Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Preview

Canon have announced the latest DSLR in their award-winning range of Digital SLRs; the EOS 5D Mark III.

For quite some time the EOS 5D Mark III has been eagerly awaited by a number of photographers, both professionals and photo enthusiasts. This is an addition to the range, building on the success of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

The EOS 5D Mark III offers improvements in a whole host of areas. This follows feedback from across the globe from photographers actually using the camera, in order to try and create a DSLR that offers supreme quality and speed not only in still images, but also when capturing HD movie.

So what’s new with the EOS 5D Mark III? First, they have improved the resolution with a 22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor coupled with a DICIC 5+ processor seen in the likes of Canon’s flagship Digital SLR, the EOS-1D X. This should ensure optimum results when using Canon’s diverse range of lenses, with the Full-frame sensor ensuring a greater control over depth of field – something much loved particularly with videographers.

The EOS 5D Mark III also features the same autofocus system found in the EOS-1D X. Featuring an impressive 41 high sensitivity cross type sensors, this enables you to deliver fast, accurate focussing of fast moving subjects – whatever the lighting situation you find yourself in. The centre 5 AF points are dual cross type for added precision.

With the EOS 5D Mk III, Canon have also increased the continuous shooting mode to an improved 6 frames per second compared to the 5D Mk II with 3.9. This comfortably allows you to record up to 18 continuous RAW images or 16,270 continuous JPEG images in single burst (using a UDMA mode 7 card)!

If recording HD movies are your thing, then the EOS 5D Mark III delivers here too. Recording at 1080p resolution, the full frame sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor work together to give you not only a high quality movie, but also virtually eradicates the presence of moirĂ© and ensures that your colours are kept as accurate as possible. With the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon have also included a movie mode switch and recording button, designed to offer greater usability enabling you to start shooting the moment the video mode is engaged. With the EOS 5D Mark III, it is also possible to slow your images down to 50 or 60 fps in 720p HD mode, resulting in a handy slow motion effect, reducing your time spent in post production. When in movie mode, you can record a maximum continuous time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds – particularly useful when doing a long take. If you are doing a shoot with multiple cameras, Canon have made it easier to integrate your footage together in sequence with the addition of SMPTE timecode support. Want to listen as well as view what you have shot? Now you can with a headphone socket enabling you to monitor the sound both during and after recording movie.

You can now begin your digital editing workflow even before you arrive back home with the in-camera editing functions. Rate your images on a scale of one to five and compare two images simultaneously on screen. Use in-camera RAW processing to explore creative possibilities – such as black & white conversion and retrospective white balance.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is also designed to work superbly in low light conditions, thanks to an ISO range of 100-25,600 (extendable from 50-102,400) making it possible to capture clean, high quality images even in extreme low light conditions.

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