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

(based on 1228 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (967)
  • High ISO performance (913)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (855)
  • Large clear LCD (830)
  • Fast shutter speed (671)

Cons

  • Short battery life (54)
  • Noisy at high ISO (25)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (823)
  • Landscape/scenery (720)
  • Weddings (692)
  • Travel (622)
  • Family photos (614)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (424), Semi-pro photographer (403), Photo enthusiast (279), Casual photographer (32), Photography student (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1107), Yes (29)

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

Wonderful Product!

By Pema

from Thimphu, Bhutan

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

    • 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):

    I bought this product and used for around 6 months by now. I have no other things than good about it. Even at higher ISO, noise is very negligible. LOVE IT!

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    5.0

    In love

    By J B

    from Houston

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

    Love all the cross type sensors and button to quickly access white balance. Very intuitive design! B&H was helpful in weighing pros and cons to select the best camera for me. This is it.

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    5.0

    Love this camera!

    By Teleia

    from Atascadero, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    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
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I wanted to move up to a full frame sensor and couldn't be more happy. I love that I can crank up the ISO and still great photos. Still learning all the functions and allowing me to expand and grow. What else can I say just love love this camera!

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      5.0

      Rock Solid, No Remorse Camera Body

      By Ambientboy

      from Kansas City MO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commercial
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Video

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

          I shoot primarily promotional portraits, commercial images, and travel photography. I dabble a bit in video as well.

          I've long been a Canon guy: 40D, 7D, 5DmII, and now the 5DmIII...and let me tell you, this camera makes me never want to use my Mark II again. I LOVE the Mark III.

          Between the ridiculous ISO settings, the image quality, ease of interface, and unbelievable list of options this body has, I won't be touching anything else unless this one gets pried out of my unconscious hands. (Or I need a second video camera angle with the 7D)

          The controls almost match the 7D, so it's a wonderful upgrade if that's from which you're graduating.

          The cross-type focus options are stellar for anyone dealing with f/2.8-1.2, wanting a pinpoint focus. It's also highly customizable. (61 points, people. You'd think you won't use them all...you will.)

          The high ISO is shockingly clean and allows more options when I'm stuck running around with only the 24-105L f/4.

          DUAL MEMORY CARD SLOTS: This one was a no-brainer. Whether dealing with a malfunctioning card and switching immediately to the alternate, or dealing with a long location shoot with a hectic time table, you won't miss a shot due to memory card issues. Back up, dual-write, or consecutive. SD or CF or both.

          Quick note about video mode: 29:59 is your max single-shot length.

          I could go on, but you get the idea that I like it. A lot.

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          4.0

          Great for features, portraits and beauti

          By Sarah

          from Fort Lauderdale, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This camera produces really beautiful stills and video. Great color, sharp, etc. Great for features, portraits and sit down interviews. Only issue is that frames per second really isn't enough for sports or anything moving fast. Also, not a "grab and go" video camera. You have to manually focus (like the old days) when shooting video. If you have time for each assignment this is a great camera

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            • No

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            5.0

            The DO ANYTHING Camera

            By Geo

            from Madison, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Weight

            Best Uses

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

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

            Incredible choices allowing one to set up the camera in any way an individual finds is most convenient for them. The large 35mm size sensor is very noticeably much better than the smaller ones found on most digital cameras.With so much capability comes a couple of compromises. It's heavy and there is much to learn to operate it efficently.

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            5.0

            Amazing camera for my needs

            By Jay

            from Los Angeles

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

            I use this camera with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens to shoot pics of music artists I work with in the studio and live performance. The quality of the camera and ease of use makes this a perfect camera to capture experiences I share with many talented artists.

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            5.0

            Very impressed...

            By Emily

            from Napa, CA

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

            I move not only up to a full frame sensor but also move over from Nikon to Canon and I have been nothing but extremely impressed. Especially with the L series lenses. Such a huge difference in focus points and accuracy and also capability to extend into low light situations with ease. Super happy with my choice.

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            5.0

            Love my purchase

            By Chi-town Photographer

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            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
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Excellent Night Shots
              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

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

              I am a hobbyist photographer that mainly takes photos of architecture, cityscapes, and landscapes. I upgraded from a Canon Rebel and absolutely love this camera. It takes fantastic night photos even without the use of my tripod! I have loved all my photos that I have taken over the last month. Colors are vibrant and images are sharp (using Canon's 50mm 1.4). Menus are super easy to navigate and the auto focus is excellent. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I would recommend this camera hands down!

