Information and reviews for Canon's 5D Mark 2 replacement
The eagerly awaited follow on model to the 5D mk2. With significant improvements in the autofocus system (derived from the 1D X system), and improved low light performance, it seems to have answered many of people's issues with the 5D mk2 (which is still being sold at a lower price)
Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken duringLive View or in movie shooting mode.
Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.
Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved.
When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly.
Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF microadjustment value to -8.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO” option.
Affected Products: EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam.
Canon are developing a solution to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X and plan to release a firmware update based on following estimated schedule:
EOS 5D Mark III: (estimated) Late April, 2013
EOS-1D X: (estimated) Late May, 2013
28th Magic Lantern software version available [ML]
Card test at startup
Histogram and waveform moved to bottom
New experimental display for focus peaking (extreme sharpness)
16:9 bars for anamorphic preview
Focus box moves faster (not yet customizable)
After taking a picture and pressing Zoom In right away, you can scroll through pictures
Saturation boost when adjusting white balance
Warnings for bad settings (e.g. if you set picture quality to JPEG instead of RAW by mistake)
Dim the red LED while recording (make it less distracting)
23rd Canon in the US announce new firmware for the 5D Mk3 Next April! (my itallics)
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
April 2013 - ?!?
Meanwhile, you can get some of this from the unofficial Magic Lantern software, now in second Alpha
21st A review of the 5D3, reflecting its use over several months at PB
2nd Lots of signs of price drops around the world. A sure sign that the initial surge in demand has subsided and maybe also reflecting some price pressure from the D800.
In the UK, advertised prices have dropped by at least £300 (body) since the end of June.
19th New firmware is available - bug fix only at the moment. [Canon]
Supports the EF40mm f/2.8 STM.
Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens) is mounted to the camera with an extender) - EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM - Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III
Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens
8th Several suggestions received about a firmware update later this month. Supposedly a 'bugfix' release.
No news on whether it adresses what some see as the 'black AF point on AI Servo AF' problem.
Nothing as big as the black dot problem for the 5D2 when it came out...
1st Article about using MF/LF lenses on a D800 [NR] - somewhat cheaper version I built is here
Works fine with any Canon DSLR
23rd A long awaited detailed review of the 5D3 at DPReview
"The new model takes many user interface elements of Canon's flagship APS-C DSLR the EOS 7D and combines them with a 22MP full-frame CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing high quality output up to very high sensitivities. Throw in 6 frames per second continuous shooting and a very sophisticated AF system with lots of fine-tuning potential and you've got yourself a super-flexible photographic tool that will get the job done on a wide range of assignments - from landscape to action photography, from studio portraits to wildlife."
3rd The minor light leak issue has been fixed in currently shipping cameras with a piece of black tape - for those horrified by such a simple fix, you've obviously not taken many modern bits of compact electronic equipment apart ;-)
27th Magic Lantern software looks as if it can be ported to the 5D3 [EHD]
Canon in the US have a series of rebates running from Apr 29th to June 2nd
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera's power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)
Firmware Version 1.1.2 is for cameras with firmware up to version 1.0.7. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
New light leak advisory from Canon:
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
*Products whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2 are affected.
For example,"xxxxx1xxxxxx"or “xxxxx2xxxxxx” ([x] represents any optional number.)
Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service. [check your local Canon service to see their own scheme]
23rd Sample video from a 5D3 after removing the AA filter [EHD]
13th Looking at colour calibration for the 5D3 [CDT]
Service advisory issued in US for light leak [Canon]
The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Once the preparations are complete, we will be making an announcement on our Web site.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
6th Details of the DPP 5D3 image processing issues (and partial workaround) in the ongoing 5D3 review at TDP
Concerning the problems with DPP and the 5D3 - Canon will be issuing an update later this month. [Canon]
This issue relates to customers who are using the Digital Photo Professional (DPP ver.3.11.10) RAW image processing software with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital camera.
We have identified an issue that prevents users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III from processing their RAW format images when using Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10, the RAW image development software that is bundled with the EOS 5D Mark III.
We will shortly release an update for the Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.10 for users to download which will address this issue. The update will be released on the website in mid-April.
