New Canon EOS 5D Mark III Hits the Mark

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III has finally arrived. Offering refinement and improvement over its predecessor, the camera maintains its position as a very capable DSLR that’s ideal for high-quality image capture and HD video recording.

Only a slight bump in resolution, 22.3MP versus 21.1MP, means the 5D Mark III’s already excellent image quality has not improved drastically; the way images are recorded and processed, however, has changed in significant ways. The integration of the new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor stands as one of the largest improvements over the 5D Mark II, offering increased speed and power as well as higher ISO sensitivity and better noise reduction. Also aiding the increased sensitivity is 14-bit A/D conversion, which improves gradation between tones and overall image quality.

A hugely increased 61-point High-Density Reticular AF system and iFCL 63-zone Dual Layer Metering sensor improve the efficiency and accuracy of the camera by essentially blanketing and analyzing scenes and extracting as much exposure and focus information from images as possible. A newly designed Intelligent Viewfinder incorporates a superimposed LCD, providing focus and image data. This LCD overlay can just as easily be removed to provide clear, unobstructed viewing for straightforward composition. The larger 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD features a reflection-resistant coating for image display in bright conditions, and its 1,040,000-dot resolution provides highly detailed, sharp imagery for critical review.

Multiple Exposure and HDR modes represent in-camera creative effects that facilitate control over the look of your images, saving time in post production. All of these new hardware and software features are housed in a rugged magnesium-alloy body that offers dust and weather resistance.

DIGIC 5+ Image Processor

For the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the largest improvement over the 5D Mark II comes from the increased speed and power that are made possible by the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Compared to the DIGIC 4 processor, the new chip should show marked improvements in terms of speed, file-write time and transfer time. This processor also integrates new complex algorithms for improved noise reduction, greater sensitivity at higher ISOs, and a reduction in chromatic aberration. This boost in sensitivity will make photographing in low-light situations less of a chore and much more of a realistic possibility. The higher speed of the DIGIC 5+ affords an increased continuous shooting rate, bringing it from 3.9 to 6.0 frames per second when using a UDMA CF card.

14-bit A/D Conversion

Working tightly with the image processor, the 14-bit signal processing provides an extended ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark III. Standard sensitivity runs 100-25600 ISO, but this range is further extended to 50-102400 ISO in expanded mode. This range can be customized and modified depending on your own needs; additionally, an auto ISO mode can be employed to cope with fluctuating conditions. 14-bit depth also makes possible excellent, smooth tonal gradations and high overall image quality.

22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor

While the megapixel count hasn’t increased significantly, the 5D Mark III’s CMOS sensor has been reformatted, promising to enhance the already superb image-capturing traits of the previous model. A newly designed photodiode structure facilitates highly detailed, rich images and increased visual depth. This full-frame sensor provides the same field of view as a 35mm camera and causes no crop factor. This is especially useful for taking full advantage of wide-angle lenses.

61-Point High Density Reticular AF

The newly designed autofocus system employs an additional 52 points for focus. This new 61-point autofocus system helps ensure the most critical focus possible, with a high level of efficiency. The autofocus system is broken down into several modes, featuring up to 41 cross-type AF points across the image and 5 dual diagonal points. Focus control is segregated into 6 different methods: Spot, Single Point, Single + 4 Adjacent Points, Single + 8 Adjacent Points, Zone Selection and Automatic AF Point Selection. This variety helps to suit the requirements of any situation, including extremely low light conditions.

iFCL 63-Zone Dual-Layer Metering Sensor

Playing off the AF system, the metering system has also become more intelligent and critical in terms of analyzing subjects to help determine the best exposure possible. The 5D Mark III independently analyzes focus, color and luminance across the 63 zones that comprise the image area. The dual-layer design of the metering sensor provides a wider sensitivity to different wavelengths of light, countering the common issues that are generally associated with electronic sensors. On the 5D Mark III, these layers are split between a red/green channel and a blue/green channel, giving relief to the inherent red bias that sensors are usually known for. Data from each layer is analyzed and combined into a highly accurate metering and subsequent exposure setting.

