EOS HD Video with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates and selectable All i-frame or IPB compression
Addressing the requests of the pros and building on the unprecedented success of its namesake, the EOS 5D Mark III captures HD video with a level of sophistication on par with professional movie cameras offering phenomenal performance on a DSLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), useful for multi-camera shoots. It also features improved sound recording adjustment capabilities, offering 64-step volume control accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting, plus a dedicated headphone jack for convenience in shooting. The CMOS sensor's new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré (a common problem that occurs in scenes with horizontal lines), and ensures that the EOS 5D Mark III can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode.
Compresses each frame. Although the file size is larger than IPB, each frame is not affected by the previous and next frames, making it suitable for editing and extracting frames.
Compresses the movie frame by referencing the previous and next frames. High compression is used, making it suitable for recording long movies.
Recording Time based on 8GB Memory Card
Maximum Record Time
29 min. 59 sec.
ALL-I Record Time
11 min. at 1920 x 1080
12 min. at 1280 x 720
IPB Record Time
32 min. at 1920 x 1080
37 min. at 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
30P (29.97), 25P, 24P (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD)
60P (59.94), 50P
640 x 480 (VGA)
30P (29.97), 25P
With the new firmware update, the EOS 5D Mark III can record 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 color sampling of YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit video, this firmware update adds efficiency to video editing, improves color grading options, and enhances on-set monitoring.
The new "mirroring" feature via the HDMI output allows video to be displayed on the rear LCD screen with or without scene and camera information while also outputting a clean video signal to a monitor or external recorder. An external recorder not only enables a video signal devoid of compression artifacts, but also allows a choice of preferred edit-ready codec, the ability to shoot in a variety of frame rates and bit rates, and longer record time. Combined with the heightened color correction capabilities as a result of the expanded color space, post-production workflows will be smoother and offer users greater control and quality. With external recorders it is also possible to use a variety of on-set monitoring solutions, which facilitate real-time viewing of EOS 5D Mark III video with the Rec. ITU-R BT. 709 color matrix. Additionally, it will now be possible to synchronize the start and stop of EOS 5D Mark III video capture with the start and stop of the external recorder.
This camera has lived up to everything advertised and more. I love the features - high ISO retaining exceptionally crisp details with very little artifacts, the dual SD and Flash Card capabilities make it not only flexible but also adds an extra bit of security as a backup, and last but not least is the ability to customize settings, making for a great shot in practically any situation.
March 7, 2014
Why I Returned My 5D MK III
I must preface my review with the fact that I am not a professional photographer, I do not earn a living with my camera.
I have a 7D, and have been waiting for a 7D MK II to appear--if Canon Rumors are to be believed--but in a moment of weakness I allowed the local photo shop to convince me that even if it was produced, it would not equal the 5D MK III.
The 5D MK III, in my opinion, is one step forward--the new AF system, and two steps back--moving function buttons around--that said, I hear the video improvements are great, I just don't shoot video, and could care less about it.
I returned my 5D MK III. For the same price, one can purchase a new 7D, spare battery, 16-35mm f/2.8, and several SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF cards.
Perhaps Canon can take a page out of an old-school playbook and offer a 7D MK II that combines the 5D MK III sensor and AF system, and deletes the video. That I will stand in line to buy.
February 8, 2014
A true semi-pro camera...great image qualtiy
Much better than my 5d MKII...especially in low light. Great focusing and great image quality! Easy to use with unlimited adjustments and convenience.
I highly recommend this camera for the serious amateur and the pro photographer.
Video quality superb as well.
February 4, 2014
best camera ever
best camera i ever used .canon products are always the best but with eos 5d mark 3 canon did super outstanding job.thankyou canon
February 1, 2014