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Multiple exposures

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a multi-exposure mode that is easily accessible via the 'Creative Photo' button to the left of the camera's LCD monitor. It allows you to blend between 2 and 9 exposures in one single images. You've got the option to only save the end result or all images including raw files, so you've got the option to composition the images again in post-processing, using customized blending parameters.

You can either select an image that is already on your memory card and then take one or more shots to combine it with, or you can take all shots to composition in one go. You cannot blend two or more images that are already saved on the card.

The EOS 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode offers a variety of parameters. You can blend between 2 and 9 images and have a choice of four different blending modes.

The samples below demonstrate the blending modes available for the Canon 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode. Image 1 was taken and saved on the memory card. We then took four pictures of the same scene (Image 2) and each time used a different blending mode - Additive, Average, Bright and Dark.

Image 1
Image 2

Picture Styles

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers six Picture Style color response presets, shown in the table below.


These presets can be applied prior to image capture via the Q-menu or the Picture Style button, or when converting a raw file in-camera. There is also an 'Auto' setting which automatically picks the best style for a given scene and three user definable settings.

Within each of the Picture Control options you can make adjustments to sharpness, contrast, saturation and hue settings.

In-camera raw conversion

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes with a fairly comprehensive in-camera raw conversion mode. You can pick any raw file on the memory card and modify the following parameters: brightness, white balance, picture style, ALO, noise reduction, image quality and size, color space, vignetting correction, CA correction and distortion correction. The latter can only be applied to images this way as it is not available while taking an image. Once you've selected your settings the new image is saved onto the card.

The 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion offers a comprehensive set of parameters.
The image above was converted with the EOS 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion. On the left you can see the out-of-camera JPEG, taken at default settings. For the right image we converted the raw file and in the process changed the Picture Style to Monochrome, increased contrast, applied a Green filter and added a Sepia tint.

Silent shooting

For 'noise-sensitive' situations the Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers various silent shooting modes. In these modes the Canon's shutter sound is significantly quieter than in the standard mode which is, compared to for example the Nikon D800, not particularly loud anyway. The more silent shutter actuation is achieved by slowing down the shutter and mirror reflex action and as a downside there is a slight increase in shutter lag and viewfinder blackout time.

Silent shooting modes are available in the menu for live view shooting... ...and in the Q-menu or via the drive mode button in standard shooting mode.

In Standard shooting mode you can select the 'Silent single' and 'Silent continuous mode' via the drive mode button or the Q-menu. The latter mode captures images at the same rate as the 'Continuous Lo' mode - 3 frames per sec. Below you can download MP3 sound files of the Silent and Standard continuous shooting modes.

Continuous Lo shooting mode - download .mp3 (68KB) here
Continuous Silent shooting mode - download .mp3 (79KB) here

When shooting in live view the sound generated by pressing the shutter button is quieter as the mirror does not need to be moved but in addition you have a choice between two LV silent shooting modes which can be set in the LV-tab of the shooting menu.

In Mode 1 the shutter sound is only marginally quieter but the camera shoots in the drive-mode that is currently set, i.e. you can shoot at 6 frames per second in 'Continuous Hi'. In Mode 2 you can suspend any further camera operation after an image has been taken by keeping the shutter button pressed. In a very quiet shooting situations you can therefore keep the button pressed until ambient noise increases and the camera sounds will be less noticeable.

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I am new to the Canon brand and was considering a 5D3 or a 7D2. I need a camera that captures images and short video clips of very fast sports at close and far ranges. So for me, speed, image quality, and movie quality are the most important.

Edit: I should add that the sports are indoor but very fast, and I usually cannot use flash, so I have to work with what's available.

If there is another camera that you recommend beyond these two, please let me know. I have only used a Nikon D4S in the past which did well but I can no longer use that. Thanks in advance and sorry if this is a low-level question.

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First test ever here the 5d mark iii filming in 4k Magic lantern also unlock Raw

Pascal Parvex

It is not filming in 4K, it is still 1080p. It was just uprezzed (DNG files).


your right


I am owner of 5d mark III.
I ll totally disagre about noise free image of mark III.
Camera make iso free, but with jpg image, where is use in camera noise filter.
I can do it in photoshop with any camera.
More important, and no one talk about that, raw image on 1600!! iso have noise, 3200 and more, have lot of noise.
And second thing, image on higher noise are not sharp!