HD Video Recording

Continuing what made the 5D Mark II so popular, the 5D Mark III offers significant HD video quality. Multiple formats are supported including 1080/30p and 720/60p, and continuous recording times up to 29 minutes 59 seconds are now possible—with time code. The camera compresses video as either I-frame-only or as IPB, for two variations of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec.

What separates the 5D’s video recording from that of other DSLRs is manual adjustment of settings and audio levels while recording. These features are available, in part, due to Live View; which permits real-time monitoring on the LCD as well as menu functionality during recording. The DIGIC 5+ processor also enhances the 5D Mark III’s video functions by improving response times and reducing color artifacts, aberrations and moiré.

Multiple Exposure and HDR

Both Multiple Exposure and HDR features are available to use in-camera, reducing the time needed to alter your imagery during post production. High dynamic range imagery is executed quickly and seamlessly. The camera automatically brackets your exposures and then integrates the subsequent range of images into one file. This new file represents controlled highlights and detailed shadows with an extended middle range of tones. This efficiency is especially useful when photographing high-contrast scenes, such as landscapes with water or snow, or in situations where both an exterior and interior are in the image frame.

Intelligent Viewfinder and 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD Monitor

On the surface, the optical viewfinder provides 100% field of view and aspherical lens elements for a bright, clear view with a reduction in chromatic aberrations and distortions. This high-grade viewfinder is further enhanced with the integration of a superimposed transparent LCD that displays autofocus and exposure information. This newly developed Intelligent Viewfinder gives a range of information, and is easily turned off to return you to the clear, unadulterated view from the optical finder itself. The displayed AF information and grid lines can be customized and the AF meter can also be segregated to the side of the viewfinder outside of the image area.

A newly designed LCD shows an increase in size (3.2" compared to the Mark II’s 3.0") and resolution (1,040,000 over 920,000-dots). Increases in size and resolution allow for even more critical review of imagery and videos and a reflection-resistant multi-coating enables monitoring in bright conditions.

Both the viewfinder and rear LCD support Dual Axis Electronic Levels, a feature that visually displays a level as well as roll and tilt information. This is particularly useful for photographing landscapes or in situations where horizons must be straight and convergence is to be avoided.

Rugged and Functional Design

The 5D Mark III does not alter the already tested and proven magnesium-alloy construction of the previous model. This highly rigid and strong design also provides a great deal of weather and dust resistance and features extensive gasketing around the seams for ensured protection. The tough build also features ergonomic contouring for simplified and intuitive handling. Customizable controls allow you to dedicate certain buttons to your own needs, helping to increase efficiency when photographing in fast-paced situations. There are also dual memory card slots, supporting both CF and SD cards for convenience.

The camera’s newly designed shutter has been tested to at least 150,000 cycles. An updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system uses a vibration-based dust removal process to protect the camera against dust incursion.

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM Lens

When purchased as a kit, the camera comes bundled with a standard 24-105mm f/4 zoom lens. This range of focal lengths is more than adequate for most situations, ranging from wide angle to a standard portrait-length lens. Its construction integrates a Super-UD glass element with three aspherical lenses for a further reduction of chromatic aberration and distortion. Additionally, the lens incorporates Image Stabilizer technology for a 3-stop reduction in camera shake. The design of the lens also integrates the same dust and weatherproofing as the camera body, resulting in an entire system that can be relied upon for continued performance, regardless of the conditions in which it’s used.

Canon’s 5D Mark III is a definite improvement over the Mark II. But given the previous model’s already superlative features, the Mark III is really more a refinement. This camera remains a leader in terms of HDSLR functionality, and does not falter with regard to rich still imagery. The new model is more efficient and enables even more intuitive use. Improved speed and processing power are the areas in which this camera truly shines, giving uncompromising performance that greatly exceeds previous expectations. With the Mark III, the Canon 5D maintains its status as a benchmark for other DSLR cameras.

