Canon EOS 5D Mark III announcement

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is now official: 22.3MP, 3,2" LCD screen, DIGIC 5+ processor, 61 AF points, HD 1080/30p and 720/60p. Canon also announced a new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and a new Speedlite 600EX-RT.

The 5D Mark III is now available for pre-order for $3,499.00. The kit with the 24-105L lens will cost $4,299.00. The 600EX-RT priced at $629. Shipping is expected to start at the end of March, 2012.


Press release:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon's top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking, including better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon's answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon's 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon's award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.

"We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a 'game-changer' in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon's recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers.

EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon's recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon's commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera's image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moir‚ and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. The video footage produced will exhibit less moir‚ than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera's automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.

Newly Developed Canon CMOS Sensor

With its completely new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the EOS 5D Mark III becomes the highest resolution Canon Digital SLR released to date. It is eminently suitable for a wide variety of assignments including weddings and portraits, nature and wildlife, travel and landscapes as well as commercial and industrial photography. With a gapless microlens design, a new photodiode structure and improved on-chip noise reduction, the new sensor achieves higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for both RAW image data as well as in-camera JPEGs and EOS Movies compared to the 5D Mark II. The result is outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions, even low light. An eight-channel readout doubles the speed of image data throughput from the sensor to the DIGIC 5+ processor, resulting in better video image quality as well as six fps for still photos.

The low-light capability of the EOS 5D Mark III is evident in its incredible ISO range and image quality in poor lighting conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 25,600 within its standard range, the new model also offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two extended ISO settings of 51,200 and 102,400, well suited for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

The new 5D Mark III is also equipped with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a fluorine coating that repels dust and dirt particles.

Canon-Exclusive DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

The EOS 5D Mark III's new DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4.The EOS 5D Mark III uses that extra speed not only for improved image quality, but also to add no less than nine new features that do not exist on the 5D Mark II. These new features include six fps continuous shooting, HDR and Multiple Exposure modes, in-camera RAW processing, a comparative playback function, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, two forms of movie compression, and support for high-speed UDMA 7 Compact Flash memory cards.

Another extremely valuable feature enhanced by the DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is the EOS 5D Mark III's choice of reduced resolution M-RAW (10.5 megapixel) and S-RAW (5.5 megapixel) recording modes. These settings are particularly useful to wedding photographers for candid photos that do not require the EOS 5D Mark III's 22 megapixel full resolution, because they take up less space on the memory cards and speed up post-processing without losing the critical benefits of RAW image data, such as highlight and shadow control as well as white balance adjustment. M-RAW and S-RAW also preserve the full field of view rather than cropping the image or resorting to JPEG mode to reduce resolution.

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

For still photographers, Canon has included its new 61-point High Density Reticular AF System, originally introduced with the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X professional camera. A significant advancement over previous 5D-series AF systems, the new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF included in the EOS 5D Mark III is the most sophisticated SLR AF system Canon has ever released. All 61 points are manually selectable and sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The camera's twenty one focusing points in the central area are also standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The center five points are ultra-high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. The 20 outer focusing points function as high-precision cross-type points with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low-light sensitivity to EV -2, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models). A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same high-performance AI Servo III AF tracking algorithm as the flagship EOS-1D X professional DSLR. This new feature works together with the 61-point High Density Reticular AF system to provide superb tracking performance that blends very well with the new camera's 6 frames-per-second high-speed continuous shooting capabilities.

Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D and EOS-1D X camera models, the EOS 5D Mark III offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection.

iFCL Metering

Complementing the EOS 5D Mark III camera's 61-point AF system is Canon's 63-zone iFCL dual layer metering system. The 'FCL' stands for 'Focus, Color and Luminance,' and references the fact that the metering system not only measures color and luminance data, but also analyzes the data provided by each point of the AF system. Canon's iFCL metering keeps exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes. The camera's autofocus information is also used to help determine which area of the scene is of greatest importance in determining exposure.

