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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Canon EOS 5D Mark III review


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White Balance and Colour


Image: The EOS 5D Mark III’s monochrome shooting mode has a number of different contrast options, including coloured filter effects

One thing that always impresses me when using Canon EOS models is the strength of the colours delivered straight from the camera. Even in the standard setting, images are bright and vivid, and skies in particular look full of detail.

The new picture style button makes it quick and easy to switch styles, and there are three custom settings. Each style can have its colour, contrast, saturation and colour tone adjusted, and the monochrome style replaces the saturation and colour tone with filter effect and toning effect options.

The 5D Mark III’s auto white balance setting works well, producing good neutral results whether shooting inside or out. I prefer a hint of coloured light left in a scene, so I found myself tweaking the white balance of raw images ever so slightly. Those who shoot JPEG images would benefit from using the preset or custom white balance settings to get the best results from the 5D Mark III.

  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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