Camera Type Interchangeable Lens DSLR
Lens Mount Canon EF
Sensor Size Full-Frame (36 x 24mm)
Sensor Type CMOS
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
Resolution 22.3MP
File Formats JPEG and RAW
Bit Depth 14-bit
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 6.0 fps (with UDMA CF Card)
Autofocus Points 61
Focus Type Auto and Manual
Exposure Metering iFCL (with 63-zone Dual Layer metering sensor)
Flash Connection Hot shoe and PC terminal
Viewfinder Type Optical pentaprism with superimposed LCD
Viewfinder Coverage ~100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinder Angle of View 34.1°
LCD Monitor 3.2" 1,040,000 dots
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (50-102400 in expanded mode)
Video Recording Formats 1080/30p (29.97), 24p (23.976), 25p; 720/60p (59.94), 50p; 480/30p (29.97), 25p
Video Clip Length 29 minutes 59 seconds (4GB automatic file partition)
Video Compressions All i-Frame and IPB compressions
Time Code Yes
Creative Modes Multiple Exposure and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Connectivity HDMI, A/V output, USB 2.0
Power Source LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack
Wireless Capability Compatible with optional transmitters and receivers
Dimensions 6 x 4.6 x 3" / 15.2 x 11.7 x 7.6 cm
Weight 1.90 lb / 860 g

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sync speed?

why this is omitted? a shameful 1/160th sec maybe?

1/200 or faster when using high speed sync.  A little reading and you wouldn't embarrass yourself with your ignorance.

This camere is a FAIL in the making. Just watch the price go down below $2500 by December... the camera body is TOO expensive.

The MK II is a MUCH better purchase for about $2000 (in sale), and even at about $2300.

If I want video, I am going to purchase a nice $1000 Canon videocamera and use my lenses on it vs. the $3500 with incremental improvements (in photography) over the MK II.

For photo, the MK II is a MUCH better deal!

I too am very disappointed in the specs of this compared to the 5DII  .... I've been waiting on this for a long time as my upgrade path from a 30D. $3,500 for just the Body and minimal improvements over the 5DII ?  And honestly, Video being 1 of the big sales points? Really don't need video so probably paying a lot of that price for a feature that is ..  ehh ..   So now I don't know what to do. But given how long it took for THIS model to come out it will likely be another 5-6 years until the NEXT model that approaches the Nikon specs.  Maybe I should just succumb and get the 5DII which will likely now drop in price.  Really too bad.

what Nikon spec are you referring to? 36mp? Im relieved Canon kept it in the lowe 20s. This will be a stellar camera.

I find these 'Coca Cola vs Pepsi' product, what I call 'Productology', disputes often wearying (do people put that much of their personal idenity into what they own or want or think they should want?) sometimes amusing and very occaisonally enlightening.

I say enlightening because I read these things when I am looking for, if not advice, informed perspectives, that will teach me something as well as help me decide when I am considering whether to spend money on photographic equipment.

I find it less helpfull that people tell me they are a pro than they say what kind of photography they do (there are many kinds of professional and many kinds of gifted non pro photographers).  This, together with an acknowledgment of what investment, in terms of equipment and effort, they have made in a system are the more useful than claims that mega pixel numbers or ISO ratings or auto focussing are the crucial deciding factors.

It all depends on what you have done, how, and maybe what you want to do.

Certain kinds of professional photographers ( weddings and events, photojournalists, sports) tend to have a career path where they want a steady increase in upgraded features.

Other kind of photographers (Landscape, wildlife, travel, street, reportage, fashion/studio and those experimenting with film) tend to make bigger jumps.  These jumpers, tending to be pioneers or early adopters) or are often influenced by a sudden shift in technology or  new opportunity to try some very different equipment)

My first 35mm camera was a Soviet built Zenit E with an industar 50 mm f3.5 lens that was sharper than the Zeiss Tessar lens it was copying.  It took fantastic pictures, or rather I could sometimes, if I remembered to get it out of my backpack and remembered to close down the diaphragm after focussing and before releasing.