5th For the brave (and skilled) - removing the 5D3 AA filter [EHD]
The manuals for the 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT are now available at Canon's site;
24th Sharpening, Cinestyle and noise with 5D3 video [EHD]
23rd A quick look at HDR and AF [DNK] more DPR samples and high ISO noise testing at CL
22nd Thanks for sending in some links to tests - high ISO is looking good [DM, JM]
21st Thanks to all those who have let me know about cameras arriving. If you're planning a write-up about the 5D3, just send me a link, and I'll add some to this page, particularly if they discuss aspects of use not found in all the usual reviews ;-)
20th It looks as if shipments are underway, but we're hearing of some lengthy pre-order queues - there are even live 'unboxing' events scheduled on some sites.
Have I missed something whilst I was away on holiday? this is just a new camera... ;-)
6th Vast crowds at the UK Focus exhibition, along with lots of meetings meant I didn't get to join those waiting to feel the 5D3. I have heard from several professional 5D2 users (weddings events, video) who all say that the 5D3 has features they really wanted. Much as with the 1D X, the camera is aimed at a certain (large) subset of users. Just what comes out aimed at the high MP studio/landscape users, is something I'll follow up on our various Canon rumours pages.
2nd As widely trailed, the 5D3 is officially launched.
Canon has also publicised the 'Digital Lens Optimizer' functionality in its latest version of the Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software package. DPP v3.11 features a new module that Canon says is designed to correct optical issues such as vignetting and curvilinear distortion, but also 'loss of resolution caused by a low pass filter'.
We've a page with links to all Canon software, which includes both Windows and Mac techniques for installing the Canon software for your camera, even if you have mislaid your original CD - having turned our office upside down once before, when I got a new laptop, this has saved me a lot of trouble!
Thank you, to everyone who has suported our site over the years - anything whatsoever (not just camera gear) purchased through one of these links helps me run the site. It's no cheaper to buy I'm afraid, but greatly appreciated.
Creativity, redefined – Canon unleashes the EOS 5D Mark III
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its world-famous EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the performance of the legendar EOS 5D Mark II, offering improved speed, greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for both stills and Full HD movies – providing unparalleled artistic freedom for the most demanding photographers.
Incorporating feedback from photographers worldwide, the EOS 5D Mark III offers improved performance in virtually every area. A new 22.3 Megapixel (MP) full-frame sensor offers the ideal balance of resolution for stills and HD movies and up to 6 frames per second (fps) shooting, whilst a 61-point AF system and 63-zone metering provide greater speed, flexibility and accuracy. Powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, the EOS 5D Mark III also features enhanced video functions, offering improved image quality alongside greater audio control – redefining creative possibilities for photographers and amateur videographers alike.
“The EOS 5D Mark III represents a big step forward for the EOS 5D series” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “The EOS 5D Mark II is an exceptional camera and we’ve listened carefully to feedback from its passionate community of users to improve performance in every area. This camera has been designed to meet virtually any creative challenge – it’s faster, more responsive and features the tools to adapt to everything from studio photography to creative videography, while producing results of the highest quality.”
With its comprehensively upgraded specification, the EOS 5D Mark III is the ideal tool for the growing number of photographers shooting both stills and movies. It incorporates a number of the features launched with Canon’s revolutionary EOS-1D X, providing vastly improved performance, flexibility, handling and durability.
The camera’s newly-developed 22.3MP full-frame sensor provides increased resolution and finer detail, enabling the capture of a wide range of scenes, from sweeping landscapes to beautiful portraits. Higher speed continuous shooting also offers expanded creative possibilities. With an increased 8-channel read out, the camera comfortably handles a maximum full resolution speed of up to 6fps in bursts of 18 RAW images or over 16,000 JPEGs (When used with UDMA 7 certified cards ), without the need for additional accessories.
Additionally, the sensor’s advanced architecture offers a huge native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 102,400, making it possible to capture clean, high quality pictures, even in extreme low-light conditions.
The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the flagship EOS-1D X, providing exceptional sensitivity, precision and speed.
One of the most advanced AF systems currently available, it features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects, and providing additional reliability in situations where subject movement can be unpredictable.
Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s acclaimed iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system. Focus information gathered from the AF system is analysed alongside colour and luminance signals measured by the metering sensor itself, enabling the EOS 5D Mark III to deliver consistently accurate skin tones and excellent results in a wide range of shooting situations.
Creative performance without compromise
The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot.
The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production.
The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot.
For situations where photographers want to avoid being noticed, such as weddings, the EOS 5D Mark III also features a new silent shooting mode that dramatically reduces the sound of the shutter and mirror, ensuring they can work quietly in the background. A continuous silent mode is also available, enabling photographers to capture faster-moving subjects without attracting attention.
