Canon EOS 5D Mark III (no lens included)
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Autofocus met my expectations - very happy with full frame and all the features.
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Item # 280E5DMK3 | MFR # 5260B002
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The Canon 5D line of cameras is iconic, one of those "once in a generation" phenomenons. First of all, they're wonderfully versatile still-photography cameras. But when the 5D Mark II arrived on the scene in 2008, the impact it had on the world of video production was palpable. Suddenly, cinematic, professional high-definition images were available at a price point budget-minded independents could afford, and the rest was history. The DSLR cinema revolution had begun.
Now there's the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and this reboot of a signature nameplate is no minor buff and polish. Almost every system has been refreshed, and the body is actually more similar to that of its cousin, the Canon EOS 7D. It's been outfitted with a completely redesigned 61-point High Density Reticular autofocus system, borrowed from the flagship Canon 1D X. It has 5 central dual cross-type points that keep track of diagonal movement in addition to 21 central horizontal/vertical cross-type points and 20 outer cross-type points. This technology will provide exquisite tracking of fast-moving, unpredictable subjects, and it performs well even when your subject isn't particularly well-lit.
And speaking of light: here's a camera that knows how to make the most of what it's been given. The basic ISO (sensitivity) range is impressive, spanning from ISO 100 - 25,600, and it's expandable on the low end to ISO 50, and at the high end it will go to 102,400. What does this string of numbers mean to you in practical terms? How about (at the high end) no fear of shooting an evening wedding, or a candlelit close-up, or (at the low end) getting great, high-contrast shots on a sunlit ski-slope.
Continuous shooting mode performance has been beefed up as well. Thanks to the on-board DIGIC 5+ processor, the '5D Mark III now shoots full-resolution, high-density stills at up to 6 frames per second. In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting comes standard, along with a multiple exposure mode and expanded autobracketing options, so you won't miss a shot due to bad exposure settings.
But video is a real strength for this nameplate, so just how has that improved? Let's explore. The DIGIC 5+ processing has markedly decreased moiré and rolling shutter artifacts, as has the redesigned sensor. A new intra-frame compression option has been added, which preserves all captured frames as discrete entities, thereby making your capture files more suitable for popular video editing software suites. There's a 3.5mm minijack headphone output for monitoring audio as you go, and your audio input levels are adjustable from the left/right buttons on the rear control dial.
In the convenience department, Canon did some serious listening to user feedback on previous models, and incorporated both CompactFlash and SD slots in the '5D Mark III. Users who have invested in both flavors of memory card will be gratified to know that they play well together in this configuration, managing and moving media together in happy, cooperative concert. In another welcome tweak, the high-resolution LCD screen has been bumped to 3.2 inches in size and 1,040,000 dots.
Of course, this camera is compatible with your favorite Canon Speedlite external flashes and EF-Series lenses.
Autofocus met my expectations - very happy with full frame and all the features.
Anonymous, Chicago, IL
Average Customer Review(s):
Autofocus met my expectations - very happy with full frame and all the features.
Canon has hi qaulity camera's and lenes allways and very happy with product
Pros: easy to use and has all needed features.
very good quality.
Best features: focusing system is super accurate & ISO is incredible! Love this camera!
Pros: Focusing system, ISO, screen size
Cons: Price, weight
I've been coveting this camera for ages and finally bit the bullet. The picture quality is incredible and I cannot wait to see how my portfolio improves from its use. The service from Crutchfield was also top-notch. Five stars all around!
Pros: high ISO & AF points
Very Good Camera
Love this camera. Just shot a wedding and it couldn't have been better. Love the features and the way it feels in your hand.
Pros: Features and the menu has a help feature to explain what that particular features does.
Cons: Why didn't I buy one of these cameras sooner than I did.
The Canon 5d Mark III is an excellent camera. I have owned a Mark II for 5 years and rented the Mark III several times. I use this camera 70% as a video camera, 30% as a photo camera. Although my overall rating is 5 stars, I didn't rate every individual thing as 5 stars. You need to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the camera. For video, my primary use, it's incredible that I can get such a beautiful image out of it. However, understanding its limitations keeps me from using it for everything. It shoots at 24mbps, so although it has a beautiful picture, it isn't ideal for things such as green screen because of the compression. The positive thing though is that it will output full HD via HDMI which allows you to connect a recorder, such as the Atomos Ninja, to record at a higher bit rate. This camera definitely has features not offered in other Canon models, a very important thing for me is the ability to monitor your audio with headphones, which is not possible with the Mark II and most of the Canon DSLRs. On the photo end of things, a couple of important reasons for my upgrade was being able to shoot so clean at a high ISO and the 61 auto focus points, which happens to be amazing! There is so much that can be said about this camera, and since it is several years old there are thousands of reviews on it. So to sum up my opinion: 1. You won't be disappointed in this camera and it's still worth buying it even though this model has been out for several years
Pros: 61 Auto focus points Can shoot at a very high iso, which is important in low light situations. Has a headphone jack for monitor your audio when shooting video. Outputs full HD via HDMI. ...and many more.
Cons: Doesn't records video any higher than 24mbps.
GREAT CAMERA; THIS IS THE SECOND BODY I HAVE PURCHASED. CANON IS ON TARGET WITH THIS BODY!!!
