EOS HD Video with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates and selectable All i-frame or IPB compression
Addressing the requests of the pros and building on the unprecedented success of its namesake, the EOS 5D Mark III captures HD video with a level of sophistication on par with professional movie cameras offering phenomenal performance on a DSLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), useful for multi-camera shoots. It also features improved sound recording adjustment capabilities, offering 64-step volume control accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting, plus a dedicated headphone jack for convenience in shooting. The CMOS sensor's new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré (a common problem that occurs in scenes with horizontal lines), and ensures that the EOS 5D Mark III can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode.
Compresses each frame. Although the file size is larger than IPB, each frame is not affected by the previous and next frames, making it suitable for editing and extracting frames.
Compresses the movie frame by referencing the previous and next frames. High compression is used, making it suitable for recording long movies.
Recording Time based on 8GB Memory Card
Maximum Record Time
29 min. 59 sec.
ALL-I Record Time
11 min. at 1920 x 1080
12 min. at 1280 x 720
IPB Record Time
32 min. at 1920 x 1080
37 min. at 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
30P (29.97), 25P, 24P (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD)
60P (59.94), 50P
640 x 480 (VGA)
30P (29.97), 25P
With the new firmware update, the EOS 5D Mark III can record clean, uncompressed digital video with embedded time code over HDMI output while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and recording to internal CF or SD cards. Combined with an improved color sampling of YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit video, this firmware update adds efficiency to video editing, improves color grading options, and enhances on-set monitoring.
The new "mirroring" feature via the HDMI output allows video to be displayed on the rear LCD screen with or without scene and camera information while also outputting a clean video signal to a monitor or external recorder. An external recorder not only enables a video signal devoid of compression artifacts, but also allows a choice of preferred edit-ready codec, the ability to shoot in a variety of frame rates and bit rates, and longer record time. Combined with the heightened color correction capabilities as a result of the expanded color space, post-production workflows will be smoother and offer users greater control and quality. With external recorders it is also possible to use a variety of on-set monitoring solutions, which facilitate real-time viewing of EOS 5D Mark III video with the Rec. ITU-R BT. 709 color matrix. Additionally, it will now be possible to synchronize the start and stop of EOS 5D Mark III video capture with the start and stop of the external recorder.
Image Quality is Paramount
Image Quality is not all about sensor megapixel size, there are many subjective factors to consider. This is difficult to describe in words, so best if I just say there is a very special quality to the images from this sensor, especially of people. People have almost an "ethereal" look to them, from small children to adults. The skin tones are some of the best I have ever seen in a digital camera. I absolutely love the "silent" shutter and the way the camera feels in my hands. Canon put some kind of special material on the body, so that you have just the right "grip" on the camera. The autofocus variables are simply top-notch, but there is a "learning curve" to what this camera can do with the autofocus. HDR is a blast, so is the Multi-exposure. I have a slight shutter delay on the maximum image HDR setting; but this might be due to my CF card. Future firmware updates may help this issue.
April 26, 2014
Best Purchase Ever
The simple truth is you get what you pay for. The 1DX is supposed to be the best of the best in Canon DSLR bodies. The reality of it is the 5DMark III is very close. I use my 5D, purchased in 2013, for all of my photography with exception of when shooting at air shows or birding, in which case I fall back on my 7D and attach a 400mm f5.6 lens. The 100-400 is close, and a great useful zoom lens, but the native 400 is sharper. If you want sharpe pictures with the 5D Mark III, buy lens that are of equal quality, such as the 16-35L, 70-200L f2.8 II, and one of the 24-70’s. My standard lens is a 24-105L I bought with the 7D and it’s a very nice lens. Hope this helps you. PS: Your camera needs to know the digital profile of you lens and you need to learn to set you camera settings correctly to get good results with either of these camera. If you want to just point and shoot you are paying too much. Buy a camera Canon with lots of built in settings instead.
April 17, 2014
It's good camera but the price is too high, easy to use, slow start-up time and the battery has short life :(
April 6, 2014
I bought this camera back in December of 2013 and I have never been more satisfied. From Family functions, to on the job use, all who gaze upon the images produced with this camera are left in awe and admiration. Combined with Canons L-lenses your images with the 5D mark III will leave everyone in awe! You will not regret purchasing this piece of awesome!
March 16, 2014