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Canon EOS 5D Mk II Vs Mk III

Canon EOS 5D Mk II Vs Mk III - With the announcement of the new Canon EOS 5D Mk III, we thought it would be good to compare it to the EOS 5D Mk II.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Price : £2,279
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Mark III
Canon EOS Mark II Front Canon EOS Mark III Front

It's been 4 years since the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was announced, and today the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III has been announced as the successor. Here's a quick run-down and comparison table showing how the two cameras compare to each other.

Canon EOS Mark II Back Canon EOS Mark III Back
Canon EOS Mark II Back Canon EOS Mark III Back

The new Mark III adds a new sensor, a larger screen, quicker continuous shooting, SD card slot as well as Compact Flash, additional video options, expanded ISO range (50 - 102400), improved battery life, improved viewfinder (100% vs 98%), 61-point AF (vs 9-point), as well as a new price with an RRP of £2999.

Canon EOS Mark II Top Canon EOS Mark III Top
Canon EOS Mark II Top Canon EOS Mark III Top

The new camera also sees a subtle but noticeable redesign of the layout of controls and buttons on the front, back and top of the camera. There are additional buttons on the top and back, and a re-positioned on/off button which has been moved from the back to the top.

Comparison Table

Canon EOS 5D MkIICanon EOS 5D MkIII
ManufacturerCanonCanon
Lens
Effective Magnification1x1x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels21.1Mp (Megapixels)22.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)56165760
Pixels (H)37443840
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull FrameFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3.2in
Screen resolution920,000 dots1040k dots
Touch ScreenNoNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity50 - 2560050 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting3.9fps6fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30fps29.97, 25, 23.976 fps
Stereo SoundNoYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6
CIPA Rating850950
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight810g950g
Width152mm152mm
Height113.5mm116.4mm
Depth75mm76.4mm
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Comments


Kris_Dutson 12 8.2k 1 England
2 Mar 2012 11:09AM
Impressive 'tho it looks, I don't think I shall be rushing out to trade in my MKII. Not for the kind of photography I do anyway.

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alansdottir 6 60 7 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2012 11:39AM
I'd have to say I agree... I love my 5D MkII but apart from the slightly larger screen and the extra exposure compensation, there's not much the MkIII has to offer that I'd use, to be honest - and it's bigger, heavier and a lot more expensive...

I await an in-depth review...
IanRB 7 England
2 Mar 2012 12:10PM
I Am looking forward to seeing it at Focus
DouglasMorley 4 16 1 Canada
7 Mar 2012 1:26AM
I am quite surprised at the relatively conservative update, considering Nikon's jump with the D800. Very un- Canonlike.
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2012 11:57AM
the breaker for me and a lot of pro users will be the end results in terms of high iso performance , specifically for wedding photography the quieter shutter is also a bonus. It will need to be knocking on the door of 12800 iso being the same as the current 3200 for me to make the move. Or the fall in the price of the 5d2 will tempt me into buying another one and just bang a 1.2 prime on it all day giving me the extra stops anyway....
21 Jul 2012 2:10AM
Who is this 'Simply Electronics' are they a trustworthy retailer? Seems a bit cheap to be true :0/

In fact, on further research it looks like this is a very unreliable retailer... be warned!
26 Jan 2013 3:06AM
NEVER EVER BUY FROM SIMPLY ELECTRONICS !!!!!!

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