Canon EOS 5D Mark III Officially Unveiled

 

Canon 5D Mark III

The Canon 5D Mark III is finally official.  The camera offers a 22MP full frame CMOS image sensor at captures 1080p HD video as we expected.  A couple of key features set it apart from its predecessor.  First, the camera features the same, improved video capture formats in the edit-friendly ALL-I and the compression-friendly IPB formats. The 5D Mark III also steps up big in the still imagery specs – offering a max 6 fps capture rate and a new 61-point AF system.

However, Canon opted to keep virtually the 5D Mark III at the same resolution as its predecessor – a stark contrast to Nikon’s move to bump the D800 up to 36MP. In addition to the 5D Mark III, Canon has introduced a new flash, the Speedlite 600EX-RT, and new wireless radio trigger is the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT.

Canon 600EX-RT

Canon 600EX-RT

The “RT” those accessory names apparently stands for “radio transmitting” because that’s how these triggers work.  With a max distance of about 100-feet, you can control up to 5 groups, or 15 individual flashes, from the single ST-E3-RT transmitter.

Pre-order options for the 5D Mark III now up at B&H Photo.

Continue below for official specs and more images.  

Speedlite 600EX-RT Key Features

  • New wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication
  • Zoom flash head covers wide range of 20-200mm; Max. Guide No. 197 ft./60m at ISO 100
  • Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance
  • 18 Custom and 3 Personal Functions for creative flexibility

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key Features

  • Newly designed wireless system uses 2-way radio wave communication for enhanced communication among master and slave units
  • Achieves a transmission distance of up to 98.4 ft. / 30m, all at a 360 degree angle
  • Up to 5 groups, or 15 individual flashes can be controlled via 1 transmitter
  • Supports E-TTL II flash, manual flash, stroboscopic and external flash metering

More 5D Mark III Official Images:

22.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor

Delight in images of extraordinary beauty and clarity which only a full-frame sensor can provide.

 New DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

Expect fast processing, superb tonal gradation and color reproduction from Canon’s most advanced processor to date.

Class-leading ISO Performance

Seize creative opportunities in any light with extended ISO coverage from 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 102,400).

High Precision 61-point Autofocus

Stay focused with the high-speed, high-precision 61-point AF system that also excels in low light.

Quick-fire 6 fps Shooting

Capture split-second action at 22.3 megapixels with continuous shooting speeds of up to 6 frames per second.

iFCL 63-zone Metering Sensor

Get perfect exposure with the iFCL 63-zone dual layer metering sensor that analyses focus, colour and luminance.

Enhanced Full HD Movie Recording

Expand your creativity with improved quality Full HD (1080p) movie recording and finer image control.

Weather-resistant Construction

Enjoy reliability in any environment with a rugged dust-proof and water-resistant construction.

Intelligent Viewfinder

Shoot more accurately with a refined viewfinder that offers 100% coverage and a 0.71x magnification ratio.

3.2″ Clear View LCD II

See your photos in detail on the large 3.2″ Clear View LCD II with 1.04 million dot resolution.

Dual Memory Card Slots

Enjoy versatile use with dual CompactFlash and SD Card slots.

New Lenses & Accessories

Broaden the capabilities of your EOS 5D Mark III with a wide array of the latest accessories to complete your DSLR experience.

Canon 5D Mark III Press Release

Canon U.S.A. Announces the Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Featuring Improved Image Quality, a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Six fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting and Enhanced HD Video Recording Features
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon’s top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking, including better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon’s answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon’s 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon’s award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.

 

“We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a ‘game-changer’ in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon’s recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers.

EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon’s recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon’s commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera’s image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moir‚ and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. The video footage produced will exhibit less moir‚ than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera’s automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.

Newly Developed Canon CMOS Sensor

With its completely new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the EOS 5D Mark III becomes the highest resolution Canon Digital SLR released to date. It is eminently suitable for a wide variety of assignments including weddings and portraits, nature and wildlife, travel and landscapes as well as commercial and industrial photography. With a gapless microlens design, a new photodiode structure and improved on-chip noise reduction, the new sensor achieves higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for both RAW image data as well as in-camera JPEGs and EOS Movies compared to the 5D Mark II. The result is outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions, even low light. An eight-channel readout doubles the speed of image data throughput from the sensor to the DIGIC 5+ processor, resulting in better video image quality as well as six fps for still photos.