It was heavy and I got an Olympous trip for travel which I used more.

I minored in photography at university and got a Canon A1 and two lenses; one the prime for in front of my teacher and the other a 'professionally' forbidden kit AF Zoom.  It was on the AF zoom that I took all my grade busting pictures and even got to work with a pro-photographer (of course for free) who had been the independent examiner on some of my work.

I loved that camera, and the combination of P,A,S,M meant that I learned incredible versatility and carried it everywhere. I held on to it while everyone was using Nikons.

It was stolen and I sold th elenses to my brother as I was now underwater a lot and bought a Nikonos and an N 90 with a housing.

These two cameras I still have and I refused to move to digital as there really was nothing to touch the image quality.  I used a variety of Fuji point and shoot cameras (and still do ) just loving the uniqueness of their sensor/pixel design and its Fuji film mimicking qualities.

Having nikon lenses I was hoping for a digital slr of decent quality but Canon seemed to have firmly cornered the market.  Eventually I bought a d 80 which is perhaps is my second great love after the canon A1 for carry everywhere but still have sufficient control to make beautiful pictures camera.

 As I was also bequeathed a complete Pentax 645 system with some beautiful lenses for thoughtful composed work I was not seeing anything like an Image Quality that could compare.

However I got a Nikon d 300 (did not want feeble video then as I had been to film school and shot film) for the rapid feedback learning curve intensifier effect that is the best thing about digital.

I started to do more studio and portrait stuff and moving people and different lighting configurations are hard to master technically when it takes days to develop contact prints and work out that that little roll of fat on the models (now back in Spain) chest just under their armpit does not look flattering and it could have been fixed with a posture shift and a reflector re-positioned>

Then I used a friend's Canon 5d and hated that Nikon were still insisting that a DX crop was fine.  It is in the field it is a real pain not to have FF in a studio and not just for image quality, but angle of view and the best use for primes in portraiture, getting up close, (even with a telephoto it is important to be able to stand in the same room).

So when the Canon 5 D Mk II came out I really hated my studio defficient nikon and for all the strengths of the d 700 as a FF low light fast camera it could not touch the 5d MkII in the studio.  I used my d 300 twice and kept the d 80 until the d 7000 came out and very nearly bought a Canon 5 d Mk II last year.  The forums kept buzzing about replacements and upgrades but the video potential of the Mk II caught everyone (including Canon by surprise).

I was excited by the recent release of the D800 which is obviously pitched not as a d 700 upgrade but as a game changer to rival the video capability of the Mk II.  

Canon are price gounging because of the runaway success of the Mk II as a video camera.  Every independent production company I know is buying them, lots of them.  TV is a cuthroat business with independent companies on shoe string budgets endlessely trying to produce a wow pitch to a commissioning editor to get the big job.

Canon produce professional vidoe cameras and lenses and think they underpriced what is now a niche product.

The irony is that the Mk III is a good upgrade for the Mk II, producing a perfect high resolution hybrid between it and the d 700 (gaining the AF, low light and speed performance of its rival).  However Canon having stumbled accidentally into a new pro video dslr market have rather taken their dominance for granted (no doubt thinking they were already the video King) and have tweaked the vidoe capabilities without transforming them).

The Nikon d800 is a game changer and is intended to be, especially its pricing knowing that to grab back market share in a relatively new market of emerging digital dslr/videographers, that so far does not mean having tons of equipment, is relatively easy if the price is right.

Of course the dedicated Canon dslr photographers are unlikely to change  (especially with all the glass they have) but this is not so much the case for video, as many of the Mk II videographers were shooting on Nikon glass and often they are using company equipment.

More importantly for Nikon those many photographers who were being tempted by the affordable stunning image quality of the Mk II (the d3x was always way too clunky and expensive) like me now have every incentive to stay with Nikon.

There is a bit of a loss in speed and low light capabilities for Nikon users but many will keep their d 700 or their d 7000 as a second body.

