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Canon EOS 5D Mark 3

Information, updates and reviews for Canon’s 5D Mark 3 DSLR

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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.

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Canon 5D mk3

Key 5D3 features

  • 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
  • Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)
  • 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
  • 6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
  • Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 3.2″, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
  • Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
  • Silent & low vibration modes
  • Dual card slots (CF & SD)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Comparative Playback function

Video related info

  • Suggested picture style settings [EHD]
  • Sharpening, Cinestyle and noise with 5D3 video [EHD]
  • Review EHD (video oriented)
  • Video Noise [YT]
  • Magic Lantern software [ML]
  • Using the new clean HDMI output on the 5D3 [CPN]
Review/preview Info
  • Studio sample pics [PRC]
  • Dpreview preview | Full review
  • Jeff Ascough review
  • Reviews Engadget | PRC
  • Canon guide to AF settings
  • Good 5D3 review for wedding photographers [RB]
  • Comparison of colour between 5D2 and 5D3 [CDT]
  • 5D3 samples at DPR
  • review and some interesting comparisons [CSR]
  • >Removing the 5D3 AA filter [EHD]
  • How much quieter is the 5D3 compared to 5D2 – short video[JW]
  • > Longer term review of 5D3 at PB
  • 6D/5D3 comparison at EPZ
  • High ISO noise testing at CameraLabs
  • 25600 ISO samples [DPR]
  • Some more beta images from the 5D3 [FHD]
  • Chuck Westfall discusses aspects of the new 5D3, including the new AF system (1D X and 5D3) [AH]
  • 5D3 demo video from Canon France [PB]
  • Set of sample images at all ISO settings Imaging Resource

Latest 5D3 news and information

2017 November

5D Mark III firmware version 1.3.5 (download) incorporates the following fix:

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which standard exposure may not be obtained, or an irregular exposure may result, when Silent LV (Live View) shooting with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.

2016 November

14th Firmware V1.3.4

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to “Enable”, correction will not be applied.

2015 January

29th New firmware V1.3.3
1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.

2014 June

24th Light leak product advisory issued in the US, for the 5D3

Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.
Thank you for using Canon products.
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.
Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn]
“X”=”0” and “N”=”1” or “2”
“n” represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: “0nnnn1nnnnnn” or”0nnnn2nnnnnn”
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.
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.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:


17th Magic Lantern runs on a 5D3 with latest firmware [P5D]
14th Canon CPN have some new info collected on the 5D mk3

2013 November

8th There is a CPN article about the new 5D3 firmware.


31st In the US, Canon will start selling the EOS 5D Mark III + 24-70 f/4L IS kit from November. $4299 MSRP.
30th The 5D3 gets a firmware update to V1.2.3 – assorted fixes.

Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.
* The phenomenon listed in 2 was addressed with Firmware Version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with Firmware Version 1.2.3.


17th Magic Lantern software can boost the dynamic range of a 5D3 (vid and photo) and just for photo for the 7D.
Lots more details at [P5D]

“What are the benefits? more dynamic range (less shadow noise).
The functionality was not really in Canon firmware, but in the chip that samples the sensor. Canon firmware does not make any use of it (they just set both ISO “registers” to the same value). It was implemented on the hardware side though (and that’s why it works only on these 2 cameras, because only they have two ISO amplifiers).”


10th Using the new clean HDMI output on the 5D3 [CPN]


29th New firmware V1.2.1 adds clean HDMI output and a lot of other fixes

Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.
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.