The low-light capability of the EOS 5D Mark III is evident in its incredible ISO range and image quality in poor lighting conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 25,600 within its standard range, the new model also offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two extended ISO settings of 51,200 and 102,400, well suited for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

The new 5D Mark III is also equipped with Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a fluorine coating that repels dust and dirt particles.

Canon-Exclusive DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

The EOS 5D Mark III’s new DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4.The EOS 5D Mark III uses that extra speed not only for improved image quality, but also to add no less than nine new features that do not exist on the 5D Mark II. These new features include six fps continuous shooting, HDR and Multiple Exposure modes, in-camera RAW processing, a comparative playback function, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, two forms of movie compression, and support for high-speed UDMA 7 Compact Flash memory cards.

Another extremely valuable feature enhanced by the DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is the EOS 5D Mark III’s choice of reduced resolution M-RAW (10.5 megapixel) and S-RAW (5.5 megapixel) recording modes. These settings are particularly useful to wedding photographers for candid photos that do not require the EOS 5D Mark III’s 22 megapixel full resolution, because they take up less space on the memory cards and speed up post-processing without losing the critical benefits of RAW image data, such as highlight and shadow control as well as white balance adjustment. M-RAW and S-RAW also preserve the full field of view rather than cropping the image or resorting to JPEG mode to reduce resolution.

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

For still photographers, Canon has included its new 61-point High Density Reticular AF System, originally introduced with the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X professional camera. A significant advancement over previous 5D-series AF systems, the new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF included in the EOS 5D Mark III is the most sophisticated SLR AF system Canon has ever released. All 61 points are manually selectable and sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The camera’s twenty one focusing points in the central area are also standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The center five points are ultra-high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. The 20 outer focusing points function as high-precision cross-type points with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low-light sensitivity to EV -2, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models). A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same high-performance AI Servo III AF tracking algorithm as the flagship EOS-1D X professional DSLR. This new feature works together with the 61-point High Density Reticular AF system to provide superb tracking performance that blends very well with the new camera’s 6 frames-per-second high-speed continuous shooting capabilities.

Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D and EOS-1D X camera models, the EOS 5D Mark III offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection.

iFCL Metering

Complementing the EOS 5D Mark III camera’s 61-point AF system is Canon’s 63-zone iFCL dual layer metering system. The ‘FCL’ stands for ‘Focus, Color and Luminance,’ and references the fact that the metering system not only measures color and luminance data, but also analyzes the data provided by each point of the AF system. Canon’s iFCL metering keeps exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes. The camera’s autofocus information is also used to help determine which area of the scene is of greatest importance in determining exposure.

HDR Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III camera features a built-in HDR mode, merging three images at various exposure levels into a single image, in-camera, for stunning photographs of landscapes and architecture with enhanced tonal gradation beyond the range of the naked eye. The exposure levels in the camera’s HDR mode can be set to cover a range of up to ñ3 stops, in a choice of five settings: Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed providing unique visual effects. Individual source images can be saved as separate files, and the HDR mode has an optional automatic alignment function that can be useful for hand-held shooting. The EOS 5D Mark III’s standard Auto Exposure Bracketing function has been upgraded to allow for up to seven exposures per sequence, and exposure compensation can now be set for up to +/- 5EV.

Multiple Exposure Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III is the second EOS Digital SLR after the EOS-1D X to feature Multiple Exposure capabilities with the ability to combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera’s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 5D Mark III camera’s Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image, or shoot continuously when photographing moving subjects.

Comparative Playback

A new feature seen for the first time in the EOS System on the 5D Mark III is Comparative Playback allowing photographers to display two images side by side on the camera’s 3.2-inch LCD screen. The images can be displayed with a histogram to check exposure levels, or magnified to check for focus or facial expressions.

