Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Package Overview: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR kit
camera body and the Canon EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.
Rugged Exterior Body: The EOS 5D Mark III's exterior is
constructed with lightweight and ultra-rigid magnesium alloy that fits
in your hand.
Intelligent Viewfinder: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III uses an
eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with 0.71x magnification for approximately 100%
vertical and horizontal coverage. The viewfinder uses a transparent LCD to
superimpose a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly
over the image. Unlike with other cameras, the intelligent viewfinder gives you
the choice of seeing shooting information or looking only at the scene in front
of the camera.
Clear View II LCD Monitor: The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2" Clear View
color LCD monitor with approximately 1,040,000 dots which allows you to view and shoot
real-time images. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness
levels to choose from. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections
(3x3), 24 sections (6x4), or 9 sections with diagonals, as well as a dual-axis
electronic level. The Live View function enables you to shoot your subjects
while viewing them on the LCD monitor.
22.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor:
The EOS 5D Mark III features a huge, full-frame sensor. The
22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor is 24 x 36mm, and delivers images of up to 5784 x 3861 pixels. And
since it is full-frame, all lenses will deliver the angle of view they would on
a 35mm camera without a conversion factor. This comes in handy especially when
shooting with wide-angle lenses. For the flexibility to shoot in even the most
dimly lit situations, the EOS 5D Mark III offers Canon's highest ISO sensitivity
to date, ranging from 100-25600 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 51200 and H2:
102400). Thanks to improved noise reduction technologies, images shot even at
highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth.
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor:
The EOS 5D Mark III uses Canon's DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, with two 4-channel
A/D converter front-end processing circuits. It can deliver speeds of up to 6
fps (RAW + JPEG) with improved noise reduction at higher ISOs.
Sensor Cleaning System: Canon's Integrated Cleaning system includes a
self-cleaning sensor unit and software that can remove the effects of dust on
the image sensor. The Self Cleaning Sensor, attached to the image sensor's front
layer (low-pass filter) can shake off dust automatically when the camera is
powered on or off. In case visible dust remains on your images, you can append
the Dust Delete Data to the images to erase the dust spots later using the
provided Digital Photo Professional software.
Note: Dust which could not be removed by
the automatic sensor cleaning can be removed manually with an optional
Dual Recording Media Slots: The EOS
5D Mark III has two slots for inserting recording media. The camera can use a
Type I CompactFlash (CF) card or an SD card (SD, SDHC, or SDXC). If a card is
inserted in both slots, you can select which card to record images to, or record
the same images simultaneously on both cards. No recording media is supplied with the camera.
Image Recording Format:
The camera records still images in JPEG
and RAW (14-bit) formats. Simultaneous RAW + JPEG recording is also possible.
The image's aspect ratio can be set to 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, or 1:1. JPEG images will
be saved with the set aspect ratio, while RAW images will always be saved in
3:2. Movies can be recorded in the MOV format (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM).
Available image sizes include:
||5760 x 3840
|5120 x 3840
|5760 x 3240
|3840 x 3840
||3840 x 2560
|3408 x 2560
|3840 x 2160
|2560 x 2560
||2880 x 1920
|2560 x 1920
|2880 x 1624
|1920 x 1920
||1920 x 1280
|1696 x 1280
|1920 x 1080
|1280 x 1280
||720 x 480
|640 x 480
|720 x 400
|480 x 480
||5760 x 3840
|5120 x 3840
|5760 x 3240
|3840 x 3840
||3960 x 2640
|3520 x 2640
|3960 x 2228
|2640 x 2640
||2880 x 1920
|2560 x 1920
|2880 x 1620
|1920 x 1920
||Frames Per Second
||1920 x 1080
||30, 24 fps
||1280 x 720
||640 x 480
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS
5D Mark III offers the following Drive modes:
- Single Shooting: When
you press the shutter button completely, only one shot will be taken.
