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Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands-on preview and video

By dpreview staff on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:00 GMT
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We've had a chance to handle Canon's EOS 5D Mark III 22MP HD DSLR and have prepared a detailed preview and video. The specifications may initially look a little familiar but almost every component has been updated or improved. It gains most of its ergonomics from the EOS 7D but inherits the sophisticated 61-point AF system from the EOS-1D X. It also comes with a range of movie-focused features and promises of a 2-stop improvement in low-light performance. The camera will be available from the end of March 2012.


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Frank Hill
By Frank Hill (Mar 2, 2012)

The Canon 5D Mk III looks like a good upgrade from the 7D but it seems a bit short for a 5D Mk II upgrade. Whilst it looks like a nice enough camera the price is a concern. I'm also interested in where Canon will pitch the 7D Mk II.

I think I will have to find some more pennies for the 1DX. Perhaps that was Canon's intention.....

2 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Mar 2, 2012)

The Sony A99 is going to utterly destroy this camera and the D800

3 upvotes
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Mar 2, 2012)

Yawn.

6 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 2, 2012)

Yeah, right, just like the A77 destroyed the D7000 and 7D/60D. It will just be a good ideea on paper, like most sony's.

0 upvotes
K_Photo_Teach
By K_Photo_Teach (Mar 2, 2012)

well for one thin Sony will not charge the same price, also Sony makes alot of the sensors Nikon uses

1 upvote
malphotography
By malphotography (Mar 2, 2012)

Sony make good cameras, Nikon makes good camera and Canon make good cameras. I suspect that the Sony will have the same sensor as the D800 but worse ISO ability due to the Sony's translucent mirror (if they have it, a bit pointless, if it shoots at the same speed at the Nikon (which due to file size I expect)).

1 upvote
moebius22
By moebius22 (Mar 2, 2012)

It's definitely in their power.

1 upvote
FranzK
By FranzK (Mar 2, 2012)

Sony makes great sensors (used in the Nikon D800), but a camera is more than just the sensor. Sony is a company that trys to do all things. Nikon has focus (pun intended).

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Jerry Ci
By Jerry Ci (Mar 3, 2012)

I hope Sony comes out with a competitive full-frame update at a good price, plus an array of new lenses. Both Canon and Nikon seem to think that full-frame automatically means $$$$$.

0 upvotes
Mbcre8
By Mbcre8 (Mar 2, 2012)

I think that Canon are number 1 when making cameras and also number 1 at overcharging. As a long term investor in Canon equipment having purchased every ‘DS’, ‘D’ and 5D’s models they made made so far, along with many L lenses, I would honestly change to Nikon if I had not so heavily brought into Canon. However, from here on it makes sense to actually start buying Nikon as you can sell high end Canon equipment on EBay for almost what you paid for it! I also wonder why Canon recently launched their EOS movie cameras system and yet am trying to make the 5D MK III both a stills and movie product. In real terms the difference between the 5D MK II and the 5D MK III are not worth spending the extra cash on. If im honest the difference between the 1DS MK II and the 1DS MK III are almost hard to notice, the only reason I changed was NOT due to the 21mp censor but the larger view screen on the back. Some of the finest award winning photographs, by Journalists, were taken on a 5D Mk I.

1 upvote
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 2, 2012)

you can change to Nikon ..and open a museum displaying all yours canon collection...

1 upvote
Mbcre8
By Mbcre8 (Mar 2, 2012)

Yep, that be where Canon ends up with their pricing. I think intoday's digital world many high end camneras are great at taking good images. The difference between them becomes less and less and as such, as a photographer, all i want is a good crisp image. to that end the original EOs 1DS was great. The EOS 1DS MK III ia amazing. For our use we se eno reason to upagres from the DS3 or 5D II.

2 upvotes
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 2, 2012)

6400 ISO is comparable to 1600 ISO on the mark II in low light..this is amazing

2 upvotes
bruiser2452
By bruiser2452 (Mar 2, 2012)

Well 1600 ISO on the Mk II was pretty terrible!

