Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The EOS 5D Mark II was a game-changing DSLR. The new EOS 5D Mark III builds on the legacy and incorporates some serious improvements for nature photographers.
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Canon's long-anticipated successor to the trend-setting EOS 5D Mark II DSLR delivers on many requests regarding that popular camera and adds several features developed for the flagship EOS-1D X. The result is a full-frame DSLR with a blend of still and HD video performance. We expect the EOS 5D Mark III to be an excellent landscape, wildlife, sports-action and travel camera.

Durable Body
The new 5D Mark III has been built to be somewhat more durable than the EOS 5D Mark II, and it's better sealed against weather. The sensor-cleaning system also has been improved. The shutter carries a 150,000-cycle rating.

Dual Memory Options
There are slots for CompactFlash and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and you can record the same data to both cards, record different file sizes on separate cards or automatically switch to the second card when one is filled.

Introduced in the flagship pro EOS-1D X (which has two of them), the 5D Mark III's DIGIC 5+ processor is 17 times more powerful than the DIGIC 4. The DIGIC 5+ makes it possible for the camera to implement the new noise-reduction algorithms, on-the-fly chromatic aberration correction and an improved video codec.

ISOs To 102,400
The new sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor make possible a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400, a big improvement over the 5D Mark II and approaching the performance of the flagship EOS-1D X. You can shoot landscapes at dawn and dusk, and get those crepuscular wildlife moments.
New 22.3 MP CMOS Sensor
The 5D Mark III's new 22.3-megapixel Canon full-frame CMOS sensor provides more pixels than any other Canon DSLR, yet offers a good balance among resolution, high-ISO performance and shooting speed. Gapless microlenses, new photodiode structure and improved on-chip noise reduction produce higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for RAW, JPEG and HD video compared to the 5D Mark II.



Image Sensor: 22.3-megapixel (effective) CMOS
Sensor Size: 36x24mm (full-frame)
Lens Mount: Canon EF
Image Stabilization: In IS lenses
LCD Monitor: 3.2-inch, 1,040,000-dot
Viewfinder: 100%
Video: 1920x1080/30p, 25p, 24p; 1280x720/60p, 50p; 640x480/30, 25 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
AF System: 61-point
Shutter Speeds: 1⁄6000 to 30 sec., B; X-sync up to 1⁄200 sec.
Flash: TTL auto via external flash unit
ISO Settings: 100-25,600 in 1⁄3-step increments, expandable to 50-102,400 for still photos
Continuous Firing Mode: 6 fps with AF for each frame
Recording Format: JPEG, 14-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Metering: 63-zone evaluative, CW, 7.2% partial, 1.5% spot
Storage Medium: CompactFlash and SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power Source: Rechargeable LP-E6 Li-ion battery pack
Dimensions: 6.0x4.6x3.0 inches
Weight: 30.3 ounces (body only)
Estimated Street Price: $3,499 (body only)
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New AF System
One of the most significant advances in the EOS 5D Mark III is the new 61-point, high-density reticular AF system. This is the same system as the new EOS-1D X, and Canon touts it as the most sophisticated SLR AF system they have ever released. It works in light levels as dim as EV -2, uses the same high-performance AI Servo III AF tracking algorithm as the EOS-1D X and can be configured in a number of ways to suit the shooter. The 21 central AF points serve as cross-types with apertures of ƒ/5.6 or faster lenses. Prior to the EOS-1D X, not even 1-series EOS cameras provided cross-type sensors at ƒ/5.6. This is a particularly welcome advancement for bird, wildlife and sports-action shooters.

It's easy to do live-view and video shooting with the big 3.2-inch, 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor. You can activate a dual-axis electronic level on the LCD monitor or in the optical viewfinder.

6 fps
The Mark III can shoot at 6 fps, making it the fastest over-20-megapixel DSLR currently available. That should make the Mark III a better bird and wildlife and sports-action camera than its 3.9 fps predecessor.

Silent Shooting Modes
There are now silent shooting modes for both low-speed continuous shooting and single-shot operation, ideal features when dealing with skittish wildlife or macro subjects.

HDR Mode
The 5D Mark III gains a new in-camera HDR mode, which merges three bracketed exposures into a single image with more detail from shadows through highlights. An automatic alignment function permits you to do HDRs handheld.

Landscape Photography Accessories
The Battery Grip BG-E11 holds two LP-E6 batteries or a set of six AA batteries, and provides a full set of controls for vertical-format shooting. The GPS Receiver GP-E2 can log latitude, longitude, elevation and universal time code for each image as you shoot, as well as the direction the camera is pointed for the shot.

63-Zone Metering
Canon's 63-zone iFCL (Focus, Color and Luminance) dual-layer metering system was introduced in the EOS 7D. It's a considerable improvement over the 5D Mark II's 35-zone system. It takes into consideration brightness, color and data from each of the AF system's 61 points to provide proper exposures in a wide range of shooting situations. As implemented in the 5D Mark III, it also offers center-weighted, partial (which reads the central 7.2% of the image area) and 1.5% spot metering.

100% Viewfinder
The eye-level viewfinder shows 100% of the actual image area, and can overlay AF points, gridlines and shooting information when you want them.


Essential Accesories

Camera Bag
The Tamrac Adventure 9 is a camera bag and daypack in one. It's perfect for landscape shooters who hike for their trophy shots—it can hold the 5D, lenses and accessories, as well as a jacket and a light lunch.

The Hähnel Giga T Pro wireless remote and intervalometer turns the EOS 5D Mark III into a time-lapse powerhouse.

SDXC Memory
To take advantage of the camera's high-res still and HD video capabilities, the 64 GB Professional X Series memory card from PNY is an excellent option.

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    For anyone out there doubting the High ISO power of the Canon 5D Mark III check out this image I created after dark last week while out testing this cam!


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