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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Dynamic Range

The dynamic range of the EOS 5D Mark III is generally good, with the camera doing a fine job of making sure there is highlight detail. Of course, this sometimes leaves shadows slightly underexposed, although enough detail can be recovered without introducing noise, particularly at lower sensitivities.

Photographers who capture images as raw files have far more scope for recovering highlight and shadow detail in raw-conversion software. However, those shooting JPEG images may want to take advantage of the 5D Mark III’s highlight tone priority mode.

This seems to work by underexposing images to retain more highlight detail, and then boosting the shadows and midtones to compensate for the underexposure. I found that the reduction in exposure was usually as little as 0.3EV, which is enough to recover some finer highlight details while only requiring a slight boost to shadows.

This means that noise in these darker areas doesn’t become much more of an issue. Once again, though, to minimise the effect of noise, I would recommend using the highlight priority tone only on sensitivities below ISO 400.

  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.