The Canon EOS 5D II replacement, the Canon EOS 5D III, is set to introduce many of the features of the companyu2019s recently announced flagship camera, the EOS 1D X, to a body aimed at enthusiast as well as professional photographers.

Canon EOS 5D III news

Canon EOS 5D III gains weight and features, but not many more pixels

The Canon EOS 5D III, which replaces the EOS 5D II, is set to introduce many of the features of the company?s recently announced flagship camera, the EOS 1D X, into a body aimed at enthusiast as well as professional photographers. Expected at the end of March 2012, priced £2,999.99, the Canon EOS 5D III will bring the 61-point AF system of the EOS 1D X as well as the camera?s high-powered Digic 5+ processing engine to the semi-professional market, but with a full-frame sensor housing 22.3 million pixels. With eight-channel read-out, the single Digic 5+ (the EOS 1D X has two) processor will be able to handle 6 full-resolution frames per second for up to 18 raw files and over 16,000 jpgs, according to Canon.

The camera?s ISO range has been improved from the ISO 100-6400 of the EOS 5D II by two stops, to 100-25,600. ISO extension modes allow a maximum setting roughly equivalent to ISO 102,400 ? still 1EV short of the EOS 1D X.

The new model will feature the same 3.2in Clear View II LCD screen as that on the EOS 1D X, which is constructed using a 1,040,000-pixel grid. The camera?s viewfinder has also been improved to offer a 100% view of the image to be captured (the EOS 5D II has a 98% viewfinder), while maintaining the same 0.71x magnification. The top shutter speed remains 1/8000sec and the maximum flash sync speed 1/200sec.

In-camera corrections

Canon has used the additional processing power of Digic 5+ to introduce new image-correction functions. The EOS 5D III has new built-in lens correction facilities that automatically reduce the effects of vignetting and chromatic aberration before the recorded image is passed to the memory card. The company also claims the extra powerful processor allows high ISO noise to be dealt with more effectively.

There is a new HDR mode that combines three different exposures into one in order to enhance the range of tones able to be recorded from a high-contrast scene. As well as the final combined image, the camera also saves the three bright/dark/normal files so that users can still produce a different version of their own in software later.

This HDR mode can be found under a new Creative Photo Button on the camera body. This gives users direct access to other features, such as picture styles and multiple-exposure modes.

Canon has also introduced a new silent mode to reduce the sound of the shutter and mirror.

Build and storage

Using the same magnesium alloy for the body shell as previous-generation EOS cameras, Canon has also introduced a level of weather sealing for the EOS 5D III. Gaskets below buttons and dials prevent ingress of moisture and dust, while a seal around the lens mount is intended to provide better protection for the mirror box. The shutter mechanism has also been improved, but Canon still only quotes the same 150,000 cycles as the EOS 5D II.

New to the 5D series is SD card compatibility, with the EOS 5D III accepting both CF and SD cards via dual memory slots. The camera takes the same LP-E6 battery as the previous model, but has gained a substantial 140g in the transition ? now weighing 950g instead of the 810g of the 5D II.

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Canon EOS 5D III specifications

Canon EOS 5D III specifications

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

36 x 24 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 22.3 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 23.4 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 5+

LENS

Lens Mount

EF (excludes EF-S lenses)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type

TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor

AF System/ Points

61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8

The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.

AF Working Range

EV -2 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)

AF Modes

AI Focus

One Shot

AI Servo

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: 61 point AF

Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)

Manual selection: Spot AF

Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)

Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points

Manual selection: Zone AF

AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF Point Display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode

AF Microadjustment

AF Menu

+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)

Adjust all lenses by same amount

Adjust up to 40 lenses individually

Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes

TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC

(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)

(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)

(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)

(4) Centre weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 1 – 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)

AE Lock

Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.

Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity*

Auto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)

ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400

SHUTTER

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type

Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White

Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.

White balance compensation:

1. Blue/Amber +/-9

2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments

3 bracketed images per shutter release.

Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

VIEWFINDER

Type

Pentaprism

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. 0.71x¹

Eyepoint

Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator

Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,

exposure level, exposure warning

Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,

red-eye reduction light

Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card

information, Battery check

Composition information

Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol

Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance

correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering

Depth of Field Preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece Shutter

On strap

LCD MONITOR

Type

8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically)

Approx. 170°

Coating

Anti-reflection and Solid Structure

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen

(2) Camera settings

(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level

FLASH

Modes

E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual

X-Sync

1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only)

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC Terminal

Yes/ Yes

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes

Auto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority

Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)

Long exposure noise reduction

High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)

Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination

Chromatic aberration correction

Distortion correction

Resize to M1, M2 or S

RAW image processing – during image Playback only

Multiple exposure

HDR images 5 presets

Drive Modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),

Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG)¹² or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card)²

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

30 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)

Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor

Active metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level

FILE TYPE

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),

RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),

Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible

Image Size

JPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480

RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920

Movie Type

MOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame

1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame

640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering

(2) Auto reset

(3) Manual reset

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions

13 Custom Functions with 47 settings

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)

Image rating (0-5 stars)

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Water/ Dust Resistance

Yes (equal to EOS-1N)¹

Sound Memo

No

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback Zoom

1.5x – 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)

(2) Single image

(3) 4 image index

(4) 9 image index

(5) Magnified view

(6) 2 image compare display

(7) Movie edit

Slide Show

Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating

Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds

Repeat: On/Off

Histogram

Brightness: Yes

RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images

Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x4)

(2) AF Menu (x5)

(3) Playback menu (x3)

(4) Setup menu (x4)

(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)

(6) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer

Hi-Speed USB

Other

HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes

STORAGE

Type

CompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)

OS X v10.6-10.7

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing

ImageBrowser EX

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional

Other

PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor

* Requires optional accessory

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1xCR1616 for date & settings

Battery Life

Approx. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹

Approx. 850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

6 levels + percentage

Power Saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy body covers

Operating Environment

0 ? 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight (Body Only)

Approx. 950

ACCESSORIES

Viewfinder

Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7

Lenses

All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)

Flash

Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6

Other

Hand Strap E2, GP-E2

Magnification

¹ with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt

Continuous Shooting

¹ Based on Canon’s testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
² Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level

Water/ Dust Resistance

¹ Environmental protection

Battery Life

¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

 

*Recommended Exposure Index

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

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