HDR Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III camera features a built-in HDR mode, merging three images at various exposure levels into a single image, in-camera, for stunning photographs of landscapes and architecture with enhanced tonal gradation beyond the range of the naked eye. The exposure levels in the camera's HDR mode can be set to cover a range of up to ñ3 stops, in a choice of five settings: Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed providing unique visual effects. Individual source images can be saved as separate files, and the HDR mode has an optional automatic alignment function that can be useful for hand-held shooting. The EOS 5D Mark III's standard Auto Exposure Bracketing function has been upgraded to allow for up to seven exposures per sequence, and exposure compensation can now be set for up to +/- 5EV.

Multiple Exposure Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III is the second EOS Digital SLR after the EOS-1D X to feature Multiple Exposure capabilities with the ability to combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera's LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 5D Mark III camera's Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image, or shoot continuously when photographing moving subjects.

Comparative Playback

A new feature seen for the first time in the EOS System on the 5D Mark III is Comparative Playback allowing photographers to display two images side by side on the camera's 3.2-inch LCD screen. The images can be displayed with a histogram to check exposure levels, or magnified to check for focus or facial expressions.

Durability, Reliability and Other Features

The EOS 5D Mark III features a rugged camera body with magnesium alloy body covers and a stainless steel lens mount. The new camera also has dust- and moisture-resistant design with improved gaskets and seals. Although not quite as weatherproof as an EOS-1D-series camera, the EOS 5D Mark III does feature improved weather resistance over the EOS 5D Mark II model. The EOS 5D Mark III's newly developed shutter unit has a durability rating of 150,000 exposures, and shutter release lag time has been reduced to 59 milliseconds, making the shutter button very responsive. Canon's locking mode dial is standard on the new model and a new custom function allows photographers to shut off other dials to prevent inadvertent operation.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack as other popular EOS cameras like the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D. Battery life is estimated at 950 exposures at normal temperatures, an improvement of 100 exposures more than the EOS 5D Mark II. The EOS 5D Mark III body weighs approximately 33.5 oz. with a battery installed, and the dimensions are approximately 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches.

The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates Silent shooting modes, available for low-speed continuous shooting as well as single exposures. This feature is ideal when photographing in quiet environments. For better file management especially when working with multiple cameras, the new model also supports custom file names. There is also a new image rating feature that lets photographers rank their photos from 1 to 5 stars for quick editing.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot resolution. This is the same screen that's used in the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. The camera's optical viewfinder has been upgraded to approximately 100 percent coverage, and it features an Intelligent Viewfinder display with an optional grid on demand. The EOS 5D Mark III also has a built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level that can be displayed on both the LCD screen and the optical viewfinder.

The EOS 5D Mark III accepts both Compact Flash Type 1 and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in a dual card slot configuration. Three recording methods are supported: Record the same data to both cards, record different file sizes or types to each card, or automatically switch to the second card when the first card is full.


The EOS 5D Mark III DSLR also has a number of new optional accessories, including the new Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n signal protocols for various network environments. The WFT-E7A connects to the camera through its USB port and includes a built-in gigabit Ethernet connection, time syncing for multiple cameras on the same network, FTP mode, EOS Utility mode, WFT Server mode and Media Server mode. With this new WFT model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.

The EOS 5D Mark III also has an optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, which can be connected to the camera via the accessory shoe or a USB cable. With a GPS logging function built-in, the GP-E2 will log latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code - and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting. With its built-in compass, the GP-E2 receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically. The Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 is compatible with the EOS-1D X and EOS 7Di as well as the EOS 5D Mark III.ii

Battery Grip BG-E11 is an optional accessory for the EOS 5D Mark III that accepts one or two LP-E6 lithium-ion battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries. This new grip has a multicontroller and a multifunction (M.Fn) button together a with a full set of grip controls for easy operation when shooting portraits or other vertical format photos. The BG-E11 is made from sturdy magnesium alloy and has the same degree of weather resistance as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Speedlite 600EX-RT

In addition to the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon is also announcing the first professional Speedlite on the market with a built-in wireless radio transmitter, the new Speedlite 600EX-RT. The new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is the flagship model in the Speedlite line, ideal for wedding portrait and photojournalism. Compatible with all EOS Digital SLRs, this new model eliminates the need for accessory radio slave units and their inherent limitations. Speedlite 600EX-RT features Master-Slave two-way transmission, letting the photographer control the Speedlite settings directly from the "Master" camera.