3 upvotes
topstuff
By topstuff (Mar 2, 2012)

If Canon want to maintain the percentage market position they have, the price of this camera MUST come down surely.

The 5D2 sold in huge numbers. It was really very popular.

In the UK at least, the 5D3 list price is DOUBLE the price of a 5D2.

There is no way they will sell the same kind of numbers of cameras at those prices.

Perhaps this is what Canon wants. Maybe the 5D2 did not make enough profit. Maybe Canon want to sell fewer cameras at more profit maybe?

If so this is a shame. There will not be affordable FF.

I think prices of used 5D2's could stay strong if the price of 5D3 does not fall!

3 upvotes
Mulder_
By Mulder_ (Mar 2, 2012)

anyone saw the prices of the new accessories? $850 for a WIFI card... WTF?!

edit: does it still have an optical speedlite transmitter build in? this is one of the most convenient features for me, pop flash off keep on shooting.

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DeMaatin
By DeMaatin (Mar 2, 2012)

Sigma SD1 - 8000

Canon 5D3 - 3500

Canon 24-70/II 2200+

Muahahahahahahahahaha (evil laugh)

Nikon D800 - 3000 ... seems to be the only reasonable price.

C'mon, we're getting ripped-off right now!

4 upvotes
brujo
By brujo (Mar 2, 2012)

I was saving money for a new Canon body... But I think I'll spend money on an exotic travel ...

8 upvotes
FelixM
By FelixM (Mar 2, 2012)

I hope this video was not shot using a 5DM3 ...

7 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 3, 2012)

I ordered the camera. But what I remember most from the video is the barrel distortion of the brick wall. Somehow this distortion is considered entirely acceptable with video, even with big Hollywood movies.

0 upvotes
FelixM
By FelixM (Mar 3, 2012)

Whatever lens they used is responsible for the distortion. But check the (automatic) exposure in the same scene (brick wall). Nearly fully static subject and background, no change of lightning, but still the overall brightness keeps changing all the time ...

1 upvote
cdidd
By cdidd (Mar 2, 2012)

omg this moire on the jacket...

0 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Mar 2, 2012)

Maybe it was shot with a D800e !!!

3 upvotes
arigato_12
By arigato_12 (Mar 2, 2012)

More digital crap...pfft

0 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

Looks like you missed the fact that the "DP" in "DPReview" stands for DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Now you can make better browsing decisions.

10 upvotes
arigato_12
By arigato_12 (Mar 2, 2012)

still crap.. it's no longer about photography digital or analogue, it's about 2 manufacturers and the user is the clown.:)

2 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 2, 2012)

Well, actually, the cams of every manufacturer are reviewed here, even those of phone manufacturers like Nokia and Apple...

0 upvotes
arigato_12
By arigato_12 (Mar 2, 2012)

Yep, review based on a picture or after having held it for 5 mins.. quite clear to me now, it's quite rightly not about photography. Thanks and enjoy.

3 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 2, 2012)

The back of the camera looks like its 10 years old. I guess style is too much to ask for @ $3K.

1 upvote
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

You fail to state what's wrong with it.

Photographers need to get stuff done, and quickly. They don't parade the back of their camera around as a fashion show. WTF.

Comment edited 46 seconds after posting
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llopart
By llopart (Mar 2, 2012)

I buy a camera for the pictures it can deliver and not for style.
If the picture quality is amazing... who cares about how it looks. if you value style you can go buy a pink sony point and shoot camera... I am sure you will be happy and those are cheap 2....

2 upvotes
costinul_ala
By costinul_ala (Mar 2, 2012)

It function not style here. This is digital photography not digital BLING

1 upvote
Mark2012
By Mark2012 (Mar 2, 2012)

Well, I don't know about you guys, but my swivel screen on the back of Sony a77 is quite useful. I have no idea why Canon wouldn't implement it in 3500 camera!

3 upvotes
mariuss
By mariuss (Mar 2, 2012)

I look THROUGH the camera and not AT the camera.
For me it could be square ... if the pictuare quality is good.

