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 is hard to fault the 63-segment metering system of the EOS 5D Mark III. This is the same system as used in the EOS 7D, which is a significant upgrade from the 35-zone metering system of the EOS 5D Mark II.

I got up early to photograph the morning light over the coast and was impressed with how the evaluative metering system of the 5D Mark III coped. Exposures are generally spot on. I rarely used the exposure compensation control, and when I did it was in the kind of situations to be expected, such as when shooting directly into sunlight. On a couple of occasions I did reduce the exposure by 0.3EV, just to make sure that highlight detail was retained, and to help make blue skies look even more vivid.

Indoors, and under artificial light, the performance of the 5D Mark III’s metering was what I can only describe as realistic, with images as bright as the scene being portrayed. Although this was technically accurate, I did find myself increasing the exposure of some images by up to +1.3EV in order to lighten shadow areas and add punch. However, this was of no real concern, being easy to correct using exposure compensation.

Evaluative metering is also linked to the AF point in use, so it is worth remembering this, particularly if you are in the habit of focusing and recomposing. Interestingly, spot metering is only linked to the central 1.5% of the viewfinder, not to the AF point in use. Partial metering, which takes up 7.2% of the frame, and centreweighted average are also available.

Image:  A good amount of detail from both highlight and shadow areas can be recovered from raw images

  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.