Pros: ALL GOOD
Cons: COULD BE A LITTLE LESS EXPENSIVE, BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Prior to purchasing this camera I did an extensive amount of research on the 6D and the 5DIII. My BIG question was, what's the difference between the two models. None of the reviews could answer this question. Thanks to Curtchfield's amazing return policy, I purchased both cameras and did some low light testing myself. I used a dark room which was lit with only a candle, using a 24-105 F4.0 lens and the pic size set to large Jpeg I took a series of pics. After comparing the pics I must say this camera is a low light power house. Too bad I cannot attach the photos for comparison. The low light focusing is much faster than the 6D and the in camera processing is off the charts. This camera is on the heavy side, so be prepared for more weight if you intend to add a battery grip. If you can afford this camera it is by far the better choice as compared to the 6D. And for me a much overdue upgrade over my 30D. Thank you again to Crutchfield for allowing me to compare both units.
Pros: Super quick auto focus Dual recording of media User friendly menu
Cons: Expensive Heavy body
The Canon 5D Mark lll is a new diferent camera compare to the 5DMark ll , The New autofocus system is excellent, cover many conditions, The Video is outstanding and now you can record on to Memory cards
Pros: AF Focus, The Video mode is super
Pros: great quality
I love this camera. I finally bit the bullet and made the big purchase, and I'm thrilled that I did. I only wish I'd bought this baby sooner!
Pros: Feature set is amazing.
Cons: I don't have more time to spend with it!
The camera provides what I was promised by photo magazine,internet and Canon advertising information. The above rating specifics cover it all.
Pros: As stated above
Cons: Pixels are a few less than the Nikon 800D but the Canon picture quality is excellent on an 8x11 printout. With the provided quality I reduced the setting to RAW medium so I have all the pix Ineed for my usage. Also save much space in my Big Mac and on my flash card.
The 5D Mark III is a great improvement on the 5D Mark II with the quality of the original 5D. I found the 5D Mark II to be very problematic with a weak focusing system. The 5D Mark III has a new focusing system which blows away the older versions and makes the higher price tag well worth it. The ability to use the higher ISO's is nice along with many other features I haven't even begun to explore since my images are coming out great using the basic features.
Pros: Focusing system, high iso shooting
Cons: quality of color is different than 5D and 5D Mark II. Focusing system takes time to adjust to.
Absolutely amazing machine, stunning images!
This upgrade from the Mark II is much more significant than what I had been led to believe by the reviews. The image quality, color, & sensor sensitivity is far beyond the 5D Mark II & will take your work to the next level. The results I've seen in the weddings & senior pictures since switching from the Mark II has brought more positive comments than I'd ever imagine. I know it's not cheap.........but the good stuff isn't
Pros: Consistency, color quality, less noise at higher ISO, dual memory card ability, locking function button
Cons: The cost....what else
I took so many time to compare 5 D Mark iii and D 800. Could'nt be happier. Love everything about it. I highly recommend.
Pros: Fast and accurate auto focus Good image quality Large LCD Quiet
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
CompactFlash Type I |
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||5760 x 3840|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720,|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||33.5|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Package Overview: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR kit includes the camera body only. No lenses are included.
Rugged Exterior Body: The EOS 5D Mark III's exterior is constructed with lightweight and ultra-rigid magnesium alloy that fits comfortably in your hand.
Canon EF Mount: The camera has the standard Canon EF mount. It is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses.
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 II TFT 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 blower.
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:
|Image Quality||Aspect Ratio|
|Large||5760 x 3840 |
|5120 x 3840 |
|5760 x 3240 |
|3840 x 3840 |
|Medium||3840 x 2560 |
|3408 x 2560 |
|3840 x 2160 |
|2560 x 2560 |
|Small 1||2880 x 1920 |
|2560 x 1920 |
|2880 x 1624 |
|1920 x 1920 |
|Small 2||1920 x 1280 |
|1696 x 1280 |
|1920 x 1080 |
|1280 x 1280 |
|Small 3||720 x 480 |
|640 x 480 |
|720 x 400 |
|480 x 480 |
|Large (RAW)||5760 x 3840 |
|5120 x 3840 |
|5760 x 3240 |
|3840 x 3840 |
|Medium (RAW)||3960 x 2640 |
|3520 x 2640 |
|3960 x 2228 |
|2640 x 2640 |
|Small (RAW)||2880 x 1920 |
|2560 x 1920 |
|2880 x 1620 |
|1920 x 1920 |
|Image Size||Resolution||Frames Per Second|
|Full HD||1920 x 1080||30, 24 fps||25 fps|
|HD||1280 x 720||60 fps||50 fps|
|VGA||640 x 480||30 fps||25 fps|
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers the following Drive modes:
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:
Shooting Modes: The EOS 5D Mark III's top-mounted Mode Dial offers the following shooting modes:
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:
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.
Picture 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:
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 Temperature.
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 darkness.
Note: The camera does not have a built-in flash.
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 wireless transfers.
Single Image Playback: When playing back a single image, you can choose from four display options:
Image Magnification: 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 accidentally.
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 resized.
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 brand.
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.
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 follows:
23° C/73° F
|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.
Note: The 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:
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