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Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)
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- 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
- 6 frames per second continuous shooting
- 61-point AF system. Image type : JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording enabled
- ISO 100 - 25600 range with 50 - 102,800 expansion
- 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
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|Screen Size||3.2 in||3 in||3 in||3.2 in||3.2 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual||Includes Manual Focus||—||—||automatic_only||manual-and-auto|
|Image stabilization||None||None||—||—||—||Image Stabilization|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option||Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option||—||—||—||100 to 12800|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 5.98 x 4.57 in||2.8 x 5.71 x 4.37 in||5.7 x 2.9 x 4.4 in||5.9 x 3 x 4.6 in||5.98 x 3.01 x 4.58 in||5.47 x 3.09 x 4.14 in|
|Item Weight||2.09 lbs||1.7 lbs||1.69 lbs||1.76 lbs||2.09 lbs||1.4 lbs|
|Megapixels||22.1||20.2 megapixels||26.2 megapixels||30.4 megapixels||23.4 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||22.3 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||30.4 megapixels||22.3 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||full frame||CMOS (36 x 24mm)||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||APS-C (22.5 x 15.0mm)|
|Style Name||Body Only||Body Only||Body||Body Only||—||Body Only|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||—||4k||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 pixels^1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism||Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)|
The Canon 5260B002 EOS 5D Mark III 22.3MP Digital SLR Camera Body (lens required and sold separately) with supercharged EOS performance and full frame, high-resolution image capture is designed to perform. Special optical technologies like 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and extended ISO range of 100-25600 make this it ideal for shooting weddings in the studio, out in the field and great for still photography. Professional-level high definition video capabilities includes a host of industry-standard recording protocols and enhanced performance that make it possible to capture beautiful cinematic movies in EOS HD quality. A 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and shooting performance up to 6.0fps provide exceptional clarity and sharpness when capturing rapidly-unfolding scenes. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon's advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure.
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I have been a Canon shooter for a while and I am stepping up from a Canon 7D. The 5D is a little bit bigger than the 7D but both have similar build qualities. Some of the things that have changed from the 7D to the 5Dmkiii is the shooting function button, to change from Manual to Shutter Priority there is now a button on top that stops you from accidentally changing modes. Other than that, the ergonomics are pretty much the same (outside of the AF System).
I had been shooting with the 7D for some time and I was really on the fence about making the move because I swear (and still do given I own both cameras) that there is not a significant difference between the images of the cameras when shooting at lower ISO's. When looking at both images side by side colors are slightly better, it seems like tonal gradients looked a little better but it was not huge. The problem I had with the 7D is that at ISO 3200 the images were so noisy they were about unusable, even with some cleanup things were pretty rough. I have shot many images with the 5D3 and I get great looking shots at ISO3200.
The other huge difference is the AF System on the 5D3, head and shoulders better than anything I had ever used. The 7D was good and worked well and I had an old 1DMkii that had 45AF Points and was blazing fast but the new 5D was amazing and how many different configurations of the AF system you could set took me months to get used to but I love it. Sure the Nikon D800 has 36megapixels but I have always said, I will take a lower resolution shot that is spot on and crisp over a high resolution image that is blurry.
Both in studio and out in nature this camera performs well and is very refined. I have shot with the Canon 7D, Sony NEX 5, NEX 3 and the new Fuji X-E2 and will take this camera every time. It has an AF System I can count on to be spot on every time, the ergonomics of it allow me to pull the camera out of my bag and change shutter, aperture and ISO without ever moving my eye out of the viewfinder and the LCD screen looks great in back.
If I were going to knock anything it might be the slower burst mode but that would be about it. I don't shoot enough video with it to really talk about it's performance but I know a lot of people love it for that.
After my last studio shoot I decided to send my camera into canon for cleaning (I normally have my camera sent out in January when I am shooting less to make sure everything is working right) and I get the estimate back that the there is dust between the low pass filter and the sensor and because of that the sensor needs to be replaced. Keep in mind at this point the camera had been used mainly in studio and never seen a drop of rain and is never kept without a lens or body cap on the camera AND the camera is only 15 months old. Given the light use and delicate care I take with my equipment and that I had a 7D for over two years working in the exact same environments with no problems, I feel this is 100% a manufacturers defect. After writing Canon several times they refused to address the problem and I was stuck with a 940 dollar bill.
After the new sensor had been placed in the camera everything works good.
To me it is crazy to think that needing to replace the sensor every year is a normal thing and considering Canon refuses to answer my questions regarding this repair I am to assume this is somewhat common.
At this point I am never buying another Canon product ever again. There are too many great camera manufacturers out there to hold allegiance to a company that does not value me as a customer. I have owned the 20D, 7D and 5Dmkii. I own the 16-35 L, 24-70L, 35mm L, 50mm macro, 85 1.8, 100mm Macro L, 135 L and 70-200 L. Goodbye Canon.
