Canon EOS 5D makes its Mark (III)

By Naomi Mackay,

Canon has just added a 22.3 megapixel camera to its famous EOS range. The EOS 5D Mark III has been some time in coming and rumours about what it would offer have been bandied about for a while.

The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the performance of the Mark II, with better speed, improved resolution, more creative options and more powerful processing – as well as the option to shoot Full HD movies. On the rear of the camera you’ll find a live view/movie switch that speeds up movie activation.

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The Mark III is powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, and is targeted at those photographers who are just as interested in shooting video as they are in capturing still images. The top continuous shooting speed is 6fps – quite an improvement on its predecessor’s 3.9fps.

If you’ve been thinking about buying the EOS 1DX, you might want to take a look at the new arrival first before you make a decision. Mind you, if you’re contemplating buying one, you’ll need a smidge under three grand to take it home with you.

The autofocus system has a 61-point wide-area (like the EOS 1DX), which is far better than that on the Mark II, and the Mark III is also the first of Canon’s SLRs to offer in-camera HDR recording.

If you want to take your camera out and about (and if you’re spending £3,000 or so, you’ll be doing a lot with it, we imagine), the good news is that Canon has improved the weatherproofing on this new device. The 3in LCD is the same as that found on the 1DX – when Canon is going to see fit to add an articulating screen for video makers, we don’t know.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is definitely an improvement over the Mark II, even if there are not standout extra features that make you go wow!