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.
Here is a summary of the Canon 5D Mark III specifications:
- Sensor: 22.3 MP full frame sensor
- Sensor Size: 36 x 24mm
- Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
- Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
- Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51,200-102,400
- Image Size: 5760 x 3840
- Processor: DIGIC 5+
- Metering System: iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
- Metering Types: Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
- Dust Reduction: Yes
- Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
- Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
- Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
- Shutter Durability: 150,000 cycles
- Storage: 1x CF slot and 1x SD slot
- Viewfinder Type: Optical TTL
- Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
- Speed: 6 FPS
- Built-in Flash: No
- Additional Exposure Modes: Silent and low vibration
- Autofocus System: Advanced 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)
- LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal Clear View LCD II with 1.04 million dots
- Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD with ISO 100-12,800, expandable to ISO 25,600
- Movie Exposure Control: Full
- Movie Output: AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format (Compressed)
- In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
- Live View: Yes
- Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
- GPS: No
- Battery Type: LP-E6
- Battery Charger: LC-E6
- USB Standard: 2.0
- HDMI Port: Yes
- Mic Port: Yes
- Wireless: No built-in wireless, optional wireless accessory
- Physical Dimensions: 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
- Weight: 860g (body only)
- Price: $3,499 MSRP
A detailed list of features will soon be available on Canon.com.
For a comparison between the new and the old 5D, see my Canon 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II article.
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these were what I was hoping for the D800( at least spec wise). to replace my D700. Slightly more MP(would have been happy with 16-18), even better iso perfprmance(I am guessing) and 6 FPS. The D4 is way out of my price range, but the D800, photography wise-not video-just does not seem to offer more than the d700. I hope you are right that the downsampled images would give better noise handling.
adrian how are u, can u help about bast camera, i need for film making
in your opinion, which one better, 5D3 or D800?
I agree with Nasim, that C&N reversed their roles for a moment. But what I think is that soon (in year or so) they both will release the second camera – e.g. Nikon something with less MPx and high fps and Canon with more MPx and less fps.
Then everything will be back to normal.
It’s just a matter of time.
Glad you’ll be covering the 5D Mark III. I’ve been shooting a Nikon D200 for years and I’m ready to go full frame, so I’m trying to decide between the D800 and the 5D Mark III. Looking forward to any comparisons you make between the two. Thanks! (and thanks for so many other great posts I recently discovered on this site)
I hope 3500$ 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 :)