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

(based on 1356 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1198)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (137)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (1064)
  • High ISO performance (998)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (937)
  • Large clear LCD (890)
  • Fast shutter speed (737)

Cons

  • Short battery life (57)
  • Noisy at high ISO (28)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (15)
  • Small LCD screen (12)

Best Uses

  • Low light (894)
  • Landscape/scenery (786)
  • Weddings (761)
  • Travel (680)
  • Family photos (677)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (467), Semi-pro photographer (436), Photo enthusiast (296), Casual photographer (36), Photography student (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1198), 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A pleasure to photograph with

By Lee

from Scranton, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Very clear, easy to use, high quality images

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5.0

amazing!!!!!! Love this Camera

By Bella Noche

from Commerce Ga

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

    • 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):

    Bought the Markiii as an upgrade to my Markii and didn't believe all the hype until my finger hit the shutter lease. This Camera is beyond what I could have thought it would be. Color is beautiful. Great Quality.
    Really enjoying my new purchase.
    I would buy it again for sure.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this camera,

    By Dinah

    from New Orleans

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I am a freelance photographer and have used Canon cameras for years. I like this body better than the fancier and more expensive cameras. It does everything I need it to do, stills and video.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    I love this Camera

    By Joel

    from BROOKLYN, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Site Member

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      It it will give you great shots

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Maquinon!!

      By Jorgepets

      from Santiago, Chile

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Tremendous device.

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        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect couple

        By Yannis

        from Athens, Greece

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

        Just try this body with zeiss glass and you will see the light.

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        5.0

        Fabulous!

        By Bethany

        from Washington, D.C.

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

        Worth the wait for sure! I've been saving for this bad boy since it came out and I finally was able to purchase it! It's so great in low light and I love being able to push my ISO without worrying so much about image quality

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        5.0

        Worth the wait!

        By Bethany

        from Washington DC

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

        I've been saving up for this bad boy since it came out and I finally was able to snag it! It immediately became my favorite camera. I love how quick it focuses on low light and how I can push the ISO and still get beautiful images in low light.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Camera

        By TJNY

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • 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):

          If you upgrading from the 5d or 5d mark II, the important buttons (Fstop, shutter speed, ISO) are all in the same location. The camera has 2 memory slots.

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          • No

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Canon 5D mark lll

          By Bev

          from Beaumont, texas

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

          I purchased the 5D after my 7D broke and I was forced to use my much older 40d. My pics, even with the 135 2.0 L lens, we're just not what I wanted them to be. From the first picture I took with the canon 5D, I can only say one thing - Amazing!!! I can't wait to try it out on the new grand baby arriving in June!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What can be said about this camera that has not been said.

          By spotdirector

          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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This camera is the best of best for documentary work. It's small, high end, digital machine. I use it to shoot national TV spots that require one on one real people content. The construction is second to none. Love the handling and simplicity of operation.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So far so good!

            By Hannah Maisel Photography

            from Ontario, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            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):

            After the first photo I took with this camera, I instantly wanted to kick myself for not having purchased it sooner. Such a huge upgrade from my Mark ii.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Been waiting for this.

            By Nijoto

            from Newtown, PA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Best In Its Class
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I am a freelance photographer and cinematographer. I don't have an enormous budget to spend on gear. I had thought long and hard on how to improve my system with limited funds. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the Mark III was the best fit. It serves as a double duty camera, being that it is my main camera for weddings and other events, and it serves as my cinema camera for actor reels, narratives, docs, etc. It is a very capable camera, especially if one knows what he or she is doing with it. When I can afford to separate my systems, I will. In the mean time, this is perfect for my line of work, and the budget I have to work with.

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              • No

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              4.0

              EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

              By Tushar

              from New Jersey

              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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  This is my first full frame camera body after Canon 50D. I can see the improvement in my picture quality and performance using this camera instantly. I am loving it to click anything without any thought.

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                  • No

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                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this Camera!

                  By Mimi

                  from Jackson, MS

                  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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I purchased the Canon 7D Mark II last year and used it for sports and wildlife photography. I was so impressed with it, I decided to get the Canon 5D Mark III this year for portraits and landscapes. The pictures I have taken with the 5D are stunning right out of camera. I am not a professional photographer (just a photo enthusiast) but when comparing the two cameras, the 5D produces brighter colors and the clarity is amazing! Both cameras serve a purpose and I am extremely happy with both but in my opinion the 5D, with the advantage of a full frame, has a slight edge on the 7D.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent!

                    By Rmoondoggy

                    from North-central Albama

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Use this for video....excellent image quality, clean video out, . Only thing is it is heavy.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Went Over & Beyond!

                      By Kaylie

                      from Florida

                      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
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I use this camera professionally! B & H went over and beyond, making the purchase easy but also surprising me with a card, tripod and camera bag that came in with the camera that I did not know about. Thank you!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Investment

                        By Derbiter

                        from Flint, MI

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          This camera is a powerful and versatile tool. A work horse in the arsenal of so many of my favorite photographers, I am more than happy to have decided on it as a my first camera.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Love this CAMERA!

                          By Dani G

                          from Oklahoma City, OK

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I use this camera for portrait photography. Love the 61 focal points

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              The Best DSLR

                              By Mick

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • 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 originally purchased a 6D, upgraded to the 5D Mark III, and haven't looked back. It focuses so much better, especially with fast lenses with razor thin depth of field. It's the perfect size and weight to balance heavier L glass. I know the IV will be coming out soon but the III does everything I need.

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                                • No

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