What Do You Want in the Canon 5D Mark III?

by on January 13, 2011

in Canon

While speaking with a Canon rep at CES last week, I jokingly asked if I could see the new 5D Mark III?

We started talking about how much I’ve enjoyed my 5D Mark II.  And, then, he asked what I would want to see in the 5D Mark II’s successor?

I didn’t have a list prepared, but there were a few things that came to mind.

  • Better autofocus in low light
  • More frame-rate choices (60fps+)
  • No more pixels (I could actually live with less)
  • Better audio (maybe a 1st-party XLR adapter)
  • Audio monitoring (I thought of this one later, but it’s a big one)
  • HD video out while recording
  • Faster processor (for bigger buffer/frame rates)
  • No jello-effect in video capture

When I finished with my wish list for the 5D Mark III, I realized that most of the features I wanted were video-related.  Aside from the dated AF system, the 5D Mark II has been everything I hoped it would be as a stills camera.  The bang-for-buck resolution is still the best around.

I’m still looking at the 5D Mark III as, hopefully, a sub-$3000 camera.  It’s mind-boggling to think about what the 5D Mark II did in terms of making a powerful video tool accessible to all.  I can’t imagine that 5D Mark III being quite as shocking of a development as the Mark II was, but I’m hoping it will really distill and refine what we’ve already come to know and love about the Mark II.

So that’s my wish list for the 5D Mark III.  How about you?

Just to be clear, Canon didn’t tell me anything about the 5D Mark II’s successor, and even if they did, I wouldn’t be able to share that info here.  This was a casual discussion that was really started with a question of “what’s wrong with your 5D Mark II” than “tell us how you want us to make the 5D Mark III.”  So, after mulling over the features I want for a few days, I wanted to see what you guys think.

What do you want to see in the 5D Mark III that’s missing in the 5D Mark II?

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{ 78 comments }

1 Drew January 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Way better AF & dual card slots.

2 sfwrtr January 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

1) Ability to set a minimum shutter speed for a lens in P or A mode. For example, the default of 1/15th for my 16-35mm forces me to M way to often. This is a high-res camera with high-res glass that can see the slightest jitter. My Panasonic LX-3 has this feature, as do some point and shoots.
2) Auto-ISO Manual mode. Like M mode where you set shutter and aperture, but as the light changes the ISO ramps to compensate. Heck, just allow use to set a minimum ISO is manual mode and let it auto-adjust from there. Currently, the camera’s idea of auto-ISO in manual mode is a fixed 400 ISO.
3) Articulating fold-out monitor.

(Sorry, but I am a primarily a stills photographer and would rather use a dedicated HD video camera with proper controls for doing video rather than a compromised DSLR video camera.)

3 Tim January 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

5 or 7 (or 9!) brackets in AEB. Honestly, they could probably do this on the MkII with a firmware upgrade. Better yet, native HDR photography without the need for bracketing.

How bout timelapse that’s directly compressed into the movie file?

I too would like a fewer pixels (but higher quality!!) Getting tired of working on 24MB RAW files across my network fileservers.

Beyond that, I love my MkII and wouldn’t want to change a thing… though the level meter in the 7D looks cool.

4 Neil January 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

For me the Mark II fails to perform as the camera I need (and hence I must change as soon as I can afford to) for only one reason:
1) Much better auto-focus in low light

Secondary but a critical factor in my next purchase:
2) Improved high ISO performance.

(These are so critical that I am considering moving to either 1D MkIV or even moving system to the Nikon D3s.)

5 Robert Arnold January 14, 2011 at 12:22 am

Would be great to have the option of using on board image stabilization.

6 Chris January 14, 2011 at 12:29 am

On the video side, continuous autofocus and a clipon elctronic viewfinder, to overcome bright light washing out the LCD screen problems, and the increase in camera shake resulting from outstreched arms(other manufactureres already have such devices that clip onto the hot shoe).
In stills, an articulated LCD display, like the 12G, and a built-in flash(we don’t always have a flash with us when we need it).