0 upvotes
Boggy4062
By Boggy4062 (Mar 2, 2012)

It seems that this is yet another example when marketing folks got over their heads. They seem to believe that a same model camera with some improvement deserves +20% price increase. Really? Everything else in electronics gets price / performance increase except Canon? Good luck! I can only predict that this is going to be one of the less successful marketing moves on Canon part. Deep discounts or easily predicted official price drop don't protect the brand, and don't say much about the company. Either way loose-loose. In a meantime Sony and others a busy planing their next move. I am saving my money and sticking with my "good-enough" 7D and NEX-5N for now.

2 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

I think you meant lose/lose.

3 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

If Canon didn't address the hideous aliasing in the video (which comes from line-skipping), then they blew it hard. Years later, it's high time for at least some quick--&-dirty pixel averaging to produce reasonable video.

And after that, what about a couple other longstanding problems:

1. No intervalometer.
2. No mult-exposure (unlimited) mirror-lockup for time-lapse.
3. Inexplicably reduces bitrate for different video frame rates, instead of letting you maximize quality all the time.

And that $800 price for a Wi-Fi adapter is RIDICULOUS. And the polluted HDMI output... failure there.

Despite all that, legitimately scaled video is the only advance that would make this a compelling update.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Mar 2, 2012)

"If Canon didn't address the hideous aliasing in the video (which comes from line-skipping), then they blew it hard. Years later, it's high time for at least some quick--&-dirty pixel averaging to produce reasonable video."

Yup... Pana has been able able of doing this since 2009. And Nokia is able to downsample 41 Mpixels at 30 fps in a much cheaper(!) consumer(!) camera. It's strange Canon doesn't want to make the video quality better. Well, it seems they want videgraphers to flock to Pana?

1 upvote
BeanyPic
By BeanyPic (Mar 2, 2012)

Francis & Menneisyys come back to Earth. Your on a different Planet that's totally messing with your brains. Make sure you bring them back...

1 upvote
CNY_AP
By CNY_AP (Mar 2, 2012)

I agree 100% on the intervalometer and other timelapse features such as HDR. Would be nice to have more precise exposure too, in order to reduce flickering in timelapses. They ought to copy some of the 3rd party firmware features.

2 upvotes
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Mar 2, 2012)

An appealing camera. But would I upgrade from a 5d2? Not at that price. From a 5D, maybe, but £3k is no longer an affordable full frame. Hell, I paid £3750 for a brand new 1ds3!!!

It seems to be a minor upgrage for the 1ds and 5d range mainly in areas of high iso noise. Great for wedding photogs, but not worthy of finding £3k for landscape photographers.

Anyway my few thousand will probably go on a 24-70ii if its as shap as my 30 year old adapted Zeiss 35-70/3.4 !!!

2 upvotes
mariuss
By mariuss (Mar 2, 2012)

It has everything as I expected ... and even much! more.

The big questions are: How about pattern noise? And DR?
If the pattern noise is eliminated and the DR is (at least) slightly better as the Mark II ... I am a very happy 'Canon' photographer.

Comment edited 10 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
petterd
By petterd (Mar 2, 2012)

There are samples:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos5dmk3/

0 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

Sadly, the sample movies are 960 x 540. Useless.

3 upvotes
fotografyi
By fotografyi (Mar 2, 2012)

It's great, especially that I don't need it now and the price of the previous versions: 5d II + 5d I will drop :)

0 upvotes
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Mar 2, 2012)

@was2233

For whom? Nikon as they clearly have introduced a better camera spec wise.

1 upvote
was2233
By was2233 (Mar 2, 2012)

this is great

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Joed700
By Joed700 (Mar 2, 2012)

Shame on Canon for throwing in the towel so early! 22 MP for $3500? What are they thinking? Anyhow, I hope they have finally fixed the AF issues. Canon bodies suck when it comes to focusing accuracy using lens with large apertures.

