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    Canon 5 Mark 3

    The highly anticipated day has finally arrived. The Canon 5D Mark 3 will be announced to the world. Featuring 22.3 Megapixel on a full 35mm sensor, native ISO of 25600, 1080p full HD video at ISO12800, 61 AF points, dual CF and SD slots, will this be the worthy successor of the Canon 5D mark II?

    Canon 5 Mark 3
    Back in September 2008, Vincet Lafore set the world alight with affordable cinematography with the superb performance of the Canon 5D Mark 2 in shot in full 1080p HD. The Canon 5D Mark 2 has been the best selling camera past DSLRs' usual 18 month product cycle, of which the Canon 5D Mark 2 turned 3 in 2011 with no clear indication of a successor and in 2012, we're finally treated to a marvelous delight! -> The Canon 5D Mark 3!

    Canon 5 Mark 3
    Featuring a native ISO25600, this is set to go head to head with the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800.
    The Canon 5D Mark 3 comes with dual slow of CF and SD, following conventions of the earlier Canon 1D series and 1Ds series.

    Canon 5D mark 2 comparing with 5D mark 3
    Other key features to watch out include new buttons, replacing 'info', 'styles', with 'rate' and 'zoom' button. There's also a slight reposition of the Menu and Info button.

    Canon 5 Mark 3, digic 5 sensor
    Featuring the Digic 5+ sensor, the 22.3megapix CMOS sensor goes natively up to ISO25600, has 61AF points including 41 cross type (Canon 5D Mark 2 has 9 AF points in comparison). Photographers can shoot at 6fps into either CF or SD cards or simultaneously to both!

    Major features / specifications
    22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
    DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
    ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
    Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)

    High Performance Operation
    61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
    6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
    Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
    3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
    iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
    Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles

    High end features
    Silent & low vibration modes
    Dual card slots (CF & SD)
    High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
    Multiple Exposures
    Comparative Playback function
    Improved durability & water and dust resistance


    Megapixels – 22MP
    Sensor Size – 36 x 24mm
    ISO/Sensitivity – 100 – 25600
    Autofocus Points – 61 points
    Lens Mount – Canon
    LCD Size – 3.2″
    Liveview – Yes
    Viewfinder – Optical TTL
    Min Shutter Speed – 30 sec
    Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 sec
    Continuous Shooting Speed – 6 fps
    Self Timer – 10 sec, 2 sec
    Metering – Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
    Video Resolution – Full HD 1080
    Memory Type – Compact Flash
    Connectivity – USB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, Wireless (optional)
    Battery – LP-E6
    Battery Type – Lithium-ion
    Charger – Includes Li-Ion Charger
    File Formats – AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
    Dimensions – 152 x 116 x 76mm
    Box Contents – Battery Pack LP-E6 / Battery Charger LC-E6 / AV Cable AVC-DC400ST / Interface Cable IFC-200U / Eyecup Eg / Wide Strap EWEOS5DMKIII / CR1616 Lithium Battery+

    Full hands-on review and video will be shown!

    Stay tuned!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Canon 5 Mark 3 official specifications started by Red Dot Photo View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. zedtan's Avatar
      Name:  7555

      Less than 4 hours to go before Canon's official media event at Orchard ION, Singapore, begins. Here's what I think of the Canon 5D MkIII so far:
    1. The Miracle's Avatar
      Really hope to see good noise control at ISO6400.

      Video seems to be only at 30fps at 1080p. Why don't they just get it done at 1080p 60fps?

      Nevertheless, get ready for an onslaught sale for the 5D2 and long queues for the Canon 5D3
    1. zedtan's Avatar
      A brief comparison between the rumored specs of the Canon 5D MkIII, the 5D MkII, and the 1D X:

      <table width="521" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5"><tr><th width="170" scope="col">Canon 5D MkIII</th><th width="153" scope="col">Canon 5D MkII</th><th width="156" scope="col">Canon 1D X</th></tr><tr><th scope="row">22.3 megapixels</th><td>21.1 megapixels</td><td>18.1 megapixels</td></tr><tr><th scope="row"><p>36 x 24mm Sensor Size</p></th><td>36 x 24mm Sensor Size</td><td>36 x 24mm</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">DiG!C 5+</th><td>DiG!C 4</td><td>DiG!C 5+</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">ISO 100-25600</th><td>ISO 100-6400</td><td>ISO 100-51200</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">61pt AF (41 crosstype points)</th><td>9 pt AF + 6 Assist AF points</td><td>61 pt AF</td></tr><tr><th scope="row">6.0fps continuous shooting</th><td>3.9fps continuous shooting</td><td>12fps contiuous shooting</td></tr></table>