I got this camera as a birthday gift this year. It worked great for the first 2 month and I noticed a lot of dust just started sticking to the sensor and isn't falling off. I never had this issue with my Canon EOS 7D which I had for 2 years now. On my Canon EOS 7D, I rarely get dust, and when I do, it usually gets shaken off by the self cleaning unit on the next power cycle. On my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, this never happened. The dust just kept collecting and collecting (the sensor was a dust magnet), so I sensed something was wrong with the self cleaning unit. Not to mention the camera was underexposing 80% of the time. I sent it into the Canon Irvine, CA service center for them to repair it. They adjusted the camera meter. They also adjusted the self cleaning sensor unit (so it was malfunctioning) and did a sensor clean. When I got it back, I noticed they left a bunch of residue and dust on my sensor (more than what I had before). The self sensor cleaning unit did nothing to it. Canon support gave me a shipping label back to get it fixed. So I sent it back in. A week later I got it back, not only was my sensor dirtier (I have test shots), they also left several scratches across the back of my camera and on the side! I contacted Canon support again. They gave me a label to ship it back in to get all the problems fixed. Now they want me to pay almost $280 for replacement parts even though all these issues happened because of the camera malfunction and due to the repair center worker's carelessness! To add insult to injury, I shared this repair story on their Facebook page. Instead of replying me to make things right, they just deleted my post all together. Very scammy company, do not recommend buying their products. I will attempt to work things out with their customer support. Will keep you guys posted. Also Canon, if you are reading this, having to send in my camera in for repair for the same issues (and issues introduced during the repairs) 3 times is very unacceptable.
To people who says the reviews are about the products and not the repair centers. It is about the product. Not only is my camera screwed up on the basic functions of a digital camera, don't count on Canon to honor their in-warranty repairs (which is part of the product you buy). If you get a defective Canon EOS 5D Mark III, guess what? You are out $3500+tax!
After 3 trips to Canon's repair center (still pretty ridiculous how they didn't get it right the first time), they have adequately fixed my camera. While there are still a few dust spots on the sensor, they are barely noticeable, so they did clean my camera to an acceptable level. It seems CPS handled my repair this time as my camera came back in a CPS bag. Also they have decided to replace the scratched up parts (caused by the repair center) for free after I complained to their Facebook page. Since my camera is usable now, I will need to take this camera and shoot before I can give a full review on the product. Right now I have upped my review to 3 stars and I doubt I will ever give it a 5 star rating due to the fact that the I had to send the camera in 3 times to get an in-warranty repair correct. If the warranty is part of the product you buy, Canon needs to be able to honor that warranty before the customer needs to make complaints online.
MAIN REVIEW HERE (10-15-2013):
I will not raise my star rating from 3/5 on this camera due to the problems I am about to describe in this review and the horrible warranty service I received. This is an okay camera, and can work very fast in continuous shutter mode. The focus tracking is very fast and I have used it on quick moving subjects and it hits the mark 95% of the time. Also, I can use this camera up to ISO 6400 with no issue in low light. While a bit grainy, there is barely any image noise even at ISO 6400. There is also no noise even during long exposures. I only spotted around 5 tiny "hot pixels" after a 4 minute long exposure. The camera has a built in "quiet mode" which kind of works. It suppresses the mirror slap noise, and I have used a few times outside around wildlife. While it does make a sound, ambient noise is enough to cover over it! Sometimes, I accidentally fire off 2 shots in this mode because I didn't hear the mirror. Also, this camera is incredibly rugged, and I have shot with it in rain and under waterfalls. No water got in and it performs very well (just make sure you have a weatherproofed lens too!). The only few issues that still persists in this camera is underexposure and white balance. My camera still constantly underexposes 2/3 to 1 stop around 75% of the time even though the light meter has already been checked and adjusted several times at the repair center during that self sensor cleaning problem. Also, I have noticed that the auto white balance is always off especially in day light. All my photos always have a blue cast on them and I always have to white balance off of something I know is white when I process my RAW files.
- Rugged construction. Good weatherproofing.
- Quiet mode does make some noise, however ambient noise is enough to cover it.
- Great low light high ISO performance. Works great up to ISO 6400.
- Low noise during long exposures.
- Very fast at focusing and focus tracking.
- Constant under exposure by 2/3 to 1 stop 75% of the time even though repair center has checked meter several times.
- Inaccurate auto white balance.
- Horrible warranty repairs and service.
Overall, I am not too happy with the camera and would not recommend this product, and believe that Canon has to work out the big bugs in the system and also need to get some better repair technicians in their factory.