Next generation EOS Movies
The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the reputation of the EOS 5D Mark II, with a range of new features introduced following feedback received from photographers to provide even better Full HD video performance. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged.
Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.
Professional build, easy operation
The EOS 5D Mark III has been built to offer photographers easy-handling and robust build quality. Its lightweight, high-grade magnesium body offers advanced weather proofing for protection against the elements, while the construction of the shutter has also been reinforced, with 150,000-cycle durability making it ideal for repeated, everyday use. An enhanced version of the Intelligent Viewfinder featured in the EOS 7D offers approximately 100% coverage, as well as an on-demand grid display via the built-in transparent LCD.
The same reinforced 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen as used by the EOS-1D X provides high quality framing and playback in all conditions. 1,040k-pixels provide the resolution to accurately check image sharpness and focus, while the gapless structure design introduced with the EOS-1D Mark IV prevents reflections and protects against dust or scratches. A headphone socket and locking mode dial have been included, while the inclusion of a UDMA 7-compatible CF card slot plus an SD card Compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC cards and Eye-Fi connected functions ) slot enables shooting to both cards simultaneously, auto switching when the one in use becomes full and the option to copy images from one card to the other in-camera.
Digital Lens Optimizer – new in Digital Photo Professional v3.11
The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution.
Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.
EOS System compatibility
As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s famous L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newly-announced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Key features:
22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
Full HD video with manual control
14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
Enhanced Weather sealing
8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen
HDR mode with presets
Pricing and Availability:
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available from end of March 2012, priced at £2999.99 / €3569.99 RRP including VAT.
EOS 5D Mark III first look
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available to touch and try on the Canon stand at the Focus on Imaging Show 2012 4th March to 7th March 2012, NEC Birmingham.
Shoot with freedom – Canon unveils new range of professional accessories
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.
Sitting at the top of Canon’s range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon’s first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced EOS 5D Mark III – offering increased versatility across a range of shooting situations – from studio portraits to field-based shoots – with a compact lightweight and affordable configuration.
Speedlite 600EX-RT – Taking creative flash further
The Speedlite 600EX-RT is a high-performance TTL flash unit designed to meet the expanding creative needs of modern professionals. Integrated radio frequency triggering, in addition to standard infra-red wireless flash control, allows photographers to achieve exciting results with complex on-and-off-camera lighting set-ups. Using one master 600EX-RT or the new ST-E3-RT radio-frequency wireless Speedlite transmitter, up to 15x 600EX-RT flash units, positioned up to 30m away, can be remotely triggered – offering great potential to experiment with more creative lighting techniques and effects. EOS cameras with a connected Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be triggered remotely by either model, allowing photographers to explore more extreme shooting angles to produce surprising and inspiring creative results.
Subjects over a wide range of distances can be lit creatively or evenly exposed, thanks to an increased guide number of 60m (ISO 100 at 200mm setting ) and wide lens coverage of 20 – 200m. For wide-angle shots, a diffuser adapter can also reduce the focal length to 14mm and the bounce-and-swivel flash head creates more flattering, shadowless effects. Ideal for shooting portraits, a catch-light panel produces natural catch-lights in the eyes of a subject when shooting with bounce flash. Additionally, custom flash coverage options provide more creative scope by using guide number priority to light the subject, while creating slightly darker edges to the frame.
Like its predecessor, the Speedlite 600EX-RT communicates white balance settings to the camera through the hot shoe connection. However, to further balance flash and ambient light, a new colour filter adapter and two supplied colour gels can be fitted to balance the temperature of the flash and create a more natural effect when shooting around tungsten or mercury lighting. When shooting in dark conditions, photographers can also employ the AF-assist beam for accurate autofocus with lenses of 28mm or longer, ensuring the subject remains in focus when the flash fires.
Designed for professionals, the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT feature a robust, weatherproof design matching that of the EOS-1D X, with a clear LCD display making it easy to select settings and switch between normal flash mode and wireless modes. Powered by four AA/LR6 batteries for added convenience, the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers fast, silent recycle times, allowing photographers to keep shooting and exploring creative lighting effects in all conditions.
