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CanonEOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 1290 reviews)

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    (1137)

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    (132)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (1014)
  • High ISO performance (955)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (897)
  • Large clear LCD (861)
  • Fast shutter speed (701)

Cons

  • Short battery life (56)
  • Noisy at high ISO (26)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (14)
  • Small LCD screen (11)

Best Uses

  • Low light (857)
  • Landscape/scenery (750)
  • Weddings (724)
  • Travel (649)
  • Family photos (642)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (442), Semi-pro photographer (422), Photo enthusiast (287), Casual photographer (35), Photography student (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1149), Yes (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Upgraded from 7D ~ Well Worth It!

I've been taking family portraits for almost 3 years now. I went from a Canon T1i, to the 7D, to 5D Mark III.

Anyone looking to upgrade from the 7D...Read complete review

I've been taking family portraits for almost 3 years now. I went from a Canon T1i, to the 7D, to 5D Mark III.

Anyone looking to upgrade from the 7D has a tough decision on their hands, as the 7D is a great camera. After reading hundreds of reviews, I decided to take the plunge.

I received my camera yesterday, and already used it for a family portrait session (natural light). All I can say is WOW! I use Lightroom to edit all photos taken ~ brighten eyes, soften skin, etc. Instead of spending hours in Lightroom, I was able to turn the photos around in a fraction of the time. The clarity is undeniable. I was able to crop the photos and not lose any sharpness (to the naken eye).

I performed a quick comparison between the two cameras using my Canon 100mm f2.8L IS USM. This comparison really doesn't do the 5D3 justice, but at least it will give you a good idea of the clarity, color, brightness, crop factor variation and sharpness difference between the two cameras.

Hope you find this useful, as I would have during my comparision shopping.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice camera

I shoot weddings professionally. I use a journalistic style where I need to respond to a shot quickly. Lots of useful new features. Focus seems to work better from a technical standpoint. To...Read complete review

I shoot weddings professionally. I use a journalistic style where I need to respond to a shot quickly. Lots of useful new features. Focus seems to work better from a technical standpoint. To me, they are also holding back on some featurs so they will always be able to come out with something new on the next model. This I understand. What I don't understand is going backwards with features. The ability to see a highly visible focus point PRIOR to focus lock is gone. They have technical reasons for doing this but its hard to get used to if you had the Mark II, use manually selected points, and shoot where split seconds count. They made it better with firmware, but its still frustrating. Also apparently a fairly common issue is the joystick is fickle/inconsistent on many builds. The place where you rest your left fingers on the case while reviewing a shot is now angled, creating a very cool looking apearance and also making it much harder to hold in this position. You could hold it by the lens but if you shoot 1000's of images in one day you will know what I mean here. I wonder how much they tested it with real photographers. Overall I am happy (not thrilled) with it, so I am keeping it. It's the only option now at this price/preformance level.

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5.0

An amazing camera

By Scott K.

from East Petersburg, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I began shooting with various Rebels over the last few years and decided it was time to step up my gear as my business was starting to take off. Besides adding better glass, this body has been incredible. This camera is definitely above my level of shooting, but it has been great to help me learn and become a better photographer. The picture quality is top notch, and I have yet to have any issues. When you are ready to step up your game, the 5D MkIII is the way to go.

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By B Crawford

    from Cardiff, CA

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Shipped quickly and is a wonderful camera.

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    5.0

    Highly Satisfied

    By Bill G

    from Central Virginia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Learning curve

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    My wife and I purchased the Mark III for Christmas 2013 so I figured it is time to give my opinion. I love it!! It replaced a Canon 5D and is a major improvement over that camera. It takes some time to learn how to use it and I am still learning a year later. However, the photos taken over the past year have been outstanding in a number of different situations. I am particularly pleased with the low light performance and the new auto focus system. We took a family vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this summer and I took over 800 photos. We were all exceptionally pleased with the quality of the photographs. In fact, I now have several enlargements hanging in my house, including 3-24x36 photos and 1-24x60 photo. Our friends marvel at these photos when they visit. Our local shop that did the enlargements was really impressed and is using a copy of one in their shop to show the kind of work they can do. It's a pricey camera, but worth every penny in my mind. It helped that we got a great deal from B&H last year!!

