Canon 5D Mark III Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Resolution: 22.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(36.0mm x 24.0mm)
Kit Lens: n/a
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 50 - 102,400
Shutter: 30 - 1/8000
Max Aperture: 0.0
Dimensions: 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 in.
(152 x 116 x 76 mm)
Weight: 33.5 oz (950 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $3,500
Availability: 03/2012
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon 5D Mark III specifications
22.30
Megapixels
Canon EF 35mm
size sensor
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5D Mark III Summary

The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III offers so many improvements over its predecessor that it'll be an easy upgrade decision for many 5D Mark II owners.

Pros

Superb still and video image quality; Powerful, fast, and accurate AF system with loads of cross-type points, loads of configurability and great frame coverage; Rugged, weather-sealed body with great control layout and user-interface configurability.

Cons

Dynamic range is limited by noise in deep shadows; Somewhat heavy-handed noise suppression and sharpening at default settings. (Shooting RAW avoids both.); No AF illuminator.

Price and availability

The Canon 5D Mark III initially started shipping in April of 2012, though shipments were temporarily halted while a light leakage issue was resolved in early units; body-only street prices in early 2013 range from US$2,600 - US$3,300, with most authorized dealers hovering around US$3,000.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

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