Canon EOS 5D Mark III Summary
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Assessment
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the continuation of the 5D line which introduced the first full-frame DSLR without an integrated grip, bringing quality images to a smaller form-factor than previously possible. The new 5D Mark III follows the tradition by reworking the inside of its predecessors to provide much improved image quality and a new ultra-fast autofocus system ideal for action photography.
There are certainly a number of people who were disappointed by a paltry one megapixels increase in resolution compared to the Mark II and they will miss a great camera. If full-frame DSLRs are synonymous with extreme image quality, the 5D Mark III is not letting anyone down. Its performance is excellent with usable results up until ISO 3200 even for large print sizes and up to 12800 for medium prints. The 5D Mark III can expand its range further all the way to ISO 102400 which in case of emergency.
The 61-point autofocus adds new capabilities to this series and is capable of following high-speed action. The remainder of the camera is usually quite fast and it always remains responsive. The only truly notable issue with this DSLR is that it under-exposes much more often than ideal.
Competition with the 5D Mark III is slim and limited to the Nikon D800, the D700 and Sony A900 which is seriously lagging behind in technology. The D700 has lower 12 megapixels resolution and reputed to perform extremely well in low-light but the 5D almost closed the gap and since added HD video and more. This leaves the D800 and the D800E which offer a whopping 36 MP but reduced ISO sensitivity range and slower continuous shooting.
|Very low image noise||Underexposes often|
|Excellent image sharpness||Expanded ISO of limited use|
|Very accurate colors||Low rear control dial|
|Good automatic white-balance||Rear dial prone to accidental changes|
|Spectacular subject tracking autofocus||Complex interaction between AF and lenses|
|Lightning fast autofocus||Slow instant review|
|Full choice of exposure modes for movies||Slow to power-off due to sensor cleaning|
|Class-leading continuous buffer|
|Large viewfinder with 100% coverage|
|Highly customizable user-interface|
|Virtually no shutter-lag|
|Quick and responsive|
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Canon 5D Mark III Highlights
Sensor-Size: 36 x 24mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|22 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 50-102400|
|Canon EF Mount|
Extra Large Viewfinder
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|2 Axis Digital Level||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|6 FPS Drive, 16270 Images||Stereo audio input|
|1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video Recording||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|3.2" LCD 1 Megapixels||Compact Flash Type 1|
|Secure Digital Extended Capacity|
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