Canon 5d mark iii 22.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

Canon today announces the long-awaited replacement to their popular full-frame EOS 5D Mark II DLSR - the EOS 5D Mark III. Although the 5D Mark III does n't come close to the 36 Megapixels resolution of the recently announced Nikon D800, most photographers probably will find the 22.3 Megapixels on the 5D sufficient. Along with the new sensor, the 5D Mark III also features a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System, 6 fps continuous shooting speed (50% more than 5D Mark II), enhanced video features with better noise reduction, longer video recording times, a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring and an improved weather resistance chassis. The 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon's recently announced flagship DSLR EOS-1D X, including the DIGIC 5+, 61-point AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type.

Professional Video is one of the main focus enhancement for the 5D Mark III catering the needs of the cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. The 5D Mark III can capture 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. It also includes new H.264 video compression formats - intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for data storage efficiency. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production. The 5D Mark III can record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files together with manual audio level control with 64 levels, automatic audio level setting, wind filter, and an optional stereo mic input.

Along with the 5D Mark III, Canon also announces several new optional accessories, including the Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A ($849.99) featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS Receiver GP-E2 ($390), Battery Grip BG-E11 ($490), flagship Speedlite 600EX-RT flashlight ($629.99), and the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT ($470). The EOS 5D Mark III is expected to be available at the end of this month for $3,499.00 in a body-only configuration, or $4,299 with the kit lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera Reviews Roundup