Durability, Reliability and Other Features

The EOS 5D Mark III features a rugged camera body with magnesium alloy body covers and a stainless steel lens mount. The new camera also has dust- and moisture-resistant design with improved gaskets and seals. Although not quite as weatherproof as an EOS-1D-series camera, the EOS 5D Mark III does feature improved weather resistance over the EOS 5D Mark II model. The EOS 5D Mark III’s newly developed shutter unit has a durability rating of 150,000 exposures, and shutter release lag time has been reduced to 59 milliseconds, making the shutter button very responsive. Canon’s locking mode dial is standard on the new model and a new custom function allows photographers to shut off other dials to prevent inadvertent operation.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack as other popular EOS cameras like the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D. Battery life is estimated at 950 exposures at normal temperatures, an improvement of 100 exposures more than the EOS 5D Mark II. The EOS 5D Mark III body weighs approximately 33.5 oz. with a battery installed, and the dimensions are approximately 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches.

The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates Silent shooting modes, available for low-speed continuous shooting as well as single exposures. This feature is ideal when photographing in quiet environments. For better file management especially when working with multiple cameras, the new model also supports custom file names. There is also a new image rating feature that lets photographers rank their photos from 1 to 5 stars for quick editing.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot resolution. This is the same screen that’s used in the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. The camera’s optical viewfinder has been upgraded to approximately 100 percent coverage, and it features an Intelligent Viewfinder display with an optional grid on demand. The EOS 5D Mark III also has a built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level that can be displayed on both the LCD screen and the optical viewfinder.

The EOS 5D Mark III accepts both Compact Flash Type 1 and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in a dual card slot configuration. Three recording methods are supported: Record the same data to both cards, record different file sizes or types to each card, or automatically switch to the second card when the first card is full.

Accessories

The EOS 5D Mark III DSLR also has a number of new optional accessories, including the new Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n signal protocols for various network environments. The WFT-E7A connects to the camera through its USB port and includes a built-in gigabit Ethernet connection, time syncing for multiple cameras on the same network, FTP mode, EOS Utility mode, WFT Server mode and Media Server mode. With this new WFT model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.

The EOS 5D Mark III also has an optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, which can be connected to the camera via the accessory shoe or a USB cable. With a GPS logging function built-in, the GP-E2 will log latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code – and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting. With its built-in compass, the GP-E2 receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically. The Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 is compatible with the EOS-1D X and EOS 7Di as well as the EOS 5D Mark III.ii

Battery Grip BG-E11 is an optional accessory for the EOS 5D Mark III that accepts one or two LP-E6 lithium-ion battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries. This new grip has a multicontroller and a multifunction (M.Fn) button together a with a full set of grip controls for easy operation when shooting portraits or other vertical format photos. The BG-E11 is made from sturdy magnesium alloy and has the same degree of weather resistance as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Speedlite 600EX-RT

In addition to the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon is also announcing the first professional Speedlite on the market with a built-in wireless radio transmitter, the new Speedlite 600EX-RT. The new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is the flagship model in the Speedlite line, ideal for wedding portrait and photojournalism. Compatible with all EOS Digital SLRs, this new model eliminates the need for accessory radio slave units and their inherent limitations. Speedlite 600EX-RT features Master-Slave two-way transmission, letting the photographer control the Speedlite settings directly from the “Master” camera.