7 dtansnapper January 14, 2011 at 12:39 am

For me, a 7d feature with a full frame sensor will be best for a 5d mkIII.

8 Gary Grimes January 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

I would like a wireless real time viewfinder with an iPAD or bigger size screen, radio control of all smart flash functions, and an easier system of using multiple flash. Could care less about video.

9 Joe January 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

I want to make the leap to a 5D, but won’t until the fps elevates at least to that of the current 7D (which I do own). Also important is AF in low light — AND in video. The 7D has gotten me interested in video, and I think it’s a shame these two bodies have full HD but no auto focus with it! I also would like to see a pullout, vari-angle screen (like that on the PowerShot G12). I would expect any upgrade to a 5D would include even better ISO sensitivity to keep up with the Nikons. Like the others, I’d be willing to give up a bit of MP if it would help in a tradeoff for the other improvements without the price skyrocketing.

10 Radek January 14, 2011 at 1:07 am

1. AF while shooting videos
2. Ability to display a grid on the screen
3. Even less noise while shooting on high ISO
4. More frames per second
5. Lock on the dial for P/Av/Tv/M etc
6. On/Off switch located near the shutter release button

I agree with Tim on more brackets in AEB, but 5 would be enough for me.
Hey Tim, use SRAW 1 or 2 if you don’t need 24MB files. I usually shoot middle sized RAWs but am glad to have more megapixels for special occasions.

11 Paul Panangat January 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

I think it should incorporate the full frame sensor(of 5D-II) into a 7D camera(which at present has a APS-C sensor). I don’t think any thing more is required.

12 Jo Fonseca January 14, 2011 at 1:25 am

Mostly what’s been said above, but for me (Stills wedding shooter):

1) Ability to set a minimum shutter speed for a lens in Av or P mode.
2) Auto-ISO thru the entire range in Manual mode.
3) In-camera HDR OR more AEB points
4) Expanded/more focus points
5) Better focus in low light.Better focus in low light.
Did I say “Better focus in low light.” ???
6) Native 12MP resolution. Keep the 1DS successor as the Medium format contender

Tall order, but the time has come for Canon to start giving us what we’ve been asking for already. C’mon, Points 1-4 could be done today with a Firmware fix on current models.

13 Rayven January 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

DEFINITELY BETTER LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE/LESS NOISE AT HIGH ISO.
Integrated battery grip – all pro cameras should.
Replicate 7d shutter actuation – the clunk sound on the 5D is disturbing and doesn’t reasssure you about effect of camera shake/vibrations.
Seperate video controls.
Integrated LCD protector. More focus points – how bout 45?
Integrated/master external speedlite controls – like 7D
NO more PIXELS

14 Marc McCalmont January 14, 2011 at 1:46 am

Better dynamic range, cleaner pixels, higher DxOmark ranking ie improve score by 10 points
Horizon level
$2200

15 Rob Lane January 14, 2011 at 1:49 am

Just another Nice Camera destroyed by JB Hi-Fi who won’t give a demo on Cameras I,ll stick with the New Nikon D-800 and go to a Camera Store to get a nice demo and feel of the Camera ..

16 Theo Bauder January 14, 2011 at 2:08 am

1) A flippable LCD viewer.
2) A ‘wildlife’ mode: a built-in motion activated IR sensor (it works in the dark) w/adjustable time delay.
3)A lockable mode dial (as standard, not optional).
4) Keep the sensor size/megapixels as is.
5) then work on making the ‘L’ lenses dustproof inside. I know, we were supposed to be talking about the 5D MkIII here, but it’s only one component of a system of components.