5 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 2, 2012)

I think there is more of us that are glad is just 22 mp than 32mp... so if you really need those mp you can go buy the 800 and be happy is a lot more cheaper.... I also hope they fixed the af. the specs point to be better than the 7d and that was a decent af, so this looks like an improvement....

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
6 upvotes
Dianoda
By Dianoda (Mar 2, 2012)

They were probably thinking that a higher MP sensor would provide huge files and noisy images at moderate to high ISO, and know that you need really great glass to resolve that level of detail across the frame, and figured that most buyers would prefer lower noise and higher fps versus more MP. But then again, what do I know?

Anyways, who knows what else they've got hiding in the shop? A 40MP world beater for all the MP lovers out there could be just around the corner...

3 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

There's no better way to identify yourself as a noob than to start whining "MORE MEGAPIXELS!" Inform yourself about the degradation of images that comes with packing more photosites into the same space, and you'll make better buying and commenting decisions.

9 upvotes
Feud
By Feud (Mar 2, 2012)

I'm with Francis. I'm after good quality - a good balance between resolution and noise, and believe the 5D MkIII will offer this rather than a 36Mp Nikon. (PS I'm a current Nikon user not a Canon 'fanboy').

(PS if you want really, really want megapixels buy the new Nokia mobile with 41Mp ;-)

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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FranzK
By FranzK (Mar 2, 2012)

I agree. All those who say more megapixels only means lower quality, should go back and shoot those 1 megapixel camera we once had. Canon, Nikon and Sony have used technology to get more pixels AND lower noise that we use to have. Maybe Canon has reached their limit so they had to stick with 22 mp to keep the noise acceptable.

1 upvote
Joed700
By Joed700 (Mar 3, 2012)

I agree with Franzk. If MP don't matter, why aren't you shooting a 5 MP point-n-shoot camera? Also, when you bs about noise and things like that, you are assuming Nikon's D800's will have lots of noise. Did you look at the samples from the D800's from the Nikon website? Only real field tests can determine which camera and lenses are better than the other one. I did not claim that Canon's 5D MkIII is any lesser of a camera compared to Nikon's D800's. It is just the price and marketing strategies I've doubt about Canon...

1 upvote
Jokica
By Jokica (Mar 2, 2012)

Great time for buying Mark II

3 upvotes
Feud
By Feud (Mar 2, 2012)

Agreed. An EXCELLENT time to buy a MkII. It will hold its value quite well, too.

0 upvotes
Paul Pope
By Paul Pope (Mar 2, 2012)

This isn't going to do much to arrest the slide in Canon's market share. It's the Four two's principle Too little, too late, too expensive and too under gunned compared to the D800. It's a bit concerning if you are a Canon shooter to watch them give up a huge lead in technology and market share so quickly. At least the 1Dx will remain the leader in its market segment but I'm afraid the 5D Mk III is going to be chasing rather then leading during its model life.

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Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

You fail to state how it's "under gunned." And if you're going to say "megapixels", then don't bother, since you aren't really well informed anyway.

4 upvotes
malphotography
By malphotography (Mar 2, 2012)

Canon have never just had a lead in technology. It is completely silly statement. Nikon's AF and flash ability was way ahead of Canons. Nikons had better ISO (though many Canon owners will argue that, with the difference in MP). Video wise the Canon 5Dmk2 was always flawed and not as wonderful as everyone thought.

Now Canon has improved its AF, which is now very good (when I played with the 1DX). The 600EXRT flash could well be better than the Nikon SB-910, with its radio trigger ability. With having a 22mp, it allows the camera to shoot 6fps, 2 more than the Nikon. The ISO ability of the 5dmk3 look very good, I have seen an image at 6400 and it it looks very nice.

So for me Canon are doing just as well as ever when it comes to technology. I wouldn't say they are better than Nikon but I wouldn't say that they are worse.

2 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 2, 2012)

That pentaprism housing shape looks just like my EOS 3!

Uniquely Canon!

.

1 upvote
alybaba
By alybaba (Mar 2, 2012)

true

0 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Mar 2, 2012)

Looks like a nice camera (provided they have thoroughly, once and for all, eliminated pattern noise), but the asking price is too high compared to Nikon.

