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EOS 5D Mark III

EOS 5D Mark III

EOS 5D Mark III

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Marketed March 2012

Featuring a newly developed 35 mm full-frame approximately 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers enhanced AF (autofocus) precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed while realizing outstanding image quality for both still photography and video capture.

Succeeding the highly acclaimed EOS 5D Mark II, released in November 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera achieves significant advances in imaging performance to support a wide range of imaging-expression possibilities. The newly developed 35 mm full-frame approximately 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor employs an improved photo diode structure and eliminates the gaps between the microlenses to realize enhanced sensitivity and low-noise performance. Incorporating a DIGIC 5+ image processor, which achieves approximately 17 times the processing power of the DIGIC 4, the 5D Mark III delivers both high image quality and high-speed performance. In addition, DIGIC 5+ works together with the newly developed CMOS sensor to make possible high-resolution imaging with a wide dynamic range.

Compared with its predecessor’s ISO100-6400 sensitivity range, the EOS 5D Mark III features an ISO range that has been expanded by two steps to ISO100-25600,* delivering impressive imaging results with reduced noise even in low-light settings.

Similar to the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X, the EOS 5D Mark III’s newly developed AF System incorporates a new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, including 41 cross-type AF points, to support a range of shooting compositions and deliver greater accuracy when tracking moving subjects. In particular, the AF System excels when shooting portraits and moving subjects.

The EOS 5D Mark III’s newly developed CMOS sensor features 8-channel readout, an improvement over the 4-channel readout speed offered by its predecessor. By combining the CMOS sensor with the high-speed processing performance of DIGIC 5+, the camera achieves high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 6 fps while maintaining a high pixel count of approximately 22.3 megapixels.

* Standard ISO sensitivity range is ISO100-12800 when shooting video

Type
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media CF card (Type I, UDMA mode 7-compatible), SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Image sensor size Approx. 36 x 24 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses) (35 mm-equivalent lens focal length will be as indicated on the lens)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 22.30 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Dust delete feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording enabled
Recorded pixels L (Large) : Approx. 22.10 megapixels (5760 x 3840)
M (Medium) : Approx. 9.80 megapixels (3840 x 2560)
S1 (Small 1) : Approx. 5.50 megapixels (2880 x 1920)
S2 (Small 2) : Approx. 2.50 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (Small 3) : Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW : Approx. 22.10 megapixels (5760 x 3840)
M-RAW : Approx. 10.50 megapixels (3960 x 2640)
S-RAW : Approx. 5.50 megapixels (2880 x 1920)
Recording function Standard, Auto switch card, Rec. separately, Rec. to multiple
Create/select a folder Possible
File name Preset code, User setting 1, User setting 2
File numbering Continuous, auto reset, manual reset
Image Processing During Shooting
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
White balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (Approx. 2500-10000K), White balance correction, and White balance bracketing possible

* Flash color temperature information transmission enabled

Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image
brightness correction
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens aberration correction Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction
Viewfinder
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100% (with Eye point approx. 21 mm)
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (-1 m-1 with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 21 mm (from eyepiece lens center at -1 m-1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment Approx. -3.0 – +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Focusing screen Fixed
AF status indicator Provided
Grid display Provided
Electronic level Horizontal: 1° increments, ±6°
Vertical: 1° increments, ±4°

* During horizontal shooting

Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Autofocus
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points 61 points (Up to 41 cross-type points)

* Number of available AF points and cross-type points vary depending on the lens.

Focusing brightness range EV -2 – 18 (with center f/2.8 AF point, 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF area selection modes Single-point Spot AF (manual selection), Single-point AF (manual selection), AF point expansion (manual selection; up, down, left, and right), AF point expansion (manual selection; surround), Zone AF (manual selection), Auto selection of 61 AF points
AF Configuration tool Case 1 – 6
AI Servo characteristics Tracking sensitivity, Acceleration/deceleration tracking, AF point auto switching
AF fine adjustment AF Microadjustment (All lenses by same amount or Adjust by lens)
AF-assist beam Emitted by the EOS-dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 1.5% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 1 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
ISO speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Scene Intelligent Auto: ISO 100 – 12800 set automatically
P, Tv, Av, M, B: Auto ISO, ISO 100 – 25600 (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), or ISO expansion to L (50), H1 (equivalent to ISO 51200), H2 (equivalent to ISO 102400)
ISO speed settings ISO speed range, Auto ISO range, and Auto ISO minimum shutter speed settable
Exposure compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (Can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
HDR Shooting
Dynamic range adjustment Auto, ±1 EV, ±2 EV, ±3 EV
Effect Natural, Art standard, Art vivid, Art bold, Art embossed
Auto image align Possible
Multiple Exposures
Shooting method Function/control priority, Continuous shooting priority
No. of multiple exposures 2 to 9 exposures
Multiple-exposure control Additive, Average, Bright, Dark
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.), X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Drive System
Drive modes Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10-sec. self-timer/remote control, 2sec. self-timer/remote control
Continuous shooting speed High-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 6 shots/sec.
Low-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
Silent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 65 shots (approx. 16270 shots)
RAW: Approx. 13 shots (approx. 18 shots)
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 7 shots (approx. 7 shots)

* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and a 8 GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an UDMA mode 7, 128 GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.