Also people forget that the d 80-0 can produce various crops and image sizes resulting in 9 MP, 15 MP, 20 MP, 25 Mp and 36 Mp formats in FF and DX , 1.2, 5:4  crops in small medium and large image sizes.

Pixel pitch in the d 800 (space between pixels) is larger than in the d 7000 and the Canon 7D and combined with crop factors and the new image processor, is unlikely to have the noise levels associated with cramming too many pixels onto a tiny point and shoot or even older FF sensor.

I think that the Canon Mk III is a beautiful camera (and their software bundles a tool for sharpening image by removing the anti-aliasing effects) but with my lenses and my d 7000  I will not be changing to Canon but buying a d800.

Canon will no doubt produce a mega pixel version of the Mk III now and Nikon once the d 700 has sold will no doubt produce a faster FF moderate pixel camera (d 400 or some such).

These are not going to be game changers but the most obvious step to grab market share would be to put a medium format sensor in a dslr body.

Leica with its expensive s series has shown the way but this suffers from Leica's historic inability to grasp what a slr really is.

Both Canon and Nikon produce the optics for medium format lenses and their processors and bodies and Auto focussing and metering could really produce the most revolutionary camera of the 21st century.

I have a Pentax 645 and (price asside) I would not be tempted by the digital version or the Hasselblad or the Mamiya/Phase one offerings because they are unweildy bricks in the field.

In fact I am also about to purchase a view camera a 4 x 5 inch field camera becasue image quality really does matter.  For landscape photography, however it is not just resolution that matters but image (negative or sensor) size.

The d 800 will already be getting close to the limits of depth of field and diffraction effects for lenses of dslr size and quality.

Medium Format sensors in a compact Mk III d 800 size body now that would be a game changer and market grabber.  Canon even have the edge here because of their versatility in being able to mount almost any lens on a Canon body (inclduing the medium format Pentax, Hasselblads etc).

Dont' worry about the computing power or the displays neededfor such large images Ultra high definition screens (and know doubt multiple quantum core CPUs) are being built as we speak.

There are no substitutes for a high MP sensor, or Leica and Hasselblad would not be increasing that capability. Granted a refinement of the Sensor is indeed meritorious, but to achieve the advancement that will eventually lead to death of the 8 x 10 film Cameras and the incredible detail they produce will undoubtedly reqiure advancements in both technologies. That is not too far off from becoming a reality, but the cost is more of an issue than the technology. At least for the foreseeable future the large format film cameras with their extreme swings and tilt capability are unsurpassed especially for product and to a large part architectural photography. Straight toe to toe high res images production will eventually be dominated by the Digital Cameras in the not to distant future. Tilt shift lenses produced by some manufacturers do help. I would have been more enthused if Canon would have matched Nikons new Digital Camera of the 30+ MP range. Probably a cost consideration as to  what the public would accept.

This is a free market.  Everyone is free to buy things they want.  Canon does not force any one of us to buy the 5DIII.  I am sure Canon price its product according to their financial needs.  They also need to recoup the R&D cost during the 5DIII lifecycle.  I don't think we should whine about the price.  It is what it is.  Do we whine about the cost of those super cars that cost more than a house?

We have many choices.  You can't afford the 5DIII, then get the 5DII perhaps.  To me, the new AF system and the low noise high ISO performance are worth the admission ticket.  Two stops better in ISO performance is a big improvement.  The 5DIII targeted audience could be just the professionals, not amateurs.  Actually $3,500 for the pros is not a lot.  You are getting most of the 1DX for half the price.  I can't complain.

I stay with Canon not because it is better than Nikon.  It is because I have a lot of investment in Canon lense and it is not easy to switch to Nikon overnight.  I strongly believe both Nikon and Canon make great cameras.  It all depends on who uses the camera.  I don't see any points comparing both brands to death.  The D800 and the 5DIII are created for different audience.  36mp brings tons of detail but also takes lots of space and processing time.  With the D800, you better make sure your computer is up to the task.  Nothing is perfect.  Embrace the good features of each camera and learn how to live with the imperfections on both cameras as well.