Radio-based Wireless E-TTL can be performed with up to 15 Speedlite 600EX-RT "slave units", used off-camera up to 98.4 feet (30m) away, and triggered by either a "Master" 600EX-RT on-camera, or the optional new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Used with the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X, up to five groups of flashes can be completely controlled, independently, off-camera. And, it remains fully compatible with Canon's legacy optical-based Wireless E-TTL technology, for users already committed to existing EOS Speedlites. The Speedlite features enhanced weather-resistant construction - matching that of the EOS-1D X camera body - and a more reliable electrical contact. The flash head zoom range now reaches from 20mm to 200mm.The Speedlite also allows remote shutter release of a single EOS camera, or Linked Shooting (simultaneous firing of up to 15 cameras, when one "Master" camera is fired), and includes gelatin filters and a dedicated filter holder to help photographers match ambient light.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Canon is also introducing the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Providing full support of Canon's new radio-based wireless flash technology, the new ST-E3-RT can control up to five groups of flashes, up to 98.4 feet (30m) from the camera. The remote shutter release capability enables photographers to either fire a single camera remotely (by pressing a button on the ST-E3-RT), or to fire up to 15 EOS cameras with Canon's Linked Shooting feature. Making it easy to control and adjust, all of the Speedlite Transmitter features are accessible through the Flash control menu of the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera is expected to be available at the end of March 2012 and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $3,499.00. The EOS 5D Mark III will also be available with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens in a kit for an estimated retail price of $4,299.00. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A is scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012 at an estimated retail price of $849.99. Availability for GPS Receiver GP-E2 is expected by the end of April 2012, with an estimated retail price of $390.00.Battery Grip BG-E11 is scheduled to be available at the end of April 2012 for an estimated retail price of $490.00. The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are also scheduled for end of March 2012 availability at estimated retail prices of $629.99 and $470.00 respectively.

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  • Mat

    Cant wait for MIII/D800 ISO caparisons!

    • Harold Ellis

      who would expect such flash setup and camera from a canon…

      nikon, you just lost this round.

      • Anthony

        How so? The Nikon is less expensive, has higher resolution, established AF system, better specs for the video, etc. Deciding that Nikon lost this round on the expensive optional flash for the Canon is like deciding that a Toyota beats a BMW because you can put a spoiler on the Toyota’s trunk.

        • Yagion

          I think he was talking about the flash, not the DSLR

          • No pop-up flash???

            OH~!!! Canon, you just lost this ground.

          • Not Surprised

            People who know how to use a popup flash (and what its good for) know that its very valuable. Obviously Canon people do not understand this. But have fun carrying another bag and not having access to fill flash on travel, etc.

          • Anthony

            What part of “…and camera” is difficult to understand? And since the camera doesn’t have a pop-up flash, users have to spend another $500 to get a Canon flash just for casual shooting or $1000 if they want a controller flash on camera and a remote flash. This makes the cost of entry ridiculously high. Compared to the Nikon D800, Canon 5D, Mark III= Fail.

      • Michael Laing

        I am not sure about winning and losing, The Canon has some features that look good and the Nikon has feature which stand out as well. I don’t think anyone can gaige how good the Canon AF system is until it is tested against the D4 or D800. Nikon have just improved what was the best AF system for a DSLR, whilst Canon have a completely new system, to try and compete. I don’t think the difference will be large if noticable.

