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Just updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview with real world samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 23, 2012 at 17:14 GMT

We've updated our Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview with a selection of real world samples images and more detailed descriptions of the camera's behavior. We've shot a range of subjects under different lighting types and light levels to see how the latest 22MP performs. These shots were taken using a pre-production camera running final firmware, so may not be 100% representative of final image quality (though Canon allowing us to publish them suggests they're not far off). We're expecting a production-standard camera and will be adding studio test shots next week.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview samples - posted 23 March 2012

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.There are 30 'real-world' images in the preview samples gallery, and 24 still-life samples. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

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Total comments: 401
By Taikonaut (Mar 23, 2012)

ISO 1600 looks like D800 ISO 200.
There is less noise and no nasty colour fringing on the 22mp unlike the D800 samples.

By O5iris (Mar 23, 2012)

You seriously need a pair of hubble-quality glasses.

By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

lol. Taikonaut, predictable as ever. Funniest comment of the day. You really can't bear reality can you, so insecure!

TOF guy
By TOF guy (Mar 23, 2012)

ISO 25,600 looks like D800 ISO 50.
There is less noise and no nasty fringing on the 22mp until Canon releases a 40MP sensor, at which point I'll claim that color fringing with higher MP sensor is a non-issue

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By mjdundee (Mar 23, 2012)

Once the DPR London samples of the 5D Mark II were reason enough for me NOT to buy one.
Now - times are changing. These samples are really looking fantastic.
Very clean and sharp. Supernatural from corner to corner.
5d Mark III is definitelly on my list now. Who needs more?
Thanks for posting this - and YES: London looks much better - the perfect scenery to take sample shots.
Have a great WE.

By jmmgarza (Mar 23, 2012)

C'mon, take some pictures in Barstow. Nice camera, boring pix. I would've liked more shots of people though.

By Stoneh (Mar 23, 2012)


Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Mar 23, 2012)

Interesting how many of the shots are in F/11 and F/16 and still looks super sharp. I wonder why the other cameras are not shot this way?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Mar 23, 2012)

Simply because most other cameras aren't full frame, so suffer more from diffraction at these apertures.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks, I was referring to the D800 samples actually Andy. Was this deliberate?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

Different shooting styles, partly, but also Andy was shooting with different lenses and at longer focal lengths than the majority of my work on the D800. Smaller apertures are useful on longer lenses (obviously) because they allow you to get greater depth of field.

By Frank (Mar 23, 2012)

I Guess what he was trying to say is that it would have been interesting how much of the Resolution of the D800 is left at F/11 or F/16 as the Nyquist Frequency should kick in with the D800 already at F/6.3 or F/7.1 as it does with the D7000 or Canon 7D... So how much of the 36 MP are left on F/11 or F/16 and how much on the Canon 5DIII...

By thejohnnerparty (Mar 23, 2012)

Back in the old days (50s, 60s and 70s), shooting at the higher F stops was common place. It just goes to show you how things have changed. Now we talk about defraction as an impediment to shooting when we never did in the past. .... Hum, has technology gone too far? Are the sensors getting too good? Or is the glass not as good as it used to be? Hum!

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By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)


Whatever it is, the 36MP sensor has much better image detail at f11 than 16-22MP sensors.

Nyquist's sampling theorem tells that sampling should be done at resolution that _exceeds_ 2 times the signal bandwith of _highest_ frequency. It is not enough to have just 2 times better resolution. Quality gets better if sampling rate is increased.

By Frank (Mar 23, 2012)

sure. probably 24-26Mp at a much lower Quality of Pixel...
How much Pixel do you need... 12 Megapixel.. thats what was the big advantage of Nikon, that they followed the rule of Quality of Pixel with the D3, D3s and D700 and the D4... but the D800 is a very special camera only for user who are exactly knowing what they are doing. The D700 will stay a much better camera Pixel Quality wise even it it is 3 years old...

By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

Lower quality of pixel? Hmm.

5D2 has awfull moire in that sample, and D4 cannot resolve vertical lines of the red fabric at all.

Some people here said that D800 cannot resolve more than 16MP detail at f11. But still the image detail is much better than with a 16MP sensor.

By Dan4321 (Mar 23, 2012)

Where are the people? There are over 7 million people in London and you can't show a reasonable close-up, candid, or portrait of even one? Reviews and samples should reflect what the typical or average user is going to do with the camera! How many people walk around taking pictures of scenery but no people?

Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Mar 23, 2012)

I think you'd have to get a model release waiver if you wanted to use a candid portrait of someone for commercial use (eg this site).

Maybe there are no people shots because there's only one person left in the London office? :)

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 23, 2012)

the problem is cant shoot pictures in london at all.. without the police harassing you.

i hope the olympics will see an uproar and the english police will get some common sense.

as if a terrorist would use a BIG DSLR.... they sure want to draw attention.

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doctor digi
By doctor digi (Mar 23, 2012)

Good to see a return to London images.

Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

Xenophobe ;)

By ncsakany (Mar 23, 2012)

Ditto. And I don't even live there.

By Thoughts (Mar 23, 2012)

Good old days...

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By Peiasdf (Mar 23, 2012)

Seattle's sky is mostly grey somehow. Camera review should be done in big and interesting cities. DigitalRev's HK street scene draw more people than Kai's skill.

By Revenant (Mar 23, 2012)

This whole Seattle vs. London conflict can only be settled in one way: all real world samples must be shot on international waters, say from a raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I hope the DPR guys are up for it, because the weather gets rough out there.

B Bretz
By B Bretz (Mar 23, 2012)

We, as photographers. are very fortunate to have these great tools. Congrats to Canon and Nikon for making these technological marvels available to us!

Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

@ Peiasdf - no it isn't. It really, really isn't.

@ Revenant - that's a great idea... I'll see if we can get a budget for it!

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By Burbclaver (Mar 23, 2012)

I once worked for a large photo printer company in San Diego. The company sold its printers to labs in England. The printers produced color prints of San Diego as part of the calibration process. We had complaints from England saying the color was off. When asked for specifics, they said that it was impossible for the sky to be that blue!

By SpartanWarrior (Mar 24, 2012)

DPR why is the 1Dx taking so long after so many months?
fantastic results with the 5D III btw, thanks;)

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By knight_photo_06 (Mar 24, 2012)

Just picked up my 5D Mark III today, also own the 5D Mark II. Autofocus improvements are outstanding, will take time to learn all settings but my test shots thusfar are night/day vs. 5D Mark II. Low light is outstanding, consistent with claims. Silent shutter is useful, and speed improvements are noticeable. I'll leave resolution quality to DxO and to the experts on this forum but from my initial impressions of this camera, I will immediately retire my 5D Mark II to backup...this 5D Mark III is simply remarkable, I love shooting with it. The focus system is a beast, and this camera will absolutely capture outstanding picture quality in far more situations than the 5D Mark II, I can already a word thusfar...'wow'...very eager to also check out the Nikon D800, I'm very happy to see the passionate response of both is needed to keep up continued innovation...

By Mnweni (Mar 24, 2012)

Just looked at the images but have not read all the posts.
What's with all the ghosting?

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