20th Product advisory from Canon
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

13th comparison of features

Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D600
Effective Pixels 20.2 MP 22.3 MP 24.3 MP
ISO Range 100-25600 standard
50-102800 expanded
100-25600 standard
50-102800 expanded
100-6400 standard
50-25600 expanded
AF points 11 61 39
Screen 3″
1,040,000 dots
1,040,000 dots
921,000 dots
Viewfinder 97% coverage
0.71x magnification
100% coverage
0.71x magnification
100% coverage
0.7x magnification
Built-in flash No No Yes
Continuous drive 4.5 fps 6 fps 5.5 fps
Storage SD Compact flash and SD SD – 2 slots
(inc batteries)
770g (1.7 lb) 950g (2.1 lb) 850g (1.9 lb)
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm
(5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8″)
152 x 116 x 76 mm
(6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0″)
141 x 113 x 82 mm
(5.6 x 4.5 x 3.2″)
Wi-Fi + GPS Built-in Optional Optional

9th 6D/5D3 comparison at EPZ

2012 December

22nd prices still dropping on 5D3 and 5D3 kits.


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)


25th Prices still coming down
EOS 5D Mark II Body – $1699 (Down from $1799) at B&H
EOS 5D Mark III Body – $3199 (Down from $3459) at B&H
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.


30th Review at [PRC]
25th it seems that using that SD card slot will seriously slow down your shooting.
Interesting study by Jeff Cable
23rd Studio sample pics [PRC]
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

10th Aquatica 5D3 underwater housing [PR]
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
view camera adapter for Canon camera
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.”

A reminder that the 1D X Canon guide to AF settings also applies to the 5D3
19th At last, the BG-E11 seems to be shipping…

Canon BG-E11 for preorder for $349 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama

13th May 2012 updated 5D3 manual available [PDF]
8th A new 5D mk3 HDMI port proctector is launced by Lockcircle – makers of those massively over engineered body caps ;-)
7th A new underwater housing is available from Aquatech. Meanwhile there will be eventual firmware updates to address various minor issues [CR]

Now it’s on show, I’ve written up a ‘How to’ article covering the making of the 50 foot ‘city view at dusk’ print, that’s the focal point of my current exhibition.

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
24th Firmware 1.1.2 [Canon]

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.

Affected Product
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.

Affected Product
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.

11th An e-book ‘Canon 5D Mark III Experience‘ covers a lot of useful info for photographers wanting to get more from the 5D3.
New review and some interesting comparisons [CSR]
7th 5D3 samples at DPR
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.

Answer :

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; /st-e3-rt-c-en.pdf /600ex-600ex-rt-c-en.pdf

BTW I’ve just had my work featured on the DxO Optics Pro web site :-)

4th Canon have a 1D X AF Settings guidebook available [Canon US] – relevant for much of the 5D3 AF system too.
3rd CPN article about using the new Canon radio based flash system.
1st How much quieter is the 5D3 compared to 5D2 – short video [JW]
Quick 5d3 higher ISO test (in German with RAW files) [OR]


30th Good 5D3 review, by a Nikon based wedding photographer [RB]
Comparison of colour between 5D2 and 5D3 [CDT(note that I’ve a full review of the SpyderCheckr used)
29th Some issues noted with the IS when using the 200/2 lens [FMCR]
Suggested picture style settings for video [EHD]
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 [DMJM]
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… ;-)

15th 5D3 manual available [PDF]
14th Some more beta images from the 5D3 [FHD] and a 5D3 demo video from Canon France [PB]
13th Chuck Westfall discusses aspects of the new 5D3, including the new AF system (1D X and 5D3) [AH]
8th Set of sample images at all ISO settings Imaging Resource
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.
Some first impressions of the 5D3 at Focus from Richard Winn.
Meanwhile, Canon has updated the samples page
Paul Ward has some direct 5D3/5D3 comparisons
There are two RAW files (6400/51200) available #1#2
Video Noise [YT]
A look at 5D3 high ISO noise performance
3rd More review/samples added [BS]
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!

>> Pre-release 5D mk3 rumour coverage is in the 5D3 rumour archive

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5D Mk3 with 24-70 2.8L II lens

Press Information


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.”

Enhanced performance back view of the 5D3

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.

5d3 af sensorAdditionally, 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.

af sensor arrangements

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.

top view of the 5D3Creative 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.

Canon 5D Mk3 front viewFor 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.

5d3 body castings

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.

side view of ports on 5d3Digital 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
61-point autofocus
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

canon speedlite 600EXThe 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.