- Continuous Shooting:
While you press the shutter button completely, multiple shots will be taken
continuously. High-speed continuous shooting can record up to approximately
6 shots per second. Low-speed continuous shooting has a maximum of
approximately 3 shots per second. Maximum burst is approximately 65 shots
for JPEG Large/Fine, 13 shots for RAW, and 7 shots for RAW + JPEG
- Silent Shooting: Silent Shooting is quieter than normal
shooting. You can choose Silent Single shooting and Silent Continuous
shooting with a maximum of approximately 3 shots per second.
- Self-Timer/Remote Control: The camera will record an
image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button on the camera. Using
RC-6 Remote Controller, you can operate the camera from up to
approximately 16.4 feet. With the RC-6, you can either shoot immediately or
use a 2-second delay.
61-Point Autofocus System:
The EOS 5D Mark III features a newly designed 61-point High Density
Reticular AF for greater accuracy. It has multi-zone wide-area AF for better
tracking, 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central
cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal and vertical), and 20 outer cross-type
points (f/4.0 horizontal). There are 6 AF point selection methods: Spot,
Single-point, Single + Adjacent 4 points, Single + 8 Adjacent points, Zone
Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection.
AF Modes: The camera employs one of 3 AF systems to let you seize every
photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still
subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- AI Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps
changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button
is pressed halfway.
- AI Focus AF: switches from
One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.
Shooting Modes: The EOS 5D Mark III's top-mounted Mode Dial
offers the following shooting modes:
Automatic (Scene Intelligent Auto): The camera analyses the
scene and sets the optimum settings automatically.
- Program AE:
The camera automatically sets
the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
- Shutter-Priority AE (Tv): In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the
camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of
the subject. A slow shutter speed can create a blurred effect, while a
fast shutter speed can freeze action.
- Aperture-priority AE (Av): In this mode, you set the desired aperture
value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the
subject brightness. A low aperture number can create a blurred
background (narrow depth of field), while a high aperture number can create
a sharp foreground and background (wide depth of field).
Exposure: In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture
value as desired.
- Bulb: When Bulb is set, the shutter stays open as long as you
hold down the shutter button completely, and closes when you let go of the
shutter button. Bulb exposures are for night scenes, fireworks, the night
sky, and other subjects requiring long exposures. It is recommended that you
use a tripod and a Remote Switch, such as the
RS-80N3, for bulb exposures.
- Custom Shooting Modes: You can register the shooting mode, AF
mode, menu settings, etc. to the three Custom Shooting Mode positions (C1,
C2, C3) on the Mode Dial.
iFCL Metering: The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon's
multi-layer 63-zone iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) Metering System
that integrates the camera's AF system into its readings. By taking into account
the color and luminosity surrounding the chosen AF points, this new system
delivers an entirely new level of accuracy, especially in situations where the
light changes quickly.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under
backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness,
background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject
due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 6.2%
of the frame at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part
of the subject, uses approximately 1.5%
of the frame at the center.
- Center-weighted Average
Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for
the entire scene.
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed can be set between 100 and
25600 in 1/3-stop increments to suit your shooting conditions. The camera
also features a Low ISO setting equivalent to ISO 50 and two High ISO
settings equivalent to 51200 (H1) and 102400 (H2). In addition the camera features an
Auto ISO setting which allows the camera to automatically set the ISO speed
from 100 to 12800 in Scene Intelligent Auto mode, or 100-25600 in P, Tv, Av,
or M mode.
Style: By selecting a Picture Style, you
can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject.
You can also adjust the Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color tone of
each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include:
Auto: Color tone is adjusted automatically to suit the
scene. The image will look vivid, especially for blue skies, greenery, and
sunsets in nature, outdoor, and sunset scenes.
Standard: A general-purpose Picture Style to suit most
scenes. The image looks vivid, sharp, and crisp.
Portrait: Suited for close-up portraits, this Picture Style
is for nice skin
tones, making the image look softer. You can change the color tone to adjust
the skin tone.
Landscape: For vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp images.
Neutral: For natural colors
and subdued images, no sharpness applied.