Below are my (very good) reasons to stay with Canon and 5d mkiii despite the mkiii pricing, which is somewhat annoying:

85L II, TS-E 24mm mkii, MP-E 65mm Macro 1-5X, 70-200 f/2.8 mkii

hello i am interested in ordering the camera with the lens pls where do i go


You can place your order either on our web site, by calling or by sending us an E-mail to

I own the 7d Camera and I shoot pictures of my 2 sons and there team mates playing baseball on traveling leagues for the past 2 years. The camera was prices fairly well for what I needed at the time. I was  going to purchase the new  5D MarkIII, but it is too expensive for the improvements of the  5DMarkII.  Cannon better get there act together or they might wind up like KODAK.  Maybe I will get my Brownie Camera back out. Does anyone have any film left.

Enough said. This 5d3 has some improvements that the market is expecting over the 5d2. However Canon is very agressive with its pricing. The only explanation of this is to help clear the stock of 5d2. However this will only work if there is no competition in the market. This pricing will push people to have a second look of the Nikon D800. With this pricing, Canon is surely not aiming the existing 5d2 users to upgrade. However, we are sure that many 5d2 users have been itched to upgrade after using the 5d2 for a while. This pricing of 5d3 will disappoint this group BIG TIME.  

I totally agree both Canon and Nikon makes good cameras. One may have its strength in one area and weakness in the other. However, since last year, I have to say Nikon have been doing a great Marketing job in luring people into their camp. Meanwhile, Canon has an over confidence problem, If good product is the only factor for Market success. We won't see so many big companies fail.

Eugene Atget took his pictures with a wooden box and his photos are at the M.O.M.A.

I am just getting into digital.  Wanted to wait until the resolution was adequate.  I waited for the Mark III. But the D800E is too tempting.

All of the D800 blogs are positive.  Everyone is happy about it.  Not true with this Mark III.  That has to affect Canon sales of it.  I remember all the Mark II blogs were happy people also.  Even if you think this Mark III is going to be a great camera, and worth the $3500, you have to admit the release is not going so well for Canon already.

I preordered a D800E and will have Nikon for the first time in my 30 yrs

Hi hope you dont intend to use that for video

The canon 5D2 is a perfect camera. I'd prefer to spend money on glass than to replace a camera that just works !


  couldn't agree with you more! I've owned a 40D for a few years and was waiting, as you, for a stellar revamp of the M2, before spending the money, but not impressed w/th these specs!  sync at 1/200??? WTF???  Looks like we wait again...Lets look at the M2, we could get a great price on buying 2 of them...hmmm?? or let's go look at Nikon.

My prediction is that when the hands-on reviews start coming in that people will be looking at the Mark iii in an entirely different light (no pun intended).  What Canon has done is given us a full-frame, ultra-low noise sensor that should far surpass expectations.  Whether this is meaningful to you depends on what you shoot.

For example, now, when I shoot fast moving indoor sports it's a rare venue that has me shooting below iso 2000 even with fast glass.  The low-noise properties of Canon's new sensor could allow shooting at 6400 or better with much lower noise than any current technology.  That's a big win in my book.   It makes possible low-light shots without flash in lots of situations that would otherwise be out of reach.  The flexibility of that alone, for the work I do, makes me look seriously at this offering.

Having HDR processing out in the field is also a big win for me.  I shoot a lot of commercial buildings and the time I spend post processing is enormous to get the right combination of shots.  Being able to do that in "real time" is also a big win for me.

I only do the occasional video so for me this feature set isn't that important.

Finally, the improved AF is an all around win.  While Canon has steadily improved in this area there are still question marks as to how well their AF systems have performed in the field.  I know when I used the 20D getting it to not back focus was a big issue.  

