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Cameras

EOS 5D Mark III:
the evolution of a
DSLR legend


The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR will appeal to all photographers and videographers and is the long awaited, next generation evolution of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II. Whether you want a high-resolution camera for studio or location work, need a higher frame rate for moving subjects, or want a fast autofocus system to tracks sports, the EOS 5D Mark III will deliver. It will also answer your needs if you are more interested in HD Movies than stills. A full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, six frames per second (fps) top shooting speed, and a 61-point AF system make it the most advanced mid-range camera ever seen in the EOS System.

Who is it for?

With a full-frame sensor that has the highest resolution available within the EOS DSLR range this camera is ideal for commercial photographers working in a studio. Thanks to the 6fps top shooting speed, 61-point AF system, and an ISO range that goes up to 25,600 as standard, the EOS 5D Mark III is equally at home out in the wilds for photojournalism and for capturing sports, social documentaries and wildlife. The in-camera HDR settings will appeal to landscape and architectural photographers and the advanced HD movie shooting functions – including uncompressed HDMI output and silent, on-the-fly audio level adjustment with the ability to monitor audio through headphones – will make it the first choice for movie makers and those interested in telling stories across a range of new media. In short, it is a camera that’s designed to appeal to as wide a range of photographers and filmmakers as possible.


Key features


  • 22.3 Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points
  • Zone, Spot and AF Point Expansion focusing modes
  • DIGIC 5+ processor
  • Up to 6fps shooting speed
  • ISO 100 to 25,600 as standard, ISO 50 to 102,400 with expansion
  • +/- 5 stops of exposure compensation
  • HDR shooting in-camera
  • Full HD Movie shooting with ALL-I or IPB compression
  • Uncompressed HDMI output
  • 29mins 59sec clip length in Full HD Movie
  • Timecode setting for HD Movie shooting
  • Headphone port for audio monitoring
  • 59ms standard shutter lag
  • Transparent LCD viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • 8.11cm (3.2”), 1.04 million-pixel Clear View II LCD Screen
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
  • CF and SD card slots
  • Silent control touch-pad area
  • Dual-Axis Electronic Level

Superb quality performance, even in low light

The EOS 5D Mark III features a full-frame, high resolution 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This sensor is designed and built by Canon and makes use of gap-less microlenses, first seen on a Canon full-frame sensor in the EOS-1D X, to ensure all the light reaching the sensor is directed into the pixel wells. This efficient light gathering combined with the processing power of the DIGIC 5+ processor has lead to a two-stop increase in the standard ISO range compared to the EOS 5D Mark II. The expanded ISO range goes to 102,400 for when you really must get an image and have almost no light to work in.

Fast and ACCURATE 61-POINT AF system

Following on from the EOS-1D X, the EOS 5D Mark III features a similar 61-point AF system with up to 41 cross-type points. When shooting with f/2.8 lenses or faster, a vertical line of five AF points in the middle of the frame function as Dual cross-type points with their sensors arranged in an ‘X’ as well as a conventional horizontally and vertically arranged AF points, like an ‘+’, provide increased focusing precision. All 61 AF points are ‘dual-line zigzag’ points for improved focus speed and accuracy, and the focusing range has been extended to -2EV to 18EV; the same range as the flagship EOS-1D X.

Like the EOS 7D and EOS-1D X, the EOS 5D Mark III also features Spot, Zone and AF Point Expansion focusing modes to give you the maximum choice in selecting how to focus on a subject. The AF algorithm has also been developed further. By taking feedback from professional photographers the new AI Servo AF III algorithm was developed to offer faster, more stable focus tracking. To make AF setup easier, the EOS 5D Mark III also includes the AF Configuration Tool first seen on the EOS-1D X.

High-speed continuous shooting

With the ability to shoot at up to six frames per second, the EOS 5D Mark III is almost twice as fast as its EOS 5D Mark II predecessor. This speed is achieved despite the large quantity of data being produced by the 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor and is enabled by the processing power from the DIGIC 5+ processor. The 6fps top shooting speed of the EOS 5D Mark III can be powered simply by using the standard LP-E6 battery for the camera.