Radio-based Wireless E-TTL can be performed with up to 15 Speedlite 600EX-RT “slave units”, used off-camera up to 98.4 feet (30m) away, and triggered by either a “Master” 600EX-RT on-camera, or the optional new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Used with the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X, up to five groups of flashes can be completely controlled, independently, off-camera. And, it remains fully compatible with Canon’s legacy optical-based Wireless E-TTL technology, for users already committed to existing EOS Speedlites. The Speedlite features enhanced weather-resistant construction – matching that of the EOS-1D X camera body – and a more reliable electrical contact. The flash head zoom range now reaches from 20mm to 200mm.The Speedlite also allows remote shutter release of a single EOS camera, or Linked Shooting (simultaneous firing of up to 15 cameras, when one “Master” camera is fired), and includes gelatin filters and a dedicated filter holder to help photographers match ambient light.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Canon is also introducing the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Providing full support of Canon’s new radio-based wireless flash technology, the new ST-E3-RT can control up to five groups of flashes, up to 98.4 feet (30m) from the camera. The remote shutter release capability enables photographers to either fire a single camera remotely (by pressing a button on the ST-E3-RT), or to fire up to 15 EOS cameras with Canon’s Linked Shooting feature. Making it easy to control and adjust, all of the Speedlite Transmitter features are accessible through the Flash control menu of the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera is expected to be available at the end of March 2012 and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $3,499.00. The EOS 5D Mark III will also be available with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens in a kit for an estimated retail price of $4,299.00. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A is scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012 at an estimated retail price of $849.99. Availability for GPS Receiver GP-E2 is expected by the end of April 2012, with an estimated retail price of $390.00.Battery Grip BG-E11 is scheduled to be available at the end of April 2012 for an estimated retail price of $490.00. The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are also scheduled for end of March 2012 availability at estimated retail prices of $629.99 and $470.00 respectively.

Specifications for EOS 5D Mark III

Type
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF / AE camera
Recording Media CF card (Type I, UDMA mode 7-compatible), SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size Approx. 36 x 24mm
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
(35 mm-equivalent lens focal length will be as indicated on the lens)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels Approx. 22.30 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Dust Delete Feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording enabled
Recording Pixels L (Large): Approx. 22.10 megapixels (5760 x 3840)
M (Medium): Approx. 9.80 megapixels (3840 x 2560)
S1 (Small 1): Approx. 5.50 megapixels (2880 x 1920)
S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: Approx. 22.10 megapixels (5760 x 3840)
M-RAW: Approx. 10.50 megapixels (3960 x 2640)
S-RAW: Approx. 5.50 megapixels (2880 x 1920)
Recording function Standard, Auto switch card, Rec. separately, Rec. to multiple
Create / Select a Folder Possible
File name Preset code, User setting 1, User setting 2
File numbering Continuous, auto reset, manual reset
Image Processing During Shooting
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Colour temperature setting (Approx. 2500 – 10000K), White balance correction, and White balance bracketing possible
* Flash colour temperature information transmission enabled
Noise Reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic Image Brightness Correction Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight Tone Priority Provided
Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction
Viewfinder
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical / Horizontal Approx. 100% (with Eye point Approx. 21mm)
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens center at -1m-1)
Build-in Dioptric adjustment Approx. -3.0 – +1.0m-1 (dpt)
Focusing Screen Fixed
AF status indicator Provided
Grid display Provided
Electronic level Horizontal: 1° increments, ±6°
Vertical: 1° increments, ±4°
* During horizontal shooting
Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field Preview Provided
Autofocus
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF Points 61 points (Up to 41 cross-type points)
* Number of available AF points and cross-type points vary depending on the lens.
Focusing Brightness Range EV -2 – 18 (with center f/2.8 AF point, 23°C / 73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Area Selection Modes Single-point Spot AF (manual selection), Single-point AF (manual selection), AF point expansion (manual selection; up, down, left, and right), AF point expansion (manual selection; surround), Zone AF (manual selection), Auto selection of 61 AF points
AF Configuration Tool Case 1 – 6
AI Servo Characteristics Tracking sensitivity, Acceleration / deceleration tracking, AF point auto switching
AF Fine Adjustment AF Microadjustment (All lenses by same amount or Adjust by lens)
AF-assist Beam Emitted by the EOS-dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering Modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering

Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (Approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (Approx. 1.5% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 – 20 (at 23°C / 73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
ISO Speed (Recommended exposure index) Scene Intelligent Auto: ISO 100 – 12800 set automatically P, Tv, Av, M, B: Auto ISO, ISO 100 – 25600 (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), or ISO expansion to L (50), H1 (equivalent to ISO 51200), H2 (equivalent to ISO 102400)
ISO Speed Settings ISO speed range, Auto ISO range, and Auto ISO minimum shutter speed settable
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (Can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
HDR Shooting
Dynamic Range Adjustment Auto, ±1 EV, ±2 EV, ±3 EV
Effect Natural, Art standard, Art vivid, Art bold, Art embossed
Auto Image Align Possible
Multiple Exposures
Shooting Method Function / control priority, Continuous shooting priority
No. of Multiple Exposures 2 to 9 exposures
Multiple-Exposure Control Additive, Average, Bright, Dark
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000sec. to 1/60sec. (Scene Intelligent Auto mode), X-sync at 1/200sec.
* With a wide-angle lens, the shutter speed may be 1/60sec. or slower.
1/8000sec. to 30secs., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Drive System
Drive Modes Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10secs. self-timer / remote control, 2secs. self-timer / remote control
Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed continuous shooting: Max. Approx. 6 shots/sec.
Low-speed continuous shooting: Max. Approx. 3 shots/sec.
Silent continuous shooting: Max. Approx. 3 shots/sec.
Max. Burst JPEG Large / Fine: Approx. 65 shots (Approx. 16270 shots)
RAW: Approx. 13 shots (Approx. 18 shots)
RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx. 7 shots (Approx. 7 shots)
* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and a 8GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an UDMA mode 7, 128GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.
External Speedlite
Compatible Speedlites EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock Provided
PC Terminal Provided
External Speedlite control Provided
* Compatible with radio wireless flash photography.
Live View Shooting
Shooting Modes 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Focusing Modes Live mode, Face detection Live mode (contrast detection), Quick mode (phase-difference detection), Manual focusing (Approx. 5x / 10x magnification possible)
Focusing brightness range EV 1 – 18 (with contrast detection, at 23°C / 73°F, ISO 100)
Metering Modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C / 73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent Shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Three Types Three types
Movie Shooting
Movie Recording Compression MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio Recording Format Linear PCM
Recording Format MOV
Recording Size And Frame Rate 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p / 25p / 24p
1280 x 720 (HD): 60p / 50p
640 x 480 (SD): 30p / 25p
* 30p: 29.97fps, 25p: 25.00fps, 24p: 23.976fps, 60p: 59.94fps, 50p: 50.00fps
Compression Method ALL-I (I-only), IPB
File size 1920 x 1080
(30p / 25p / 24p) / IPB:
Approx. 235MB/min.
1920 x 1080
(30p / 25p / 24p) / ALL-I :
Approx. 685MB/min.
1280 x 720
(60p / 50p) / IPB:
Approx. 205MB/min.
1280 x 720
(60p / 50p) / ALL-I:
Approx. 610MB/min.
640 x 480
(30p / 25p) / IPB:
Approx. 78MB/min.
* Card reading / writing speed necessary for movie shooting:
CF card: IPB: at least 10MB per sec. / ALL-I: at least 30MB per sec.
SD card: IPB: at least 6MB per sec. / ALL-I: at least 20MB per sec.
Focus Modes Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering Modes Center-weighted average and Evaluative metering with the image sensor
* Automatically set by the focusing mode.
Metering Range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C / 73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control 1. Autoexposure,
2. Shutter-priority AE,
3. Aperture-priority AE,
4. Manual exposure
* With 1, 2, and 3, exposure compensation and AE lock are possible (except in Scene Intelligent Auto mode).
Exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (±5 stops for still photos)
ISO speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Scene Intelligent Auto and Tv: Automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800
P, Av, and B: Automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800 expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 25600)
M: Auto ISO (automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800), ISO 100 – 12800 set manually (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 16000 / 20000 / 25600)
Time Code Supported
Drop Frames Compatible with 60p / 30p
Sound Recording Built-in monaural microphone, external stereo microphone terminal provided
Sound recording level adjustable, wind filter provided
Headphones Headphone terminal provided
Grid Display Three types
Still Photos Possible
LCD Monitor
Type TFT colour, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size and Dots Wide, 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) (3:2) with Approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness Adjustment Auto (Dark, Standard, Bright), Manual (7 levels)
Electronic Level Horizontal: 1° increments, ±6°
Vertical: 1° increments, ±4°
Interface Languages 25
Feature Guide Displayable
Playback
Image Display Formats Single image display, Single image + Info display (Basic info, shooting info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, 2-image display