600ex rt

st-e3-rtLike 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.

Speedlite 600EX-RT Key features

Guide number 60 (m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
Radio triggering with 30m range
Use up to 15 units together
Infra-red wireless functionality
Remote camera triggering
Bounce-and-swivel head with zoom control
White-balance correction filters
Fast, quiet recycling

Canon article about 600EX-RT

CPN article about using the new Canon radio based flash system

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key features

Radio frequency remote flash trigger.
Fire selected Speedlites from 30m away.
Controls up to 15 flashguns.
Remote camera triggering.
Weather sealed against dust and moisture.

Canon article about ST-E3-RT

WFT-E7 – High-speed wireless control

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.


Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 Key features

Supports IEEE 802.11n
Built in Bluetooth
Versatile design
Easy Wi-Fi protected Setup
FTP server transfer
Remote control functions
DLNA media server compatible
Linked shooting

Canon article about WFT-E7

GP-E2 – Geo-tag your images with compact, lightweight GPS

gp-e2Also 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.
Digital compass records heading information.
Data logging mode.
Portable design, powered by 1xAA battery.
Accurately set camera’s time using UTC time.

Canon article about GP-E2

BG-E11 gripBG-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.

Pricing and Availability
From B&H
Canon 5D Mark III Body $3499
Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite $629
From Adorama
Canon 5D Mark III Body $3499
Canon 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299
From Amazon
Canon 5D Mark III Body $3499
Canon 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299
Canon 5D Mark III Accessories
Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip $349
Canon GP-E2 GPS $269
Canon WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter $849
Canon SR-N3 Cable Release $59600EX-RT Speedlite and accessories.Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite $629
Canon ST-E3 Transmitter $319
Canon SCF-E1 Color Filter Set $29
Canon SCH-E1 Color Filter Holder $32

UK – Park cameras – preorder 5D Mk3

Australian Press infoCanon 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:

