Canon EOS 5D Mk III - First Look

Canon EOS 5D Mk III – First Look



Update: full press release on the Canon 5D Mk III is below.

One of the worst kept secrets in the digital camera space at the moment is Canon’s imminent announcement of the Canon 5D Mk III. It’s been rumoured for a long time now and in the last week we’ve seen a lot of ‘leaked’ images and specs hitting blogs around the web.


Most people say tomorrow is the big announcement day but a number of readers alerted us to a page on Canon Asia’s site that had details up on it about the 5D Mk III – but then which took them down.


The gang over at Photography Bay got the screen shots though and here’s what they saw and learned:


22.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor

Delight in images of extraordinary beauty and clarity which only a full-frame sensor can provide.

New DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

Expect fast processing, superb tonal gradation and color reproduction from Canon’s most advanced processor to date.

Class-leading ISO Performance

Seize creative opportunities in any light with extended ISO coverage from 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 102,400).

High Precision 61-point Autofocus

Stay focused with the high-speed, high-precision 61-point AF system that also excels in low light.

Quick-fire 6 fps Shooting

Capture split-second action at 22.3 megapixels with continuous shooting speeds of up to 6 frames per second.

iFCL 63-zone Metering Sensor

Get perfect exposure with the iFCL 63-zone dual layer metering sensor that analyses focus, colour and luminance.

Enhanced Full HD Movie Recording

Expand your creativity with improved quality Full HD (1080p) movie recording and finer image control.

Weather-resistant Construction

Enjoy reliability in any environment with a rugged dust-proof and water-resistant construction.

Intelligent Viewfinder

Shoot more accurately with a refined viewfinder that offers 100% coverage and a 0.71x magnification ratio.

3.2? Clear View LCD II

See your photos in detail on the large 3.2? Clear View LCD II with 1.04 million dot resolution.

Dual Memory Card Slots

Enjoy versatile use with dual CompactFlash and SD Card slots.

New Lenses & Accessories

Broaden the capabilities of your EOS 5D Mark III with a wide array of the latest accessories to complete your DSLR experience.

Also featured was a new Speedlight flash – the 600EX and Speedlight Transmitter the ST-E3-RT. Here are those specifications:


Speedlite 600EX-RT Key Features

  • New wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication
  • Zoom flash head covers wide range of 20-200mm; Max. Guide No. 197 ft./60m at ISO 100
  • Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance
  • 18 Custom and 3 Personal Functions for creative flexibility

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key Features

  • Newly designed wireless system uses 2-way radio wave communication for enhanced communication among master and slave units
  • Achieves a transmission distance of up to 98.4 ft. / 30m, all at a 360 degree angle
  • Up to 5 groups, or 15 individual flashes can be controlled via 1 transmitter
  • Supports E-TTL II flash, manual flash, stroboscopic and external flash metering

Update: it’s official, the 5D Mk III lives. Here’s the official press release from Canon:

Canon 5D Mark III Press Release

Canon U.S.A. Announces the Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Featuring Improved Image Quality, a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Six fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting and Enhanced HD Video Recording Features

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon’s top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for 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 EOS 5D Mark III is Canon’s answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon’s 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon’s award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.

“We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a ‘game-changer’ in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon’s recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers.

EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon’s recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon’s commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera’s image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moir‚ and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. The video footage produced will exhibit less moir‚ than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera’s automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.

Newly Developed Canon CMOS Sensor

With its completely new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the EOS 5D Mark III becomes the highest resolution Canon Digital SLR released to date. It is eminently suitable for a wide variety of assignments including weddings and portraits, nature and wildlife, travel and landscapes as well as commercial and industrial photography. With a gapless microlens design, a new photodiode structure and improved on-chip noise reduction, the new sensor achieves higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for both RAW image data as well as in-camera JPEGs and EOS Movies compared to the 5D Mark II. The result is outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions, even low light. An eight-channel readout doubles the speed of image data throughput from the sensor to the DIGIC 5+ processor, resulting in better video image quality as well as six fps for still photos.

The low-light capability of the EOS 5D Mark III is evident in its incredible ISO range and image quality in poor lighting conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 25,600 within its standard range, the new model also offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two extended ISO settings of 51,200 and 102,400, well suited for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

The new 5D Mark III is also equipped with Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit with a fluorine coating that repels dust and dirt particles.

Canon-Exclusive DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor

The EOS 5D Mark III’s new DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4.The EOS 5D Mark III uses that extra speed not only for improved image quality, but also to add no less than nine new features that do not exist on the 5D Mark II. These new features include six fps continuous shooting, HDR and Multiple Exposure modes, in-camera RAW processing, a comparative playback function, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, two forms of movie compression, and support for high-speed UDMA 7 Compact Flash memory cards.