17 rob green January 14, 2011 at 2:31 am

I’m currently saving up for a new camera, quite possibly my last ever, as I’m getting on a bit now. It will either be the Canon 5D III, or the latest Sony at the time. Sony have come along in leaps and bounds recently, and it won’t be long before they are giving the Canons and Nikons a hard time. Canon are going to have to up their game, or settle for being also-rans. My priorities are improved low-light shooting, faster frame rate, and I too, would like to have in-camera IS. Improved pixel usage would be welcomed too.

18 Behram Cooper January 14, 2011 at 2:42 am

I would like to see the 2-axes artificial horizon that 7D has and 5D hasn’t.

19 Poagao January 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

Smaller, lighter, better AF and I’m good.

20 Tim January 14, 2011 at 3:02 am

7D feature set would do it for me, with a full frame sensor. 21MP is more than enough, but I would like to see banding/pattern noise vanish. I’d be happy to settle for a slower FPS rate than the 7D for stills.

I’m indifferent to built in wireless flash control with the current technology. Visible light control is naff. What’s wrong with RF – apart from the fact that Canon’s flashguns don’t have the capability. Whose bright (Hah! Hah!) idea was that?

The minimum I would want to see is AF equal to the 7D or better, proportional in spread to the full frame sensor size. I also want 3 stop metering with a tight spot. The 2 stop meter does my head in. How do you meter highlights quickly for an ETTR exposure when the meter only goes to +2. It’s idiotic.

I do wish Canon would rationalise/standardise the button layout. I regularly use a 7D, 5D2 and 1D3. All are different, and they’re all different to my old 50D, which itself is different to my old 30D. Thank God I don’t use a Rebel too. They’re all Canon DSLRs. They all do the same things. Why can’t the control layouts be the same? If a feature is absent then fine, lose a button, but don’t keep shifting things around with every new release.

I have no interest in video capabilities. I don’t use the video features on my 7D or 5D2.

21 Bernard Roughton January 14, 2011 at 3:16 am

A small built-in FLASH would be very useful. It’s no good being snobbish & saying professional cameras don’t have them. There are many times when a little fill is needed, without attaching a large flash onto an already heavy camera! Canon please do this & I’m sure Nikon will follow!

22 johnny hendrawan January 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

-built-in flash which can control slave flashes
-all features of 7D and 60 D (virtual horizon, swivel lcd, etc)
-on-off button located like nikon, close to the shutter button
-smaller and lighter body
-faster processor

23 John Bourne January 14, 2011 at 3:41 am

my wish list
Optimised for stills. If that means no video sobeit.
Reduce resolution to the optimum for best IQ and performance.
Maximise dynamic range at all ISO settings
Maximise IQ at higher ISO – make ISO 256000 emimently usable.
Improve AF & AF tracking (but not with choice of 95 modes)
Faster frame rate (for stills – don’t care about video)
Implement auto ISO like Nikons (D90 preferred to D7K)
Improve evaluative metering (D300 or better) – no clipped highlights

24 Lloyd Flemming January 14, 2011 at 5:18 am

Articulated screen to make it easier on an old man’s back for macro photography.

Remove video functions or ….. autofocus for video and can view through viewfinder when using video.

25 Rui Silveira January 14, 2011 at 6:01 am

Video with auto-focus.
Problably an in camera focusing system to avoid noises from the lenses motor.

26 Henri January 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

My wish list;

Higher Sensitivity combined with less noise.
Level indication in the finder/on the leve view LCD (a must with TS lenses)
Faster AF with live view and even higher magnification rate for manual focusing on the LCD.
Simple, cheap GPS possibility.
Better AF system.
Stay using CF cards (I invested in high performance, expensive CF cards and want to stay using these!)
Better performance of TTL flash exposure, as the accuracy of TTL flash metering is very poor!!! I get too many badly exposed pictures. Nikon is way better in this aspect!

27 Henri January 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

Almost forgot: LCD that is movable as 60D!!!

And “leve view LCD” should be Live View LCD

28 Bill Mueller January 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

Faster and better focusing
7 or 9 exposures in Auto Bracketing
Lower noise at higher ISO
Remove all video functions, don’t need them, don’t want to pay for them
7D features like level and grid
RF control over speed lights rather than IR
Did I say remove the video
Oh yea, no video.

29 Gary Marin January 14, 2011 at 7:55 am

7D features with full frame sensor. Wait, how about even larger sensor than 35mm equivalent (more medium formatish)- raise the bar
How about a version optimized for stills with no on-board video (5D MKIIIs) and a version with improved video functionality (5D MKIIIv)
Video improvements would include articulated larger, brighter LCD, AUTO FOCUS in video mode, better sound management and microphone input
Dual CF data card slots with added ability to mix CF and SD cards
More brackets in AEB (7-9)
Built-in Wi-Fi to transfer files over network or send images to HDTV
Price below $3000

30 Elja Trum January 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

Always fun to think about improvements for my current camera.. :)
It’s amazing that (just as the 5D was) this camera still is as good as most of the newer competitors!

- Even better ISO performance
- Faster AF
- Dual cardslot
- Flipable display
- Better dynamic range
- HDR mode

31 Tareq alObaid January 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

1- increase number of AEB and have the option to choose number of AEB to 5 , 7 , and 9
2- manage the noise on higher ISO
3- electronic level
4- be able to see the manual color adjustment , on live view

32 Leo January 14, 2011 at 8:29 am

In fact the 5D mark II should have already an improved AF system compared with the older 5D (witch is still a fantastic camera, a remarkeble fact in digital land). But I can live with it, not such a big issue. As it predecessor it is a great camera, if you want a fast camera by a EOS 1D or 7D. I never use filming, I bought a photo camera, so for me go back to basic. But I do not think it will make the camera cheaper and it is not in the way of making pictures. In fact I could not think of ways to make the camera better, it already is só good :)

33 Dan Milham January 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

I’m with you on your first 3 points, AF could be better though it doesn’t bother me now. More fps would improve MY performance in certain situations and I don’t need any more mp either.

34 Vladimir Roznalevich January 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

Internal flash for commander mode (like nikon)

35 Jonathan Clifford Bergqvist January 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

7D-features with full-frame sensor. Improved moaré, aliasing and frame-rate options in Video. 1080 60p please. 1:1 Crop-mode for video.

In-house IS. <— The best new feature I've seen lately in DSLRs.

36 Jeffery Noble January 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

How about more dynamic range so that when you open up the shadows in post the blacks don’t fall apart and show banding. I still can’t understand why nobody talks about the loss of quality that occurs when you adjust images even at 100 iso. The 1D Mark III didn’t have this problem, so why is Canon going backwards in image quality? HD Video is great but what about the still image?

37 Barney Stgreet January 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

Would like to see a mirrow lock up button instead of going through the menu to lock it up. Nikon does a good job at this.

38 S W January 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Better AF.
100% viewfinder.
Mirror lockup lever on front of the body, not buried in the menu.
Square sensor same MP count.
Inbuilt flash transmitter.
Can we have a still camera only, if i shoot video it will be on a dedicated video camera.

39 Pepe Alvarez January 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

State of the art Video Autofocus as reliable as the Vixia camcorders!!!!!

40 R57 January 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm

more pixels> 100-150
dynamic range>
built-in flash

41 Gregory Fox January 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I don’t do video so my preferences are based on my still photo needs. I’m torn between getting a 7D or 5D MkII because I want the features of the 7D but the big sensor of the 5D. I don’t need 19 focusing points, but would like them to be spread out more. A built in weather sealed flash would be useful. An articulated LCD screen would be handy, especially for over the crowd or low shots or candids. I find flash exposures to be inconsistent. I would love to see that be more reliable. I favour fewer pixels in the interest of better low light performance. A quiet shutter would be good. The shutter on the 20D & 30D was too loud.

42 Varios January 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

My wishes are:
Canon CMOS noise in shadows areas is very ugly. It seems like lines with color noise (Awful). Nikon noise is much more like film was. The noise is aleatory (no in lines)
I want Canon resolve this, and then I’ll buy Canon 5D III

And a small built-in FLASH (very important)
Image quality is more important than megapixels, 21 MP is enough for 35 mm full frame CMOS.
Canon must work harder in aberrations and general image quality
More low prices, more people buy Canon cameras (This no so bad by now)

Thanks

43 Tarek January 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

less pixels (18) and better noise performance
100% viewfinder
better autofocus

44 Tarek January 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

and ability to see and shoot square

45 Edward Wenning January 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

GPS geotagging. Traveling with a Garmin GPS is a burden,
I have even switched to using an iPhone but then tagging the
Photos is extra time consuming work.

Arzier, Canton de Vaud. Switzerland

46 planetMitch January 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Late last year, we did a poll on what people wanted in the next pro level HDSLR – here’s what people said:

http://blog.planet5d.com/2010/12/top-5-hdslr-must-have-features-moviemakers-want-in-the-next-pro-hdslr/

47 Ostroscope January 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

An sRaw that is 13 (max.15) megapixels. No way I’m even considering this camera unless this is met!

48 Jake Kelly January 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

5D MkIII, has to have more focus points helps the sensor create better exposures, 100% accuracy full view finder no more guessing, improvements on noise control in low light ISO 3200 very good 6400 is usable, important for indoor church wedding images, interesting to see if the weather proofing can be improved, eliminates doubt when out in wet weather or on the beach all this in a smaller body, size is everything!!, smaller size less weight to carry around our neck with an L Lens attached while focusing on Cat Bells over Derwent Water, please Thanks Jake

49 Ross McElheny January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I would like to see much better noise performance, no video, 100% viewfinder, better auto focus, articulated LCD screen, dual card slots, higher dynamic range (2-3 stops) and much improved DxO Optics rating.

50 Lew Hann January 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I agree with those who mentioned:
-5 or 7 AEB points
-swivel screen
-less pixels for better noise performance, if that’s what it takes(it worked for my G11)
-built-in HDR processing would be nice
-like many, I could care less about video

51 Nils January 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Lower noise – higher ISO
In camera HDR
Built in “Pocketwizard” for remote flash, strobe and camera operation
Built in WiFi for wireless image downloads
Include a pop-up flash
Improved auto focus

52 Bill Faulkner January 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

The problem with the 5D2 as I see it is that now we want Canon to improve it as a video camera when they never finished it as a still camera. Start with the shutter button sensitivity and the shutter lag. Then, fix the focus, yes, with good outer focus points. Then consider that Canon makes the only f1.2 lenses (THE justification for full frame) but then shorts us not only on the focusing for those lenses, but also they short us on capturing the highlights these lenses are capable of; we don’t need high ISO, for these lenses, we need excellent low ISO (100, 50, and even 25), maybe even built-in ND filters. For the shallow DOF, we need focus bracketing, tied to faster frames per second, what could be so hard about that? In-body stabilization would certainly help with these lenses, no matter how fast the shutter speed is. Do we need an optical viewfinder? Can they improve Live View for zooming in on the focus point? Greater minds than mine can add stuff like dual-card slots and a vari-angle LCD, but the point is Canon never finished what they started with this camera. Video? What the hey. Now you want them to fix that? Which camera are we talking about?

53 mike January 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

- flipable Display (all directions)
- better ISO !!
- better dynamic range !!!
- better LiveView (remote ??? power consumption !)
- IS onboard of the camera :(
- bracketing more then +/-2 ev !! (+/-5 ev would be great or even more ??)
- incamera hdr
- build in flash

I am working with a 5D, the MKII does not give me sufficient reasons to change now.
I need definately ISO to be clean and high, 360° images need to be correctet everytime.
So dynamic range and HiIso is a must for me.

ciao
mike

54 Jackson January 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I, myself am a Nikon user but my dad owns a 5D Mk II and I am surprised that the autofocus only has 9 points. That is a definite area pending and improvement considering the Nikon D700 has a 51-point AF system. Also, faster frame rate. For a camera at this class, squeezing in 6-8 fps wouldn’t hurt.

55 norm olmschenk January 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

here is what I want on the new 5D mark 111. get rid of that damn double on switch on the bottom and have only one on switch on the top! no.2 If canon keeps that atrocious double on switch at least disconnect it from the exposure compensation. no.3 better low light focusing and faster focusing. no.4 still lower noise yet at high iso’s

56 Paul Grossman January 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

Low Noise at an extreme ISO
Truly effective, motion-following, autofocus during video
An optional, HUD (video eye-glasses) viewing system for use in bright light, reading histograms, telling if the focus (manual or auto) is really right on.
Less weight–better grip. How about a camera in two parts, with half of it worn on the hip.

57 Paul Grossman January 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

A panorama sweep function

58 Irwin Lightstone January 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

1. Better auto focusing for Bird photography, particularly in the off-center sensors. My 7D does a much better job.

2. More frames per second/ better buffer for continuous action. Again…my 7D does a better job here.

3. Better noise performance at higher ISOs. Each stop of USABLE speed, makes the camera that much better.

4. Better color management. I think the 1DS Mark III still has a cleaner more accurate colors. Certainly the top of the line Nikon does. Since Canon has not seen fit to produce a successor in the 1DS series, it needs to upgrade the 5D series.

5. Greater exposure compensation range…+/- 2 stops is often insufficient.

6. Greater dynamic range. HDR is only necessary because of the insufficient dynamic range of existing sensors.

59 BOBBY V January 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

On P mode you should have a dept of field of F8

60 BOBBY V January 16, 2011 at 12:16 am

dept of field should be F8 on the green dial mode

61 AKC January 16, 2011 at 5:04 am

Absolute must haves!!!

1. Pop-up flash for fill-in
2. AF comparable to Nikon D700
3. AF in Video

Swivel LCD like D60 would be an added plus.

62 Seamus Reid January 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Better low light capture still not as good as nikon but not far behind

63 Seamus Reid January 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

one more point is on autofocus points we need more of them covering a larger area

64 Indrajit Sathe January 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

I want to see the following two features in 5D Mark III, whenever it is launched:
1. Gyroscopic level as in 7D
2. Multiple exposure facility, which was there in film cameras

65 Abie January 18, 2011 at 4:14 am

For Stills:
I would love to have at least 15 additional focusing squares on the surrounding the already existing focusing squares.
At least 26MP
Faster Frame rate & buffer
Pop-up flash(its a prosumer camera after all)

For Video:
AUTO FOCUS FOR VIDEO
Fix parallax issue
Better Sensor for noise in blacks and to hold more detail in highlights
Mic on top or in front
Faster and slower frame rates

66 zahid January 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

There are whole bunch of things that canon do to improve the camera but to least meet next gen features, here are few to start with:
1) USB3.0 for fast down load
2) Wireless streaming my be cost in camera so least wireless remote built in with FLASH wireless flash trigger included as well
3) Allow timer >30sec and all remote trigger delay and time features added
4) Allow view image rotation in case the camera is inverted etc
5) add switches for auto bracketing and mirror lock external feature switches
6) Need better dynamic range sensor Vs low light that cameras appears to be moving towards – so one can almost do HDR quality shot without having to take multiple shots…low light shots being noisy are also most throw away
7) Improve meeting to multiple reading and capture to memory i.e high, mid and low and average of 3-4 1deg readings with memory built in like T90
8) For pro essential to have 2-3 custom features for indoor flash, out door fill and normal shot..all other features from the the dial could even be removed
9) Allow contrast Vs phase focusing
10) Ability to Transfer camera setting from recorded shot to camera for next shoot so user can select best recoded shot including metering for new shot and over ride with compensation as needed without further trial and error
11) USB to allow override off all camera setting including dial modes…current USB link can not change the camera AV to TV etc….
12) Ability to add notes and ref shots given the high reds LCD as reminders of type example of shots to shoot in the field or studio
13) Meeting to compensate so by +_2 stops so white is shot as white and black as black rather than the meeter to adjust for mid level 5 where user is make to compensate..new way of thinking about meeting Vs the old fashioned though of a gray card…photographers have changed and so should rules to apply such knowledge.
14) Auto mode where camera takes a shot and than adjusts meeting to compensate for highs and lows and allows the photographer to decide which direction he would like his dynamic range to move in order to allow more details in the shot
15) With modern optics and focusing, photographer should be able to dial distance to for sharpest focus for the shot or read precise distance back!
16) Ability for motion triggered shots
17) Ability to shoot +- at preset focus points

Above are just the basic changes that are easy to add….many more features like your readers already mention such as level, grid, LCD swivel, Wi-Fi for smart phone pre-view and control, HDMI 1.3 including power, charging from USB and multi-camera sync.

More to the point, the sensor technology needs to support much higher dynamic range. After all camera is sensor and lens. Adding a DSP for digital process which has resulted in added features in cameras that many do not use….so while we need to simplify the user interface, lot of the dial features now days can almost be removed. As mentioned above, may pros would love only 3 dial setting for shooting weddings indor and outdoor.

67 zahid January 21, 2011 at 2:39 am

There are whole bunch of things that canon can do to improve the camera but to least meet next gen features, here are few to start with:

1) USB3.0 for fast down load
2) Wireless streaming may be costly in camera so least wireless remote built in with wireless flash transmitter included
3) Allow timer >30sec and all remote trigger delay and time features added that one needs to buy an external controller
4) Allow view image rotation in case the camera is inverted etc
5) Add switches for auto bracketing and mirror lock than to through Manu
6) Need better dynamic range sensor Vs low light that cameras appears to be moving towards – so one can almost do HDR quality shot without having to take multiple shots
7) Improve meeting to multiple reading and capture to memory i.e high, mid and low and average of 3-4 1deg readings with memory built in like T90
8) For pro essential to have 2-3 custom features for indoor flash, outdoor fill and normal shoot. All other features from the dial could even be removed
9) Allow contrast or phase focusing based on scene – one based on sensor and other on optical/separate focus sensor…let user select which is speeder
10) Ability to Transfer camera setting from recorded shot to camera for next shoot so user can select best recoded shot including metering for new shot and over ride with compensation as needed without further trial and error – filing a patent here in cacse canon or Nikon have interest in this feature
11) USB to allow override off all camera setting including dial modes…current USB link cannot change the camera AV to TV etc….
12) Ability to add notes and ref shots given the high resolution LCD as reminders of type example of shots to shoot in the field or studio or refer to prior notes.
13) Meeting to compensate by+_2 stops so “white” is shot as “white” and “black” as “black” rather than the meter trying to meet mid-level 5 reading where user has to compensate. It’s a New way of thinking about meeting Vs the old fashioned by use of a gray card…photographers have changed and so should sensors…I know segment meeting is meant to this and does it? I now always use spot and compensate!
14) Auto mode where camera takes a shot and then adjusts meeting to compensate for highs and lows and allows the photographer to decide which direction he would like his dynamic range to move in order to allow more details in the shot i.e shift dynamic rage to one end or the other given sensor can manage only 9-11 stops either end of a high contrast shot!
15) With modern optics and focusing, photographer should be able to dial distance to for sharpest focus for the shot or read precise distance back of an object and decide on depth of field Vs focus 1/3 of the way out on high f stop?…we have the technology.
16) Ability for motion triggered shots
17) Ability to shoot +- at preset focus points over multiple shots
Above are just the basic changes that are easy to add….many more features like your readers already mention such as level, grid, LCD swivel, Wi-Fi for smart phone pre-view and control, HDMI 1.3 including power for 2nd LCD display like the Sony’s LCD shown at CES, charging from USB and multi-camera sync in case I take 2-3 camera out to say shoot car racing etc.
More to the point, the sensor technology needs to support much higher dynamic range. After all, cameras is sensor and lens basically. Adding a DSP for digital image processing, which has resulted in added features in cameras that are spin off algorithms but never used. ….so while we need to simplify the user interface, lot of the offered features through menu or dial now days can almost be removed.
As mentioned above, may pros would love only 3 dial setting for shooting weddings indoor and outdoor…ya that is only a portion of the market so camera needs to have few more modes for marketing so we add sports modes, macro short mode etc…But less face it, people buying 5D III are knowledgeable lot and we pay for quality and edge above the point and shoot. So it’s up to canon but technology allows lot more than they are putting in today’s camera.

