The EOS 5D Mark III features a newly developed Canon full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed from the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5784 x 3861 large individual 6.25 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 8-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG) are possible!
14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)
The EOS 5D Mark III not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100-25600, the EOS 5D Mark III represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS 5D Mark III can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 51200 (H1), and even 102400 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS 5D Mark III has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.
DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
For a whole new level of performance, the EOS 5D Mark III uses a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Working with two 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits, and delivering speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG), and the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor improves data processing performance and features new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers real-time compensation for chromatic aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of this processor, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.
What a difference a camera can make!
Upgraded from Canon 50D and WOW what a difference. My 50D was great mind you, but I can tell a difference in my shots. Maybe it's the bigger CMOS or the fact I shelled out so much money for the thing, but I am very happy with the results. Looking forward to trying different lenses. Mine came with the 24-105 that come with the full kit purchase, love it. Just wish video had an automatic settings so I could just point and shoot in a hurry rather than make sure I'm in focus etc... Even though I'm not a pro photo guy, but I sure feel like I could be with this bad boy on my shoulder!
April 30, 2013
Love everything about the 5D MkIII aside firmware support. Body built like a tank, great bells and whistles and very importantly low light capability is unrivaled with the right lens. I bought in on all the above and on the promise of HDMI Raw and view capability in the near future. My one frustration is the later which has still not materialized. Promised on or before the end of April (6mo) from time of purchase, now committed to 4/30 (the last possible day promise), I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about the promise of HDMI Raw.
April 23, 2013
Great for stills, soft low res HD video quality
First off I have to say this camera takes amazing still photographs, the autofocus system works really well. I'm amazed at the quality of the stills from 5D3. I purchased the kit version with the included 24-105mm F4.0/L USM IS lens. I've read so many reviews of this camera and thought it would be a great performer with HD video as well based on what I read, for me the HD video was a downer the quality is very soft and does not look sharp even on the fantastic LCD screen of the camera. If it looks soft on the LCD you can be sure it will look soft when downloaded to your computer. I would recommend the camera but only for stills, if sharp and high resolution HD videos are what you're looking then the 5D3 may not be your best choice at this time.
April 21, 2013
Good Purchase - with little downsides...
I cannot import files from my new Canon 5D Mark III.
I am running Mac OS X 10.7.5 with Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. However, Windows works flawless. Reading up on this I found that it is a rather common issue with RAW files for the Mark III. Therefore I think the responsible party should move quickly! And if CANON is not responsible it should put pressure on the other parties(most likely apple) to fix it!
Shelling out 3k for a camera should not give me the headache, which it currently does!
Here is the console log for Apple Aperture; it will open the preview window and then simply freeze
3/22/13 10:28:00.252 PM Aperture: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 610 3/22/13 10:28:00.252 PM Aperture: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged. 3/22/13 10:28:00.252 PM Aperture: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGSOrderWindowListWithGroups: invalid window ID (610) 3/22/13 10:28:00.252 PM Aperture: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGSOrderWindowList: NULL list pointer or empty list 3/22/13 10:29:26.000 PM kernel: USBF: 2427.438 AppleUSBEHCI[0xffffff8012138000]::Found a transaction which hasn't moved in 5 seconds on bus 0xfa, timing out! (Addr: 6, EP: 2) 3/22/13 10:30:58.813 PM Aperture: The class 'NSProMenuItem' overrides the method identifier. This method is implemented by class 'NSMenuItem' 3/22/13 10:30:58.835 PM Aperture: FCIsAppAllowedToLaunchExt  -- *** pcd port was 0, allowing app 3/22/13 10:30:58.841 PM sandboxd: () Aperture(1976) deny mach-lookup com.apple.familycontrols FIX IT APPLE and/or CANON!!!
April 20, 2013