      The Canon 5D MkII retailed at USD$2700 when it was first released, while the Canon 5D MkIII is projected to retail at about USD$3500.
    1. Red Dot Photo's Avatar
      From Canon Singapore:

      Canon redefines photography and filmmaking with the EOS 5D Mark III
      New powerful full-frame DSLR empowers users with outstanding features for its class, such as61-point (High-Density Reticular)Auto-Focus System, incredible ISO speeds of 25,600 and up to 6fps shooting speed

      Singapore, 2 March, 2012 – Canon Singapore today launched the EOS 5D Mark III, the highly anticipated successor to the popular EOS 5D Mark II, which redefined DSLR usage in photography and filmmaking. Targeted at both professional and advanced amateur photographers as well as independent filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest and most powerful image processor, the DIGIC 5+ processor which is 17 times faster than DIGIC 4. With a full-frame 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, high native ISO sensitivity of up to 25,600 (expandable up to ISO 102,400), and a continuous drive of up to 6 frames per second, the EOS 5D Mark III promises to be a camera of choice for both photographers and filmmakers.

      “Upon its release, the EOS 5D Mark II redefined full-frame photography and filmmaking. In pushing the boundaries for a high-quality, full-frame DSLR camera with full-HD movie capability, Canon has once again set expectations higher with the development of the EOS 5D Mark III,” said Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging and Information Division, Canon Singapore. “With key improvements such as a faster AF system, higher shooting speeds, and increased ISO sensitivity, the EOS 5D Mark III is able to comfortably handle low light environments.”

      Superior image quality with greater ISO sensitivity

      Featuring an improved 36 x 24mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approximately 22.3 effective megapixels, the EOS 5D Mark III continues the 5D Mark II’s legacy of delivering not just crystal clear images, but also high quality Full HD Movies. By using a new gapless microlens array and improved photo diodes, the camera has an improved standard ISO sensitivity of 100 – 25,600 (expandable up to L:50, H1:51,200, H2:102,400). This balance of ISO sensitivity and high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio, as well as a new customizable “Auto ISO” function, grants photographers freedom of expression in low-light conditions.
      The EOS 5D Mark III also comes with Canon’s latest and most powerful image processor, the DIGIC 5+. The DIGIC 5+ processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4 processor used in the 5D Mark II. In addition, the new processor uses a newly-developed advanced algorithm to achieve the highest possible image quality with lowest possible noise. As a point of comparison, an image taken at ISO 25,600 on the 5D Mark III is equivalent to an image taken at ISO 6,400 on the 5D Mark II, a two-stop improvement.
      These new innovations enable the EOS 5D Mark III to make quantum improvements in its shooting performance, increasing its continuous shooting speeds upto approximately 6fps at full 22.3 megapixel resolution. Other significant features found in the EOS 5D Mark III include real-time chromatic aberration correction, in-camera RAW processing and lens distortion correction[i].

      A new sense of speed

      The EOS 5D Mark III comes with the same 61-point High-Density Reticular AF System found in Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X. This makes it easier for photographers to very quickly compose portraits and track fast moving subjects, while maintaining focus on their images. The new AF system is also advanced enough to allow photographers utilizing f/4.0 lenses to achieve rapid AF speeds usually associated with f/2.8 lenses on the EOS 1D Mark IV. The number of cross-type points for both f/2.8 and f/4.0 lens have been increased to 41, with f/2.8 dual cross points as the central five points. For f/5.6 lens, it comes with 21 cross-type points, hence making full use of each lens' optical characteristics to optimize performance.
      With a faster AF system, the EOS 5D Mark III CMOS sensor has also been upgraded to make use of eight data channels (twice as many as the EOS-5D Mark II), forming a perfect combination with the enhanced data processing speeds of the new DIGIC 5+. To ensure that there’s no significant shutter-release time lag to compromise the fast AF system, the EOS 5D Mark III also comes with a better mechanism to power the reflex mirror. This new mechanism suppresses mirror bounce, and hence is able to achieve a time-lag response of only 59 milliseconds, providing ample time for AF and AE computations.

