We had this 5D Mark III for about a month now which we borrowed from Canon Philippines. It came along with the EF 24mm f/1.4L lens and,frankly, we didn’t even want to give it back.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III was announced back in March and then released in the Philippines the following month. It replaces the highly popular 5D Mark II. It has been around the market for some time but the high-end profile and the price tag still makes it an elusive camera to many folks.
The dSLR uses the new DIGIC 5+ image processor (which is said to be 17x faster than DIGIC 4 of the Mark II). The 5D Mark III is capable of incredible ISO speeds of up to 25600 (expandable to L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400).
A newly expanded 61-point Auto-Focus (AF) system makes it easier to track subjects with higher levels of precision and speed. You will definitely notice this once you grab a hold of the camera and start shooting.
I’ve had the Canon 7D for about two years now and the 5D Mark III looks just the same but you will definitely see and feel the solid body, the heft and premium build of the latter.
The design is very familiar if you’ve been using a Canon dSLR for some time now. There are a few noticeable differences though — like the settings knob which requires you to press a small lock button at the center before you can dial to a setting, the slightly larger LCD display, the headphone out to monitor audio, and the dual-card slot (supports CF cards and SD cards at the same time).
(Some of the shots were taken with the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM and EF 24mm f/1.4L)
One of the most impressive capabilities of the 5D Mark III is its high-ISO quality. Both stills and video clips looked more refined and has much less noise (you don’t even see it in our sample clip below).
The footage above as shot at ISO 12800. Looks pretty clean, right?
Canon 5D Mark III specs:
22.3MP full-size CMOS sensor
DIGIC 5+ processor
up to 6fps shooting speed
61-point autofocusing system (up to 41 cross-type points)
ISO 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 102,400)
1/8000sec. to 30sec., bulb shutter speed
1080p video recording
3.2â€³ LCD display @ 1MP
CF card (Type I, UDMA mode 7-compatible), SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
RAW Burst 13fps, JPEG 65fps, RAW+JPEG 7fps
The 5D Mark 3 won the TIPA Best Video dSLR category this year.
The suggested retail price of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is Php169,998 for the body only and goes up to Php219,998 with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit lens. The EF 24mm f/1.4L we used has a suggested retail price of Php89,998.