The WFT-E7 is a new wireless file transmitter for a wide range of EOS models. For those who need to transfer their images quickly and easily, for example, photojournalists or sports photographers, the new WFT-E7 provides enhanced versatility through high-speed Wi-Fi and support for wired connectivity over Gigabit Ethernet. Featuring 802.11a/b/g/n support for file transfer speeds of up to 150mbps, and Bluetooth for linking to external GPS units, the WFT-E7 offers super-fast image transfer direct to an FTP server or even to a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance ) -enabled HDTV.
When creative shoots or harsh conditions require the photographer to control the camera from a distance, the WFT Server function of the WFT-E7 allows the camera settings and the scene framed in the viewfinder to be accessed and controlled through a web page on any internet-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. Camera settings can also be changed remotely via EOS Utility, allowing photographers to control and trigger the camera over a wired or wireless LAN connection.
The WFT-E7 has a lightweight design and can be attached to the bottom of the camera, to the new bracket AB-E1 or even to the strap. For added versatility, it also supports Linked shooting with up to ten other cameras, with Wireless Time syncing ensuring that the time across all slave devices is aligned with the master camera in order to maintain consistency across multiple units. During Linked shooting, the WFT server function can also be activated to allow easy remote access to the master and slave cameras for even greater creative control of lighting effects during multi-camera shoots.
GP-E2 – Geo-tag your images with compact, lightweight GPS
Also launching today is the GPS receiver GP-E2 – a new compact, lightweight, high-performance hot shoe GPS unit which makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images. Compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D (Via firmware update – connection via cable only) and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image.
A GPS Logger function also allows photographers to track their route by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, whether the unit is attached to the camera body or stored in its case. Once back in the studio, photographers can tag their images with the GPS data stored in the log files and their route can be displayed using Google Maps or the bundled Map Utility software.
For improved accuracy and precision when recording the time of image capture, photographers can also synchronise the clocks of their cameras with the global atomic clock via UTC information downloaded from the satellite. This is particularly useful for
professional photographers shooting with multiple EOS 5D Mark III bodies, who may wish to process all the images together and sort them according to the time each was recorded.
GPS Receiver GP-E2 Key features
Hotshoe-mounted GPS unit for compatible EOS cameras.
Embeds location and altitude data into each file’s metadata.
BG-E11 – Improved handling for the EOS 5D Mark III
For photographers who want to shoot for longer with the EOS 5D Mark III, the new ergonomic battery grip BG-E11, doubles the battery life with two additional LP-E6 batteries, with the added flexibility of using AA batteries as an emergency back-up. For those who frequently shoot vertically, such as sports or portrait photographers, duplicate AF start, Focus point and AE-lock controls in addition to a second Multi Controller and Control Dial make shooting vertically more comfortable and intuitive.
In keeping with the premium design of the EOS 5D Mark III, the BG-E11 is made of durable magnesium alloy and offers the same high standard of weather-proofing – ideal for harsher shooting environments.
Battery Grip BG-E11 Key features
Improved handling for EOS 5D Mark III
Duplicate controls for vertical shooting.
Larger grip for bigger hands.
Use two LP-E6 batteries, or four AA/LR6 cells as an alternative.
Canon Australia has today unveiled the latest addition to its market-defining EOS range: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. A revolutionary step in the high-performance DSLR camera category, the Mark III is the latest in Canon’s 5D line-up, joining the range above the EOS 5D Mark II.
The highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark III builds on Canon's market-leading position in the DSLR camera market1. Featuring a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DiG!C 5+ image processor with a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF system and enhanced full HD movie capability, the camera takes Canon’s 5D range to its highest quality ever, enabling high-level enthusiasts and professional photographers alike to take their photography to the next level.
"The EOS 5D Mark III sets a new benchmark in the high-performance DSLR camera category," said Chris Macleod, Canon EOS Brand Manager. "Built with uncompromised quality, it brings new innovations to an already sublime feature set, anticipating the needs of both high-level enthusiasts and professionals looking for a camera that has the speed, control, and agility to capture everything from landscapes and moving wildlife to portraits and weddings. Its added ability to shoot full HD movies makes it a truly indispensable photographic tool to take your photography to the next level.
The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates Canon's full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers image output of unparalleled quality, but now with an increased megapixel count of 22.3. Understanding that image quality goes beyond a simple pixel count, Canon engineers have achieved a balance between resolution and low noise.
The sensor incorporates a photo diode with excellent photoelectric conversion efficiency, together with a gapless micro lens, greatly improving light receiving efficiency.