      Professional filmmaking functionality

      The 5D Mark II was the first EOS camera equipped with EOS Movie, which quickly revolutionised the filmmaking industry when it was used in the production of commercials, TV dramas and movies. In designing the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon’s developers worked with professional cinematographers to come up with enhanced EOS Movie functions for improved video quality and easier editing.
      The EOS 5D Mark III significantly reduces color artifacts and moiré in areas containing striped patterns. This is a result of its new CMOS sensor and the increased S/N ratio of the new DIGIC 5+ processor, enabling videos shot in dimly-lit environments to have lower noise, even at higher ISO speeds.
      The EOS 5D Mark III also promises greater editing flexibility as it supports a wide range of frame rates, from Standard Definition to Full HD, in 30P/25P/24P. It also supports both ALL-I and IPB compression methods to suit different post-production needs. ALL-I results in larger file sizes, but editing is made easier as the frames are individually compressed. IPB compresses frames in groups, which reduces file sizes but increases decoding times.
      For filmmakers who require smooth, uninterrupted filming, the EOS 5D Mark III supports continuous shooting up to a maximum of 30 minutes recording time. During shooting, the camera will automatically create a new video file once the current file reaches 4GB (the maximum file size for FAT file systems).This ensures that there are no lapses between files, so editors can effortlessly splice files together without any glaring jump cuts.

      In-camera creativity

      The 5D Mark III pushes creative limits by implementing a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode: a first for its series. The HDR mode combines three images shot at different exposures to form one single detailed image. By taking one shot at the recommended exposure, one that is over exposed such that it provides visual data for the subtle gradations in dark areas and lastly a underexposed shot that provides visual data for areas that would be blown out under normal exposure, the combination of the three images will result in a single image that contains clear details and tones in all areas.
      Other creative functions include the ability to take multiple exposures to superimpose different images on top of one another. This allows for artistic juxtaposition of different scenes, or can be used in conjunction with the 5D Mark III’s speedy 6 fps continuous shooting mode to recreate the appearance of flow of motion in a shot with moving subjects.

      User-friendly design improvements

      A new 3.2” tempered glass 1.04 million dot Clear View LCD II monitor with a wide 3:2 aspect ratio makes the EOS 5D Mark III a more user-friendly camera when framing shots, reviewing images and navigating menus. To reduce glare in bright sunny conditions, the DSLR also comes equipped with an optical elastic polymer between the LCD and protective panel that reduces reflections. With an anti-reflective coating on the surface, the screen increases additional glare reduction.
      For filmmakers, the 5D Mark III is also equipped with a Quick Control Dial which has an inner ring that can be triggered by an electrostatic touch sensor. With this silent control dial, cinematographers are able to change settings while shooting movies without recording any clicking sounds emitted from the control dial.

      Ergonomic form factor

      The EOS 5D Mark III comes separately with a new battery grip, BG-E11, which is designed to facilitate vertical shoots and longer battery life. Made with the same magnesium alloy as the EOS 5D Mark III, it carries the same dust and water resistant qualities, and comes with a multi-controller and a customisable multi-function button. The battery access of the grip has also been relocated to the side, for a curved form that provides a comfortable grip for horizontal and vertical shooting.

      Price & Availability

      The EOS 5D Mark III will be available in end March at authorized Canon dealers.
      The BG-E11 battery grip will be available in end April at authorized Canon dealers.
      All prices will be announced at a later date.

      EOS 5D Mark III Specifications Summary:

      • Dimensions: 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
      • Weight: 860g (body only)
      • Image sensor: 22.3 effective mega-pixel 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
      • Imaging processor: DIGIC 5+
      • ISO speeds: 100-25600 (expandable to L:50, H:51200, H2: 102400)
      • AF system: 61-point high-density reticular AF system
      -Max 41 cross-type sensors
      -Central 5 points: Diagonal cross-type sensors
      • Continuous shooting speed: up to 6 fps
      • Release time lag: approx. 59 ms
      • Viewfinder: Approx 100% coverage, 0.71x magnification, 21mm eyepoint
      • LCD: 3.2”, 1.04 million dots Clear View LCD II
      • Shutter durability: 150,000 cycles
      • Recording media: CF + SD
      • Battery: LP-E6

      Editor’s Note

      [1]Using in-camera RAW processing.
    1. zedtan's Avatar

      Canon 5D Mark 3 hands on view on youtube
    1. Brown Bear's Avatar
      Thankfully no 36megapixels and the lack of 70mb files! :P

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