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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  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 as of 12/20/2012)
EOS 5D Mark III One-lens kit Source
(Body only)   (24-105mm lens)  
$2,975$3,500Best Buy
$2,990$3,499B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$30CompactFlash memory cards, 2GB-8GB
$35-$150+CompactFlash memory cards, 16GB-64GB
$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional 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-$100Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery (charger $40-$80)


DimensionsHeight: 4.6"
Width: 6"
Depth: 3"
Weight33.5 oz. (body only)
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, eyecup, neck strap, stereo A/V cable, USB cable, software (Digital Solution, instruction manual)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, CompactFlash cards (type 1), compatible with UDMA CF cards
Megapixels22.3 MP
Sensor35mmx24mm (full-frame) CMOS sensor
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism optical viewfinder, about 100% coverage
Monitor3.2" TFT LCD monitor (about 1.040 million dots), with brightness control
Video1920x1080p full HD video recording with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates; up to 29 minutes 59 seconds per clip
FlashNo built-in flash; hot shoe (outlet) for external speedlite
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/8000, blub
SensitivityISO 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments), expandable to 50, 51200 and 102400
Exposure ModesScene intelligent auto, program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb, E-TTL II auto flash program AE
Continuous ShootingMaximum speed of 6 frames per second using UDMA CF card
Compatible LensesCanon EF-mount lenses (but not EF-S lenses)
BatteriesRechargeable battery pack; battery life varies depending on usage
Other FeaturesRecords 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
Magnesium-alloy body
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

Sample Lenses

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
(List as of 12/20/2012)

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 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."
  • "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."
  • "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."