        As for the sensor, I would have been happier if the D800 has had a 24mp sensor but the image quality doesn’t look bad and ISO seems to be around the D700 mark. I presume the ISO for the D5mk3 will be better by 1 or 2 stops. Shooting speed again is a big advantage for the 5dmk3, being 2fps faster.

        Video I don’t think Canon has the advantage with video any longer. Nikon has put a lot of effort into sorting their video out and now have a good system, which of course allows for uncompressed recording, which the Canon cannot do. The Price difference for the 2 cameras isn’t huge. Nikon being slightly cheaper.

        I don’t think the Canon would make me change manufacturers, though I do think Canon has been more sensible with the sensor. I can’t say that Nikon and Canon are going for 2 different markets, as I don’t think that is the case. I think Canon have been very smart with the new sensor, not pushing for the moon, pixal wise and I might well be a bit envious in low light situations but that is about it.

        • French Flies

          Just like Jobs saying “One more thing” at the end of the presentation…Nikon still has something up their sleeve….the true missing descendant of D700 !!……as has been officially announced D800 is a new category in their line up……more like a descendant of D3x…..we should hear about the missing link in a year or so….a historical repeat of D700 announcement after +/-1 year release of D3.

          • French Flies

            which I beginning to suspect in the form of FX D400….since the DX D400 has been substituted by D7000…..

          • Sammy

            It’s so true!

          • Ross Geller

            u r right. And the true medium format MX Nikon M1 will come after that…..droooll.

      • Starbugs

        wth…nothings is lost… phottix and pocket wizard wat….and canonites r still paying the extra $500 for nothing…..its a rip off

      • Zamrud

        Stop comparing u dumbass… If u’re a truly photographer, you’ll believe ‘Man Behind the Gun’

        • Harold Ellis

          as long as devices limit my creativity i will complain and wish them be better.
          it is same like buying bad indian tea. you can always say, stfu, drink it, it is warm and tastes better then piss in morning, but you always wish it being good nepal green tea rised in the shadows and ground of unique mountain palms.

          you see, what is most disturbing, that all the tech is available on the world, yet we cannot use it.

          • I don’t think you can blame technology for your lack of talent.

          • Not Surprised

            “The man behind the gun” is pretty much bunk. If that was the case, then why did Canon update any of its cameras in the last 50 years? Because improved technology is a hell of a lot better — that’s why. It gives you choices and freedom. The free man with endless choices before him has the opportunity to express himself however he wishes. The man who just uses a simple tool may figure out how to do one thing well — and that may be very beautiful art — but he isn’t going to be able to push the limits. The man complements the machine. But the man without the machine is a chimpanzee.

      • Chuck Westfall


        Thank you for your kind words on our newest release. The check is in the mail.

        Your friend,


  • Mark

    I don’t want to bother comparing this to anything. For me Canon has improved upon a fantastic DSLR. The D800 is NOT this camera, and this camera is NOT trying to be the D800. FORGET THE COMPARISONS! Why bother? If you dug the 5D2, they made it better! If you dug the D700, keep shooting it, it’s awesome! If you want max resolution, D800 all the way!

    God am I tired of the measurbating… You think people did this with Tri-X and HP5?! NO! You pick a system and make it work for you. End of story!

    I’m just pre-empting the trolling here.

    It’s the pictures that matter, not the pixels. And stop giving a shit about sharpness-the most overrated trait of an image.

    • Brandon

      Don’t worry. It’s a strange thing I’ve noticed with people on this site – if your response to someone makes sense, you’re “trolling”. I couldn’t agree with you more and I believe both parties have developed outstanding cameras.

      I’ve accepted the idea of letting that ‘certain crowd’ sit behind a computer screen, anticipating the golden camera of God’s loins to fall into their hands and help them create an image they’re unable to think of themselves, while believing a high-end camera will supplement.

      Sorry to sound so bitter, it just bothers me how some people complain by comparing two items they have never tested before, and will most likely never test in their entire lifetimes. Oh yea’… I shoot a D700.

      aaaaand GO

    • R!

