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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Build and Handling

The body of the EOS 5D Mark III is made of magnesium alloy, and is around the same size and as reassuringly sturdy as its predecessor. Like the 5D Mark II, the camera is comfortable to hold, with a  but well-contoured handgrip and a groove in which the forefinger rests while using the shutter button. One aspect of the body that has been improved is the weather sealing, which should help to protect internal components from splashes, sand and dust.

Those familiar with enthusiast and professional Canon EOS DSLRs will be able to pick up the 5D Mark III and use it instantly. As stated, much of the layout is derived from the EOS 7D, including the location of the power switch behind the mode dial on the top plate, a lock on the rear control dial to prevent accidental use, and a dedicated switch to shift between live view and video capture. The mode dial can also be locked to prevent any accidental switching of modes.

Some new buttons are present on the back of the camera next to the LCD screen. One of these allows quick access to colour and contrast image settings, including picture styles, in-camera HDR and multiple exposure mode.

However, when in playback mode it also provides a side-by-side image view. This enables two pictures to be compared, and magnified if required, for more accurate assessment of detail and focus.

There is also the option to compare the histograms of the two images to check for burnt-out highlights or black shadow areas. It is a lovely touch, and will no doubt be very useful for photographers wanting to make sure they have captured the best possible shot.

The Rate button is another handy editing tool. Pressing it in playback allows individual images to be rated out of five stars. This feature was previously seen in the Canon EOS 60D, and any star rating applied to a photo is saved in the image file and can then be used by editing and library software, such as Adobe Bridge, Lightroom or Aperture, to help organise images.

Image:  The colours produced by the EOS 5D Mark III are punchy, even in the standard picture style setting

  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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