So hello my friends davon Linux here photography px in today’s video we revisit and review the Canon 5d Mark 3 initially released spring 2012 the 5d Mark 3 is the replacement to the wildly popular 5d mark ii and like the mar 2 it’s a high-end professional workhorse DSLR photography camera aimed to tackle the harshest shooting conditions and while this camera sits directly below canons flagship 1 DX lineup it inherits several features that make it in many respects the more compelling option for a wider array of demographics it has been quite some time since the release of this camera and it begs the question is this camera still relevant today in the advent of touchscreen capabilities in 4k video let’s find out so what are some of the goods bads and ugly’s of the Canon 5d Mark 3 let’s start with image quality compared to the predecessor the resolution has improved slightly moving from 21.1 megapixels to 22.3 megapixels while this is a small change the 14 bit RAW images at CMOS sensor delivers are sharp and rich with colors and the dynamic range is surprisingly good considering its age combined with the in-camera HDR effect and you can create HDR images with little noise and artifacts when recovering shadows it also includes a new eye CLF metering system from the 7d for better metering for continuous shooting.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera
It delivers a burst rate of 6 frames per second though the performance here does vary based on the cards used if used with the UDM a7 CF cards it offers a 33 raw or 60 Plus shot JPEG buffer while not the fastest the camera is definitely capable for moderate sports and wildlife how about video quality from a video standpoint the camera shows its age but it remains excellent nonetheless it only shoots 1080p full HD video up to 30 frames per second no 4k video here however it uses the all.i compression method with an impressive 91 and BPS data rate while it doesn’t offer any variable frame rates like 60 or 120 frames per second the 1080 footage it delivers remains sharp vibrant and delivers exceptional dynamic range with version 1.2 point 1 the camera now outputs a clean uncompressed 8-bit 4 to 2 signal to an external monitor or recorder a perfect option for budding filmmakers like many cameras it features the industry-standard 29 minutes and 59 second recording limit and its segments video recordings into 4 gigabyte chunks how about low-light performance its low-light performance represents a significant leap in capabilities over the predecessor the result of the new digit 5 plus processor it now features a native ISO range from ISO 100 to 25600 further expandable to 100 and 2400 instead of just 6400 and performance the camera delivers a one stop improvement over the predecessor and it can easily provide usable images up to ISO 6400 and videos up to ISO 3200 without any real need for post-production how about its focusing performance.
The auto focusing system on this camera has greatly improved over the predecessor unlike the predecessors nine-point AF system Canon overhauled the system with a very sophisticated and advanced 61 point system closely mirror their flagship 1 DX this is a hundred and twenty eight percent improvement with the system 41 if its points are cross type compatible focusing performance is both fast and accurate even in low-light and even the outer edges track subjects with a remarkably high hit rate the camera also provides an enormous amount of customization over the auto focusing performance through the menus allowing users to customize its performance to best suit their shooting needs outside of the 1 DX flagship this is among the best performing auto focusing systems for shooting stills however video is quite a different story the camera lacks continuous auto focus during video recording and the available auto focus is quite slow and only works by half depressing the shutter or using the AF on button so while this is capable as a video camera its the ideal video tool for those who rely on autofocus during video recording how about battery performance battery life is excellent for this class of camera it uses the standard LP e6 battery which can erase for 950 shots per charge let’s talk about its display and viewfinder it features a top deck LCD which displays critical shooting parameters when shooting at waist level to save time looking at the rear screen it also features a 3.2 inch rear TFT LCD with a resolution of 1.04 million dots and overall it provides excellent color reproduction and ample contrast for image preview.