      And you’re not on the right forum, you just came here to troooolollll!!!!!!! go pay 800$ for the 24 105 F4 that was saling tor 300$ with the 5DII lol trolol!!!!!

    • R!

      Nikon rumors is great because you can say what you want and be aware of all brands if you dont like it dont complaign just dont come in here we won’t miss you!!!!

    • B

      Tri-X was too low MP.
      T-max all the way.

    • Banksie

      “You think people did this with Tri-X and HP5?! NO!”

      Actually they did. Unfortunately some people were just as bad in the film days as some people are today in the digital era. These people have been on this planet since the very beginning. There were even caveman gearheads.

  • Now the tables have turned… Canon has the lower res sensor and better AF and Nikon has the higher res sensor and lesser AF.

    But still… 36MP vs. 22MP is quite a difference, although not as much as the difference between 12MP (D3/D3s/D700) vs. 21MP (5D2/1Ds3) that we were used to.

    Also Canon’s sensor designers are on roids… at this rate I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out with a new capturing sensor and an AF sensor for each new model. They completely dropped the 1D IV AF system that they built from scratch… actually, it might make a return in the 7D II, I think.

    I still think the best news here is for videographers because of the 3×3 binning.

    • TexasJoe

      I didn’t read anywhere that said this camera has BETTER focusing than the D800. What is your source for this information? The number of focusing points?

    • tsy

      just because it has tons of focus points doesn’t mean it’s better. The d800 af system is an improved d3 af system which is proven…. the 1dx and 5d3 are both too new to say its better for sure. Lets not forget what has happened with previous pro level canon cameras af systems.

      • Better?

        What you talking about?? 600 f/4 + TC 2X???

    • R!

      Nikon AF 15 cross type sensor
      Canon AF 5 cross type sensor
      Nikon metering 91 000 dots
      Canon metering …….63 zone (for the 5DIII like 60D&600D)100 000 for the 1DX but still 5 cross sensor 2.8!!!!!!!!
      So please If you can’t read and understand what you’re reading ,stop complaining when your images are out of focus or the metering is failing!!!!

      • R!

        Cross type F 2.8 Imean of course,I’ m adding this because people will start to act lie nooh !!!!its not 5 cross type sensors , people just dont realize that the other sensors dont see shitt when the subject is mooving or in dark environment!!!!!

  • Denz

    I would be surprise if the DXO mark test results will favor D800 over 5D mkIII, that would be BS…

  • souvik

    I am sure this has all the makings of being great camera, but I can’t believe its only 23mp? how did that happen. In terms of price comparison the Nikon D800 looks lot more attractive right now.

  • M!

    people will compare because this is the same format camera in the same price range.
    different camera for different purpose.
    look, their vertical grip is almost as expensive.
    don’t quite understand why some compact digital cameras have GPS built in and these DSLR’s you have to add on with cable or mounted on hotshoe.
    the good thing is canon starts their own radio wave wireless flash system.
    interestingly, canon will package the 5D3 with a kit lens.
    nikon doesn’t. 🙂

    • TokyoAce

      In Japan, there is the option of the kit lens with the D800: AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

      • Jim

        strange! since the 28-300 is not on Nikon’s list of recommended lenses.

        But I wonder about other omissions too: no 17-35, not a single PC-E lense, not the 135/f2 DC … ? not to mention the 50/1.8 G and the 85/1.8G which are both excellent lenses

        • Not Surprised

          That’s not strange — its a mega-zoom, so its very useful to anyone who travels or as a walk-about lens. Most people love this kind of lens, because a DSLR means the freedom to switch lenses — but its not a suicide pact to always have to be carrying around extra lenses or just sticking to one focal length. So the walk-about lens is a joy for happy photographers and hobbyists.

          Of course, recommended lenses are going to be far sharper to maximize advantage of the resolution of the D800, whose purpose is to offer the most resolution possible.