Highlight Alert Overexposed highlights blink
AF Point Display Possible
Grid Display Three types
Zoom Magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x, starting magnification and position settable
Image Browsing Methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating
Image Rotate Possible
Ratings Provided
Movie Playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video / audio OUT, HDMI OUT), built-in speaker
Slide Show All images, by date, by folder, movies, stills, or by rating
Image protect: Possible
Copying images Possible
Post-Processing of Images
In-camera RAW Image Processing Brightness correction, White balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality, Colour space, Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, and Chromatic aberration correction
Resize Possible
Direct Printing
Compatible Printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images JPEG and RAW images
Print Ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Image Transfer
Transferrable Images Still photos (JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG images), Movies
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 13
My Menu Registration Possible
Custom Shooting Modes Register under Mode Dial’s C1 / C2 / C3
Copyright Information Entry and inclusion enabled
Interface
Audio / Video OUT/ Digital Terminal Analog video (Compatible with NTSC / PAL) / stereo audio output
Personal computer communication, Direct printing (Hi-Speed USB or equivalent), Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7, GPS Receiver GP-E2 connection
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External Microphone IN Terminal 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Headphone terminal 3.5mm stereo mini-jack
Remote Control Terminal Compatible with N3-type remote controller
Wireless Remote Control Remote Controller RC-6
Eye-Fi card Compatible
Power
Battery Battery Pack LP-E6 (Quantity 1)
* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6.
* With Battery Grip BG-E11 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used.
Battery Information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, Recharge performance, and Battery registration possible
Battery Life (Based on CIPA testing standards) With viewfinder shooting: Approx. 950 shots at 23°C / 73°F, Approx. 850 shots at 0°C / 32°F
With Live View shooting: Approx. 200 shots at 23°C / 73°F, Approx. 180 shots at 0°C / 32°F
Movie Shooting Ttime Approx. 1hr. 30mins. at 23°C / 73°F
Approx. 1hr. 20mins. at 0°C / 32°F
(with fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E6)
Date / Time Battery CR1616 lithium battery (Quantity 1)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4mm / 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0in.
Weight Approx. 950g / 33.5oz. (CIPA Guidelines),
Approx. 860g / 30.3oz. (Body only)
Operating Environment
Working Temperature Range 0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working Humidity 85% or less
Battery Pack LP-E6
Type Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Rated Voltage 7.2 V DC
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 38.4 x 21.0 x 56.8mm / 1.5 x 0.8 x 2.2in.
Weight Approx. 80g / 2.8oz.
Battery Charger LC-E6
Compatible Battery Battery Pack LP-E6
Recharging Time Approx. 2hrs. 30mins.
Rated Input 100 – 240 V AC (50 / 60 Hz)
Rated Output 8.4 V DC / 1.2 A
Working Temperature Range 5°C – 40°C / 41°F – 104°F
Working Humidity 85% or less
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 69.0 x 33.0 x 93.0mm / 2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7in.
Weight Approx. 130g / 4.6oz.
Battery Charger LC-E6E
Compatible Battery Battery Pack LP-E6
Power cord length Approx. 1m / 3.3ft.
Recharging Time Approx. 2hrs. 30mins.
Rated Input 100 – 240 V AC (50 / 60 Hz)
Rated Output 8.4 V DC / 1.2 A
Working Temperature Range 5°C – 40°C / 41°F – 104°F
Working Humidity 85% or less
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 69.0 x 33.0 x 93.0mm / 2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7in.
Weight Approx. 125g / 4.4oz. (excluding power cord)
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Angle of View Diagonal extent: 84° – 23°20′
Horizontal extent: 74° – 19°20′
Vertical extent: 53° – 13°
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Aperture f/22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.45m / 1.48ft. (from image sensor plane)
Max. Magnification 0.23x (at 105mm)
Field of View 535 x 345 – 158 x 106mm / 21.1 x 13.6 – 6.2 x 4.2in. (at 0.45m)
Image Stabilizer Lens shift type
Filter Size 77mm
Lens Cap E-77U
Max. Diameter x Length 83.5 x 107mm / 3.3 x 4.2in.
Weight Approx. 670g / 23.6oz.
Hood EW-83H
Case LP1219
* All the data above is based on Canon’s testing standards and CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards and guidelines.
* Dimensions, maximum diameter, length and weight listed above are based on CIPA Guidelines (except weight for camera body only).
* Product specifications and the exterior are subject to change without notice.
* If a problem occurs with a non-Canon lens attached to the camera, consult the respective lens maker.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    After 3 year Canon give us 1 more megapixel, maybe an auto-focus that actually works, and set the price much higher. Honestly it’s very disappointing, the images are rather be super-mind-blowing or it might be the fail of the year. I have a Canon 7D, was waiting for that announcement, but I’m still looking at the other side… the D800. Let’s wait for the samples.

