Canon just announced its update to the 5D Mark II DSLR which is now about 4 years old. The Canon 5D Mark III does not replace the 5D Mark II but is just an update, which means the older model will still be available in the market. It will be sitting between the 5D Mark II and the upcoming EOS 1D X.
The Canon 5D Mark III is a beast of a DSLR. It features a Digic 5+ processor, Canon’s newest and said to be 30 percent faster than the Digic 5 and about 17 times faster than the Digic 4 on the 5D Mark II. It also packs a 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types, dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively), OVF with 100 percent coverage, 6 FPS burst speed and a 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD.
The Canon 5D Mark III is also a video workhorse. It can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range of 100-128,000. The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates enhanced video features that is aimed at 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 Canon EOS 5D Mark III also features iFCL metering, HDR mode, multiple exposure mode and comparative playback. It uses a magnesium alloy camera body and a stainless steel lens mount, including a dust- and moisture-resistant design with improved gaskets and seals.
The EOS 5D Mark III is priced at $3,500 if you’re thinking of getting only the body and $4,300 for the kit with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. It will be available by the end of March.