  • etr bronny

    price does seem on the high end, no doubt its going to be a sterling camera but the price doesnt close the deal for me atm

  • inteliboy

    Audio monitoring is brilliant. Hope the new h264 compression is decent. It’s amazing how much the 5dii revolutionised video production… almost half the commercials I work on these days are shot on 5d.

    Though I do wonder why it doesn’t support 2k video, or even 60fps at 1080p… The tech is there, though Canon are obviously crippling the 5d as to not eat into their actual “cinema” cameras.

    • E

      Really…. Obvious? ….. Do you know how that sensor performs or is tested under those conditions of 2k or 60fps….

      Canons cinema rigs are no where in the same market category as these mkiii s even if the mkiii had 1080p 60fps.

      Ya never know they could be holding it back to prevent canabalization.its really hard to say obviously though…

      Canon release a full frame f-1d please:) hahhaha thats a joke….

      A joke i would pay for in an instant though….


    nikon is the winner. i feel canon very hardly trying to save C300!!!!

  • Eric

    Wanna see high iso comparisons versus markii d700 d800 and d4.

    Ugh even 21 was too many megapixels…. For me …. Yes some of you may be printing bilboards….

    How many people really need it…

    Yes it captures more detail…. If your lenses can resolve that much detail.
    Yes you can crop more…… Why Not frame the shot better…. Yes sometimes it just doesnt happen.
    Size storage get ridiculous….. Ive stopped scanning my 6×9 negs at high res because i just keep needing more space…

    And really why is there so much comparrison between this and the 800 they seem like they are two wayyyy different cameras.

    It seems like there are professionals who come on to take about features that can benifit them , and professional pixel peepers who spend more time talking about specks instead of taking pictures.

    Ehh to each their own…..

    • El Aura

      Here you are, high ISO comparison between D3 (D700), D3s, D4 and D800:

      • Jim

        I’ve just taken a look on Canon’s 5Dmk3 sample page ISO 800 and 6400…
        again I really wonder what all that high ISO debate is about: even ISO 800 isn’t free of color noise let alone the ISO 6400 sample.
        As long as this doesn’t get muuuuch better, high ISO remains being just an emergency help – if at all

  • photonut

    Dont’ you love that marketing BS? Obviously they haven’t figured out how to position the 5DIII themselves …

    “Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon’s top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model”

    “We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II,”

  • Michał

    Can’t believe that riddiculous price. Seriously? 3500$? Guess we all have to thank Nikon right now, at least for treating consumers seriously.

    And where’s that industry-changing feature? What justifies the price?

    • Sahaja

      If you think about it the $500 price difference between the 5DMkIII and the D800 probably makes little difference. Nikon are already saying you need their latest top end [i.e. expensive] lenses to get the most out of the 36mp sensor on the D800 – so Nikon will probably quickly get that $500 difference back on lens sales which have a bigger profit margin than camera bodies.

      Then you’re going to want extra storage for those huge files, and maybe a faster computer to handle them….

      IMO both the Canon 5DMkIII and the Nikon D800 look like great cameras ~ though neither is “cheap”.

      • Not Surprised

        BS. If someone can process 23MP, they can process 36, no issues. Furthermore, most people shoot JPEGS — and Nikon’s “extra small, small, medium, medium-large, large, full-size” (3 DX, 3 FX settings in the D800) options allow you to shoot nearly any size you want.

        Since those images use the WHOLE sensor, the cleanliness of the “normal” sized images in medium or medium-large will be incredible.

  • Michael Laing

    It isn’t just about printing the size of bill boards. You can also crop more, which is an advantage for magazine work etc. I do think Canon have created a more all round camera than Nikon have and I don’t see a problem with the 23mp that the Canon has, in fact I prefer it to the Nikon’s 36, where they traded speed and ISO for MP (which to me is not good).

