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?

Product Overview

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III review


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The Competition










The Canon EOS 5D Mark III’s main competitor is the Nikon D800. With a similar sized body but a higher 36.1-million-pixel resolution, the D800 would seem to have something of an advantage, although its shooting rate does not quite match that of the EOS 5D Mark III. We will have a full test of the D800 next week (AP 28 April).

With no dramatic improvement in resolution between the EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III, the occasional fair-weather photographer who is not interested in the improved low-light performance, faster AF and shooting rate may opt to take advantage of the excellent price of the 5D Mark II. With a street price of around £1,700, the older camera is a relative bargain. What’s more, with dedicated photographers also upgrading, it may soon be possible to buy a used 5D Mark II at an even more affordable price.

Nikon D800 to be tested 28 April 2012 – Canon EOS 5D Mark III tested 17 January 2009



White Balance:Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
Built-in Flash:No
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Memory Card:1x Compact Flash and 1x SD, HC, XC sockets
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Output Size:5760 x 3840 pixels
LCD:3.2in Clear View II TFT, approx. 1.04million dots
Field of View:Approx 100%
AF Points:61 points, including 41 at f/4 cross-type, 5 dual cross-type at f/2.8
Sensor:Full-frame (36 x 24mm) CMOS sensor with 22.3 million
White Balance Bracket:3 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
Exposure Modes:PASM
Focal Length Mag:1x
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery LP-E6
Weight:950g (without battery or card/s)
File Format:CR2 (raw), sRaw1, sRaw2, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B
Drive Mode:Single, continuous L, continuous H, self-timer, silent single shooting, silent continuous shooting
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
RRP:£2,999.99 (body only)
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3, 1/2 or 1EV steps
ISO:100-25,600 in 1/3EV steps and Lo ISO 50, H1 ISO 51,200, H2 ISO 102,400
Lens Mount:Canon EF
Compression:2-stage JPEG, 3-stage CR2 raw
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI mini
DoF Preview:Yes
Focusing Modes:Manual, single shot AF, continuous AF, AI servo, AF fine tune available
Dimensions:152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Metering System:3-zone dual-layer SPC evaluative metering, partial (6.2%) centreweighted, spot (1.5%)
  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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