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Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark III (33.7 oz./956g with battery and card, about $2,500) and 100mm f/2 USM. enlarge.


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24 x 36mm full-frame.

5,760 x 3,840 pixels native.


6.25 µm pitch, RGB primaries, 8-channel readout.

Sensor cleaner.

ISO 100 ~ 25,600 (also whacko modes at ISO 50, ISO 51,200 and ISO 102,400).

HD video to ISO 12,800 (ISO 25,600 in a whacko mode).

14-bit analog-to-digital conversion (ADCs).


Image Sizes

No cropping ability for professional 5:4 or other aspect ratios.

5,760 x 3,840 native, JPG or RAW.

3,840 x 2,560 JPG Medium.

2,880 x 1,920 JPG Small 1.

1,920 x 1,280 JPG Small 2 (JPG FINE only).

720 x 480 JPG Small 3 (JPG FINE only).

M-RAW: 3,960 x 2,640.

S-RAW: 2,880 x 1,920.



HDR mode.

Multiple exposures.



Embedded timecode for professional editing, yay!

ISO 100 ~ 12,800, also ISO 25,600 and AUTO.

1,920 x 1,080 at 29.97p, 23.976p or 25p.

1,280 x 720 at 59.94p or 50p.

640 x 480 at 59.94p or 50p.

4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 30 minutes).

Selectable all i-frame (bigger files for precise editing) or I-P-B (smaller files that look better) compression.

HDMI output (but no uncompressed live HDMI as do the newest Nikons).

Analog PAL or NTSC video output.


Audio (only with video)

Mono mic.

Stereo mic jack.

Auto and Manual audio recording level control.

Mono speaker.

Headphone jack. (use the Sony MDR-7506.)



71% magnification.

100% coverage.

22mm eyepoint.

-3 to +1 diopters.

34.1º apparent angle.

Fixed focus screen; no longer can we swap screens for manual focus of fast lenses as we can do in the old 5D Mark II.

New monochrome LCD overlay with a selectable grid, and an "!" you can set to let you know you're doing something stupid, like shooting in black-and-white. No big deal, Nikon's inexpensive N75 of 2003 did the same thing, but better, with actual NO FILM or LOW BATTERY icons.


Electronic Level

2-axis roll (360º) and pitch (±10º).

Visible on the rear LCD and in the finder.

Reads only in full degrees.



No AF illuminator.



No continuous AF, as a camcorder can do.


Still Images

All this below is only for still photos:

Canon 5D MArk III AF system

Canon 5D Mark III AF System.

61 AF points (41 cross-type at f/4, 5 dual-diagonal at f/2.8, ooooh!)

Rated to work from LV -2 ~ 18 at 73°F (23°C).

The AF system is so complex that it needs a dedicated AF menu tab.

Autofocus point selection is broken up into 6 different methods: Spot, Single Point, Single + 4 Adjacent Points, Single + 8 Adjacent Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection.

There's a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters.

Good luck! No one will ever figure this out.

No EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition), so it can't recognize subjects based on face and color as can the 1D X.


Light Meter

Range: LV 0 or 1 to 20 at 73°F (23°C) with 50mm f/1.4 lens.

63-zone dual-layer meter. "Dual Layer" means it can't even see in full color; the 5D Mark III's meter only sees in warm and cool. Nikons have had 1,005 pixel full-color RGB meters since 1996.

The number of zones is irrelevant, what the firmware does with this data to determine exposure is far more important. My LEICA M9 only has one zone metering, and is more accurate than my Nikons or Canons, so what do you think about that, eh? Metering zones are irrelevant.



No built-in flash.

Flash Sync is 1/200, which is within a third stop of 1/250.

PC sync terminal.

E-TTL II exposure control works with all EX-series flashes.



6 FPS (fast) and 3 FPS (slow).

Buffer: 65 JPG, 13 RAW, 7 RAW+JPG.

Carbon-fibre blades.

Silent 3 FPS and mirror-up modes.

150,000 shots.

1/8,000 ~ 30 seconds.

Sync is 1/200.

Remote: RC-6, also RC-1 and RC-2 remotes work.


Data File & Folder Formats




RAW (14-bit Canon Original)








.MOV files holding:

Picture: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC coding.

Audio: 48 ksps 16 bit Linear PCM coding.



CF and SD slots!

CF: Type I and II, UDMA OK.




3.2" diagonal.

3:2 aspect ratio.

1,040,000 dot.

Auto brightness control.

Coated glass cover, bonded directly to the LCD to eliminate two more surfaces of potential reflection. This is great; in my Nikon D3, there's an airspace between LCD and protective cover like most cameras, and it's gotten cloudy, and Nikon refused to clean it when I sent it in for other repairs!



LP-E6 Battery

LP-B6 Battery.

LC-E6 Charger

LC-E6 Charger.

LP-E6 Li-ion battery: 7.2V, 1,800mAh (same as 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D, 70D etc.).

Rated 950 shots (100 more than the 5D Mark II).

LC-E6 folding plug universal voltage charger.

CR1616 for clock.



Made in Japan.



32 ~ 104°F (0 ~ 40°C).

0 ~ 85% RH.



Magnesium-alloy frame.



6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches.

152 x 116 x 76 millimeters.



33.705 oz. (955.5g), actual measured with battery and CF card.

Rated 33.5 ounces (950 grams) with battery and card. (5D Mark II was only 32 oz./907g with battery and card,)

Rated 30.34 ounces (860 grams) stripped.



5D Mark III Body.

Eyecup Eb (as in E flat?).

Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKIII.

Camera Cover R-F-3.

Stereo Video Cable.

USB Interface Cable IFC-200U.

Battery Charger LC-E6.

Battery Pack LP-E6.

Software Disk.

Software Instruction Manual on CD.

Canon 1 Year Limited Warranty

Real printed manuals: one in English, otro en Español.



02 March 2012.

Canon announced it on March 2nd, 2012 because that was the 25th anniversary of Canon's EOS system, which was born with the announcement of the Canon EOS 650 on 02 March 1987.


Shipping Since

The first 5D Mark IIIs arrived in photographers hands on 23 March 2012.

Canon 5D Mark III

Box, Canon 5D Mark III. bigger.


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Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A: end of April 2012 , $849.99.

GPS Receiver GP-E2: end of April 2012, $390.00.

Battery Grip BG-E11: end of April 2012, $490.00.

600EX-RT flash: end of March 2012, $629.99. ($630 for a flash? They must be kidding.)

Flash control transmitter ST-E3-RT: end of March 2012, $470.00.


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