    Nikon and Canon it would seem have done a bit of a role reversal with this camera. I don’t think the AF is an issue, like it was with the D700 and D5mk2, as I expect Canon to have a decent AF system, which is comparable to the Nikon’s (Darn, I won’t be able to take the mickey out of Canon owners for that now). Nikon might have gained an advantage, when it comes to video, with uncompressed video ability. Shooting Speed and ISO is now going with the Canon for sure. I am not to bothered about the shooting speed, as I don’t shoot that fast, but I would have liked the ISO ability over the extra 13mp but if the D800 ISO is as good as the D700 it should be ok to work with, in low light.

    I don’t think either Camera has an advantage and both will do a good job.

    • Bin a pixel

      Don’t forget you can bin some of those 36MP in PP to get better high ISO performance.

      I suspect at the same picture siZe (MPixels) they will be pretty much the same at high ISO levels. I compared a 1DIV to a d3s when I owned both at the same time for a while. Obviously the D3s was “better” in low light. But I you added NR and reduced the 1Div down to 12Mp they pretty much matched each other.

      The key will be for Canon to avoid banding problems this time.

  • Joseph

    Looks like they made the camera the 5DII should have been years ago.

  • Now that this is over with, any word on the D400?

    • B

      yes i am tired of 5d3 and d800 fights. lets hear about the d400 7d2 70d d7100.

      will canon ever get past 18MP in the crop cameras? is nikon going to do 16MP forever or use the sony 24MP sensor?

  • chris

    this camera specs sound great, but the first high iso pictures are not really better than the d800
    images (

    • How much ISO ?

      • chris


    • Rob

      You think that they have used better photo altogether. I mean they are just shit compared to those that Nikon have posted.

  • doug
  • Thanos

    First of all let me start by saying that I am a Nikon guy. I have used both Canon and Nikon and with my experience as a user I wouldn’t buy a Canon just cause of the ergonomics of it; for me the Nikon feels more right and user intuitive.
    Regardless though of this fact I couldn’t stop my self writing a comment on the 5D’s price. It maybe a different kind of camera than the D800, it may be better it may be worse, I don’t care, but nothing justifies a price increase of $500 which is a whopping 17% over the D800! Both cameras represent the best camera each company can produce on a mass level without losing control of the cost. Why make a camera that is 17% harder to buy than its competitor? Why take a camera designed to be attainable and move it one step further from becoming attainable?

    • Jim

      Because in a year from the time of real availability it’ll be $500 below the D800

      • Thanos

        So people pay now a premium so the next customers will pay less or is the camera not good enough to reflect the price in a year? In cameras like these you pay for built quality, quality of materials, superior performance and an overall “pro” package that cannot be surpassed in year…

  • Christoph Ohlrogge

    On/Off-Button on the top left? Who designed this?

    • doug


  • It seems to be all that was hyped/rumoured and more. Interesting. This may replace my MkII after all.

    • rich in tx

      Really? somebody had their expectations set pretty low IMO.

      Looks like the arguments can finally cease; Nikon has won.

      plus the 5Dm3 is still U-G-L-Y !! whats up with that?

      • B

        I want sexy cameras, who cares about MP and AF points.
        5d3 should have been white to match the L lenses. It gets too hot in the sun.

  • stepper

    I wonder if Nikon chose to release the SB-910 as a mere upgrade to the 900 rather than a new model because they knew Canon was coming out with a radio flash. I have a feeling we can expect Nikons answer to the 600ex-rt shortly.

  • David

    LOL. £3000 in the UK. A d800 is only £2399

    And the samples on the Canon site are awful. Plastic, fake-looking, and everything above ISO800 is ruined with heavy noise reduction.

    • R!

      It is the same sensor that the 5DII with less spaces between pixels Ahh Ahhh!!!!

    • rich in tx

      agree. typical plasticy skin tones that canon shooters seem to love. they can have it…

  • Jim

    Bah, the 5Dmk3 makes a 25 year old model having grey hairs already.(Canon’s sample No.6)
    I’d rather leave this cam alone before I get grey hair too…

  • Funny how Nikon was low mega pixel and Canon was high mega pixel, and now with the D800, they’ve traded….

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