Body Only

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

Speedlite 600EX-RT


GP-E2, GPS receiver

Detailed specifications for 5Dmark3

MSRP Body only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 5760 x 3840
Other resolutions 3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 22.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 23.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Color space sRGB,Adobe RGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format 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
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View
Autofocus assist lamp by optional dedicated Speedlite
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes Auto+
Program AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual (Stills and Movie)
Custom (x3)
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Continuous drive Yes (6 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage types Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Optional
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950
Weight (inc. batteries) 950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes With optional GP-E2 unit
Quick comparison between 5D2, 5D3 and D800
Canon EOS 5D Mk II Canon EOS 5D Mk III Nikon D800
Sensor 21.1-megapixel CMOS
4-channel readout
14 bit
22.3-megapixel CMOS
8-channel readout
36.3-megapixel CMOS
12-channel readout
14 bit
Sensitivity range 100-6400 native
50-25600 exp
100-25600 native
50-102,400 exp
100-6400 native
50-25600 exp
Continuous shooting 3.9 fps 6 fps 4 fps
AF exposure range -0.5 – 18EV -2 – 20 EV -2 – 19 EV
Autofocus 9-pt AF
1 cross type
5 cross to f2.8
20 cross to f4
21 cross to f5.6
15 cross type; 11 cross type to f8
Shutter speed 1/8,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sync 1/8,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/250 sync 1/8,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/250 sync
Shutter life 150,000 cycles 150,000 cycles 200,000 cycles
Metering 35-zone TTL 63-area iFCL 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III
Metering exposure range 1 – 20 EV 0 – 20 EV (est) 0 – 20 EV
Video H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/30p/ 25p/24p; 720/25p/24p H.264 QuickTime MOV
1080/30p/25p/24p; 720/60p/50p
H.264 QuickTime MOV
1080/30p/ 25p/24p; 720/60p/50p/ 25p/24p
HD video clip length 4GB(~12 minutes) 29 minutes 59 seconds 20 minutes
Audio mono; Stereo mic input mono; Stereo mic input; headphone jack mono; Stereo mic input; headphone jack
Viewfinder 100% 100% 100%
LCD size 3 inches fixed
920,000 dots
3.2 inches fixed
1,040,000 dots
3.2 inches
921,000 dots
Memory card(s) 1 x CF (UDMA mode 7) 1 x CF (UDMA mode 7), 1 x SD/HC/XC 1 x CF (UDMA mode 7), 1 x SD/HC/XC
Built-in flash No No Yes
Battery life (CIPA rating) 850 shots
850 shots
Dimensions (inches, WHD) 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2
Body weight (oz) 32.9 33.5 31.7
Est. Retail price $2,499 (body only) $3,499 (body only) $2,999.95 (body only)
Ship date November 2008 ~March 2012 ~March / April 2012
Alternative version
Feature Canon 5D Mark II Canon 5D Mark III Nikon D800
Price (body only US$) $2,499 $3,499 $2,999
General/Photography Settings
Articulated LCD no no no
LCD Size 3” 3.2” 1.04 million dots 3.2” 921,000 dots
Image Stabilization Only on lenses Only on lenses Only on lenses
Max Resolution 7360 x 4912
Autofocus points 9 points 61 Cross points: 21@f6, 20@f4, 5@f2.8 51 AF points
Raw stills support yes yes yes
AE Lock yes yes yes
ISO Range 100-6400 (high ISO up to 25600) (low ISO – 50) 100-25,600 (expand to 50-102,400) 100 – 6400 (50 – 25600 with boost)
Maximum frames per sec 3.9 6 4 fps in FX format, max 6fps in DX
MicroAdjustment for lenses yes yes yes
Metering 63 Zone Full Color Metering (same as 7D) TTL exposure metering using 91k pixel RGB sensor
Sensor size Full Frame Full Frame Full Frame
Sensor mp rating 21.1 22.3 36.8
Processor Digic IV DIGIC V + Expeed 3
Lens mounts Canon EOS EF only Canon EOS EF Nikon F
Weather Resistant water and dust resistant Better than 5D2, less than Canon EOS-1D X water and dust resistant
Memory card 1 CF One CF one SD one CF one SD
Popup Flash no no yes
Weight (with battery) 810g (1.8lb) 900 g (1.98 lb / 31.75 oz)
Battery LP-E6 LP-E6 MB-D12
Battery Grip BG-E6 BG-E11 extra
Custom Functions 3 sets of memorized settings yes yes
Automatic sensor cleaning yes yes yes
Viewfinder coverage 98% 100% 100%
Ethernet port no no no
multi-exposure no yes (up to 9 exposures) no
HDR in camera no yes (5 options) yes
Horizon level no dual axis leveling dual axis leveling
Face Detection yes yes yes
GPS location external external device external device
AE Bracket 3 frames 3, 5, 7 frames (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Shutter life 150,000 actuations 150,000 actuations 200,000
Silent shooting no yes ?
zoom in camera (not lens based) no no no
Timelapse support no no yes
Multifunction lock no yes no
comparative playback no yes no
Video functions:
Video (1080) 29.97, 25 and 23.97 29.97, 25 and 23.97 29.97, 25 and 23.97
Video (720) n/a 60, 50 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Video (640) 30, 25 30, 25 24
Video (320) n/a n/a n/a
Longest clip approx 12 minutes 29 minutes 59 seconds (split into 3 continuous clips) 29 minutes 59 seconds
NTSC / PAL both both both
Microphone internal mono only internal mono only internal mono only
Headphone Jack no yes yes
Audio level control yes – pre-recording only yes + while recording yes + while recording
Video autofocus no no yes
Dedicated Video button no yes, programmable yes
Video Recording format H.264 H.264 H.264
Video compression IPP IPB or ALL-I MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Uncompressed HDMI out no HDMI out but it is compressed yes
Aperture control in video no no ?
Histogram in video no yes no
Time code support no Rec Run and Free Run no
Chromatic Aberration fix in video no yes no

Pre March 2012 5Dmk3 rumours are on an archive page going back to September 2008