Image quality is further enhanced by the new-generation DiG!C 5+ image processor. An advanced new algorithm has been developed that more effectively removes noise, improving results when shooting at high ISO settings.
The processing speed is approximately 1.3 times faster than before, delivering improved performance, excellent image quality and more advanced image processing capabilities. The standard ISO range has been expanded by two stops to a standard range of 100 to 25600, delivering a camera that is ideal for capturing everything from outdoor night scenes and portraits to fast-moving action, all with very low noise.
The camera offers Full HD EOS Movie which also makes use of the heightened quality of the sensor and image processor, delivering footage with reduced colour artefacts and moiré.
Canon understands the varying demands of advanced photographers and has incorporated a high-precision, super multi-point AF system that delivers superior results under a wide variety of shooting conditions. The EOS 5D Mark III's new 61-point reticular AF system, includes up to 41 cross-type focus points2. Extra points have been positioned to the left and right of the centre frame, giving photographers greater and more precise, accuracy and compositional freedom.
The EOS 5D Mark III offers up to approximately 6.0 frames-per-second continuous shooting speed, with a release time of approximately 0.59ms providing users with the ability to shoot anything from fast-moving action to candid portraits.
The EOS 5D Mark III's comprehensive range of features and technologies are housed in a sturdy magnesium-alloy body, providing a balance between reduced weight and superior protection. Dust and water resistance have been improved through the addition of water-resistant seals around buttons, dials and strap hooks. The camera's shutter is rated at approximately 150,000 cycles, ensuring reliable performance over time.
Rounding out the body is an intelligent viewfinder offering approximately 100% coverage. This is achieved through the pursuit of easy viewing using a 0.71x magnification and a 21mm eye point, to naturally reflect the view of the naked eye.
To support the desire of many photographers to push the boundaries of their technique and experience the joy of full creative photographic expression, Canon has introduced a range of new features that allow exploration of new techniques.
The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode to enable greater creative expression. The camera captures three images of a single scene at different exposures and then merges them automatically to create a single HDR image. Four additional, in-camera special picture effects (Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed) allow even greater creative freedom.
For photographers looking for even more creative expression, the EOS 5D Mark III also offers two multiple exposure modes: function/control priority for composed multi-exposure images and continuous shooting priority mode for multiple exposures of a moving subject. This is the first time such a feature has been available in an EOS camera, enabling photographers to combine between two and nine images in a single image in continuous shooting mode or four in function/control priority mode.
To accompany the launch of the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon has released a range of accessories that further enhance the camera's capabilities and open up even more opportunities for photographers, especially for those on the move.
The BG-E11 Battery Grip has been designed for enhanced capability and comfort, enabling high performance when shooting horizontally and vertically. Capable of housing 2 x LP-E6 and 6 x AA batteries, the BG-E11 has the addition of the multi-controller and M-Fn button for easy and quick operation. The new Speedlite 600EX-RT, successor to the Speedlite 580EX II, is the first Canon Speedlite to offer wireless radio transmission. It also features a shorter recycle time and a wide 20mm to 200mm zoom range. Also available is the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter that supports high-speed communication over 802.11a/b/g and n networks; and it can also be connected to high-speed wired Ethernet networks.
Finally, and essential to the gear bag of any professional photographer, is the introduction of the compact GPS receiver for EOS, the GP-E2, enabling photographers to record shooting location and orientation3. The GP-E2’s high sensitivity, precision and stable operation makes it one of the most reliable units in the segment and supports various modes of use and applications.
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available through Canon dealers from late March 2012 and will be available in the following kits:
Premium Kit, containing the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
Pro Kit, containing the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens
GP-E2, GPS receiver
Detailed specifications for 5Dmark3
Body only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
5760 x 3840
3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h
Sensor photo detectors
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Color filter array
RGB Color Filter Array
Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets
Custom white balance
JPEG quality levels
JPEG (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant)
Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Autofocus assist lamp
by optional dedicated Speedlite
Number of focus points
Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Clear View II TFT LCD
Minimum shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual (Stills and Movie)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Yes (6 fps)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)
Weight (inc. batteries)
950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99")
Yes (by cable and PC)
With optional GP-E2 unit
Quick comparison between 5D2, 5D3 and D800
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk III
AF exposure range
-0.5 - 18EV
-2 - 20 EV
-2 - 19 EV
1 cross type
5 cross to f2.8
20 cross to f4
21 cross to f5.6