Canon unleashes EOS 5D Mark III & here are the details

By on March 4, 2012
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Canon’s flagship new DSLR boasts major improvements for photos and video.


The most anticipated product in quite some time has finally been announced. Everyone knew it was coming when Canon announced an event on March 2nd, but the details is where all the glitter lies. Canon has unveiled their next flagship DSLR – the EOS 5D Mark III which succeeds their revolutionary Mark II which revolutionized not only DSLR’s but filmmaking as well. Here’s how it looks like and here are the details:

The camera boasts some major new features and improvements, including the all-new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor which will lead to faster processing, read and write speeds. Aside from that, it will come with a 22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor with 61-point autofocus that supports up to a whopping 6fps continuous shooting. The low light performance has been enhanced as well, with the camera boasting a native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity that can be expanded up to ISO 50-102400. Also coming with it is a 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD, Built-In HDR, Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots among other features.

For filmmakers and video enthusiasts like me, there are features to look out for although they are less dramatic as the photo ones. Canon Mark II single-handedly revolutionized indie filmmaking with it’s amazing depth of field and quality at an affordable price point and it’s no secret that most low-budget indies use the camera to shoot. First, the bad news. There’s still no 60fps in 1080p and limited to 720p still which is kind of a bummer but understandable that the technology of that sort of a full frame camera may not be there yet. But the camera still shoots 1080p with 24fps, 25fps, and 30fps, but the improvements include a longer single-shot record time to 29 minutes and 59 seconds rather than the previous 12 minute barrier. ISO in Movie Mode also goes up to 25,600 which would give great low light performance. There’s also SMPTE Timecode, a headphone jack that finally allows you to monitor audio that you are recording, full resolution HDMI output, reduced anti-aliasing/moire/ rolling shutter thanks to new sensor, and the all-new IPB compression option that will result in larger file sizes but better quality.

I think it’s a pretty useful upgrade for the price and both video enthusiasts and photographers will get more than enough out of their investment. The camera is expected to release end of March, and the body only will cost around $3499.

Read all the specs below.

Camera Type Interchangeable Lens DSLR
Lens Mount Canon EF
Sensor Size Full-Frame (36 x 24mm)
Sensor Type CMOS
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
Resolution 22.3MP
File Formats JPEG and RAW
Bit Depth 14-bit
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 6.0 fps (with UDMA CF Card)
Autofocus Points 61
Focus Type Auto and Manual
Exposure Metering iFCL (with 63-zone Dual Layer metering sensor)
Flash Connection Hot shoe and PC terminal
Viewfinder Type Optical pentaprism with superimposed LCD
Viewfinder Coverage ~100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinder Angle of View 34.1°
LCD Monitor 3.2″ 1,040,000 dots
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (50-102400 in expanded mode)
Video Recording Formats 1080/30p (29.97), 24p (23.976), 25p; 720/60p (59.94), 50p; 480/60p (59.94), 50p
Video Clip Length 29 minutes 59 seconds (4GB automatic file partition)
Video Compressions All i-Frame and IPB compressions
Time Code Yes
Creative Modes Multiple Exposure and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Connectivity HDMI, A/V output, USB 2.0
Power Source LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack
Wireless Capability Compatible with optional transmitters and receivers
Dimensions 6 x 4.6 x 3″ / 15.2 x 11.7 x 7.6 cm
Weight 1.90 lb / 860 g


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  • Hermilla

    Not too impressed, expected more. Need a full on-on-one comparison with Nikon D800.

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