Imaging Resource - Jan 29 2013
"As one of the true superstar digital SLRs retailing for a medium-high starting price, the Canon 5D Mark III deserves close scrutiny, and it's lived up to our expectations. Replete with new features, the Canon 5D Mark III's most important one is its full-frame sensor, whose resolution Canon kept to a conservative 22.3 megapixels. The image quality we see is..." More »
Not Rated
Phoblographer - Nov 01 2012
"One of the places where the 5D Mk III excels is with portrait photography. Skin tones are often rendered very true to life: if anything I would say that they are exactly like Fujifilm 400H Pro film. And to be honest, that's a reason to get excited. It seems that many cameras these days either lean towards Portra or other films. The sensor on the 5D Mk III t..." More »
Not Rated
PhotographyLife - Oct 29 2012
"When Canon introduced the highly anticipated 5D Mark III to the market, the photography community and many Canon fans felt underwhelmed by its specifications, especially after the big shock wave left by the Nikon D800. For the first time, it felt like Canon and Nikon reversed their game - instead of focusing on more megapixels like it has been doing for man..." More »
90out of 100
PopPhoto - Jul 12 2012
"Video capture yields gorgeous-looking footage. Although Nikon actually gains an edge here (thanks to the uncompressed video output from the D4 and D800), unless you're shooting a high-level professional-grade project, the video clips you get from this Canon will be all you'll need. Heck, given how much the Mark II has been used professionally by photojourna..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Jun 14 2012
"On paper, the Canon 5D Mark III may not seem like a huge step up from the 5D Mark II especially given all the rumors (and long-time anticipation) surrounding its release. In some ways, the Mark III on the surface doesn't dazzle with additional bells and whistles or even any huge leap forward in technology. And, given the fact that the Mark III currently cos..." More »
90out of 100
pdn - Jun 06 2012
"Most importantly, image quality has improved. While the 5D III only sports a bit more resolution than its predecessor (and trails the class-leading 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800), the new full-frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor produced excellent results in a range of lighting conditions. Pixel size is slightly smaller than the 5D Mark II (6.2 microns per pixel com..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - May 23 2012
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III's out-of-camera JPEGs offer good colors, tonality and dynamic range with a very smooth highlight roll-off but in terms of pixel-level detail the images are not quite as good as we might expect from a 22MP sensor with a Canon L-lens mounted in front of it. Even at low sensitivities the camera's JPEG engine applies visibly destructiv..." More »
82out of 100
CNET UK - May 11 2012
"I tested the 5D under very mixed conditions, with both direct sunlight and overcast skies, using 16-32mm and 35-105mm lenses. In all situations the chosen lens was quick to find focus, and to refocus following recomposition. Tones were extremely realistic and true to their originals throughout my tests. Even flowers and blossom, which are traditionally tric..." More »
100out of 100
NeoCamera - May 10 2012
"The 22 megapixels of the full-frame CMOS sensor used on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III give it one of the biggest pixels of any current DSLR. An an 1.6X crop APS-C sensor, it would only give 8.5 megapixels. Such large pixels are ideal for low-night and good dynamic-range, which are the hallmark - along with shallow depth-of-field - of full-frame digital SLRs. Th..." More »
100out of 100
ePhotoZine - May 10 2012
"Dynamic range appears to be very good with excellent exposure helping here. Centre and edge quality appears very good with the 24-105mm f/4 L lens. Flare was not a problem with no noticeable signs of distortion. Focusing was good with the camera producing sharp images, although sharpness could be increased by altering the cameras settings. Noise performance..." More »
90out of 100
CNET US - May 04 2012
"Overall, the 5DM3 performs roughly as well as the D800 on nonburst shooting -- they're both pretty fast -- and outpaces it significantly at continuous shooting. It's not a lot faster than the 5DM2, though it has zippier autofocus in low light and better burst performance. In good light, time to focus and shoot is about 0.2 second, and rises to 0.4 second un..." More »
80out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Apr 23 2012
"General performance, at least in terms of start-up and processing speed is exceptional. Start-up is instantaneous of course, and processing speeds are also noticeably speedy thanks to the DIGIC 5 processor. The number of simultaneous JPEGs that can be recorded at full-resolution before slowdown occurs is seemingly infinite (we gave up counting after recordi..." More »
90out of 100
DPI - Apr 23 2012
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the ultimate digital SLR for under $4000 right now and offers a great balance between resolution, physical size, ISO sensitivity for low light shooting, movie capability and price. Alongside its rival from Nikon which outputs sheer resolution for a lower top ISO speeds, the EOS 5D Mark III is good for those wanting the best stil..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Apr 13 2012
"With resolution only a shade higher than the Mark II's, users won't gain significant improvements in the size of the prints they can produce from still shots taken with the EOS 5D Mark III. However, they will gain from improved image quality, particularly with moderately high ISO settings. JPEG files straight from the camera with the default Standard Pictur..." More »
90out of 100
Photography BLOG - Apr 12 2012
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III builds on the success of its popular predecessor with a series of improvements that add up to a much better all-round camera for stills and video alike. The 61-point auto-focus system in particular is very welcome, along with the excellent performance at higher ISOs, faster continuous shooting and a much more refined movie making i..." More »
90out of 100
Camera Labs - Apr 11 2012
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a very satisfying all-round DSLR. It feels tough, handles quickly and delivers great-looking photos and video. Canon has pretty much addressed all the complaints of the Mark II and also included all the nice extras commonly offered by Nikon, like 100% viewfinder coverage, twin card slots, deep bracketing and an AF system packed..." More »
87out of 100
KenRockwell - Apr 02 2012
"I'm impressed; at normal image sizes, these crazy-high ISOs work great, with image color and contrast about the same as at normal ISOs. If you need these ISOs, use them, but you're much better off turning up the light, or using a faster lens like the 24/1.4, 28/1.8, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.2, 85/1.8 or 85/1.2. As expected, at speeds faster than ISO 12,800, the..." More »
Not Rated
pdn - Mar 31 2012
"We got a chance to shoot with a prototype of a Canon 5D Mark III on Monday -- along with getting to snap photos of it (included with this story) -- and our initial impressions of this much anticipated camera are that it's more of an evolutionary product than the revolutionary product the Mark II was. Yes, the 5D Mark III shoots full 1080p HD video with some..." More »
Not Rated
CNET Asia - Mar 28 2012
"We brought the camera out on the streets for a spin and found that the images we got were stellar in terms of quality and color. The Mark III's rendering of skintones was lifelike and produced colors beautifully, especially with reds and greens. The camera also produced pretty good out-of-camera JPEGs that didn't need much postprocessing. From our compariso..." More »
80out of 100
Gizmodo - Mar 24 2012
"Like: First and foremost, the 5D Mark III takes beautiful photos, and improves on a camera that was already fantastic. The small changes on its body make the Mark III even more comfortable to use, while the tweaks made to button placement and the layout of its controls are logical improvements that anyone will appreciate. People who have put in serious..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Mar 16 2012
"Multiple exposures are new to the 5D series and the 5D III provides a similar level of support to the EOS 1-D X. Between two and nine frames can be combined to create one signal final image. This feature is available for both RAW and JPEG images, though if M-RAW or S-RAW are set, the recording quality will automatically switch to RAW. Two modes are availabl..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Mar 15 2012
"The EOS 5D Mark III makes a raft of improvements to the best-selling 5D Mark II to become one of the most complete and well-balanced DSLRs around. The earlier 5D Mark II - not to mention the original 5D Mark I - were all about their big full-frame sensors, often at the cost of other features. This is what you were paying for and many other specifications fr..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Mar 07 2012
"Picking it up for the first time, the first impression is of a very solid and well-built professional-grade DSLR. On it's own the body weighs in at just under a kilo, but with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens attached (as pictured) you're looking at closer to two kilos. In keeping with previous incarnations of the 5D, the Mark III is protected by an alu..." More »
Not Rated
What Digital Camera - Mar 06 2012
"The 5D Mk II has found its way into most videographers kit bags, and the 5D Mk III builds on the features offered by the older model. There's now a microphone input and headphone output so you can monitor audio and adjust the sound level. As well as the 100% viewfinder, there's a 3in, 3:2 aspect ratio screen with a resolution of 1,040k-dots. There's a nice..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Mar 06 2012
"Sit the 5D Mk III side by side to the Mk II model and there's not a great amount of difference to be seen. If it ain't broke then why fix it, right? A new textured finish makes the camera easy to hold, and there are subtle differences in body and grip size compared to the previous model. However, it's behind the scenes where most work has happened: The Mk I..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Mar 04 2012
"The integration of HD movie capability into a pro-sumer DSLR triggered some exciting experimentation as photographers learned to master the 5D II's video functions. The results from photographers like Vincent Laforet set the standards for future integrations of HD video into DSLRs. The new EOS 5D Mark III takes the 5D II's video capabilities to the next lev..." More »
Not Rated
Jeff Ascough - Mar 03 2012
"File size is 22MP. I'm really pleased that Canon didn't decide to massively increase the resolution. In keeping the file size to a reasonable level, they have achieved the right balance of file size versus high ISO quality versus camera handling. I have never had a need for anything bigger than 18MP, so I'm more than happy with 22MP. If you prefer smaller f..." More »
Not Rated

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