This is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Those are the full Canon EOS 5D Mark III specs:

Unsurpassed Image Quality
22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)

High Performance Operation
61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles

High end features
Silent & low vibration modes
Dual card slots (CF & SD)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
Multiple Exposures
Comparative Playback function
Improved durability & water and dust resistance

Available Colours – Black
Megapixels – 22MP
Sensor Size – 36 x 24mm
ISO/Sensitivity – 100 – 25600
Autofocus Points – 61 points
Lens Mount – Canon
LCD Size – 3.2″
Liveview – Yes
Viewfinder – Optical TTL
Min Shutter Speed – 30 sec
Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed – 6 fps
Self Timer – 10 sec, 2 sec
Metering – Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
Video Resolution – Full HD 1080
Memory Type – Compact Flash
Connectivity – USB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, Wireless (optional)
Battery – LP-E6
Battery Type – Lithium-ion
Charger – Includes Li-Ion Charger
File Formats – AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
Dimensions – 152 x 116 x 76mm
Box Contents – Battery Pack LP-E6 .. Battery Charger LC-E6 .. AV Cable AVC-DC400ST .. Interface Cable IFC-200U .. Eyecup Eg .. Wide Strap EWEOS5DMKIII .. CR1616 Lithium Battery+

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  • Kevin

    Well…it’s no D800!!! 😉

  • Awesome; I barely wait to see the camera in the stores; and of course to take a few shots. 🙂

  • sade

    Too good to be true! These specs are even better than those of D4 for half the price. A 5DIII with such specs will cannibalize 1Dx. Can not believe in them!

    • R!

      Not 63 zone metering Its rubish!!!!!still better than B/W 23 zones lol!!!!!

    • elph

      Better then the D4? I’m glad you’re happy, but try to be a little more realistic here, D4 is the mother flagship right now.

  • Mark

    Perfect camera for my work! Who needs 36mp in a DSLR? Not me, I’ll take this sucka which is what I think people wanted the D800 to be.

    Makes my 5D2 a perfect backup.

    Happy camper!

    • R!

      Bck up dude!!!!!lol.

  • EE

    LOL is all I have to say. Canon is so unbelievably arrogant.

    • FCHW

      tell us more

      • EE

        Don’t need to, the spec list does all the talking for me….

        • Nikonuser

          Well apparently it’s in French or something, cause I can’t understand what it’s saying on your behalf.

      • EE

        Canon marketing purports: “Unsurpassed Image Quality”

        I’m waiting for a proper and fair comparison between the
        22.3 Megapixel Canon vs 36 Megapixel Nikon 800/E in the next few months.

        If we’re honest with ourselves we already know who the winner is–the Nikon will win–it’s just physics. Still though, I can’t wait for it to be born out in a fair comparison so that Canon’s arrogance will be revealed for all to see.

        • How Now Brown Cow

          How do you suggest a “fair” comparison be made by two cameras with different sensors, different pixel counts and by extension different pixel densities?

          • Bob Howland

            Make 20″ x 30″ prints of the same scene, taken with the two cameras side-by-side using comparable lenses (e.g., 35 f/1.4 or 85 f/1.2-f/1.4) at comparable apertures (e.g. f/5.6). Let experts try to determine which prints were made with which camera and which are better.

            Or just go to Imaging Resources and use their still life as the image source. I think they use the Sigma 70mm macro for both Canon and Nikon. And they take images at the full range of ISOs.

          • iamlucky13

            Indeed, make 20×30 prints of each, processed as identically as possible to minimize the effects of editing.

            Doing so will be a superb demonstration that in the overwhelming majority of situations, both will produce nearly indistinguishable work.

            In fact, I bet if you did a blind test by asking critics to judge the quality of each of these prints without knowing which camera they came from, you’ll get pretty close to a 50:50 split.

            Yeah, the Canon will probably do a little better in low light, and if taken with a reall good lens and looked at under a loupe, the Nikon will probably show a little more fine detail, but both will be superb.

        • james

          Spot the Nikon fanboy *sigh*. ofc no other brands talk themselves up, only Canon would be so brash

          I’m looking forward to this if for no other reason than I fancy a cut price mark 2 .. although I still wish they’d make a consumer level (and weight/bulk) FF to go with all those fantastic lenses out there in secondhand camera land

  • stepper

    Good thing pro cameras don’t sell on their looks because that is one painfully bland looking camera.

    • EE

      Oddly, I much prefer the look of modern Canon bodies compared to modern Nikon bodies–but the reverse is true for the older film bodies–Nikon had much better looking cameras.

