The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is one of the most highly regarded DSLRs of all time, so the 22.3-million-pixel Mark III upgrade has a great deal to live up to. How will it fare?

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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It was only a few months ago that AP readers voted the Canon EOS 5D Mark II The Greatest Camera of All Time. The number of votes, backed up by glowing references from a host of contemporary photographers, shows that Canon got just about everything right. From its 21.1-million-pixel, full-frame sensor and well-proportioned body to its original RRP of £2,299.99, the camera has been a favourite of professional and enthusiast photographers since its release in September 2008.

And it wasn’t just photographers who took so strongly to the EOS 5D Mark II. Although Nikon beat Canon by one month in the race to release the first HD video-enabled DSLR, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II offered full HD (1080p) capture. Combined with excellent image quality from the full-frame sensor, the EOS 5D Mark II soon became popular among amateur and professional videographers, with Canon proudly telling anyone who’d listen that the camera had been used to shoot an entire episode of the US TV drama House.

Three and a half years on, however, and the EOS 5D Mark II is starting to look a little dated, especially aspects such as the miserly nine AF points. This is an issue that Canon has addressed in its upgrade.

One of the EOS 5D Mark II’s outstanding features was its 21.1-million-pixel resolution. Building upon this, Canon has fitted the Mark III model with a 22.3-million-pixel CMOS sensor, as well as 61-point AF and 63-zone metering systems, and a host of other refinements, many of which are borrowed from the EOS 7D and recently announced EOS-1D X.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. 61-Point AF System
  4. 4. Build and Handling
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Dynamic Range
  7. 7. Noise Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. White Balance and Colour
  11. 11. Verdict
  12. 12. The Competition
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  • Kellykings

    Agreed that noise is to be preferred over blrury pictures. That’s why it amazes me when people say they won’t let the camera go over a certain ISO. I’d like to say that too, but that means not shooting in some situations where a higher ISO would allow decent shots.I don’t know about Canons but the Nikons I’ve used have a great auto ISO feature that allows you to set a minimum shutter speed before the ISO starts climbing. Everything just works as it should, if you understand how to set that minimum for your conditions to avoid shake and motion blur. Unless I’m in a specific exception situation, auto ISO sure beats forgetting to make the ISO adjustment from a dark area to a bright area.