The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a full-frame digital SLR camera with features that will appeal to the serious photography enthusiast. It has an estimated start-up time of 0.1 second, 13 customizable functions, a 61-point autofocus system and a silent-shooting, low-vibration mode to make taking pictures less intrusive.
The 5D Mark III records still images in JPEG, RAW, M-RAW , S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG formats, and allows in-camera conversion of RAW files to JPEG. It also captures 1080p resolution full-HD video, with up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording.
Prices(Prices as of 12/20/2012)
|EOS 5D Mark III ||One-lens kit ||Source|
|(Body only) ||(24-105mm lens) |
|$2,990||$3,499||B&H Photo Video|
|$5-$30||CompactFlash memory cards, 2GB-8GB|
|$35-$150+||CompactFlash memory cards, 16GB-64GB|
|$5-$25||Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)|
|$15-$75||Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10 |
|$50-$200+||Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10|
|$35-$100||Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery (charger $40-$80)|
|Weight||33.5 oz. (body only) |
|Included in Box||Battery pack, battery charger, eyecup, neck strap, stereo A/V cable, USB cable, software (Digital Solution, instruction manual)|
|Type of Media||SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, CompactFlash cards (type 1), compatible with UDMA CF cards|
|Sensor||35mmx24mm (full-frame) CMOS sensor|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder, about 100% coverage|
|Monitor||3.2" TFT LCD monitor (about 1.040 million dots), with brightness control|
|Video||1920x1080p full HD video recording with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates; up to 29 minutes 59 seconds per clip|
|Flash||No built-in flash; hot shoe (outlet) for external speedlite|
|Shutter Speed||30 seconds to 1/8000, blub|
|Sensitivity||ISO 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments), expandable to 50, 51200 and 102400|
|Exposure Modes||Scene intelligent auto, program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb, E-TTL II auto flash program AE|
|Continuous Shooting||Maximum speed of 6 frames per second using UDMA CF card|
|Compatible Lenses||Canon EF-mount lenses (but not EF-S lenses)|
|Batteries||Rechargeable battery pack; battery life varies depending on usage|
|Other Features||Records still images in JPEG, RAW, M-RAW , S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG formats|
In-camera conversion of RAW files to JPEG
Silent-shooting, low-vibration mode
61-point autofocus system
13 custom functions settable with the camera
Estimated 0.1 second start-up time
Automatic battery check when power turned on
2-second or 10-second self-timer delay
|Warranty||1 year limited, parts and labor|
The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at USA.Canon.com.
(List as of 12/20/2012)
|1. EF 40mm f/2.8 STM standard pancake lens||$149-$200|
|2. EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM standard zoom lens||$1,149 |
|3. EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM standard zoom lens||$1,091-$1,499|
|4. EF 35mm f/1.4L USM wide-angle autofocus lens||$1,229-$1,479|
|5. EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM standard zoom lens||$1,399-$2,299|
|6. EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM autofocus ultra-wide zoom lens||$1,399-$1,699|
|7. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens||$1,999-$2,499|
|8. EF 200mm f/2L IS USM telephoto lens||$5,999 |
What People Are Saying:
Although it might not be their top choice for a full-frame digital SLR camera, critics generally like the Canon 5D Mark III, saying it is pricey but performs well, with excellent photo and video quality even in low light conditions. The 5D Mark III is on a list of best semi-pro/pro DSLRs at CameraLabs.com and on a list of best DSLRs at PC Mag.
- CNET: "The good: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a more streamlined shooting design, significantly updated feature set with more configurability, plus better performance over its predecessor. It maintains its excellent photo and video quality as well. The bad: JPEG photos at low ISO sensitivities don't match the generally excellent level of quality that you can otherwise get out of this camera."
- PCMag.com: "The Canon EOS 5D Mark III looks a lot like its predecessor on the outside, but offers plenty of improvements under the hood. It's a solid option for advanced shooters with an investment in Canon glass, but doesn't match the rapid-fire shooting capabilities of the EOS-1D X or Nikon D4."
- PopPhoto.com: "After running it through the Popular Photography Test Lab and experiencing it in the field, we can say that the 5D Mark III ($3,500, street, body only) is every bit the imaging machine the Mark II was -- and more. It delivers low-noise, high-resolution images with manageable file sizes."