Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Released March, 2012
  • 22.3 MP
  • Full frame 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III's out-of-camera JPEGs offer good colors, tonality and dynamic range with a very smooth highlight roll-off but in terms of pixel-level detail the images are not quite as good as we might expect from a 22MP sensor with a Canon L-lens mounted in front of it.
by DPReview (Mar, 2012)
9.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 5D Mark III
10.0
Nikon D800
10.0
Nikon D610
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 5D Mark III
10.0
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 5D Mark III
10.0
Nikon D800
10.0
Nikon D610
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 5D Mark III
9.4
Reviews from canonwatch.com, imaging-resource.com, techradar.com, dpreview.com and 5 more

9.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 5D Mark III
9.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO
EOS 70D
926 ISO
Nikon DF
3,279 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 5D Mark III
2,800 LPH
Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
EOS 5D Mark II
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 5D Mark III
120 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms
Nikon DF
274 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 5D Mark III
61 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 5D Mark III
500 ms
Nikon D800
200 ms
Nikon D610
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 5D Mark III
6 fps
Alpha a6300
11 fps
EOS 5D Mark II
3.9 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III


8.2
With the 5D Mark III's large images files it is advisable to use a fast CF memory card, especially if you are planning to shoot bursts in Raw+JPEG mode.

9.0
We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies looks decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, but otherwise the 5D Mark III is another stride forward for for both stills and video.

9.0
If you’re in the market for a pro-spec DSLR that offers excellent handling, fantastic image quality, impressive low-light performance and excellent video abilities then the Canon 5D Mark III definitely deserves to be on your shortlist.

9.0
We found that the screen provides a sharp, clear view even when shooting outside in bright sunlight.

8.2
Many of the new capabilities definitely target pros: a pair of low-resolution raw formats (10 and 5.2 megapixels), more interchangeable focusing-screen options, in-camera peripheral-illumination correction to compensate for brightness nonuniformity across the image, and a silent Live View mode.

Overall

8.8 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

That said, the 5DM3's JPEGs do look fine up through ISO 1600, and depending upon the scene and your needs they can be quite good through ISO 6400.
by c|net (Jan, 2009)
This is extremely useful, since it records all three shots as well as the processed HDR image, and if you shoot raw and JPEG images simultaneously, you'll find you have a total of seven images, including three raw files that you can process yourself if you wish.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)
This camera produces noise-free JPEG images from ISO 50 all the way up to ISO 3200, with noise first appearing at ISO 6400 - an incredible performance for a 22 megapixel, 35mm SLR.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)

Focus

We found that the AF system is fast and accurate.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points Manual selection: Zone AF AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)
On top of this, the the AI Servo (continuous AF) mode characteristics such as tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking and AF point switching can be adjusted.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)

Lens

Paired with the professional-grade Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 and Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lenses the 5D Mark III delivers impressively sharp results.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
In addition, the Mark III also offers a Distortion Correction feature to lessen the effects pincushion or barrel distortion.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Usually I'm not a fan of the lenses that ship as part of kits like this, but I ended up liking the 24-105mm a lot more than I expected and think it's a good match for anyone looking for a first lens to pair with the camera.
by c|net (Jan, 2009)

Autofocus

You can select from six preset configurations of the AF system: general, obstacle-insensitive, objects moving into a specific range of AF areas, acceleration sensitive, erratic speed, and erratic speed and direction.
by c|net (Jan, 2009)
It's not a lot faster than the 5DM2, though it has zippier autofocus in low light and better burst performance.
by c|net (Jan, 2009)
The 5D Mark III has 61 autofocus points, and we've found that it is able to lock onto the subject quickly and easily, even in low light and difficult scenarios.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2014)

Image quality

The HDR mode combines three images taken at different exposures to create a single image with greater dynamic range, plus it offers natural and more artistic looks.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)
Of course, you can always choose to tone down the colour, or even to increase saturation levels via the Picture Style sub-menu should you want to.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
The Mark III also features built-in correction for chromatic aberrations so you can expect fringing to be absent from high-contrast borders.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 22.3 MP
Resolution 5456 x 4096
Size Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 61
Cross type focus points 41
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 950 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
  2. 6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
Focus lag 120 ms
Shutter lag 61 ms
Startup delay 500 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.71x

form factor

Size 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 76 mm
Weight 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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