Which lenses you use?

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Abel Sy

Hello, I've just bought a 5D3 W/ 24 - 105MM lens, upon playing w/ it, looking for the command for multiple shots, the auto focus was affected and not wokring anymore. I don't know and can not make it back to original setting. Is somebody there know and tell me what to do? please help.
P.S. I tried the lens to put in another camera and it works, and attached another lens to 5d3, but didn't work as well. so I confirmed that the problem is the setting w/in the body.


A minor nitpick: Canon's first 35mm autofocus SLR was not the EOS 650 but the T80.


Hello i just need a professional the Canon 5D Mark III suitable for broadcast?

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Pascal Parvex

No one has answered, so here is an non-professional opinion: Should be. Since the Mark II, the 5D series has gotten some heavy use in broadcasting.


I have used the 5D Mark III for over a year and have just finished selling my Nikon gear (sad day after being a Nikon enthusiast for 30 plus years). From auto-focus to camera build to overall quality, this camera can do it all! Even with the slow burst rate, it works well for sports and nature shooting! I can't recommend this camera enough. I have found the auto-focus system to be quick enough for Equestrian events with long lenses, such as Canons 400mm f2.8 or new 200-560mm.


I have just bought a 5d mkii, and when doing a comparison test (nothing scientific) against my 50d I find that the 5d3 seems to under expose by upto 1stop, is this normal?


I work in Nyc as a fashion photographer and I have to say the the 5d series are the most used cameras out side of medium format cameras .Ive been shooting with the mark 3 for over a year after shooting with the mark 2 for 2 years great both great cameras. You can see the shots I've taken with it on my website hope it helps!!

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Nice shots,...I've always dreamed to be a fashion photographer.

Cyrus the Great

Nikon D800 is clear winer over 5D iii in every things. Nikon has much sharper lens.
don't know why some people buy Canon???!!!!!

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R D Carver

'Some people' buy Canon because they earn their living using a camera. Oh man, you should see those forests of white and red-ringed lenses in the pro pit at every major sporting, media and news event! 'Some people' are winning the major competitions, filling the fashion and nature magazines and filming box office busting movies with Canon. "Nikon has much sharper lens" Which lens exactly? Give a photographer a Canon 5D MKIII and an EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and he can take on the world. Nikon is good, Canon is good why get tribal? it is so petty and amateur. At work I can pick up a Nikon/Sony D800 body or a Cannon 5D MKIII. I prefer the Cannon because I don't like the white balance on the Nikon. Others are happy to use the Nikon, but the die hard Nikon enthusiasts are disappointed that Sony make the sensors for Nikon. In comes Sony in comes the green tinged white balance.


No cameras white balance is perfectly neutral. That's why we have the ability to manually change it on the camera and even fine tune on some of the higher end models. Nikon cameras do run slightly toward the cool side, but they can always be fine-tuned to be neutral in-camera. Canon cameras have always leaned towards the orange color tint. Luckily for Canon the end result is a slightly warmer image that many photographers like the looks of. Few pros would buy a camera that couldn't be made to produce true colors. And that forest of white lenses has been thinning out quite a bit since the advent of the Nikon D3. I'm one die-hard Nikon enthusiast who's ecstatic with Sony sensors. No other brand can even match their dynamic range.

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why is the D800 is the clear winner? because of a few test charts? which camera do you own? the 5DM3 or the D800? i switched from nikon to canon because i liked canon's lenses better.

ever been to a major sporting event or a press conference? if you did you'd notice an abundance of off-white telephoto lenses with red rings on them. saying that "some people buy Canon" is misleading because pretty much everyone who makes a living off their camera gear uses Canon. and believe me, there are very good reasons for that. if you don't know what they are then it will be a waste of time trying to explain them to you. you still wont get it because you are too busy looking at test charts.


The Nikon 85 1.2 and 200 1.8 is better than the Canon ones... oh wait, no, it was the 8-15 f4. ;)


thx for putting the Shadow noise test in your review. it was time to show that quite big difference.

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