Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

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82% Gold Award
A super-flexible photographic tool that will get the job done on a wide range of assignments.”

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Key Features

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 61-point AF system
  • ISO 100 - 25600 range with 50 - 102,800 expansion
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.2 inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Dual CF and SD card slots
  • DIGIC 5+ processor

Product Description

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers substantial upgrades over the Mark II in almost every respect, including 6 frames per second burst shooting and a 61-point AF system borrowed from the EOS 1-series. The 5D III is equipped with 1080p HD video recording and a 63-zone metering system. It's also the first Canon DSLR to include High Dynamic Range shooting in-camera, with a broad +/- 8 EV range. It has the magnesium-alloy constuction and weatherproof build quality expected of a camera in this class, and it is outfitted with a comfortable rubber grip coating. Numerous tweaks and updates address the concerns voiced by 5D Mark II owners, from the locking exposure mode dial to the addition of a movie mode/live view switch.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5760 x 3840
Other resolutions 3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 22 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 23 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
ISO Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Format H.264
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 950
Weight (inc. batteries) 950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes With optional GP-E2 unit


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Gold Award
Gold Award
82 %
Overall Score

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is not only a very capable photographic tool in almost all areas, it's also fun and exciting to shoot with. The only downside is the slightly soft and over-processed out-of-camera JPEGs. This is only visible at pixel-level but we would expect most of the camera's target group to shoot raw anyway.

Good For

Photographers who want an extremely versatile photographic tool that is capable of great results in many shooting situations.

Not So Good For

JPEG only shooters

User Reviews

4.50238 out of 5 stars
  • abhijit35mm, Jan 26, 2013 GMT:
    Good Camera, had bit more expectation

    I always use Canon and believe any camera if good if the photographer knows it's disadvantages and accordingly works with it. Saying that 5D Mark III is a good camera with features that a professional would love to have. Coming straight to point this camera has a whopping 61 AF points a significant upgrade from 5D Mark II. This is important for me as a sports and wedding photographer. With 9 point AF I felt handicapped, with this one I have more flexibility now. somehow I started to feel that ...

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  • Trent Gillespie, Jan 12, 2013 GMT:
    Love It

    Everything about the camera and the photos it produces are swell. Great upgrade from the 5D MKII. Images are better and that is what counts. One nagging problem though. Problems: My one complaint, which I am growing past, is the fact that the focus point during the AF process does not illuminate red like on the 5D MKII. I knew this when buying the camera, so its expected, but I wish Canon would remedy it. My guess is that since they moved to a crystal view finder overlay, it isn't possible. ...

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  • Erdil yilmaz, Dec 23, 2012 GMT:
    excellent Camera

    general use of Camera Problems: nothing so far

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  • russki2000, Dec 17, 2012 GMT:
    5D mark III crashing and freezing up on me!

    I have feeling I dot defected camera, I got my 5d mark lll new in the mail 4 days ago, and from very beginning in preview mode it will freeze on me when press auto focus ore try to take a picture, and even if I turn power off, the image still stays frozen in the display! I had to take buttery out to reset the camera. Somehow after that it started to work for about a day, and then did the sane freezing action on me, and now it's not responding to anything at all. Taking it to canon for ...

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Tutorial Series: How to use the AF Configuration Tool by Canon


  • EOS 5D Mark III Body
  • Lens kit includes EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
  • Eyecup Eg
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS 5D Mark III
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc
  • Software Instruction Manual

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Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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