      • rich in tx

        Oddly is correct. I find it odd that anyone can think canon bodies are better looking than nikon. These canons are UGLY

        USB 2.0 still?

        thats a lot of money for what doesn’t look like much of an improvement over MII

        • Apparition

          To each his own, I guess. I do prefer the ‘cleaner’ look of Canon’s bodies over Nikon’s armored-looking stuff. If you prefer the Nikon then fine. I don’t think there is a right or wrong here.

          It’s a lot of money, indeed. However, there are many improvement from the AF and Speed to, decidedly, IQ and DR. I would think the 5DIII will deliver in the movie arena. Again, if the market thinks the D800(E) is better, Canon will have to reduce the price. Remember how the Canon 50D dropped $200 shortly after introduction because of the fierce competition from the Nikon D300? Let us hope that this won’t push Nikon to raise their prices….

    • D400

      +1, This is one ugly duckling. I bet it will not take beutifull pictures of swans either.

  • nt1

    Beautiful camera – awesome specs !
    I’m gonna buy one and I’m gonna couple it with a 24-70mm L lens.

    • Get In Line

      Ya, you and every other retiree, engineer, doctor, dentist, real estate mogul and digiphile with money to burn and the ability to click Buy Now the moment B&H, Adorama, Calumet and every other retail outlet on the planet starts selling the same package for the same price.

      Get in line!

  • R!

    The metering is only a 63 zone like the 60 D and 600D and the same sensor aparently,same APSC pixel pitch wich means nothing compare to the D800 specs; I might by It in 3 years or maybee 2 while waiting the D900 nothing revolutionary exept that they finally have a real pro AF but with an amateur metering so …

    • R!

      …not same pixel pitch sorry,but probably the same smaller space technic between pixels use in the 60D It’s the same sensor so Its not a new Camera just an upgrade in a 21st century grade that the 5DII really was not,sorry!!!!

    • Mark

      Oh no…the meter…

      Thankfully the meter in my 5D2 is fine…plus I have an external meter…and you know…eyes…so I don’t really care.

      But congrats on finding a reason to whine!

      • R!

        I like all Camera It’s probably a very good camera to pricey, better wait after xmas,I’ll keep my 60D for now !!!!the good point is that It’s the same batterys unlike Nikons!!!

        • R!

          same battery than D7000 tho!!!!

    • zone me this batman

      63 isn’t enough? How many zones do you think you need?

  • R!

    The Video specs are I hope better , for the “Amateur” film maker students and low budget director ,but the market is full of HD capable machine now so It ‘s not like It will start revolution in the market like his Grandpa 5DII did!!!!I would pass It for now.

  • Keith

    Well its a nice spec camera.
    However it will have to have much improved DR and Shadow Noise at ISO 100 for it to be worth upgrading from my 3 year old 5D2.

    Its kind of what the 5D2 should have been, except that Canon drip feed features unlike Nikon who definitely have the ‘Oooomph’ these days.

    I’ll probably buy one in a year when I can get it for sub £2k, but I bet this puppy will be the most expensive 5D on release. I bet it will be £3K, at least. The 5D and 5D2 were £2500 at release and very soon dropped to £2k.

  • Michał

    Looks cool, but this camera is quite obviously inferior to D800 spec-wise. Whether one need 36MP is a different story though. 5D3 looks like how FF D400 should look like.

    Quite nice design, cool balance between FPS and MP. If priced accordingly (obviously lower than D800) – it might become a hit 🙂

    • R!

      Objective comment; looks like they trade marketing research :we got what Canon should have been come out with ,and they got what Nikons shooters wanted, without the metering of course ,It might be an expensive metering on the 1DX ,to not having it on the 5D!!!!

      • Michał

        Yeah, but Nikon offers BOTH hi-end AF and pro metering in D800.

        I think there are many of us, shooters, that are on the verge of switching to FF right now. We have our crop bodies with lenses chosen to fit these crop bodies and will have to sell most of them anyway. The question is – which one will we choose? D800 or 5D3? I’m waiting for the price confirmation – if 3500$ for 5D3 will turn out to be true, I’m going D800 all the way.

        With 5D3 below 3k$ – that would complicate my plans 🙂

    • D400

      5D3 will be $3599 won’t it?

  • sade

    How can a 22 Mp camera with today’s technology have native ISO 25600. This is beyond my imagination. Seriously, even 16 mp D4 has native ISO up to 12800. Most likely the expanded ISO of 5DIII is 25600.

    • R!

      You dont read correctly dude!!!!et c Nico?????

