Canon 5D Mark III Announced

March 2nd, 2012

The Canon 5d Mark III that everyone has been waiting for has been announced. The camera brings a handful of improvements including speed, greater resolution, more processing power, and more options for shooting HD video. The full-frame sensor has been upped to 22.3 Megapixels and shoots up to 6 frames per second with a 61-point AF system. What’s great about the new sensor in this camera is that the pixel pitch is smaller, which allows for better low light performance.

For a handful of years I’ve shot on my trusty Canon 1d Mark II but it’s dated. Jumping up to the 1DX would be ideal, but it’s $7000 price tag is unfortunate. So what do I think about the 5d Mark III? The Canon 5d Mark II was an amazing camera, but the 5d Mark III is even better. Coming in at $3500 for the body I don’t see it as being unreasonably priced.

Is the 5D Mark III what you hoped for—would you buy it?

Spec list:
Price: $3500 (body)
Sensor: 22.3-megapixel, full-frame (36.0mm x 24.0mm) CMOS
Processor: Digic 5+
Max ISO: 25,600 (standard), 102,400 (expanded)
Max Image Size: 5,784 x 3,856
Video: 1080p (24/25/30 fps), 720p (24/25/30/50/60 fps)
Display: 1.04-million dot, 3.2-inch LCD

Images via Gizmodo

Posted by on 03/2/12 in Photography

13 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. looks great! Why doesn’t it have wifi?

  2. RaLpH says:

    @ Wouter…. Wifi…? Isn’t $3500 already enough to spend on the body alone?

  3. Tobiah says:

    Still only has 1/200th X-Sync need more for those action photos…

  4. davegkugler says:

    It’s what the 5D2 should have been — a camera with actual capable AF, dual card slots, and just enough speed. The question is whether photogs will clamor for the higher res of the D800. For me, if the noise profile is significantly improved over the 5D2 I won’t be too terribly concerned (though an even 30MP would have been cool). Pretty awesome all-around cam. Will I buy one? Probably (eventually).

  5. Shelby White says:

    @Tobiah I missed the note about x-sync! For the longest time I’ve wished they’d upgraded that to 1/500th or 1/250th at least…

    @Dave you know you’ll buy one! I think resolution is at a point (for me at least) where it’s no longer a concern. The biggest thing is the AF, FPS and weather sealing.

  6. Amazing camera with great improvements. Being a photographer who wouldn’t mind an upgrade I would definitely like to own it. But I won’t pay for it… not in the near future. With a price tag of over 4600$ in Europe I would rather buy the 5D2, which is still a great camera. But that’s just me considering my needs and my economy :-)

  7. davegkugler says:

    Probably fair. AF was by FAR the biggest concern with the 2 (and the major update on the 3). Maybe they made the right decision on prioritizing noise… did you see the first pre-production high-iso samples?

  8. Reto Caduff says:

    I have really gotten everything I wanted out of my 5D MkII over the years. Best camera I ever had but I will probably have to switch to the Nikon D800 – which pains me, considering I have to sell all my great canon lenses with it. But I feel the D800 is just so superior on almost all levels including price. Of course I’ll decide once I had both cameras in my hands but I feel Canon has come up short this time.

  9. mehdi mohammadi says:

    Tanks. Please send 5d mark iii pics

  10. joão says:

    boa tarde
    Quero esta maquina quanto é que custa kit completo

  11. Seba MABAYA DE KIN says:

    ce bn

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  13. Great essay with a lot of useful information! I’m looking for my first full-frame camera, and what do you think of the 5D Classic? Do you think the 5D Mark III is a better option? Thank you for sharing this excellent article.

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