The EOS 5D Mark III features a newly developed Canon full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed from the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5784 x 3861 large individual 6.25 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 8-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG) are possible!
14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)
The EOS 5D Mark III not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100-25600, the EOS 5D Mark III represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS 5D Mark III can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 51200 (H1), and even 102400 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS 5D Mark III has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
For a whole new level of performance, the EOS 5D Mark III uses a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Working with two 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits, and delivering speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG), and the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor improves data processing performance and features new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers real-time compensation for chromatic aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of this processor, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.
A true workhorse!
The Canon 5D Mark III is a excellent camera. Have owned it since November 2012 and enjoyed the camera immensely. The AF system and speed of focus is truly remarkable and 6 FPS makes it possible to capture the images when needed. Amazing pictures in low light! Have been impressed in all situations (portrait, landscape, formal events and sports). Though pricey, you get what you pay for and so much much. Was initially going to purchase the 7D but very glad that I went with the 5D instead. The EF lenses (L series) have made this camera a photographer's dream and one to rival any other full frame camera in its class. This camera is a workhorse and is built for the professional and the amateur enthusiast alike.
June 5, 2013
Great Wild Life Camera
I use my cameras almost exclusively for wild life shots, often deep in the dry, dusty, bush of a country in Africa where little or no technical back up exists. One needs a product in this environment which delivers what it says it can and Canon always does. There is no room for fancy equipment/gizmo's that dazzle you in the shop and then fail you when the chips are down and you really need them... I started off a 400D, then moved onto a 40D. During this period I began to realise what using 'good glass' really meant and upgraded my lens's to a couple of L lens and a 7D body. From there I chose the 5D 111 in order to move into the full frame environment. With an L lens (silver body) this camera will deliver all that the manufacturer says it will. Remember, if you use a lower quality lens, you will not get top quality pictures. Cameras AND lens's both need to be top notch if you want the best quality pictures - and the 5D 111 with the best silver L lens you can afford will give you this. As far as taking this camera into a harsh environment goes, I have the utmost confidence it will always come up to scratch whenever I need it to, and without having to 'baby' it.
I cannot give a review on studio or people photography as I do not do any of this type of work.
In short, I can fully recommend this camera for outdoor wild life work.
May 25, 2013
I upgraded from the Mark II and discovered a new world, as far as video mode and HI ISO performances are concerned. So far, that's the greatest not "very expensive" Video DSRL you can buy. AF in low light conditions, if you're not using a very fast lens, is not reliable at all and the camera has not an AF auxiliary light. Other than that, that's an amazing camera for stills and videos. It's a pity it lacks the AF auxiliary light and a built in flash...
May 20, 2013
What a difference a camera can make!
Upgraded from Canon 50D and WOW what a difference. My 50D was great mind you, but I can tell a difference in my shots. Maybe it's the bigger CMOS or the fact I shelled out so much money for the thing, but I am very happy with the results. Looking forward to trying different lenses. Mine came with the 24-105 that come with the full kit purchase, love it. Just wish video had an automatic settings so I could just point and shoot in a hurry rather than make sure I'm in focus etc... Even though I'm not a pro photo guy, but I sure feel like I could be with this bad boy on my shoulder!
April 30, 2013