      • sade

        Which part I didn’t read correctly?! :-/

        • R!

          expending iso is 102 400 maybe you read right but dont wright good ,right!!!!!lol!!!!!!!!!

          • sade

            “ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400”

            I just copied it from the PR post!
            What I am saying is that this ISO range is better than D4’s
            100-12800. Who cares about expanded ISO range!

          • Rob

            Just because the spec sheet says it can go higher does not mean the quality of noise is the same between cameras. There a numerous test shots at high ISO for the D4 and they look amazing. From past canons I’ve come to find that they allow higher noise range, but don’t handle it well at all. Wait for real world shots.

          • sade


            I am agree with you. we should wait and see some side by side comparisons between the two.

          • Rob, you are right about the noise ranges of the Canons. Wonderful cameras, but they start coughing at high altitudes. That is why I am giving up on Canon. Am I going the Nikon route? No. It’s the Fujifilm X-Pro1 for me. Now I can use all of my Leica M lenses digitally and not pay M9 prices.

  • ZDM

    The price will put everything into context for me.

  • traveller

    Funny how 12MP was “enough for my needs!” when you couldn’t get a higher resolution Nikon for less than $8000. Now it seems that nothing less than 36MP will do; whatever happened to all those satisfied D700 owners?

    • FCHW

      + 100
      3 years ago it was:
      “12MP is enough for my needs”
      “who needs video – it’s stupid”
      “high ISO is the real thing”
      “high fps is much more important then MP”
      AND TODAY:
      “D800 is the best” (high MP, low iso, low fps, video)

    • ken elliott

      D700 owner here. I’m still quite happy with both my D700 bodies. They are outstanding sports/event cameras. I was considering a D3x or 5DMkii as a studio/landscape camera, but the D3x is expensive and I found the 5DmkII AF and metering to be very poor compared to the D700 (not that it’s bad – I’m spoiled by Nikon’s AF/metering). Waiting turned out to be the right thing for me to do – the D800 just became the top DSLR for that and I’ve got mine on order.

      But I’m glad that my Canon buddies have a better camera. I hope the AF works better, because I really get tired of hearing them complain while I keep shooting.

      Just so you know – the D800 does not replace the D700. It replaces the D3x.

      • FCHW

        everything cool with D700 – great all-round body (except video)
        now the canon boys & girls will have a great all-round body too
        btw – you did not buy the 5dmk2 for studio/landscape because of its AF?
        sorry mate – don’t get it
        maybe the landscape you’re shooting is fast as a sportscar

    • spuk

      I‘m absolutely happy with my D700 and no way I will trade it for D800. Yes 12 mpx is „more than enough“, yes video would be nice but I would consider D800 only if it have at least 1 stop high ISO advantage. Actually I would rather switch to 5DIII than consider D800. I have a good reason as I still own my beautiful 135/f2L 😉

  • R!

    100% VF is a real plus, for both Canon and Nikon I think Its the major upgrade for the 2 companys in this range of price.

  • R!

    Message to Canon trollers:this is not the time to come argue with Nikon shooters ,wait the 5DIV!!!!!!!!
    (I think that’s the best one.)

  • vali8887

    maybe this will force nikon to give us the real d700 successor (d4 sensor is small body)

    • R!

      +1 hope It will have the same specs of the D4 with lets say 7 fps It would perfect,I forgot and 8fps with the battery grip ,then It would be a real 5DIII Killer!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jake

    well, it is not as bad as I thought it would be , I thought it ‘d get the 7d type AF , I have no problem with my mk2 for my work , so I just get the mk3 as a back up to my aged 5d2 bodies.

    the Nikon looks nice but I dont think I like it because it does not fit well into my right hand , I hate Nikon grip and Nikon 24-70 lens, I personally tested the new 24-70f2.8Lmk2 in Tokyo , I was pretty impressed , it was very sharp , at least as sharp as my Nikon AFS50f1.4G,which is a pretty sharp lens.
    that said , I may just get the D800 since I also have Nikon lenses but I just prefer Canon bodies ,espeically the shape of the mk2 grip to that of my D7000, D700 and D3s.

    • R!

      Wait on the 24/70 probably VR that is for sure comming ,sharpness of Nikons lenses are superior anyway .

    • rich in tx

      that’s funny. I am the exact oposite. I cant use canon because the right – rear edge digs into my palm, and the grip is overall too small for my hand. Nikon feels much more substantial and ‘tool’ , where canons feel like toys to me.
      I am always afraid I am going to break the canon’s if I set them down too fast. nikon’s feel like you can hammer nails if needed

  • I am a commercial shooter (shoot mostly with Canon 5D mark II, still a little medium and large format film) and I am disappointed with the resolution coming out in this new camera. I was hoping for something closer to the Nikon D800. I also downloaded a few images from the Nikon D800 and was amazed in size and quality (I need large files for some jobs, the bigger the better quality, but for other jobs the Mark II works fine). If the above is true, I will be trying to save more money to upgrade to a medium format back for the old RZ67.

