Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Estimated Street Price: $3,499 (body only)
The EOS 5D Mark III’s new 22.3-megapixel Canon full-frame CMOS sensor provides more pixels than any other Canon DSLR, yet offers a good balance between resolution, high-ISO performance and shooting speed. A DIGIC 5+ processor (17 times more powerful than the DIGIC 4 in the 5D Mark II) makes possible the implementation of new noise-processing algorithms, on-the-fly lens chromatic-aberration correction and an improved video codec. The new sensor and processor allow an ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400.
Featuring the same 61-point AF system as the new flagship pro EOS-1D X and the ability to shoot those files at 6 fps, the 5D Mark III can handle action as well as static subjects. Canon’s 63-zone iFCL metering system takes into consideration brightness, color and data from each of the AF system’s 61 points to provide good exposures in a wide range of shooting situations.
Of course, what "made" the 5D Mark II was its video capabilities. The Mark III has better ones. The new camera can do full HD 1080p video at 30 fps and 24 fps, with options for 720p and 480p, as well. You now can shoot using All-I or IPB compression (the former better for editing, the latter providing three times the recording time). You also can embed timecode for easy synching of multi-camera footage and adjust the sound level while shooting.
Like all full-frame EOS cameras, the 5D Mark III can use all Canon EF lenses, which currently range from an 8-15mm fisheye zoom and a 14mm superwide-angle to an 800mm supertelephoto, including true macro lenses and manual-focus TS-E tilt-shift optics. (And, like other full-frame EOS cameras, it can’t use EF-S lenses, which were designed specifically for the smaller APS-C sensors and would vignette if used on a full-frame camera.)
STANDOUT FEATURE: The successor to the groundbreaking EOS 5D Mark II is better in all respects.