Canon 5D Mark III Specifications

Canon is releasing the much anticipated Canon 5D Mark III on March 2nd, a major update to the existing Canon 5D Mark II camera that was released back in 2008. The 5D Mark III is a very interesting and appealing update, because Canon decided to keep the resolution of the camera about the same – 22.3 MP sensor, versus the 21.1 MP sensor on the 5D Mark II. This is a very different move compared to what Nikon did with its D800, which boasts a crazy high resolution of 36.3 MP, versus 12.1 MP on its previous generation Nikon D700. It almost seems like Canon and Nikon are reversing their roles, because Canon has always been pushing for a higher megapixel count, while Nikon has been focusing on better image quality, better autofocus and other important features. The Canon 5D Mark III specifications are indeed very impressive – seems like Canon is finally listening to its large customer base. The AF system went through a complete rework and the camera now has 61 focus points, up to 41 of which are cross-type. The previous 9 focus points and 1 cross-type on the 5D Mark II sound like a joke in comparison. The Nikon D4 and D800 have 51 focus points total, 15 of which are cross-type. So Canon is way ahead in terms of AF specifications (that’s assuming that Canon finally addressed its AF problems). The continuous shooting speed has also increased to 6 fps (compared to 5D Mark II’s 3.9 fps and Nikon D800′s 4 fps) and the viewfinder coverage is now 100%, compared to 98% on the 5D Mark II. There are many other new features to talk about – see the detailed specifications below.

Canon 5D Mark III

Here is a summary of the Canon 5D Mark III specifications:

  1. Sensor: 22.3 MP full frame sensor
  2. Sensor Size: 36 x 24mm
  3. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
  4. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  5. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51,200-102,400
  6. Image Size: 5760 x 3840
  7. Processor: DIGIC 5+
  8. Metering System: iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
  9. Metering Types: Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
  10. Dust Reduction: Yes
  11. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  12. Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
  13. Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
  14. Shutter Durability: 150,000 cycles
  15. Storage: 1x CF slot and 1x SD slot
  16. Viewfinder Type: Optical TTL
  17. Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
  18. Speed: 6 FPS
  19. Built-in Flash: No
  20. Additional Exposure Modes: Silent and low vibration
  21. Autofocus System: Advanced 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)
  22. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal Clear View LCD II with 1.04 million dots
  23. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD with ISO 100-12,800, expandable to ISO 25,600
  24. Movie Exposure Control: Full
  25. Movie Output: AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format (Compressed)
  26. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  27. Live View: Yes
  28. Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
  29. GPS: No
  30. Battery Type: LP-E6
  31. Battery Charger: LC-E6
  32. USB Standard: 2.0
  33. HDMI Port: Yes
  34. Mic Port: Yes
  35. Wireless: No built-in wireless, optional wireless accessory
  36. Physical Dimensions: 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
  37. Weight: 860g (body only)
  38. Price: $3,499 MSRP

A detailed list of features will soon be available on

For a comparison between the new and the old 5D, see my Canon 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II article.

Pre-Order Canon 5D Mark III and Accessories

Here are the pre-order links for the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite:

  1. B&H Photo Video – Canon 5D Mark III for $3,499 (body only)
  2. B&H Photo Video – Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L for $4,299
  3. B&H Photo Video – Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite for $629.00
  4. Adorama – Canon 5D Mark III for $3,499 (body only)
  5. Adorama – Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 24-105mm f/4L for $4,299
  6. Adorama – Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite for $629.00

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  1. 1
    ) Michał

    I hope 3500$ will not turn out to be the price of 5D3. It’s hard for me to understand what justifies the 500$ difference between C and N.

    It looks like a great camera, but again – why such a crappy metering? Nikon seems to offer better value for the money. On the other hand, if 5D3 will be priced below 3000$ – that would be interesting :)

    Take care!

  2. Glad you’ll be covering the 5D Mark III. I’ve been shooting a Nikon D200 for years and I’m ready to go full frame, so I’m trying to decide between the D800 and the 5D Mark III. Looking forward to any comparisons you make between the two. Thanks! (and thanks for so many other great posts I recently discovered on this site)

  3. 3
    ) Stefan

    I agree with Nasim, that C&N reversed their roles for a moment. But what I think is that soon (in year or so) they both will release the second camera – e.g. Nikon something with less MPx and high fps and Canon with more MPx and less fps.
    Then everything will be back to normal.
    It’s just a matter of time.

  4. 4
    ) wira

    in your opinion, which one better, 5D3 or D800?

  5. 5
    ) Adrian

    these were what I was hoping for the D800( at least spec wise). to replace my D700. Slightly more MP(would have been happy with 16-18), even better iso perfprmance(I am guessing) and 6 FPS. The D4 is way out of my price range, but the D800, photography wise-not video-just does not seem to offer more than the d700. I hope you are right that the downsampled images would give better noise handling.

    • 6
      ) kidus

      adrian how are u, can u help about bast camera, i need for film making

  6. 7
    ) kidus


  7. 8
    ) azad

    دوربین بسیار خوبی است ولی قیمت آن بسیار زیاد است

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