    • Bob Howland

      And by the time that you’ve saved the money, Canon may very well have introduced a 39MP DSLR, capable of 4K video and perhaps using the 5D3 body.

    • TCO

      $20K will buy you a Hasselblad X5. $40K will buy you an Aztek Premiere. Either of those options seem a better buy than either this 5DMK3 or a MFDB which will be outdated by the time this comment posts.

  • F-Mounter

    Great improvement from 21 MP (Mk II) to 22 MP (Mk. III)

    Really great job, Canon 😉

    • R!

      Yes it is only the improovement of the space between pixels that was shortened like on the 60D and 600D unlike the 7D,I’ll pass and wait to try A 6D If It comes out …..

  • ON/OFF switch = FAIL

  • pooh

    The point is, this thing is at $3,500 while the D800 sells for $2,700.

    Let’s see how the “unsurpassed image quality” justifies the extra $800.

    • Michał

      Let’s hope the 3500$ price tag will be the same as 4000$ was for D800 before official announcement.

      • WoutK89

        nobody said the D800 would be 4000, rumors were for the D800E, to be substantially more expensive.

    • Yagion

      Where did you find d800 for $2700? I pre-ordered mine for $3000.

  • Zeusman

    This is all fun to read! The D800 has become the spoiler at the 5DII party. Though if the 5dII has noticeably improved high ISO performance, and we see they finally did something about the AF and FPS. Then Canon will have truly addressed what everyone complained about on the 5DII. Also guessing that the very modest upgrade from 21 to 22 meg will be more of an improvement in dynamic range and banding issues resolved.

    The ‘sad’ part is the D800 is such a huge jump to new territory that 5D II shooters feel shafted by Canon, yet again!

    I hate to admit that I’m wishing for more pixels but when I stop and think, what I really want is better ISO performance and dynamic range. Sure 36 megs would be soo nice with the right subject enlarged big. But for everyday shooting may be overkill. Don’t get me wrong, if the 5DIII were 38 megs I’d be running across a Soccer field yelling “GOOOOOOAAAALLLL!”. Yes, I currently shoot Canon. But I have a Sony NEX and that thing ROCKS! So I’m open to the idea of adding a Nikon and key lens or two to shoot a D800e.

    It will be fun reading all the comparison tests that are sure to come! Fun times!


    I’m hoping for this cam to have good High ISO image quality, that’s all I need, in a cheaper package than the 1DX.
    And of course, I need high quality video (still waiting for that brilliant 4:2:2 codec)! the nikon D800 looks like a disappointment, the ad that was shot on the D800 had terrible moire, if that is the final quality of the D800, then the 5D mkII is better than the D800 in matter of video shooting capability !

  • Jun

    Well, I prefer canon’s look. Nikon is way over the top and it needs more cleaner look. There are too many things going on D4 and D800. I just want to see who is the designer. So ugly. I mean $3,000 ugly is too much.

  • coolsTORY

    any weather seal?

    and also.. the dials and control on nikon body is much better.. (imho, seriously)

  • Psiro

    Any info on the weight? My guess is in the 850-950 grams range. Why do camera makers always make the fullframe cameras the really weighty ones? You could make them much lighter! Drop the mirror box – bang, you saved 200 grams already…

  • this 5D M3 look like a D300s
    i think they were trying to do a D700s, but brace yourself, D700S is coming
    ( someone said D400 in a french forum )

    anyway, i laugh with the 20 or 30 first comments then i stop reading because im not gonna get a D800 and this 5DM3 look suspicious.

    i stay on my D700

  • D400

    Blah . . .

  • broxibear
  • JB

    Can’t wait to test that baby out. A Canon 5D Mark III with 6fps and 41 cross-type autofocus points sounds awesome to me. Hope those resemble the announced specs today. Twenty-two megapixels is fine, absolutely fine.

  • anon

    number for number it doesn’t sound like much of an improvement given the 3+years of development time.

    but maybe the qualitative aspect is in the DR and sensel quality…

    File Formats – AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4

  • Francis

    Nikonbetta v Canonbetta come on photographers leave this game to the kids
    and pick whatever you prefer

  • Fotograf nunta Iasi

    Can’t wait to buy one this winter. It’s a great camera!

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