€2500 max and you have my attention.

Earthlight

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 8 minutes after posting
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Skarstrom
By Skarstrom (Mar 2, 2012)

Perfect camera, just hope the sensor is atleast nearly as good as Sonys sensors. All the rest, AF, metering, lenses etc Canon are as good, or better at.

1 upvote
llopart
By llopart (Mar 2, 2012)

Really, Never seen a sony sensor beat Canon or Nikon, maybe I need to look again, or you just want to advertise the no belivable...?

2 upvotes
Francis Sawyer
By Francis Sawyer (Mar 2, 2012)

I think he meant, "nearly as good as Sony's at generating noise."

1 upvote
Mark2012
By Mark2012 (Mar 2, 2012)

@ Llopart: who do you think Nikon buys sensors from? D800 has Sony's sensor. So are in other models like d7000.

3 upvotes
Skarstrom
By Skarstrom (Mar 2, 2012)

Yeah meant nearly as good DR and/or noise. And yeah, assumed most knew that Sony makes most sensors used by Nikon now. V system is one execption, Aptina makes them afaik.

1 upvote
SDsc0rch
By SDsc0rch (Mar 2, 2012)

good show, canon! great upgrade!

1DX AF, 7D ergonomics... like like like! :)

1 upvote
JamesCC
By JamesCC (Mar 2, 2012)

Many of you guys here sound like a bunch of sore losers!

Complain and complain. Is that all you know how to do?

What were you expecting? A Canon 5D Mark III with highest ISO1,638,4000? Weighing at 500g? Costing US$500?

The 5D III is one fine camera to me. And I'm a photographer. If a camera is good, I say it is. Whether it's by Canon or Nikon or whatever.

If it's not suitable, look for another model or even brand! Stop whining about this and that! There are tons of different cams out there.

why only 6fps? Why not 8 like the 7D? Come on, stupid. What else do you want? Why not include 1X features with the price of a 7D and weight of a 1100D?

Look at how much the III has improved over the II and judge. Don't go shooting rubbish from your mouth on what you want, rather than appreciate the many new features that have been given to you.

16 upvotes
spidercrown
By spidercrown (Mar 2, 2012)

There nothing wrong with the camera. 22MP is one of the highest resolution available, just behind D800 and D3X. Couple with it's speed, it's very balance one for most ppl.
But.... There is something very wrong.. the RRP is ridiculous. How to justify the $500 more than it's direct competition?
Similar to 1DX, 1K more than it's competition... Canon is trying to rip off their loyal customer's wallet!!

4 upvotes
Feud
By Feud (Mar 2, 2012)

Well said, James. This looks like a fantastic photographer's camera, and I may just succumb. 22Mp is plenty of resolution -- I'm more concerned with overall image quality, particularly for landscape, and the great viewfinder and colour rendition of the 5D MkII are bound to be retained and improved upon. I'm a Nikon user currently but that may change soon!

2 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 2, 2012)

Take the RRP with a grain of salt, street prices will be far less. They always are.

1 upvote
00112233
By 00112233 (Mar 9, 2012)

As I see it, most people here have the right to reveal their views without being losers. That is what dpreview forum is all about. And I think most camera manufacturers are quite happy about it because they’ve got a lot of input about their products. On the other side we don’t really know anything about what results the Mark III can deliver. I just hope they are MUCH better than what the Mark II delivers now. If this is not the case, the Mark III will be just a lot of electronic gadgetry without any real photographic value. But I suppose you will go and buy one anyway.

0 upvotes
VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Mar 2, 2012)

I bet my right nut it will out sell it's main competitors 3x over.

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 2, 2012)

Knowing the price and specs of the D800, you might want to reconsider.

And I'm guessing you won't make that bet after seeing the 5D MK III Sample Images on Canon's website, this I can guarantee. No man would.

6 upvotes
llopart
By llopart (Mar 2, 2012)

Which Canon website... www.canonusa.com doesn't show the camera yet.. can you post the link to those images. I really want to see some samples...

