What�s New?
“Oldies But Goodies” (What hasn’t changed from the EOS 5D Mark II)
  • Canon Full-Frame CMOS imaging sensor
    • Pixel resolution: now increased to 22.3 million pixels
  • Maintains solid, substantial build quality, yet fairly compact and relatively light body
  • Attractive price point for industry-leading image quality
  • Does not have a built-in flash of any type
  • Remains fully compatible with all Canon EF, TS-E (tilt-shift), and MP-E lenses
  • Retains much of the in-camera image quality adjustments: Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Highlight Tone Priority
What’s New for the EOS 5D Mark III?
61-Point High Density AF System
  • 61 AF points cover a wider area within the viewfinder than ever before
  • 41 cross-type AF points — greater ability to focus on subjects without lots of detail, contrast, and texture
  • AF points displayed on a transparent LCD overlay inside the viewfinder
  • Revolutionary in-camera AF control: Easily adjustable AF Configuration Tool settings to optimize AF for either continuous, steady movement, or unpredictable, erratic movement
  • Different settings for the sensitivity of the tracking system
6.0 fps Shooting Speed
  • Reference: EOS 5D Mark II had a maximum shooting speed of 3.9 fps
  • New! EOS 5D Mark III becomes a viable professional option for fast-paced shooting, such as fashion, wildlife, sports, and action
  • Completely new CMOS imaging sensor with high-speed, 8-channel readout, and significantly faster DIGIC 5+ processor enable much faster in-camera throughput, processing, and card-writing speed
  • Totally re-designed shutter, mirror mechanism, and new double-
    balancer mechanism to prevent mirror bounce all contribute to faster
    shooting speed
“Lag Time” of Only 59 Milliseconds
  • The new EOS 5D Mark III assumes a new character in the hands of skilled, experienced, and sensitive SLR shooters
  • Experienced SLR shooters will feel the faster and more positive response at the shutter button, and feel it fire much more rapidly than was possible in previous models
  • Easy to demonstrate to the customers at the camera counter — and invaluable: the more responsive the camera is, the more the photographer is in charge of the moment
Improved! Autofocus System
  • The EOS 5D Mark III inherits the revolutionary Canon 61-point high-density AF system
    • An AF system optimized for maximum AF precision — especially when using wide-aperture lenses
    • Superior responsiveness in low-light situations
    • Vastly superior focus-tracking of moving subjects, compared to previous EOS 5D Mark II camera
  • Contains intricate AF area control, superior focus tracking, adjustable AF, and an AF Configuration tool
  • Virtually the same AF system — and capabilities — as in the new, top-of-the-line EOS-1D X camera
Improved! Image Quality
  • Canon engineers took careful and well-thought out measures to improve the image quality possible
  • The relatively large pixels on the full-frame sensor allow for outstanding low-light capabilities
  • Normal ISO range is now 100~25,600; Expanded ISO (via Custom Function) from ISO 50~102,400
  • Improved chromatic aberration correction, without the slight cropping of the image that occurs in previous models
New! DIGIC 5+ Processor
  • Up to 17x faster image processing than DIGIC 4 in the previous
    EOS 5D Mark II
  • High ISO Noise Reduction processing no longer affects the number of continuous images that can be shot in a burst
  • Allows for choice of two distinct compression methods
  • Creates approximately two-stop improvement in high-ISO noise
    • A JPEG image shot with EOS 5D Mark III at ISO 6400 will have approximately the same noise as an image shot with EOS 5D Mark II at ISO 1600
  • Enables new Multiple Exposure and In-Camera HDR capabilities
Radio Wireless E-TTL Compatibility
  • Fully compatible with the new Speedlite 600EX-RT
  • Control up to five separate groups of Speedlites at distances up to about 100ft from the camera, with radio Wireless E-TTL
    • Use full E-TTL control, mix E-TTL with Manual flash, Multi-mode, or external-sensor Auto Exposure
  • Camera is fully backward-compatible with Canon’s existing optical-based Wireless E-TTL
Multiple-Exposure Capability
  • Up to nine multiple images can be taken and combined in single frame