External Speedlite
Compatible Speedlites EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal Provided
External Speedlite control Provided

* Compatible with radio wireless flash photography.

Live View Shooting
Aspect ratio settings 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Focus modes Live mode, Face detection Live mode (contrast detection), Quick mode (phase-difference detection), Manual focusing (Approx. 5x / 10x magnification possible)
Focusing brightness range EV 1 – 18 (with contrast detection, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Grid display Three types
Movie Shooting
Movie recording compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Recording format MOV
Recording size and frame rate 1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280×720 (HD) : 60p/50p
640×480 (SD) : 30p/25p

* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps

Compression method: ALL-I (I-only), IPB
File size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p) / IPB : Approx. 235 MB/min.
1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p) / ALL-I : Approx. 685 MB/min.
1280×720 (60p/50p) / IPB : Approx. 205 MB/min.
1280×720 (60p/50p) / ALL-I : Approx. 610 MB/min.
640×480 (30p/25p) / IPB : Approx. 78 MB/min.

* Card reading/writing speed necessary for movie shooting:
CF card: IPB: at least 10 MB per sec./ALL-I: at least 30 MB per sec.
SD card: IPB: at least 6 MB per sec./ALL-I: at least 20 MB per sec.

Focus modes Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering modes Center-weighted average and Evaluative metering with the image sensor

* Automatically set by the focusing mode.

Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control 1. Autoexposure, 2. Shutter-priority AE, 3. Aperturepriority AE, 4. Manual exposure

* With 1, 2, and 3, exposure compensation and AE lock are possible (except in Scene Intelligent Auto mode).

Exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (±5 stops for still photos)
ISO speed:
(Recommended exposure index)
Scene Intelligent Auto and Tv: Automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800
P, Av, and B: Automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800, expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 25600)
M: Auto ISO (automatically set within ISO 100 – 12800), ISO 100 – 12800 set manually (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), expandable to H (equivalent to ISO 16000/20000/25600)
Time code Supported
Drop frames Compatible with 60p/30p
Sound recording Built-in monaural microphone, external stereo microphone terminal provided
Sound recording level adjustable, wind filter provided
Headphones Headphone terminal provided
Grid display Three types
Still photos Possible
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide, 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness adjustment Auto (Dark, Standard, Bright), Manual (7 levels)
Electronic level Provided
Feature guide Displayable
Playback
Image display formats Single image display, Single image + Info display (Basic info, shooting info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index, 2-image display
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
AF point display Possible
Grid display Three types
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x, starting magnification and position settable
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating
Image rotate Possible
Ratings Provided
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT), built-in speaker
Slide show All images, by date, by folder, movies, stills, or by rating
Image protect Possible
Copying images Possible
Post-Processing of Images
In-camera RAW image processing Brightness correction, White balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality, Color space, Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, and Chromatic aberration correction
Resize Possible
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Image Transfer
Transferrable images Still photos (JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG images), Movies
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 13
My Menu registration Possible
Custom shooting modes Register under Mode Dial’s C1/C2/C3
Copyright information Entry and inclusion enabled
Interface
Audio/video OUT/
Digital terminal
Analog video (Compatible with NTSC/PAL)/stereo audio output
Personal computer communication, Direct printing (Hi-Speed USB or equivalent), Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7, GPS Receiver GP-E2 connection
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone IN terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Headphone terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal Compatible with N3-type remote controller
Wireless remote control Remote Controller RC-6
Eye-Fi card Compatible
Power
Battery Battery Pack LP-E6 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6.
* With Battery Grip BG-E11 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used.

Battery information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, Recharge performance, and Battery registration possible
Battery life:
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
With viewfinder shooting: Approx. 950 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 850 shots at 0°C/32°F
With Live View shooting: Approx. 200 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 180 shots at 0°C/32°F
Movie shooting time Approx. 1 hr. 30 min. at 23°C/73°F
Approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at 0°C/32°F

* With fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E6

Date/Time battery CR1616 lithium battery (Quantity 1)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 mm / 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 950 g / 33.5 oz. (CIPA Guidelines),
Approx. 860 g / 30.3 oz. (Body only)
Operation Environment
Working temperature
range
0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working humidity 85% or less
Sample Image
9.5MB
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