So, what’s so great about the Canon 5d Mark III? Apparently, everything. I can’t offer my honest opinion on this product at this time because I haven’t got my hands on one…yet. What I will do, however, is provide you with the facts and some information that I’ve heard from those who have used the camera. Be sure to see my Canon 5d comparison chart too (coming soon). It compares features of all three of the 5d cameras.
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The Mark III is a definite boost from the Mark II. But, is it worth the money? In my opinion, it depends on what you do with your camera. If you are a professional photographer who relies on capturing the best images for your livelihood, then I’d definitely say yes, make the investment. On the other hand, if you are an amateur or semi-professional who has to decide whether or not to dish out the $3500. I personally would stick with the Mark II, which you can get new for around $2100 (I still want the Mark III though).
The Mark III boasts an increase in image quality, better performance in low light (less noise), faster continuous shooting mode, and significantly more auto-focus points and metering zones. It also has Here are some of the specifics:
Canon has boosted the resolution for this camera to 22.3 megapixels; a small step up from the 21.1 MP of the Mark II. Remember, this high of a resolution is great if you are making large prints, but not completely necessary if you are just making 4×6 prints. Nonetheless, I still want one!
Canon, of course, is sticking with it’s full-frame CMOS censor, which is great, so there’s no crop factor. This is a great feature to have, especially when shooting in low light.
A significant boost was made here, with a whopping 61 AF points! The 5d had 9 AF points with 6 assist points!
Another significant increase, Canon has upped from 35-zone TTL to 63-Zone TTL on the Mark III. IF you aren’t sure what this is, let me give you a quick explanation. Basically, your camera has to decide what you want a certain scene to look like. In order to do that, it uses a certain number of zones arranged throughout the frame. More zones means a more accurate reading of the lighting and coloring in your scene. For a more detailed explanation of metering, check out the Digital Photography School‘s page on this subject.
If you shoot sports, this camera makes shooting in burst mode even more convenient (still not to the level of the 1D or the 7D – but much better). Continuous shooting with the Mark III will get you 6 frames per second!
As with the Mark II, the new Mark III continues to stun with it’s fantastic capabilities for shooting video. With the Mark III, you can shoot full HD at 1080p, 720p, or standard definition video. All have variable frame rates. If you are new to the world of DSLR and are interested in them for shooting video, you’ve come to the right place. Keep in mind, though, that you will need some good accessories, such at an external microphone, an attachable viewfinder, and probably an attachable follow focus. Check out our video for DSLR section (coming soon).
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