In my opinion this camera will appeal to pros who can get benefit from the flexibility it offers and will push this camera to it's limits.  Canon priced it right for the technology they put into it - a notch above the pain point for prosumer-level customers and well into the "no brainer" area for pros who want the same sensor and AF capabilities as the 1DX at half the price.

Will this body be selling for $2500 6 months from now?   No way.  Canon in their infinite kindness may give a few hundred in rebates but don't expect any more than that.  This sensor brings us into a new era and will be what separates the men from the boys.


Canon had a great opportunity to satisfy more of the needs of the photograph community. Instead it has made evolutionary changes in an already good platform, and they are price gouging for the privilege of being the first to own one.  Canon is assuming people will buy on reputation, but WE set that belief in reputation.  Great Camera? Probably!  Better than the the Nikon D800? Probably similar with some trade offs. 

But, and here is the big BUT.  Nikon is creating a new impression.  They have features that say the company leadership is forward thinking, little things that don't mean much now like USB3, and a built in flash for those spontaneous moments. These things say that the company is looking to set a standard in the technology revolution, not evolution, AND, they are doing it at a reasonable price. 

Hey, both cameras are probably great, and there will trade offs with each, but, Canon is looking like it it is not listening to its customers, and is profit centric, Nikon is looking to the future and want to be in the game to win.

Canon, your camera is evolutionary, but your price is revolutionary, I need a camera now and can't wait for the prices to be in line with the value of the equipment,  This is going to force choices!   

hi speed sync is for dedicated speedlights, not for non dedicated flashes or monolights. I believe you also should read a little about it and the 7d is able to sync at 250 and its an older camera. Im not saying 200  its bad but is the same as the 5dMII.

But Its just that we were specting more for this long waited camera and its also too expensive for what's on it.


Like almost everyone else who loves the 5DII, I was hoping for a significantly larger sensor, some fixes to the focusing and a little higher frame rate. With this and the 1DX (again, with its features and a >25MPx sensor and I would happily lay down $8K - 12fps is not worth the compromise of a smaller sensor), I am left untempted to upgrade and too invested in EOS lenses to jump ship.

When is a really NEW Canon DSLR coming out?

a larger sensor?? an xl-ff for you then. 

I'm very glad they didn't increase the MP, would've been a mistake.

'Like almost everyone else who loves the 5DII, I was hoping for a significantly larger sensor,'

Larger than full-frame? As in a medium format camera. I think you were alone in hoping for this in the 5dM3. And its hardly surprising that you were wrong.

If you meant a higher resolution sensor, wait for the 3d. And ask yourself what exactly you want it for. Do you print things significantly larger than A1? If not then the extra mp will not give you any tangible benefit, but the reduction in pixel size will decrease low light performance.

According to Canon:

Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.

1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)

* Shutter speed's control range can be set with a Custom Function.

And is finally here. I just got my 5D Mark II last december, but to be honest I don't think there is a huge difference between the Mark II and Mark III.

you'd be wrong. the af is a HUGE difference

I think I like the Nikon D800.

Depends what you're looking for. This has the D800 beat on the ISO front (D800 is 6400 with push to 25,000) but the D800 wins on the megapixels, and that Anti Alias-free D800E. Otherwise this is basically the same as a D800 (which costs less). It also is slightly faster than the D800 in FX mode. (6fps vs 4fps for the D800. They are the same speed in DX mode).  

Having said that, my D800 is on pre-order. 

Excellent news! Any ideas if the dimensions of the body have changed? Will RRS brackets, battery grip etc purchased for the 5D mkII be compatible. I'm sure they would be but just checkin'!

I hate to be a cynic but don't count on it.  In the upgrade to the Mk II from the original 5D nothing was compatible.  I will be pleasantly surprized if they are with this one.  Seems like Canon doesn't work that way. Obviously they sell more product if they are not compatible.

The Nikon D7000 also has manual video exposure settings. Does the 5DIII have continuous AF with video like that camera too? 6 fps is nice. The rest? Yawn.

