With a camera of such pedigree, there are naturally high expectations. Find out how good it is in the What Digital Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Overall score:92%
Image Quality:95%


  • Excellent set of features, build-quality is much better than MkII, AF system and overall performance


  • Expensive compared to some rivals.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review


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Value & Verdict

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review – Value

The 5D MkIII comes in at £2999 – quite hike in price from the launch price of the MkII, which can now be picked up for under £1700. Canon believe that it’s a whole different class of camera to the model that it superseeds, and we’re inclined to agree with them. That aside, its naturally going to draw parallels with Nikon’s 36MP D800, and despite its recent price rise to £2599, does make the MkIII the pricier of the two.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III review – Verdict

While the MkII was more suited to specific photographic disciplines, the MkIII is a whole different ball game.

Its a much more well-rounded, versatile DSLR than its predecessor. This is thanks to the boost in performance – namely the AF, while the quality feel is much more fitting for a camera of this calibre. While the resolution may remain similar to the MkII, Canon hasn’t stood still. The ISO improvements now make the MkIII one of the best cameras around for shooting at high sensitivities, while the detail and resolving power make large prints a reality.

All the weak areas that the MkII suffered from have been ironed out with the MkIII, and there’s now very little to fault it on, and the more you shoot with it, the more you realise what a complete and capable camera the MkIII is. Whether you shoot landscapes, portraits, editorial, action or nature, the MkIII will be right at home. The EOS 5D MkIII is an excellent DSLR.


ISO:100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400
Video:1080 (30/25/24p) HD video (MOV with H.264 Intra frame/ inter frame)
Memory Card:CompactFlash & SD(HC/XC)
Lens Mount:Canon EF
White Balance:Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white fluorescent, flash, custom, colour temperature setting
Built-in Flash:No
Exposure Comp:-/+5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Cable Release:Yes
Compression:Fine & Normal
PC Socket:Yes
Viewfinder Type:Optical Viewfinder, 0.7x magnification
Output Size:5760 x 3840px
LCD:3.2in 3:2 aspect ratio, 1040k-dot TFT LCD
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:2500-10,000K
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 frames in +/- 3 levels in single level increments
AF Points:61 selectable points
Sensor:22.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/200th
Focal Length Mag:1x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based
Metering System:63 zone Dual Layer iFCL metering system
Movie Mode:Yes
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M, Bulb, 3 custom modes, Auto+
Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB, HDMI, Video output, Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6
File Format:14 bit Raw (CR2), JPEG, Raw + JPEG
Dimensions:152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000th second, plus Bulb
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous L, Continuous H (6fps), Silent single, Silent H (3fps), Self Timer (2 or 10sec)
Focusing Modes:One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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