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..
Excerpt: The Canon 5D Mark III was announced on March 2, on the 25th anniversary of the EOS system and the first EOS SLR camera. Photography and the EOS system has come a long way since then as evidenced by Canon's line of DSLRs and while Canon wasn't the first manufacturer to incorporate video into a DSLR (that honor goes to Nikon with its D90), the 5D Mark II and its 1080p video was the first to be widely adopted by photographers who were (and are) increasingly being tasked...
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
Conclusion: Image quality throughout the native sensitivity range is excellent, noise is well controlled and there's plenty of detail. The AF system has been given a serious upgrade on what the Canon EOS 5D Mark II version has, and it puts in an excellent 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: While the MkII was more suited to specific photographic disciplines, the MkIII is a whole different ball game. Its a much more well-rounded, versatile DSLR than its predecessor. This is thanks to the boost in performance - namely the AF, while the quality feel is much more fitting for a camera of this calibre. While the resolution may remain similar to the MkII, Canon hasn't stood still.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III steps up as the long-awaited successor to the Canon 5D Mark II.
7 March 2012
Conclusion: While not a radical overhaul or a dramatic leap in technology, the Mark III shores up most of the gaps in the Mark II's performance profile, offering the benefit of faster shot-to-shot times, dramatically improved autofocus, and superb metering. Video quality and controls are also given substantial upgrades sure to please videographers of all stripes. The Mark III outperforms its predecessor in virtually every category.
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: After Nikon’s D90, it felt like the crown of video would go to that firm. But, surprisingly, it was Canon that swooped in, and hoovered up the newly established video-from-SLR market. The D90 was never able to produce video sufficient for professional use, but with the original 5D, Canon made incredible progress.
Pros: Stills are beautiful, capable of producing superb video, lightning-fast auto-focus, rapid shooting, solidly built
Cons: No "clean" HDMI output, buttons to control camera settings take some getting used to, we'd love to see some more high frame-rate modes