Reviews Canon 5D Mark III
RCT SCORE 8.3 / 10

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Canon's 5D Mark III is a follow-up to the company's groundbreaking 5D Mark II, which was the digital SLR that brought HD video recording into professional-level DSLRs. The Mark III steps into these big shoes with a number of improvements including a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, faster burst mode at 6 frames per second, a new autofocus system and improved low-light shooting.

The Mark III offers a pair of memory card slots (one for SD and one for CompactFlash), a 3.2-inch display, Canon's Digic 5 processor and compatibility with Canon's lineup of EF-series lenses.

The price tag is not for the faint of heart: you'll pay $3,499 for the body-only. EF lenses will cost you extra. But if you're a true photo-enthusiast or working professional, most reviewers agreed that the 5D Mark III is a worthy investment.


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A Big Improvement
It quickly becomes obvious that the Mark III is a totally new camera with significant improvements over its predecessor.
Digital Photography
We're In Love
We honestly haven't been this in love with a camera since we reviewed the Sony NEX-7. And while there's little to compare from a price and design perspective, we're seriously...
Much to Like
In short, the Canon 5D Mark III performance matches the assumptions of what an unreasonably critical working pro photographer should expect from a top-of-the-line DSLR in 2012.
Solid, But Pricey
Image quality throughout the native sensitivity range is excellent, noise is well controlled and there's plenty of detail. The AF system has been given a serious upgrade on what the...
An Upgrade to the Revolution
If you photograph weddings, parties, or people in general, this is the camera for you. The 5D III's 6-frames-per-second continuous shooting and improved durability with weather...
Hard to Find But Worth It
The Mark III overall is a great leap forward. With the much sharper photos and low-light breakthroughs, I can learn new buttons.
Best for Video
Yeah, the Mark II is still a killer deal, but the 5D Mark III is better. That's all there is to it. The refinements just make it a vastly better tool for photographers and...
Worth the Upgrade
While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.
Can't Keep Pace
It's a solid option for advanced shooters with an investment in Canon glass, but doesn't match the rapid-fire shooting capabilities of the EOS-1D X or Nikon D4.
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