0 upvotes
Dianoda
By Dianoda (Mar 2, 2012)

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos5dmk3/

Can't judge from my crappy phone screen, but I thought they looked decent enough.

2 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 2, 2012)

There are no officual sample images as of yet... i don't know what he's talking about or where in the world he gets that information from... And speaking about the Nikon D800 sample images... lets face facts... they're okay for a full frame sensor... but definitely nothing to write home about... Nikon's new mantra is based upon Canons old ideology... of having more megapixels = success ... unfortunately for Nikon that formula is a bit outdated... since IQ, High ISO & dynamic range plus video quality are now taking center stage...

1 upvote
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 2, 2012)

@lensberg: DR is where Nikon has outshined Canon from bottom to top in the lineups. High ISO? For 4years now the D3/D3s beat any Canon, D7000 beat any APS-C. Resolution, same, since D3x. Only in video Canon has the edge and, given the latest offerings, that's where they will keep an edge. My bet is the D800, at same printing size, will at least match the 5D3 in high ISO. D4 will keep the crown. And AF, don't forget this is a new system and needs to be tested in the field. And it's born behind the D4/D800, since only f/5.6 or wider, so its low light performance is likely not in the same league (as the one in the 1d4).

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lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 2, 2012)

Regarding high ISO performance... i seriously doubt whether the D4 will retain the crown this time around... The competition has never been closer... My money is on the Canon 1D X to outperform both the D4 & D3s ... Remember the D3s was compared against the 1D Mark IV ... which in principle wasn't really a fair comparison... the 1D IV was a 1.3 crop sensor vs a full frame sensor... plus it housed 16 MP ... 4 million extra pixels... yet considering the odds its high ISO performance was clearly better than the older D3 & D700 at anything above ISO 6400 ... only problem was that the D3s assumed this ISO crown at the time... But that by itself speaks volumes about Canon's advancements & prowess in this area... As far as APS-C sensors are concerned... the Nikon D7000 is good... but not as good as the Sony NEX 5N at high ISO ... and also lags behind the new Canon G1 X ... In fact the G1 X is the best high ISO performer in JPEG's at least...

0 upvotes
fpl1966
By fpl1966 (Mar 2, 2012)

Lots of Nikon-fan here eh? D800? ok must see on high ISO how will work. 36 megapixel? Defenitely I don't need and it slow too much the post processing. 6Fps? as the 40D. Guys it is a 22 megapixel full frame, it cannot be as the 7D which is a aps-c. 5 fps is more than enough for almost everything. Otherwise havea 10 fps used Mark IV at the sampe price. The only thing I don't like (but is just a little thing) is the sincro at 1/200 (could be better at 1/250) and I don't love the fact that I cannot change the focusing mirror (for istance if you want to adapt a manual lens). But it's true that you can use a very precise liveview 10x

1 upvote
Khun_K
By Khun_K (Mar 2, 2012)

it is a welcome update, nothing surprise, nothing really disappointing, not sure why it does not adapt the ethernet LAN port and not sure what is the signal output from the HDMI - like Nikon D4/D800?
I suppose the actual image quality at lower to medium ISO may be similar but my 5DII is getting old, will do the upgrade anyway. Interesting to see how it perform up against D800, which I will have in 3 weeks

1 upvote
Mark2012
By Mark2012 (Mar 2, 2012)

It just confirmed my decision to switch to Sony. The price is too high, lack of in body IS sucks, frame rate sucks ( i got used to Sony’s numbers), no swivel screen, overall not much for a LOT of cash. If Sony A99 can match it in terms of ISO performance, it'll be a no brainer. If not, d800 is a better option.

2 upvotes
alxdava
By alxdava (Mar 2, 2012)

in a system, lenses are the value. for a true pro, changing systems is a very hard thing to do, becouse, in real terms, diferences in IQ between the cameras at the same level are small.
big diferences between D300s and 7D?!!! nope. between D700 and 5DII?!!! nope. just in futures on the paper and in ergonomics. in real life not too much, under 3%. sooo, for 3-5% is good to sell and buy another set of lenses that you don't know how it works, ho won't give you money until you'll learn how to used?

