It is almost three years since we looked at the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and while rumours of a follow up have been circulating for some time now, it is only today that Canon has announced the follow-up to its enthusiast full-frame DSLR.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a complete reworking of the Mark II with almost every system upgraded and updated. The camera is based around a 22 megapixel full-frame sensor, which coupled with the new DIGIC+ processing engine offers a standard ISO range of 100 – 25,600, expandable to 50 – 102,800.
The shutter has also bee upgraded and tested for 150,000 cycles, according to Canon, and has inherited the ‘silent’ shutter mode previously seen on the 1D series. There is an EVF which offers 100 per cent coverage and a 3.2in, one million dot, 3:2 aspect ratio LCD screen. The Mk3 has also got a fast shooting mode capable of capturing 6 frames per second.
The autofocus system has also been vastly improved with a 61-point focus system taken from its 1DX model featuring 61 high density reticular AF points with up to 41 crosstype points. The camera features a dual card slot with space for SD and CF cards – with Canon following in Nikon’s footsteps by ignoring the newer, faster (and more expensive) XQD cards, which have so far only found a home in the Nikon D4.
With Full HD movie recording being the standout feature of the Mark II, Canon has obviously built on this with the addition of a built-in headphone socket for audio monitor and the same movie mode/live view switch seen on the rear of the 7D, which means you won’t have to compromise your stills Live View settings.
Video resolution and frame rate remain the same however (1080p30 maximum) but Canon claims the processing has improved to minimise moiré and other artefacts. There is no uncompressed HDMI output though, as seen on the latest Nikon cameras, which could sway those looking to shoot video with a DSLR.
The previous two 5D models, the original in 2005 and the 5D Mk2 in 2009, were both revolutionary cameras. The 5D was the first 'affordable' full-frame SLR, while the Mk2 was the first to offer Full HD video capture. Therefore the latest model has a lot to live up to and only time will tell if the Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be able to live up to the rich 5D heritage.
We will be getting some hands-on time with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III very soon, so make sure to check back to find out our initial thoughts.