Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review: Going Pro

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Expandability
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 8.50
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Excellent photo/video quality
    • Excellent build quality
    • Advanced 61 point AF system
  • Cons

    • Best image quality from Raw (vs. JPEG)
    • Overly aggressive noise reduction
    • Monaural on-board microphone

Quick Take

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the long-awaited successor to the 5D Mark II. It offers all the benefits of the Mark II along with some notable AF and speed improvements.

Initially, the Canon 5D Mark III may not seem like a huge improvement from the 5D Mark II, especially considering the anticipation awaiting its release. On the surface, the Mark III doesn\’t always dazzle. It has no shiny bells and whistles, and there are really no huge technological advancements offered. It may be a hard sell to newcomers or 5D Mark II owners.

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But with all that being said, the Canon 5D Mark III is still an impressive camera that offers excellent performance. The device is responsive from start-up through read and write times. Thanks to the new Digic 5+ processor, the 5D Mark III is faster than its predecessor. Continuous shooting speed has been increased from 3.9fps to 6.1fps, which provides a noticeable boost and applies across the board to JPEGS, RAW and RAW + JPEG fine. Perhaps the most important update is the new auto focus system. The Mark III offers a 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points — a major improvement from the Mark II\’s 9 focus points.

While there may not be any end all be all enhancements present in the Mark III, the collective unit is impressive. The faster performance and new 61-point AF along with the rest of the updates and tweaks make this a great device. Considering all of the updates added the Mark III it is easy to why the 5D Mark III is on backorder at the time of review at most retailers.


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