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Mark2012
By Mark2012 (Mar 2, 2012)

I agree. I was lucky though to get an amazing deal on set of Sony's Zeiss lenses and when I saw results from a900 and a77 + 135 zeiss i was just blown away. Canon is sure good too, but paying every time for the IS system in each lens and 3.5k for this body...no thank you. I know this switch would be extremely hard for many pros though. I'm lucky to be entering pro way now.

1 upvote
GaryJP
By GaryJP (Mar 2, 2012)

Salivating.

But will probably take this opportunity to upgrade to a secondhand 5D MkII instead.

0 upvotes
kbphotography
By kbphotography (Mar 2, 2012)

Ahhh, why only 6 FPS! 8 frames to match the 7d would have been a much desired upgrade. This might be a decision killer for me.

1 upvote
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Mar 2, 2012)

If you're not good enough to capture something at 6 fps, 2 more isn't going to help you

4 upvotes
rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Mar 2, 2012)

I agree, I think most people only think in numbers. 5,6,8fps, in the hands of a good photog they are all very similar, unless one is into stroboscopic shooting, then they need 1000fps.

0 upvotes
scott_mcleod
By scott_mcleod (Mar 2, 2012)

For certain specific applications, more fps *is* better (even 1 or 2 more). I shoot fast-accelerating rockets and if I could afford a 1DX that would be even better than the 8fps of the 7D. With these things, a lot can happen in 1/6 of a second...
www.pbase.com/smcleod965/rockets&page=all

1 upvote
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 5, 2012)

because it isnt a sports camera. Its doing a lot of processing as it is. This is geared toward the wedding, landscape and journalist photographer.They want to still sell the 7d for lower end sports photographers who dont want too large of a compromise and to get record breaking speeds the 1D has to be on top in every way.

0 upvotes
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Mar 2, 2012)

Seriously, i waited about 80 minutes just to see all the predictable goons come out (let's see how many?)

1 upvote
tesign2
By tesign2 (Mar 2, 2012)

So true..am counting too....ha....x3!

0 upvotes
williams359
By williams359 (Mar 2, 2012)

Toooooo Much money for what you get, Canon thinks we are mugs

1 upvote
getman
By getman (Mar 2, 2012)

Finally! Nice welcome upgrades in many points, SDXC cards (yess!!!), Digic5 is a miracle! I'm selling my kidney and buying one ASAP!!! =)

1 upvote
schorscho
By schorscho (Mar 2, 2012)

the 5ds used to be a bomb, really this isn't a bomb it offers a little more after a long wait for an obviously hefty price increase :-(

3 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Mar 2, 2012)

Yes it seems to be a lot of extra money for a bit faster FPS and a better focusing system.

1 upvote
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 2, 2012)

What hefty price increase? The SRP of the mk II in 2008 was $2,699 - are you unfamiliar with the concept of "inflation"?

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 3, 2012)

@ JadedGamer
Are you unfamiliar with the term "Great Recession"?

1 upvote
getman
By getman (Mar 2, 2012)

Finally! Nice welcome upgrades in many points, SDXC cards (yess!!!), Digic5 is a miracle! I'm selling my kidney and buying one ASAP!!! =)

0 upvotes
schorscho
By schorscho (Mar 2, 2012)

okay its 1/200 I'm underwhelmed .... Nikon did beat Canon but all my lenses are and flashes are from Canon.... riding a dead horse :-(

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8 upvotes
Jaimito
By Jaimito (Mar 2, 2012)

Like it. Will have to save up to upgrade my 5DII.

0 upvotes
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 2, 2012)

not good

1 upvote
schorscho
By schorscho (Mar 2, 2012)

flash-synchro? still 1/200 or 1/250?

1 upvote
Prestidigitator
By Prestidigitator (Mar 2, 2012)

Why are all the Nikon fans so concerned, insecure about your brand? Why do you need to convince others to convert? LOL.

