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

(based on 1345 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1187)

  • 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 (1058)
  • High ISO performance (995)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (933)
  • Large clear LCD (888)
  • Fast shutter speed (734)

Cons

  • Short battery life (57)
  • Noisy at high ISO (27)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (15)
  • Small LCD screen (12)

Best Uses

  • Low light (891)
  • Landscape/scenery (780)
  • Weddings (758)
  • Travel (676)
  • Family photos (673)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (463), Semi-pro photographer (435), Photo enthusiast (295), Casual photographer (36), Photography student (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1192), 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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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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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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        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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              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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                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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                    (1 of 1 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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                      5.0

                      Just what I needed.

                      By Matt

                      from Missouri

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

                      I purchased this to replace my 13 year old Canon 10D. This has the better sensor that I needed as well as the compatibility needed to keep using all my lenses. The new AF points work great and better than my other camera.

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                      5.0

                      I like it a lot.

                      By Roast beef

                      from Nashville

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

                      My primary camera body for shooting weddings. Boom.

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                      5.0

                      awesome camera!!

                      By Abe quezada

                      from Overland Park

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I was waiting to get this camera for a long time, now that i got it I am so satisfied with it, definitely a must have for the Pro, I bought it to use it on my events including weddings and its wonderful, i love the option of having two slots for a different memory card.

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                        5.0

                        Great camera!

                        By Stephen Bertalan (@thestephenb)

                        from Orlando, FL

                        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
                        • Tilt /Swivel 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 am both a videographer and photographer and I got this camera because it gave me the best of both worlds. Great quality in both image and build of this camera and at an affordable price. The battery does seem to drain a little fast but nothing too bad. Very satisfied with this purchase.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Simply amazing!

                          By AWall

                          from Seattle, Wa

                          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

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

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

                            I recently upgraded my 7D to this beautiful camera body and I am in love! This is my first full frame camera and I now completely understand the advantages of full frame cameras. I have been working as a photographer full time for a year now and I could produce beautiful images with my 7D, however, this little baby makes your life just so much easier! Definitely worth the investment.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            I love this camera!

                            By CG

                            from San Francisco

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            The camera is amazing, I recently upgraded from a Nikon D7200 to this and am really glad I did. Quality of the images are great, definitely worth the investment.

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                            5.0

                            Glad I made the purchase

                            By Paul G.

                            from Scottsdale, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                              Have shot with the Mark II on two projects and am completely satisfied. Can't wait to do more.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Happy I got it!

                              By YEV Z

                              from Las Vegas

                              About Me Semi-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

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

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

                                I use this camera for headshot, and weddings. I also shot some product this last week. This body is a bit heavier then 6D, but it's expected since its a bit better build. It's a solid body! I love dual card slot. Its one of main reason why i got it. During wedding i don't want take chances of getting card corrupted as a result loosing images. You can't get those moments back. I've shot in low light used ISO 2500 and images were usable. Great camera, very happy I've switched.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great camera

                                By Alex

                                from Queens, N.Y.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                  Finally decided to upgrade from my 50D and go to a full frame DSLR. It may be more than I need but wanted to get the most I could and the 5D iii does not disappoint. Plenty of pro features and it works like a dream from auto focus to metering to the yet untried video. I can't wait to learn and grow my knowledge and capabilities as a photographer but most of all just have fun capturing my view of the world around me.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Worth the Investment!

                                  By Thomas K

                                  from Chicago

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

                                  Upgraded from 6D and never looked back!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Camera

                                  By Greg

                                  from San Jose, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action

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

                                    This camera is all that I expected it to be, the pictures it produces are excellent. This is my first full frame camera and I would recommend it to anyone ready to make the step up to full frame photography.

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                                    • No

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