Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pro HDSLR the Long-awaited successor to groundbreaking Canon 5D Mark II
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an HDSLR designed to build on the unprecedented success of its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The 5DMII broke new ground in the world of HD video, offering true high-resolution, cinema-quality video capture for the first time in a DSLR, and started a resolution in cinematography that continues to this day. The 22-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers new autofocusing, metering and sensor technology and incorporates feedback from professional users to take this legacy to an entirely new level.
• Full frame 36x24mm, 22 megapixel CMOS sensor ISO range 100-25600, expandable to 104,200.
• 14-bit A/D conversion
• Shutter speeds 1/8000-30 seconds
• 63-zone dual layer iFCL Metering
• Exposure compensation in +/- 5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
• 61-point high-density reticular AF with up to 41 cross-type points
• 3.2-inch LCD finder with 1.04 million dot resolution
• 1080p HD video capture in AVI, RAW, H.265, MOV and MPEG-4
• Manual exposure control and multiple frame rates in videos
• CF and SD card slots
• 6fps burst rate HDR mode Magnesium-alloy body,
• enhanced dust and weather resistance
• New customizable controls
• Electronic level
• Claimed shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
• Slilent & Low vibration modes
New sensor, focusing and metering systems
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is built around a new 22.3 megapixel full-frame, self-cleaning CMOS sensor and promises high perforance and claims improved noise reduction at higher ISOs with its DIGIC 5+ sensor and up to 6 frames per second burst rate in RAW and JPEG. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon's advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure mode.
A newly-designed 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF system is said to be Canon's most sophisticated AF to date, featuring multi-zonewide-area AF for better tracking. A new dedicated AF menu tab saves users from digging through menu functions. A new Multi-layer iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) metering system takes color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points into account, whichCanon says will provide new levels of accuracy in fast-changing, tricky light.
Another new feature is High Dynamic Range (HDR); the Canon EOS 5D Mark III can merge 3 images at different exposures to create a final image with a broad range of shadow and highlight detail. In-camera HDR can cover a range up to +/- 3 stops in five different settings. The camera's control layout has been changed, with Canon adding more customizable controls and a new ergonomic design. A new "intelligent viewfinder" includes 100% coverage and a dual-axis electronic level indicator.
Improvements in video capture
The video and cinema industries have been eagerly anticipating the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for improvements over its groundbreaking predecessor. Canon claims the 5D Mark III can capture HD video with a level of sophistication on par with professional movie camerasoffering phenomenal performance on a DSLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.
The Canon 5D Mark III offers the option of timecoding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), useful for multi-camera shoots. It also features improved sound recording adjustment capabilities, offering 64-step volume control accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting, plus a dedicated headphone jack for convenience in shooting. The CMOS sensor's new drive system is said to significantly increas image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré (a commonproblem that occurs in scenes with horizontal lines), and ensures that the EOS 5D Mark III can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode.
Love this camera but I have a lot to learn about using the video features.
I purchased a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body "Open Box" this week. I had the shipping expedited for a few shoots at the end of the week. When it arrived, I was dismayed to find that there was a scratch on the LCD, the sensor was filthy, and the CF Slot didn't work. The SD Slot seemed fine, but I was very hesitant to trust it given the other signs of misuse. I called Adorama and the most they were willing to do was a 15.00 credit. Meanwhile, I had bought new CF and SD media to test both slots, jumped through hoops and called in favors to get a loaner 5D body for my shoots (I live in New Mexico - you can't just go around the corner). The lesson here: don't buy "open box." I expected light use - this thing was put through the ringer.
I have the Canon EOS 7D since it first came out and decided it was time for an upgrade. Wanted Full Frame. The specs of the Canon 5D MKIII with the high ISO for low-light shooting really got my attention. My 7D did fairly well at ISO 1600 but the 5D MKIII blows it away at ISO 12800. Bought this camera with a bundle that included a video cable, 3-year warranty, camera bag, spare green battery, battery grip, SanDisk CF 32GB card, LCD Screen Protectors and SD Card holder. The camera bag is TOO small and can barely hold the camera and 28-135 lens. Forget if I had the battery grip attached. Will use the bag to carry incidentals. SD card case is nice but they bundle a CF card that doesn't fit in the case. Battery grip failed right out of the box. Contacted customer service and am waiting for the replacement. 3-yr warranty just came with it. Video cable nice touch. Spare battery on backorder - still waiting for it. I gave 5 stars for the camera because it deserves it. It is a fine camera and really love the full frame.
I upgraded from a Nikon crop (D7000) to a Canon full frame body for several reasons: Low light in weddings required a FF, the color of Nikon never lived up to the Canon SOOC color (in my opinion), and I had all Canon friends, so sharing was not an option unless I switched brands. The very first image I took with the new body literally made me say WOW out loud! On a rainy day, on a covered porch, the Mark 5D III had no problem capturing all the details of my low lit subject. Color was PERfect SOOC - I almost cried with joy! Even non photographer friends & family have noticed a major difference in the quality of my images, so I know it's not just me. The ONLY drawbacks I have, and they're big ones for me, is the ease of changing the settings on camera and the lack of Custom User Settings. Coming from the Nikon D7000, where the major settings were changed on camera very quickly, the Canon has disappointed me in how much longer it takes. The ISO, for instance, is very awkward to change on camera, with the wheel being right next to the button. I'm still researching ways to change around the button functions and fix the ones I can. The ability to save 2 custom settings on the D7000 saved me a TON of time over the day shooting a wedding. I shot my first wedding without that ability last week and wanted to call Canon to complain so badly! I wish I could talk to the developers and tell them to LOOK AT THE NIKON D7000'S FUNCTIONS! That said, my only regret is that I waited so long to upgrade, or that I didn't start with the Mark 5D line from the beginning. Definitely worth the purchase!
The Canon 5D Mark 3 exceeds my expectations.
Great Camera to use at anytime of the day!
First of all, this camera was an "open box" item, so I should address any concerns there - the camera inside was brand new, packaged like new and everything was included that was promised. The box it came in was excellent, no concerns there. I'm a professional photographer and videographer - and have been a long-time user of Canon products. I've shot with a 7D for a few years and most recently, a 6D for the last two years. Once you go full-frame, you'll never want to use a crop sensor again. The colors are very rich and low light capabilities are remarkable. The biggest advantage of the 5D Mark III over the 6D (and the reason I upgraded) is definitely the focusing capabilities. If you shoot anything with fast or unpredictable movement, you'll want the AF speed of the 5D for stills. The 5D weighs slightly more than the 6D, and the small increase in size is actually preferable, because it fits my hands better. I shoot a weekly broadcast television program with this camera and also portraits and landscape photography. It suits all of these needs perfectly.
I purchased a T2i about 5 years ago as my first DSLR. I really enjoyed the heck out of it and it opened up a new hobby/passion that should last a lifetime. Fast-forward 5 years later; I'm ready to step-up my game. I now know enough to know why I am missing shots and what I really need to take this to the next level. I read all the reviews, changed my mind at least 3-4 times and then pulled the trigger on the 5DMII and the 24-70M/L Lens. I just got back from a week in Alaska and I can honestly say I am so happy to have made this upgrade. The picture quality, focusing, and rapid fire helped me pull out some very difficult nature shots that otherwise wouldn't have been possible.
Always a pleasure to buy from Adorama, this was my 2nd Canon 5d mark 3. Mostly use it for weddings. Very happy with it.
Bought it for my brother who is semi professional upgraded from 6d and he loves it.