To date Canon has not posted a user manual for that camera, and there was no mention of that feature in the press release. My understanding is that you can choose a single point to focus on in video, but will not support tracking of an object. We will know more once the camera ships or the manual is posted.

I intend to buy one.  What more can you ask of a camera?. 

What more can you ask? How about autofocus video? Nikon offers it. Follow focusing in Live View mode (which is the only way it shoots video) is tricky at best without high dollar add ons offered by others.

I'm sure the MkIII is a great camera. Loved the 5D then the 5DMkII. But I won't be stepping up.

Submitted by rpcrowe on Friday, March 2, 2012 - 10:02am.

What more could I ask for? I would ask for the following.  

1.  Ability to retain autofocus at f/8 allowing the use of the 400mm f/5.6L lens with 1.4x TC...

 I've been using the 400 5.6 with a Tamron 1.4x tc for years. Works great. Full-time AF


What more could I ask for? I would ask for the following.  

All of these improvements would be very possible - in fact, other cameras in the Canon and Nikon lines already have these capabilities...

1.  Ability to retain autofocus at f/8 allowing the use of the 400mm f/5.6L lens with 1.4x TC...

2.  Dual slot memory card capacity...

3.  Five + shot burst in AEB to facilitate increased HDRI quality...

4.  Audio record capability to link information with shots...

5.  Lower ISO capability in order to achieve slower shutter speeds without the use of ND filters...

6.  Additional shutter release button to facilitate portrait configuration shooting...

I have only read the initial press releases regarding this camera.  My apologies to Canon if they have equipped the 5D Mk iii with any of the above capabilities...

Everything you need, perfectly placed. Lightweight but built tough. Looks perfectly balanced and very comfortable to hold. Smooth contoured body with rugged texture. I can't see anyone complaining about holding this camera too long, looks more like you won't want to put it down. I'm glad to see they used the UDMA CF and a SDHC.  Shoots 6 frames per second. Hard to believe this is a Full Frame Camera by it's size. It shoots 30 minute video clips. A very nice package as a kit with the 24-105 f4 IS USM Lens. The only problem I could see with this camera, is the manufacturer building them as fast as they'll sell. ... Joe Prete

I stand by my first post, from the very beginning, (read the time/date stamp) so I'm not going to repeat myself. People, You need only to hold this camera and spend a few minutes reading the spec. sheet.

This camera is a work of art. Built like a tank, but feels like a Corvette. If you were to hold it for 5 minutes, then spend 10 minutes reading the specs, you would buy it while you can. Canon has really nailed it on this EOS 5D Mark III and also the EOS 1D X.   If you know anything about photography, you would realize that both of these cameras are well worth the money, and a real PRO would make that money back in his First Few Shoots. It's so hard to believe that this 5D is FULL FRAME. And by the way, you should know that this is a Limited Production Run on the 5D for now. First hold it, then learn about it by Reading The SPECS. Only then should you make any comment about this camera.

If you're complaining about the price on the EOS 5D MARK III or the EOS 1D X the reason is that this Camera was not intended for you. They have many cameras in many different brackets. Chances are

They  will have a camera to suite you, but this is NOT the one. Skip the comments and MOVE ON


Hi, How much is this camera going for please and can shipment be made to Nigeria?

Hello -

The current pre-order price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only) is $3,499.00.  We can ship this camera to Nigeria.

Is the AF for video as well?

At this point there is very little information available on this, and the manual has not yet been released on Canon’s site. My understanding is that you can choose a single point to focus on in video, but will not support tracking of an object.

Yes, AF is for video as well. Canon's site also mentions face detection AF.

AF for video is about as low a priority feature as you could imagine. No one who makes videos wants this, it would solely be used for home videos of kids playing in the garden.

Why? Because AF video looks distinctly amatuerish as the AF hunst back and forth for focus. This is why pros will always focus themselves.

I hunt back and forth for focus too. For effect of course.

Seriously? After all the hype? Disappointing. Nikon D800 wins!

Hey Nikon fan boy, go crawl back in your cave, Spring is not here yet.