  • Four unique choices for "blending" exposures into one finished, multi-exposure image
HDR Shooting
  • The camera automatically takes three separate, original images (one under-exposed, one right-on, and one over-exposed, up to ±3 stops apart), and combine them in-camera into a finished JPEG image (HDR is not possible with RAW images)
  • Five EFFECT options for combining them are available: a “natural” setting that simply provides a finished image with broader range of detail in bright and dark areas of the scene; and four special-purpose settings — Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold, and Art Embossed
Dual-Axis Electronic Level
  • Side-to-side tilt as well as up-and-down tilt can be viewed on the rear
    LCD monitor
    • Can also be viewed via Custom Control function in the camera’s eye-level viewfinder
  • The LCD monitor display is noteworthy because now it can be viewed during actual HD video recording
Dual Memory Card Slots
  • Single CF and SD-card slots
  • Using the Set-up Menu, the following card options for still-image shooting are possible when two cards are installed:
    • Standard (records to user’s choice of one card only)
    • Auto Switch Card (records to user’s choice of card, with auto switching to other card when first becomes full)
    • Record Separately* (simultaneous recording of images to each card, but at different quality settings — not restricted to “RAW + JPEG”)
    • Record to Multiple* (image files recorded at same quality setting to both cards simultaneously — an immediate in-camera back-up)
    • Image Copying (Separate item in Playback Menu; allows user to scroll to and select any image on one card, and copy it to the opposite card)
  • Not possible during video recording
63-Zone Evaluative Metering
  • A dual-layer metering system, with ability to read red/blue-green color and make exposure adjustments accordingly
  • Same proven metering system used in the EOS 7D
New! AE Lock With HOLD Feature
  • When several controls are custom-configured, one option is to turn any of them into an AE Lock button
  • A new option is “*H” — AE Lock with a “Hold” feature
    • Once the button is pressed, AE Lock remains active until button is pressed again, or the camera literally goes to sleep
      • Adjust the Auto Power Off time, and it can be extended to 30 minutes, or allowed to hold exposure continuously if Auto Power Off is switched “OFF”
Expanded Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • New! Users can bracket their choice of 2, 3, 5, or 7 frames, up to
    ±3 stops apart
  • First EOS model other than EOS-1D or EOS-1Ds series to offer a choice of number of frames being bracketed
Improved! HD Video
  • Substantially improved HD video image quality
    • New! DIGIC 5+ processor — strong reductions in visible noise at
      high ISOs
    • New! CMOS sensor — designed with HD video in mind; video artifacts like moire patterns and color fringing greatly reduced
  • Simply accessing EOS Movie mode is much easier
    • An intuitive Movie Mode and Start-Stop control is accessible via the Rear Quick Control’s new Touch Pad operation
    • 720p recording is now possible, at a super-smooth 60 fps (when in NTSC video mode)
  • Choice of two video compression methods
    • ALL-I, with superior image quality and easier editing capability
    • IPB, for smaller files, which is especially suited for longer continuous recording times
More Luxurious Camera Body
  • In order to appreciate the ergonomic excellence built into the EOS 5D Mark III, we actively encourage dealer staff to handle it themselves, and then physically put the camera into prospective customers’ hands as well
  • The grip has numerous subtle changes to its shape, which enhance long-term comfort and handling for most users
  • The viewfinder now shows a full 100% view
  • The fundamental Quick Control Dial now also incorporates a touch-pad technology, for silent adjusting during actual video recording
    • Activate “Silent Control” in video shooting menu, and with recording active, press “Q” button to call-up available choices
    • Tap top/bottom of Quick Control Dial to highlight exposure or audio
      item to be adjusted. Tap left or right of dial to change setting silently
      during recording.
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