It also features an optical viewfinder with a hundred percent coverage of the image area and a large 0.71 X magnification however it isn’t the standard implementation typically seen undi SLRs with this release Canon has installed an intelligent display which superimposes an overlay to display auto focusing points exposure information and gridlines which is quite helpful for menus it features that traditionally designed and structured Canon menus both newcomers to Canon and existing users will find the navigating experience on this camera very intuitive and it’s easily mastered it features the customisable my menu which allows users to make a custom list of their favourite menu settings and like many other Canon cameras it too features the quick menu for more immediate access to critical shooting parameters however unlike other cameras it has a built in RAW processing engine using this feature allows users to convert RAW images to black and white adjust white balance brightness and other settings the camera now also features a side by side compared to image review mode for more straightforward image comparisons in the playback mode it features three custom shooting preset modes c1 through c3 for quick access to programmable configurations and lastly the depth of field preview button is now programmable and conveniently located by the grip for easy operation with the right ring finger outside of these customizations the bodies largely unchanged from the predecessor though a few key improvements do exist firstly and now features a dedicated live view switch for more convenient access to this functionality secondly there’s now a dedicated button to view creative options such as HDR multiple exposure and filters thirdly it now features a lock on the modem to prevent accidental changes during transportation and unlike the predecessor it now features a dedicated rate button which allows users to rate images in camera making the process of sorting through images faster these ratings also translate to post-production software saving quite a bit of time in the process and lastly it features a customizable multi-function button which users can map to any number of different functions in size.
It remains among the largest Canon SL ARS today in this case it weighs 860 grams body only however like most professional-grade digital SLRs this added bulk goes in its favour to provide more physical controls for the professional demographic it aims almost all critical shooting parameters and settings are easily accessible by dedicated buttons in most of which are on the right side of the camera surrounding grip and build it features a robust magnesium alloy construction which gives a camera of full weather sealing and maximum durability and like other cameras in this class it provides an AF joystick for autofocus point selection or menu navigation what kind of other nice features does it provide well it houses dual card slots one of which is compact flash and the other in SD the setup is perfect for professionals who need redundant recording the SD slot also works with IFI wireless SD cards for wireless tethering and image transfer it has a microphone input and you can also change the microphone sensitivity or display levels while recording unlike the predecessor and now has a headphone input to monitor captured audio it features a built-in electronic level it features auto focus micro adjustment which fine Tunes the end adjusts the attached lens for precise focus and it has a sync port which supports timecode for multiple camera setups or to trigger compatible flash units but what doesn’t it have well due to age as mentioned previously.
It doesn’t feature 4k nor does a feature 1080p in any high frame rates be at 60 or 120 P like many other cameras it also partitions files into four gigabyte segments which requires post-production merging the camera also lacks continuous autofocus during video recording and the available autofocus is quite slow and only works by half depressing the shutter or using the AF on button so while this camera is capable as a video camera it’s not the greatest option for those who rely on autofocus during video recording consider canons 5d mark 4 or the 7d mark 2 cameras instead it’s rare screen is also both fixed and doesn’t supply any level of touch capabilities it also lacks a built in pop will flash understandable for its class it does not have built-in Wi-Fi however so if you desire wireless connectivity you will have to purchase an eye-fi capable SD card thankfully they’re cheap and it lacks a built-in intervalometer for time-lapse recording you will have to use an external until thermometer instead so in the end is the 5d Mark 3 a good camera for you it’s an excellent choice for professionals who shoot demanding mediums such as weddings sports journalism that need a rugged camera with an auto focusing system that guarantees accuracy it’s also a compelling choice for someone looking for a robust photography centric tool who doesn’t necessarily need the fastest shooting speeds nor do they need video for videographers while this camera is capable it’s quite limited for the aspiring professionals it doesn’t feature advanced video centric features such as 4k capabilities touch focus waveforms histograms etc and when compared to today’s 4k capable cameras.
It’s best to look elsewhere video is essential to your workflow however if you’re content with shooting strictly in 1080p at 30 frames per second with single-shot autofocus or manually focusing this is otherwise an excellent video camera if you currently own the 5d Mark to consider upgrading the faster auto focusing better video quality updated controls in a more configurable feature set make it a worthy upgrade in the end the 5d Mark 3 is a high-end enthusiast and professional camera aimed at photographers looking for a competitive all-rounded still shooter and even after so much time has passed is aged quite gracefully it remains a powerful tool and one’s arson although it seems to build on everything that made at the mark to so famous the mark 3 is a new camera from the ground up while it’s not a complete overhaul or dramatic leap in technology it does fix all of the gaps in the predecessors performance and it still manages to deliver to any daring professional even considering its age so there you have it my friends that is our review of the Canon 5d Mark 3 for more information and for a more detailed review visit our website Photography XCOM go over to our camera reviews page go into the Canon section and there you’ll find the full hands-on written review of the Canon 5d Mark 3 some more detailed information as well as other examples from other Canon cameras that may be of interest to you I’ve been your host here Devon Lenox photography px comm we’ll see you guys in the next post.