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Canon 5D Mark III review

New DSLR is like a cross between the EOS-1DX and the 7D

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

The iFCL metering performed well here, the highlights in the petal have not burned out.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Although the LCD screen has a wide viewing angle and reflections aren't a major issue, when you are shooting from very low angles it is impossible to see the subject without lying flat on the ground.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

The 5D Mark III has a wide dynamic range, but it can't capture detail in both the dark shadow and the sky here - one for HDR mode.

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HDR Mode sequence images

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Normal exposure - the left side of the sky has burned out

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The over-exposed shot taken as part of the HDR sequence.

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The under-exposed shot taken as part of the HDR sequence.

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The in-camera HDR result, there are no true blacks or whites in this image, but the end result is natural looking.

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High ISO, 6fps sequence

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Aesthetically, this and the other images in the sequence would benefit from cropping, but we have included the full scene so you can examine the whole image. The camera managed to keep the cyclist in focus from the approach, to take off and throughout the jump and landing.

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This image has been shot at ISO 12,800 and really shows the low light capabilities of the 5D Mark III. Best seen at high res, an impressive amount of detail has been rendered.

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Colours directly from the 5D Mark III are represented well, as shown in this image shot in Auto White Balance.

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This is another image that shows the impressive color rendition of the 5D Mark III, shot at Auto ISO, the camera has coped well in a dark (indoor) situation.

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This image shows the incredibly shallow depth of field effects that can be achieved when using a full-frame camera (shot at f/2.8)

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Shot at ISO 8000, if you look closely at the high res image you can see how much detail has been resolved in the fabric. An impressive amount that would be more than usable for most photographers.

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The 5D Mark III has 61 autofocus points, and we've found that it is able to lock onto the subject quickly and easily, even in low light and difficult scenarios.

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Even at incredibly high ISOs such as ISO 20,000 as seen in this picture, the images remain usable - again it's best to have a look at the high res image to truly get a feel for how well the noise has been controlled.

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For comparison, this image has been shot at the camera's highest possible ISO setting (Hi2), which is ISO 102,400.

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This image was shot using the Canon 100mm Macro 'L' lens. Selecting one of the 61 autofocus points allows you to hone in on fine detail.

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Autofocus settings can be changed to use zone AF, which clusters together autofocus points into zones selectable via the joystick on the back of the camera.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution22.3 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, External Flash Shoe, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)860 g
Maximum Image Resolution5760 x 3840
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution22.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E6 / CR1616
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), CompactFlash (CF) Card
Height116.8 mm
Width152.4 mm
Depth76.2 mm
Autofocus Points61
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model5D Mark III
Product NameEOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Manufacturer Part Number5260B002
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Power to Create.

Canon is proud to present the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark III. With supercharged EOS performance and stunning full frame, high-resolution image capture, the EOS 5D Mark III is designed to perform. Special optical technologies like the 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and an extended ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 50 (L), 51200 (H1) and 102400 (H2) make the EOS 5D Mark III ideal for shooting weddings in the studio or out in the field, and great for still photography. Advanced professional-level high definition video capabilities (that includes a host of industry-standard recording protocols and enhanced performance) make it possible to capture beautiful cinematic movies in EOS HD quality. A newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and shooting performance up to 6.0 fps provide exceptional clarity and sharpness, even when capturing rapidly-unfolding scenes. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon's advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure mode - all of which that help make the EOS 5D Mark III the perfect multimedia tool.

Battery Life950 Shot
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker