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?