Canon EOS 5D Mark III Brief Review

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  • 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Digic V+ Processor with 14-bit A/D conversion
  • ISO settings 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)
  • New 61-Point AF
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates(continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds)
  • 6 fps continuous burst
  • Manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal
  • 3.2-inch LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection
  • Magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.
  • Release Date: 2012-03-31
  • Final Grade: 96 4.8 Star Rating: Recommended

4.8 Star Rating: Recommended
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor; Digic V+ Processor with 14-bit A/D conversion; ISO settings 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400); New 61-Point AF; iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor; EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates(continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds); 6 fps continuous burst; Manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal; 3.2-inch LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection; Magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance; Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The highly-anticipated successor to the 5D Mark II has finally arrived, and the changes are more of an evolution rather than revolution. The 5D's AF system has finally been upgraded to the 1DX's 61-point grid, and there are now more video controls for you indie videographers. Unlike Nikon's 36-megapixel D800, Canon has chosen to optimize high-ISO sensitivity rather than boost resolution. The 22-megapixel sensor remains about the same as the 5D II's 21, a sacrifice that pays off with cleaner files at ISO 6400 and up. This is great for the wedding photographers and photojournalists out there who demand low-light performance, yet studio and landscape photographers will probably be eyeing the D800. There has been some grumbling about the price, a full $1000 more than the 5D II's initial asking, but that autofocus system looks to be a real winner.

Hillary Grigonis is the Managing Editor at DCHQ. Follow her on Facebook or Google+.

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