When the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the
color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color, no
sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer to process images on
Monochrome: Creates black and white images; you can adjust the
filter effect of the monochrome setting to Black&White, Yellow, Orange, Red,
User Defined 1-3: You can register your own Picture
Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): You can take artistic photos
having a high dynamic range and preserving detail in highlight and shadow
areas. HDR shooting is effective for landscape and still-life photos. With
HDR shooting, three images of different exposures are captured for each
shot, then merged together automatically. The HDR image is saved as a single
JPEG image. You can choose from several options: Natural, Art Standard, Art
Vivid, Art Bold, and Art Embossed.
Multiple Exposures: You can shoot two to nine exposures to
be merged into one image. If you shoot multiple-exposure images with Live View
shooting, you can see how the single exposures merge while shooting.
White Balance: White Balance is for making the white
areas look white. You can choose
from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash Use, Custom, and Color
EX Speedlite Compatible: The EOS 5D Mark III
features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the
flashes in the EX-series Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output
whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total
Note: The camera does not have a built-in
Wi-Fi Compatible: With the optional Wireless
File Transmitter WFT-E7, the EOS 5D Mark III can be connected to a wired or wireless LAN access point
for secure, ultra-fast image transfer. The WFT-E7 supports IEEE 802.11
a/b/g/n. It also has a built-in Bluetooth function for handling high-volume data
Play, Edit, and Print
Single Image Playback: When playing back a single image, you
can choose from four display options:
- No Information: Only the image is displayed on the
- Basic Information: The image is played back in full
frame with minimal shooting information (aperture, shutter speed,
compensation, and frame number) displayed at top and bottom.
- Histogram: A 1/4-frame image is displayed with dual
histograms displayed: one showing the distribution of the image's brightness
level, and the other showing the distribution of each primary color's
brightness level in the image. Additional shooting information data is also
- Shooting Information Display: The image is displayed as
a 1/4-frame thumbnail, along with a single histogram and full shooting
When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the
image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere
around the image.
Index Display: You can search for images quickly with the
index display, showing four or nine images on one screen.
Comparing Images: You can compare two images side-by-side on
the LCD monitor.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated
automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD
monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can
be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image
displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You
can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by
selecting All images, Folder, Date, Movies, Stills or Rating. The display time
interval can be set to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds.
Jump Playback: During
playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump
screens by date, folder, movies, stills, and image rating.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270°
clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased
Video/HDMI Outputs: With the supplied video cable, you can playback
images from the camera on a TV (NTSC or PAL). There is also a mini-HDMI jack
which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable,
such as the Canon
HTC-100, is required. The camera automatically switches the output
resolution to the capability of the HDTV.
Post-Processing Images: You can process RAW images with the
camera and save them as JPEG images while retaining the original RAW file. This
allows you to process the RAW image according to different conditions to create
any number of JPEG images from it. Only Large RAW images can be processed in the
camera. M-RAW and S-RAW images must be processed using the supplied Digital
Photo Professional software.
Resize: Images shot with the camera can be resized to make
the pixel count lower, and saved as a new image. You can only resize JPEG Large,
Medium, Small 1, and Small 2 sized images. JPEG Small 3 and RAW images cannot be
Trimming: You can crop the image and print only the trimmed
portion as if the image was recomposed. You can change the frame size, move the
trimming frame, rotate the frame (vertical to horizontal or vice versa), and
correct the image tilt up to +/- 10 degrees in 0.5-degree increments.
Direct Print/PictBridge Printing
Capability: The camera is compatible with Direct Print (Canon) and
PictBridge-compliant printers. With the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a Canon Direct Print compliant printer
or a PictBridge-compliant printer, and print without a computer. The PictBridge standard allows you to connect the
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
DPOF Print Settings: On the memory card, you can select which
image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is
convenient for printing images all at once on Canon Direct Print or PictBridge-compliant printers, at
participating photo labs or at photo printing kiosks.
Print Effects: The camera allows you to choose from
the following Print Effects.