Many more I can mention but Let’s see what others have to say 1st.

68 carlos February 4, 2011 at 12:56 am

A better white balance in auto mode (AWB).

69 John February 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

Built-in DOF calculator. It’s a real pain having to carry & use a separate DOF calculator, when the camera is ideally positioined to do this. It already known your aperture, focal length, focus setting, & sensor size; it just needs a few lines of firmware to build a really convenient depth-of-field calculator around that information.

70 John Spoltore February 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

I would like to see the following aditions to a new Canon 5D:
1. Standard mode dial lock
2. Ability to do multiple exposures
3. Grid overlays seen through the viewfinder that will crop to square format & 8×10 print size
4. Built in flash
5. Better noise reduction at high ISO
6. Swivel rear camera viewing window
7. More focusing points
8. Better lowewr light auto focus
9. Saturation menu mode for all colors

71 James February 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

I would like to see a 100% viewfinder in the 5 d Mark III.

72 Gary Sanchez February 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I want much better high ISO/low noise performance and I would like to be able to take a very quick 9 or more bracketed shots for HDR. Or, how about some logic that processes one shot at different exposures, or, even better, the option to auto bracket sensitivities. And, while we’re at it, how about auto bracketing focus for focus stacking, or, even better, optional auto focus stacking.

73 Peter Davies February 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Flippable display
Better high ISO – less noise
HDR without bracketting

74 Robert Sachs February 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

The 5d has video?

Haven’t used it yet, that’s what my video camera is for (or even a flip video). For me me it’s a still camera and that’s all I’ll use it for.
Many things have been suggested and I agree with most. What I’m looking for now is a Canon camera that has more megapixels approaching 4×5. I want as much resolution as I can get when I make the big print.
And love the 100% viewfinder idea!

75 Rudresh Bhagat February 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

The Focus points are too close to each other towards the centre of the frame, REALLY need to improve it.

The AV mode almost always underexposes, Need improvement on that (Exposure compensation is NOT an alternative, I WON”T buy that arguement)

If possible the overall weight can be reduced! (or is that asking for too much)

This primarily being a stills cam, i wont care much about this but the sound recording quality needs to improve a lot. A lot of motor noise/crackling sound!

76 dbltapp February 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Just make it 8fps and I’ll order it.

77 Jan February 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My 5d III wishlist:
- better and expanded high ISO performance
- better AF
- wireless flash support
- 2nd card slot for SD
- improved dynamic range
- super convenient ISO value adjust button / ring
- mirror lockup button & better on/off switch location
- more fps burst
- swivel display
Not-list:
- no built-in flash; no integrated battery grip
- no higher megapixelcount
- no direct print button

78 Howard Grill April 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Please, please, please 7 shot AEB sequence…..criminal that they haven’t fixed this in firmware.

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