Extensive HD movie features

Like all other current EOS DSLR models in the range, the EOS 5D Mark III features Full HD Movie recording. It provides the ability to shoot 1920x1080p movies at 24fps, 25fps or 30fps and 1280x720p movies at 50fps or 60fps. With either auto or full manual control over both exposure and audio levels it provides both newcomers to video and professionals with a powerful tool for shooting movies. First seen on the EOS-1D X, the EOS 5D Mark III also features live audio level meters on the screen while filming, and a capacitive touch pad on the Quick Control Dial to allow silent audio level adjustment during filming. In a first for the EOS range, the EOS 5D Mark III goes one stage further and also provides a headphone jack to allow audible audio monitoring while recording as well as the visual level bars.

Uncompressed HDMI video output

To benefit DSLR cinematographers the EOS 5D Mark III records clean, uncompressed digital video with embedded time code over HDMI output while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and recording to internal CF or SD cards. Combined with an improved colour sampling of YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit video, this offers efficiency to video editing, with improved colour grading options, and enhanced on-set monitoring.

Extensive in-camera image editing functions

In-camera editing allows photographers to have an easy-to-use digital workflow when out in-the-field. Images can be rated on a scale of one to five and two images can be compared simultaneously on screen. In-camera RAW processing allows you to explore creative possibilities, such as black & white conversion and retrospective white balance.

Durable, rugged build for use anywhere

The EOS 5D Mark III has a magnesium chassis that provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture so it’s a camera that can be used almost anywhere.

AF system

With a completely re-designed AF system, the 61-point sensor in the EOS 5D Mark III offers consistent focusing performance with all subjects in light levels down to EV -2. With up to 41 cross-type AF points and a dual-zigzag line arrangement for all 61 points, focus accuracy and speed is improved. In combination with the evolved AI Servo III AF algorithm, the new system is also more stable in use. To ensure setting up the system to suit the subject is as easy as possible, a new AF Configuration Tool is provided within the camera menu to give details of each setting and example usage.

CMOS sensor

Canon develops and manufactures its own CMOS sensors in-house. Canon pioneered the use of CMOS sensors in DSLR cameras due to the performance advantages they offer in terms of speed and low power consumption. The CMOS sensor in the EOS 5D Mark III is the second in a new generation of full-frame sensors with gap-less microlenses for greater light gathering ability. It has been designed not just for still photography, but also with improved performance in HD movie shooting as well, with reduced moiré and false colours leading to improved definition and colour.

DIGIC processing

The high-end DIGIC 5+ processor found in the EOS 5D Mark III is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4 processor that powered the EOS 5D Mark II. The benefits of the DIGIC 5+ processor are great. With more processing power it’s able to perform more complex image processing, for better image quality, as well as adding new features such as in-camera HDR shooting, multiple exposure imaging, lens chromatic aberration correction, intra-frame compression options for HD Movie shooting and UDMA and memory card compatibility.

IMAGE SENSOR
Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 22.3 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 23.4 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type DIGIC 5+
LENS
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
FOCUSING
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF Working Range EV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF Microadjustment AF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400
SHUTTER
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)
WHITE BALANCE
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
VIEWFINDER
Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x¹
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF point, focus confirmation¹, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,
exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,
red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card
information, Battery check
Composition information
Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol
Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance
correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter On strap
LCD MONITOR
Type 8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx. 170°
Coating Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
FLASH
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control Via camera menu screen
SHOOTING
Modes Auto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Drive Modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),
Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG)¹² or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card)²
LIVE VIEW MODE
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level
FILE TYPE
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480
RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)
Uncompressed 8bit 4.2.2 via HDMI
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
OTHER FEATURES
Custom Functions 13 Custom Functions with 47 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance Yes (equal to EOS-1N)¹
Sound Memo No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) 2 image compare display
(7) Movie edit
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
INTERFACE
Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
STORAGE
Type CompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7
SOFTWARE
Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
POWER SOURCE
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹
Approx. 850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 950
ACCESSORIES
Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6
Other Hand Strap E2, GP-E2
Magnification ¹ with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
² Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Water/ Dust Resistance ¹ Environmental protection
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Viewfinder Information ¹ Focus Confirmation Light not available with EF Cinema lenses
*Recommended Exposure Index
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.

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