    • edgie says

      Uh, it’s a 1D AF system in a 5D body which is exactly what everybody’s been screaming for for years now.

  2. Tim L says

    Actually, if the IQ has improved I’m sold. Love the AF. Wish they’d gone farther with the weather sealing. The electronic levels are very welcome. Gapless sensor is great news for low light shooters (bigger pixels). As for the multiple exposures, in-camera HDR, comparative exposure (on a 3.2″ screen???) and other in-camera gimmickry, I wish Canon would have junked it and given serious shooters something that would be a little more useful. In-camera time lapse, for example, would have been awesome. Also love the ability to shoot 60fps with video—wish it was at 1080p— but that will be fun. And no 12 minute file limit. Excellent. The GPS accessory is overpriced but maybe it opens the door for a more reasonable Chinese alternative after a few months. On the whole, I approve.

    As for the flash system, HURRAY! Finally Canon has provided the most obvious improvement any company could make to their flash system. Sorry, McNally. Only available on Canon.

  3. Jerry says

    Not sure this lives up to my expectations, was hoping for much more in the megapixal department. Oh well maybe they have another camera for the still photographers coming up, if not this may mean a brand change!

  4. Tim L says

    I see they’ve also given us +/-5 stop exposure compensation. My only gripe that wasn’t addressed appears to be auto ISO in manual mode. Otherwise, it is appears to address every concern. It’s a pretty penny to be sure but my order is in.

    • Tim L says

      Oops. Auto ISO in manual mode is included! So maybe the 5D3 doesn’t have the one big feature that the previous two iterations included but it includes a bunch of little improvements that I have been asking for since the original. There’s not a single feature I’ve wanted (other than a “make weightless” button) that isn’t included. Wow.

  5. zahid says

    Some definite improvements and in particular: AF, the +-5EV range and HD inclusion.
    Canon always does a little more to capture new buyers but not enough for the current owners of 5D II just like the 5D.
    I personally still see it little behind the times and Nikon has the led here for me but I am a canon supported and excited to see the guessing features is over for another 2-3 years. More so the Pix count has finally hit its limit & now its speed and additional features that we used to do in PS

  6. says

    I knew it! When images of the mystery EOS dSLR that was tested by a Canon Japan employee in Kenya was published on several photography gear sites some weeks back, I was very certain that it would be the successor to the 5D Mk II (now as we know, has been officially declared as the 5D Mk III and not “5D-X”).

    Several people who posted comments said that it would be the 7D Mk II, but from Canon’s point of view, the existing 7D has yet to reach its market maturity while the 2008-era, 5D Mk II was in dire need of an upgrade. With Nikon’s D800 already in the market, it made more sense for Canon to address the aging 5D Mk II than to upgrade the 7D.

    The 5D Mk III’s 6 fps provides an adequate continuous burst speed for most people, just 0.3 frames/sec slower than the legendary EOS 50D but still faster than the 3.9fps that the 5D Mk II could muster.

    What’s too bad is that with its higher sticker price than the 5D Mk II, Canon’s full frame dSLRs will still be out of reach from many Canon crop frame users long hoping for an affordable 35mm format dSLR.

    I hope Canon will come out with an entry level, FF model with a price tag similar to the 7D someday, but that’s just wishful thinking on my part. Maybe Canon wants to safeguard sales of its premium EF-S lenses (particularly their EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zooms), therefore the 5D series will still be unaffordable to all but the financially well endowed hobbyists.

