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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Hands-On Preview with C300

We have a look at the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III - the latest full frame digital SLR, as well as the C300.

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Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

The new 22.3 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the long awaited update to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and updates a number of features in comparison to the old model. With such a successful model it seems almost as though the changes to the camera are more subtle than groundbreaking.

Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Key Features

  • 22.3 megapixel full frame sensor
  • 3.2-inch 1,040,000-dot screen
  • 61-point autofocus
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting
  • Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity, expands to 102,400
  • Full HD video with manual control
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
  • Enhanced Weather sealing
  • HDR mode with presets
Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

The camera also now adds a headphone socket which will be of use for anyone recording video. The mode dial on the camera is now locked unless you press the middle button.

Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

A built in electronic level is a welcome addition and continuous shooting is now 6fps.

Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

The camera has a new HDR mode with backeting up to +/- 7 with the image merged in camera. There is also a new M-Fn button on the top of the camera next to the shutter release button.

Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Canon EOS 5D MkIII

The memory card cover was taped shut so we were unable to take sample photos, however we were able to view the photos on the rear screen which is a 3.2 inch unit with 1,040,000 dots, and photo quality looked very impressive.

Other improvements that are welcome are the new quieter shutter, with a silent mode that dampens the noise further. Canon say it will make it excellent for weddings. The joypad can set the focus area, of which there are now 61 focal points, compared to the 9 in the Mark II. The camera's focusing is said to be noticeably quicker than the Mark II, as the camera has a new focusing unit, and new processor, using the DIGIC 5+ instead of the DIGIC 4. Of course, we will publish more information including our full review when the camera is available.

Read our Canon EOS 5D Mark II Vs Mark III Comparison.

Also on show is the new Canon EOS C300 Video SLR:

Canon-c300 (2)
Canon EOS C300

Canon-c300 (1)
Canon EOS C300

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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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8 Mar 2012 12:37PM
Highly disappointed!! Not only is the camera inferior to the Nikon D800 in terms of resolution, it's over 600 more to buy! I am really considering jumping ship, despite the fact I have a lot of Canon gear.
pulsar69 16 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2012 11:54AM
inferior if resolution is your bag , if you like me are looking for quality in terms of high iso and low noise then the D800 will fail to deliver that compared to the 5d simply down to the maths , more pixels does not equal better quality , just equals bigger photos , bigger files , and the ability to crop further.
21 Mar 2012 10:57PM
I have all this (top of the range) Nikon Gear and I would really be happy swapping with you if interested.

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