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    5.0

    Great Camera and

    By BudC

    from Nashville TN

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Not knowing how I would like getting into DSLR photography after a long hiatus of using my professional 35mm for many years, I purchased the T1i. I upgraded my lens to EF and L series lens once I realized that I loved the DSLR technology. With the purchase of my 5Diii, the camera body provides me with a great full frame sensor and in-camera functionalities to complement the lens. The ability to shoot in low light situations without flash and no noise is great. I shoot landscapes and people. The 5Diii handles everything that I throw at it except the ability to auto focus in extremely low light situations, a minor drawback. The dual cards is another feature that I like. The 61 AF points as well as the total auto focus system is very useful. Finally, the layout of the buttons and wheels was easy to learn and then apply in the field. I have already highly recommended this camera body to a friend who purchased one this week.

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    5.0

    I get E O S 5 D Mark ||| camera is good

    By Henry Nguyen

    from Irvine C A

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      This camera go with my Len 100-400 mm ,i get a lot of pictures so great more beautiful color on it and i am so happy with it .

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great camera.

      By Raj

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Noisy At High ISO
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I shoot videos and have to say it's one of the best dslr' available. Great was of use. Once u add the lens and the battery grip it gets heavier. Other than that it's 5 star no questions about it. BH Photo is amazing. I got mibe here coz they always have great deals and kits.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic Camera

      By Spitfire

      from NH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I upgraded from an older 1Ds Mark II and am thrilled at the improvements. I was stuck to a tripod and/or flash indoor, but the 5D can handle low light situations freehand w/o flash, and I can shoot at high ISO settings without loss of quality. The controls are intuitive. I picked it up and started shooting immediately. It is light, quick and enables me to be much more flexible shooting. I shoot primarily portraits and weddings.

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        5.0

        Greatest Camera!

        By Barbara

        from Illinois

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            This is my 2nd Mark III, and they are both excellent cameras. Auto-focus is especially good, along with light sensitivity.

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            5.0

            Awesome Camera!!

            By FrankO

            from Indiana, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              Wanted one and when B&H ran a bundle deal that was unbelievable, I made it mine!! Awesome camera, easy to pick up and use! Shot a wedding same day as I unpacked and haven't looked back since. B&H service is top notch, mad a special request for shipping and my request was handled without question or additional charge.

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              5.0

              Great camera

              By Melissa Glynn Photography

              from Charleston, SC and Austin, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boudoir
                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                I'm a wedding and portrait photographer, and I use this camera body 100% of the time. Love it so much, I have two! Made the switch from Nikon almost two years ago after shooting Nikon for 7 years and have no regrets.

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                5.0

                Love so far

                By Bridget

                from Usa

                Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Switching to Canon and in love. The quality and speed of this camera is amazing.

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                5.0

                love this camera

                By J

                from USA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                great camera, upgrade from canon 6d

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                5.0

                Excellent camera

                By Larry

                from Richmond, Va.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  Big upgrade to the 5D2 version with many new features. Especially like the faster autofocus and more autofocus points. Also like the better quality in higher ISO situations.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By Pita

                  from USA

                  Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  It's a great camera. I highly recommend it.

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                  5.0

                  I would but this over and over again!

                  By Ashley Jane

                  from Sanford, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    I am a wedding photographer and I have not regretted this purchase for one second I am so happy I took the leap and purchased this camera. Great added options from the Mark ii and the focus points are worth the extra money.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By Joe

                    from Riverside, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      Image quality is really awesome, with good noise control. I am very happy I purchased this camera. With six frames per second it is good for wildlife and landscape work.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Camera

                      By Alicia Retired

                      from Orange, CA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Easy To Use Fast Shutter
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        I LOVE this camera, I had a Mark II and hesitated in buying the Mark III but happy I did. The resolution is fabulous. I like the locking mechanism so once a setting is made the lock prevents it from changing. I haven't tried the printing to a Bluetooth printer but that is definitely an advantage. The only thing I don't care for is having to press the button to change from one mode to another, but I'm sure I will get used to that.

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                        5.0

                        EOS 5D MK III

                        By Ken B

                        from Indianapolis, IN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          I just upgraded from the Canon 7D to the 5D MK III, what an improvement!!!
                          I am launching a business in portraits and the quality of te images, the quickness to focus, and low light capabilities were just what iI needed. I would like to see Canon work on giving their cameras the ability of rear curtain sync with flash off camera. Other than that, this is a great camera.

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                          5.0

                          what a joy!

                          By mk riggins

                          from georgia

                          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          i have always used Canon cams...started with point/shoot (or what I called happy snaps)...then to 20d...then the wonderful 7d...and now the 5d Mklll...wow..makes fell grown up. i love the stature of cam..like a heavier car makes you feel safer. i am still learning this 61 pt focus system...but so far it is an amazing piece of technology. will review more when I have more time using it!

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                          4.0

                          great camera

                          By stew

                          from houston, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            i using it to shoot stills and a documentary

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                            • No

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