  7. Sil Davis says

    R-U guys nuts.😡 Stop making excuses for Canon. Canon was bluffing the entire poker game and they knew they were only holding a pair of deuces. At a minimum, they “HAD TO” come up with 2k video. Take a hike Canon.💩. I am a (former) Canon owner. At the end of the year Canon’s coming back with a try at 4K DSLR video, but this effort doesn’t inspire trust that they will get that right eitther. Don’t reward them for bad behavior!

  8. says

    Canon says that has incorporated feedback from users worldwide in the 5D III.

    I find that Canon has listened that sector of users (like me, oh my God!) who think -in few words- QUALITY is much better than quantity. Now we have to downsample D800 images and compare them with Canon`s, and of course check that AF among one thousand features… The party has begun. And just after those months and many images I am going to decide my purchase.

  9. says

    Wow. Let me see if I can sum this up. You finally get functioning AF, you get a fifty percent price increase and a four percent pixel count increase; you still get the same flash synch as a Rebel; you’re stuck with two different formats of memory card in the same camera, and everything else is just a lateral move. I can see why Canon was reluctant to unveil this camera, and why this great unveiling is so utterly lackluster. Yep. I’m selling all this Canon crap and getting a Nikon.

  10. G G says

    For someone like me with no interest in sports, low light shooting or video, this is pretty disappointing. Radio flash is cool, but the D800 with its 36 MP is looking better and better. Kind of feeling like I’m riding the wrong horse with my 5D, 5D mark II and 6 pieces of L glass.

  11. zahid says

    I think photographers are easily pleased….
    I see Gopro camera having better features than the 5D III. They certainly improved on AF, given electronic level, wireless Flash trigger but what about all of us owning pocket something and multiple current flash guns! Still a good move on canon. However, the $3.5K for the body seems too high unless Canon is pitching the body at the pro’s for their 2nd or 3rd spare who can write-off the cost.
    I would have liked to see USB3 for high speed download, Wi-Fi connectivity to iPHONE so finally I can take those low ground shots and see what camera is taking or control its modes remotely. HD is nice but for a good shot, usually needs lots of elbow grease – will have to see result shots in months ahead.
    Would have loved to see extend exposure timer than 30sec and some addition self-trigger features that we have do by fiddly add on cables – again connection to smart phone would have mange it all and yet simple. – please please build in wi-fi next camera
    With such a nice LCD display, would have been great if the users could have store documents (PDF + sample shots or sketches and suggestions) for use on assignments…speech recognition to trigger the camera’s shutter could also have been an interesting features for hands-off photographer – self focus output to drive external motor gadget would have been a prize for movie makers …this would have paid Canon handsomely & lot more than the other gimmicks that are included which seem spin- off from firmware anyway
    Canon – wake-up and please give us ground-breaking features that we can use day-day like wi-fi , mirror lock switch, >30sec exposure timer, image invert, built in USB charger, meeting high/low points anywhere in the scene, HDMI5 for control input and video out, auto focus output for external drive for lens for movie makers and 3rd partly products, more user content storage in the camera and user friendly document search engine for carry user manuals, shooting suggestions etc

  12. says

    It’s rather underwhelming but how high were our expectations? I doubt that many people are going to jump ship to nikon just because of this.

  13. says

    I agree with Tony Nguyen.

    People who own something like the 5D Mk II aren’t likely to simply cross over to Nikon, unless the only lens that they own is the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit lens and perhaps a few low priced primes. Most of them would have invested a lot in Canon lenses they would take a hit having to sell their entire equipment to switch brands.

    I don’t understand what’s all the fuss about the 5D Mk III’s “only 22MP” sensor. Long ago, folks lamented Canon’s pixel-packing marketing strategy and praised the Nikon D3, which had just 12MP but was the high ISO champ due to its larger pixel pitch sensels. Now Nikon’s doing exactly what Canon used to do – packing more pixels into a 35mm format sensor.

    In case anyone’s forgotten about the recently launched pro-grade EOS 1D-X, that dSLR has only 18MP to achieve a much better ISO performance and faster frames per second. There’s just no end to pleasing everyone! I’m sure if Canon upped the 5D Mk III’s megapixel count to 36MP that’s also going to elicit complaints too about high ISO noise.

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