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Displays

Record review & play displays

By default the EOS 5D Mark III provides a two second review display immediately after the shot is taken, this can be disabled or extended to 4 or 8 seconds or as long as you hold the shutter release button. During record review you can press the erase button to cancel / erase the current image. Record review and play share the same display modes, just press the INFO button to select between the four available modes (see below).

Display modes

There are four display modes available in record review / play, you can also optionally enable 'Highlight alert' (blinking highlights) and / or 'AF point display' in the play menu.

1: Large image, no information 2: Large image + status line (aperture, shutter speed) + image number
3: Small image + status line + lum. histogram + detailed shooting info. You can define in the playback menu if you would like to see the RGB or luminance histogram. This setting will be the same for the histogram in live view shooting mode. 4: Small image + status line + lum. histogram + RGB histogram + detailed shooting info

Play magnification

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the magnification button and the top dial to zoom in and out. There are 15 steps of magnification. You can define the initial magnification after pressing the magnification button in the play menu. You can also define if you prefer to zoom in to the center of the frame or the chosen focus point. The latter allows you to quickly check focus at the touch of a button. If you set the OK-button to magnify you don't have to change your hand position to check focus.

Play thumbnail index

The 5D Mark III provides two levels of thumbnail index, the initial view being a four image 2x2 index, turn the top dial further to the left to switch to a nine image 3x3 index. You can use the multi-controller or quick command dial to move around images or the main dial to jump images (ideal if you have the 'screen' jump mode selected).

Side-by-side playback modes

The playback mode for side-by-side comparison of images is an all-new feature on the EOS 5D Mark III. That said, it's not the first time we've seen such a thing - indeed it bears more than a passing resemblance to Pentax's version introduced on the K20D - but Canon's implementation is arguably more easily accessible and flexible.

When in playback mode you press the Picture Style button to access the side-by-side mode. You can select an image for each 'window', switch between windows by pressing the SET button and drag and magnify each image individually. By pressing the Q-button you can lock the magnification level and position between the two images which is very useful for comparing compositions and checking sharpness and focus. You can also see the histograms side-by-side. In combination with the RATE button (see below), this allows you to assess and rate your images without a computer - in a preliminary fashion at least.

You can compare focus between two images... ...or at different points in the same image.
It's also possible to check focus and composition of a single image. Basic exposure information can be displayed for both images.
The active AF point can be displayed, along with an alignment grid Alternate cropping guides can be shown too - here 1:1 (square) format.
Rounding off the display modes are a couple of histogram options, either luminance... ...or RGB, depending upon your preference (set in the playback menu).

Image rating

Images and movies on the 5D Mark III can be rated using the RATE-button. When viewing an image in playback mode you simply press the button 1 to 5 times to give an image the corresponding star rating. It's a good way of filtering your images on the go and can save you some time at your home work station. In the playback-menu you can set the 'Image Jump' function to only display rated images, the same can be done for slide-shows. You can sort images by rating in Canon's Digital Photo Professional software. Ratings are also displayed in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 image viewers.

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Total comments: 11
Skinnerrr

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

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Femthang

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

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Vmo9

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.

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Rob728

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?

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schutzaphoto

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 www.brianschutzaphotography.com hope it helps!!

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VABMAN

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

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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.

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WillieG

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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solomonshv

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.

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mufflon

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

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