Summary: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III SLR is finally a complete and very powerful. Difficult to find a weak point. After a short period of adaptation becomes an extension of the arm of the photographer. Highly recommended, of course, to those who can afford the considerable expense to purchase, especially when combined with the equally powerful Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM.
Pros: Image quality, Completeness and customizability of commands, Silent shutter mode.
Cons: Lack of a flasher incorporated, Tendency to underexposure.
Excerpt: It’s more about evolution and innovation (as opposed to revolution) in the digital SLR realm right now. Like the American Idol effect on singers to the untrained ear, the clarity and performance that photographers expect from the soon-to-be-legendary Canon EOS 5D Mark III has to live up to the hype. Without question, Canon is no one-hit wonder with its 5D bodies, and this encore revision should definitely bring standing ovations.
Conclusion: As one of the true superstar digital SLRs retailing for a medium-high starting price, the Canon 5D Mark III deserves close scrutiny, and it's lived up to our expectations. Replete with new features, the Canon 5D Mark III's most important one is its full-frame sensor, whose resolution Canon kept to a conservative 22.3 megapixels.
Pros: Very high resolution, Great image quality, Excellent hue accuracy, Superb high ISO performance, Real-time chromatic aberration and corner shading compensation, Exceptional prints up to 30 x 40 inches, ISO 51,200 shots produce a good 4 x 6-inch print, Wider range of bracketing options, Very responsive, fast autofocus, 61 autofocus points, 41 cross-type, AF points cover more of the full-frame image area than past 5D models, Separate wide and tele AF microadjustments, 63...
Cons: Very high resolution, Great image quality, Excellent hue accuracy, Superb high ISO performance, Real-time chromatic aberration and corner shading compensation, Exceptional prints up to 30 x 40 inches, ISO 51,200 shots produce a good 4 x 6-inch print, Wider range of bracketing options, Very responsive, fast autofocus, 61 autofocus points, 41 cross-type, AF points cover more of the full-frame image area than past 5D models, Separate wide and tele AF microadjustments, 63...
Conclusion: Fast forward to the 2nd March 2012 and Canon announce the 5D Mk III. With 7 years of history behind this single unit the announcement came on the back of a 25th anniversary for Canon’s first camera in the EOS series, the film-based EOS 650. With such large shoes to fill and great expectations based on two extremely successful models before it, the Canon 5D Mk III had only one direction it could take… Let’s see if it got there..
Summary: The 5D MkIII comes in at £2999 – quite hike in price from the launch price of the MkII, which can now be picked up for under £1700. Canon believe that it’s a whole different class of camera to the model that it superseeds, and we’re inclined to agree with them. That aside, its naturally going to draw parallels with Nikon’s 36MP D800, and despite its recent price rise to £2599, does make the MkIII the pricier of the two.
Pros: Excellent set of features, build-quality is much better than MkII, AF system and overall performance
Excerpt: Canon's Mark II users have been waiting three years for the third 5D in the series, and it's been well worth the wait - the camera has been vastly improved in nearly every aspect. Read on to discover how and why it's our Editor's Choice winner.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Improved handling, More responsive 61-point AF system, Fast six-frames per second shooting speed
Cons: Video not much improved out of camera, No non-compressed video thru HDMI, Video rolling shutter effect still visible
Summary: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III makes a raft of improvements to the best-selling Mark II to become one of the most complete and well-balanced DSLRs around. While it may not sport a truly headline-grabbing specification, like the Nikon D800's 36 Megapixel resolution, Canon has upgraded just about every aspect of the Mark III to deliver a supremely confident camera the Mark II always wanted to be.
Pros: Great photo and video quality with low noise at high sensitivities., Powerful 61-point AF system with easy presets., Large viewfinder with 100% coverage and detailed 3:2 screen., 6fps continuous shooting., Good ergonomics, build quality and twin card slots.
Cons: No built-in flash or wireless controller., No built-in Wifi or GPS. Both are expensive accessories., No articulated screen, no interval timer., No movie crop mode, no clean HDMI, no continuous movie AF., 36 Megapixel Nikon D800 available for less.
Excerpt: The original Canon EOS 5D DSLR was the first affordable full frame DSLR. It was a highly regarded and very successful model. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II , with its incredible 21.1 MP full frame sensor, launched to instant success. It continues to be a great value and sells very well even as I create this review.
Summary: New DSLR is like a cross between the EOS-1DX and the 7D
Pros: Excellent HDR mode, Detailed raw and JPG files, High quality images, Low noise, Provided you keep the camera reasonably still, the Canon EOS 5D Mk III's HDR mode does a great job of aligning and merging images, plus you have the fallback of all the raw and JPEG files if you want.
Cons: Complicated AF system, A bit pricey, Existing Canon EOS 5D Mark II users will find the AF system more complex than they're used to. While this is an improvement, the various AF-point selection mode options and characteristic adjustments can be a little confusing.