- On: image will be printed according to the printer's standard
- Off: no automatic correction will be performed
- Vivid: image will be printed with higher saturation to produce
more vivid blues and greens
- NR: image noise is reduced before printing
- B/W: prints in black-and-white with true blacks
- B/W Cool: prints in black-and-white with cool, bluish blacks
- B/W Warm: prints in black-and-white with warm, yellowish blacks
- Natural: prints the image in the actual colors and contrast
- Natural M: printing characteristics are the same as the "Natural"
setting, however this setting enable finer printing adjustments
- Default: printing will differ depending on the printer
Lens Overview: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is compatible with
all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super
telephoto lenses. The supplied EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is a standard zoom
lens. The inner focus system and ring-type USM (ultrasonic motor) gives you
faster, more precise auto focusing. The lens mount has a rubber ring for
enhanced dust and water resistance. The 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm
provides beautiful soft backgrounds, while the fluorine coating on the front and
rear lens elements reduces smears and fingerprints.
Macro Shooting: The lens has a macro mode at the telephoto
end for taking close-up photos. To set the lens for macro shooting you must hold
the Macro/Lock switch while rotating the lens past 70mm to the macro setting. In
macro mode, the minimum shooting distance becomes 7.87".
Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS): The Canon Optical Image
Stabilizer (OIS) system delivers the equivalent effect of 3 stops and can detect
normal shooting or panning. It automatically switches to the optimal IS mode
when camera shake is detected. You can turn the OIS on or off using the 2-way
switch on the lens barrel.
Focusing Ring: Regardless of whether you're in manual or
auto focus mode, the full-time focusing ring always works. This means you can
auto focus on a subject, but manually change the focus by turning the focusing
Focus Mode Switch: You can switch between Auto Focus and
Manual Focus using the two-way AF/MF switch on the barrel of the lens.
Zoom Ring Lock: To keep the lens from inadvertently
extending, you can lock the zoom ring to keep the lens at the shortest point.
- Focal Length/Aperture: 24-70mm f/4
- Lens Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Maximum Magnification: 0.21x at 70mm, 0.7x in the macro
- Angle of View:
- Diagonal: 84°-34°
- Vertical: 53°-19°
- Horizontal: 74°-29°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 1.25' (0.38m) (0.66'/0.2m in
- Diameter: 3.23"
- Length: 3.96" (4.633" with caps)
- Weight: 21.2 ounces
Power Options: The EOS 5D Mark III operates on the supplied
LP-E6 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1800 mAh). The battery can be charged in
the supplied LC-E6 battery charger in approximately 150 minutes. The supplied battery performance specs are as
|Approx. 950 shots
||Approx. 200 shots
|0° C/32° F
||Approx. 850 shots
||Approx. 180 shots
Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E6 AC
adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not
worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Optional BG-E11 Battery Grip: With the optional
BG-E11 Battery Grip, you can power the camera with six "AA" batteries, or
two LP-E6 batteries. The AA batteries will provide enough power for
approximately 270 shots, while the two LP-E6 battery packs will give you up to
1900 shots while using the viewfinder, or 400 during Live View shooting.
Auto Power Off: To save battery
power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The
Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15
minutes, or 30 minutes. You can also disable the Auto Power Off function.
Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Supplied Software: The EOS 5D Mark III comes bundled with the
EOS Digital Solution Disc Ver.25.1.2, which includes:
- Digital Photo Professional 3.11 (Windows/Mac):
Recommended for users who mainly shoot RAW images. You can view, edit,
process, and print RAW images at high speed. You can also edit JPEG images
while retaining the original images.
- ImageBrowser EX 1.0 (Windows/Mac): Recommended for
users who mainly shoot JPEG Images. You can easily view or playback images
and MOV movies. You can also print JPEG images. With an internet connection,
it is also possible to download additional functions.
- EOS Utility 2.11 (Windows/Mac): With the camera
connected to a PC, this software enables you to transfer still photos and
movies shot with the camera to the computer. You can also use the PC to set
various camera settings and shoot remotely with the computer connected to
- PhotoStitch Ver.3.2 (Mac) / Ver.3.1 (Windows): PhotoStitch merges images
together vertically or horizontally to make large panoramic images.
- Picture Style Editor Ver.1.10 (Windows/Mac):
You can edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style
files. This software is aimed at advanced users who are experienced in
- EOS Sample Music
- Windows: 7, Vista (SP1 SP2), XP (SP3)
- Macintosh: OS X 10.6-10.7