The long awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III

It’s here:

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We’ve been hearing about the Canon 1Dx, then Nikon came out with their Nikon D4 and not so long after that the Nikon D800/D800E. Now Canon is finishing things off with The Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This has been a camera that Mark II owners have been waiting for for ages…or at least what seemed like ages. When I heard about the Canon 1Dx most of the Canon community around me where saying they would upgrade to that, since it is a full-frame camera. However, I wonder if minds have changed with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The specs:

22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor
61-point AF
6 fps continuous shooting
ISO 100–25,600 sensitivity, expandable to ISO 102,400
Full-HD video with manual control
14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
Weather sealing
8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen
HDR mode

That’s not a big bump in resolution (megapixel count) but Canon promises that the image quality will be far better with the way the camera actually handles the files. Until we get some real world samples we just won’t know. The differences between this camera and the Canon 1Dx will be ISO sensitivity and continuous shooting with the Canon 1Dx taking the crown on both of those.

However, in the video department many are happy to hear that like the new Nikon cameras coming out, there will be an audio-jack for headphones so you can monitor your audio levels and make the necessary adjustments. This is a feature that is lacking in the Canon 1Dx, but we all have to remember that these cameras are being aimed at photographers more than they are cinematographers.

Until we get some real hands-on reviews, it will be hard to tell whether or not this will be a reason to upgrade your mark II for a mark III since the mark II is still a great camera and doing great things in both photography and cinema. After these cameras hit the markets and we start seeing some of those real-world tests, we won’t know for sure which direction you should go in. For now just sit back, relax be ready to watch some great shorts and features to be made on these cameras.