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              5.0

              Seems to be what I was looking for

              By G-Ma

              from Toledo, Ohio

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                I've only used this camera a few times and so far am delighted with the picture quality and some of the features. I'm still learning about the camera and expect that to be the case for a while. My last camera was the Canon Rebel T3i. The controls on the 5D Mark111 are enough different that it'll take ma little while to get use to it. I'll consider writing another review after I've used the camera for 3-6 months.

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                5.0

                Mark 3 Delivers

                By Bladerunner

                from Vermont

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

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

                I upgraded from Canon 6D. Canon 6D for its price definitely delivers a much better performance. However, from chromatic aberrations to high noise levels on high ISO's Mark 3 overcomes it. For a full frame DSLR it doesn't really get better(from a technical point of view). The weight is good. The cover is solid. Noise levels are awesome. Having 61 focus points just makes you have more control. Could you do without it? Yes sure. Canon 6D is as good of a camera as mark 3. But having the points mentioned above is definitely a very good to thing. If you can fork out the extra cash, in the long run it's worth it:)

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                5.0

                Love the camera

                By Ron O

                from Cumming GA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None at this time

                Best Uses

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

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

                great capability but a lot to learn to take advantage of all the fuctions

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                5.0

                EXCELLENT in DIFFICULT Conditions

                By MARTI

                from USA, Euorpe, Asia

                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
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The 5D MARK III camera is a dream for a professional or advanced photographer who needs a camera that is durable, relatively light in weight and maneuverable, with an
                  excellent focusing system, and good options for low
                  lighting and rapid shooting rapidly of moving objects. Combine
                  it with the 50MM 1.2 lens and you are in heaven for portraits. I have the 5D and the 5D Mark II, and this
                  is an even better body. It is more ergonomic and the
                  screen menu is easy to read. I shoot alot under extreme conditions (deserts with high levels of dust, Asian coastlines that have a 90 degree plus
                  humidity), and my Canons never let me down.
                  The 22 MGS make it ideal for large size posters
                  and outside billboards.

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                  5.0

                  The Intuitive Mark III

                  By N/A

                  from Youngsville, NM

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    This camera is excellent for wildlife and landscapes. It is intuitive to use, has layers of useful functionality waiting for the user's expertise to catch up, and is a breeze to switch lenses. I have yet to be disappointed with this excellent product from Canon.

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                    5.0

                    Dependable to a fault

                    By Doc

                    from Townsend,Montana

                    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

                    • Needs Built In Gps
                    • Needs Waterproofing

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    It is so good that this is the 2nd of this model I use. I am disappointed that a brief splash on water surface resulted in repairable damage.

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                    5.0

                    Dependable to a fault

                    By Doc

                    from Townsend, Montana

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Every Kind Of Photography
                        • Sports/Action

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

                        This is a second of this particular camera I carry and have found so trustworthy that I took it for granted a second too long. I had a Macro setup with 20 pounds of counterweight on the boom of the tripod over some water lilies in a pond when it tilted because the tripod front legs sank into the ground. Although it only splashed the surface of the water, a costly repair charge was required. I do wish it were more waterproof. As long as I am wishing, I wish the GPS were built in rather than riding on top as I always record the location of landscape shots.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By JP

                        from Phoenix

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • High ISO Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This is a great upgrade from my 50D which I have out grown and will use as my back up for now. This camera's features are tremendous and I have been experimenting with the low light capabilities this camera has. The new auto focus features just blow me away. The menus are very easy to navigate and the features are great. This camera is a great Full Frame camera that allows me to expand and grow as a photographer, I can't recommend it enough.

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera from a Great Store!

                          By Julieta

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel
                            • Video

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

                            I fully trust B&H! Ive been a happy costumer since the first day I entered the store! I keep ordering stuff online and every time I am happy I did it!

                            Thanks!!

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                            5.0

                            Excellent camera

                            By JF

                            from NYC

                            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
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video

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

                              The hype is right

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                              5.0

                              professional excellence

                              By Peter

                              from NJ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Feels Solid And Rugged
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance

                              Cons

                              • Too May "bells And Whistl

                              Best Uses

                              • Highly Versatile

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

                              Excellent performance, solid and durable,

                              too many bells and vistles

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