4 upvotes
turbatn
By turbatn (Mar 2, 2012)

not bad,

0 upvotes
KlausP
By KlausP (Mar 2, 2012)

Canon 5DII, The Sequel... Yawn

More than 3 years after the Mark II and they came up with this? I would consider this a minor upgrade with improved auto focus and video. At $3500, it's overpriced and under developed! The 5DII broke new ground by combining a high resolution, clean sensor for stills with full frame video, for $2700. The 5DIII is like most sequels, a rehash of the old formula with a few new twists. The full frame video made a big splash the first time around, so Canon's logic appears to be "let's do more the of the same." While it's nice to have video on a still camera, if I'm serious about video, I get out a dedicated video camera which is superior (for video) to the handling of a DSLR in almost every respect. What Canon seems to have forgotten are the upgrades for still photography. There's simply very little here I see to justify an upgrade, especially for the price. Perhaps they have another card up their sleeve, but for now, Nikon has eaten their lunch.

14 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Mar 2, 2012)

I never bought a 5DII because the AF was no better than that in the 5D1 - Canon have finally given me a reason to upgrade: 61 point AF with 41 cross type sensors!

1D X AF alone is reason enough for me to buy the 5D3.

3 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 5, 2012)

May i ask what camera you use and what you use it for? Please go pick up the nikon d800 and stay in studio or well lit situations. Ill take the 5d III and go anywhere and do anything with high iq and fastastic low light capability and if i need a camera to act as a backup to my 1dM3 for sports i think id finally feel good about using this new camera. The weather sealing, the functions the 6fps, the focus system with new tracking system and micro focus points to focus on an eye instead of an eyelash at F1.2, in camera HDR, the twice as fast shutter response. I see no downside to this camera other than i'd like to see a lower price but they always get the early adopters and then drop it shortly thereafter.

0 upvotes
Alfonso Bresciani
By Alfonso Bresciani (Mar 2, 2012)

prob is (hope I am wrong) the iso improvement is on JPGs mostly

0 upvotes
studio311
By studio311 (Mar 2, 2012)

yep. My expectations are not high.

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 5, 2012)

You aren't serious about only improving on Jpegs are you?

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 5, 2012)

I see you are. Anyway, I'm still happy with what this camera will offer me.

0 upvotes
Prestidigitator
By Prestidigitator (Mar 2, 2012)

LOL at the Noink fanbois suddenly harping about the megapixels when they were downplaying it since 2007. How many 12MP cameras does Nikon have again? 10?

5 upvotes
tiberiousgracchus
By tiberiousgracchus (Mar 2, 2012)

Looks Grand !

0 upvotes
dgmessenger
By dgmessenger (Mar 2, 2012)

looks 4Grand! What's up with the USB 2.0?? It's 2012.

2 upvotes
Mulder_
By Mulder_ (Mar 2, 2012)

+1 really disapointing, especially 2 years from now when all other models will have USB3 but 5d owners have to wait another year or two. It looks like they built this camera 1-2 years ago and held it back to wait for nikon to release their d800.

3 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 2, 2012)

Why USB 3? Photographers by definition have Macs, and Macs do not support USB 3. :)

1 upvote
FranzK
By FranzK (Mar 2, 2012)

I expect someone will release a thunderbolt to USB3 connector for my Mac. I would always take USB3 over USB2 since it is backward compatible.

2 upvotes
HaroldC3
By HaroldC3 (Mar 2, 2012)

Looks like a good all-around camera. Canon kept the FPS low enough as to not infringe too much on the 1D series and of course didn't include absolute weather sealing. I'm surprised to see the additional exposure bracketing options. Anyone wish they had included an articulating LCD?

2 upvotes
wskb
By wskb (Mar 2, 2012)

To me, this is almost the most important part of the review "The 5D Mark III's construction is excellent". we have what I always thought the 3D would be, great build, excellent AF and FPS, high ISO, let's just hope the image quality is supreme. Very happy.

1 upvote
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