious photographers.


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