Another extremely valuable feature enhanced by the DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor is the EOS 5D Mark III’s choice of reduced resolution M-RAW (10.5 megapixel) and S-RAW (5.5 megapixel) recording modes. These settings are particularly useful to wedding photographers for candid photos that do not require the EOS 5D Mark III’s 22 megapixel full resolution, because they take up less space on the memory cards and speed up post-processing without losing the critical benefits of RAW image data, such as highlight and shadow control as well as white balance adjustment. M-RAW and S-RAW also preserve the full field of view rather than cropping the image or resorting to JPEG mode to reduce resolution.

High-Performance 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

For still photographers, Canon has included its new 61-point High Density Reticular AF System, originally introduced with the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X professional camera. A significant advancement over previous 5D-series AF systems, the new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF included in the EOS 5D Mark III is the most sophisticated SLR AF system Canon has ever released. All 61 points are manually selectable and sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The camera’s twenty one focusing points in the central area are also standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/5.6. The center five points are ultra-high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/2.8. The 20 outer focusing points function as high-precision cross-type points with maximum apertures larger than or equal to f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low-light sensitivity to EV -2, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models). A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same high-performance AI Servo III AF tracking algorithm as the flagship EOS-1D X professional DSLR. This new feature works together with the 61-point High Density Reticular AF system to provide superb tracking performance that blends very well with the new camera’s 6 frames-per-second high-speed continuous shooting capabilities.

Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D and EOS-1D X camera models, the EOS 5D Mark III offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection.

iFCL Metering

Complementing the EOS 5D Mark III camera’s 61-point AF system is Canon’s 63-zone iFCL dual layer metering system. The ‘FCL’ stands for ‘Focus, Color and Luminance,’ and references the fact that the metering system not only measures color and luminance data, but also analyzes the data provided by each point of the AF system. Canon’s iFCL metering keeps exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes. The camera’s autofocus information is also used to help determine which area of the scene is of greatest importance in determining exposure.

HDR Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III camera features a built-in HDR mode, merging three images at various exposure levels into a single image, in-camera, for stunning photographs of landscapes and architecture with enhanced tonal gradation beyond the range of the naked eye. The exposure levels in the camera’s HDR mode can be set to cover a range of up to ñ3 stops, in a choice of five settings: Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold and Art Embossed providing unique visual effects. Individual source images can be saved as separate files, and the HDR mode has an optional automatic alignment function that can be useful for hand-held shooting. The EOS 5D Mark III’s standard Auto Exposure Bracketing function has been upgraded to allow for up to seven exposures per sequence, and exposure compensation can now be set for up to +/- 5EV.

Multiple Exposure Mode

The EOS 5D Mark III is the second EOS Digital SLR after the EOS-1D X to feature Multiple Exposure capabilities with the ability to combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera’s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 5D Mark III camera’s Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image, or shoot continuously when photographing moving subjects.

Comparative Playback

A new feature seen for the first time in the EOS System on the 5D Mark III is Comparative Playback allowing photographers to display two images side by side on the camera’s 3.2-inch LCD screen. The images can be displayed with a histogram to check exposure levels, or magnified to check for focus or facial expressions.

Durability, Reliability and Other Features

The EOS 5D Mark III features a rugged camera body with magnesium alloy body covers and a stainless steel lens mount. The new camera also has dust- and moisture-resistant design with improved gaskets and seals. Although not quite as weatherproof as an EOS-1D-series camera, the EOS 5D Mark III does feature improved weather resistance over the EOS 5D Mark II model. The EOS 5D Mark III’s newly developed shutter unit has a durability rating of 150,000 exposures, and shutter release lag time has been reduced to 59 milliseconds, making the shutter button very responsive. Canon’s locking mode dial is standard on the new model and a new custom function allows photographers to shut off other dials to prevent inadvertent operation.

The EOS 5D Mark III uses the same LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack as other popular EOS cameras like the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D. Battery life is estimated at 950 exposures at normal temperatures, an improvement of 100 exposures more than the EOS 5D Mark II. The EOS 5D Mark III body weighs approximately 33.5 oz. with a battery installed, and the dimensions are approximately 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 inches.

The EOS 5D Mark III incorporates Silent shooting modes, available for low-speed continuous shooting as well as single exposures. This feature is ideal when photographing in quiet environments. For better file management especially when working with multiple cameras, the new model also supports custom file names. There is also a new image rating feature that lets photographers rank their photos from 1 to 5 stars for quick editing.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot resolution. This is the same screen that’s used in the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. The camera’s optical viewfinder has been upgraded to approximately 100 percent coverage, and it features an Intelligent Viewfinder display with an optional grid on demand. The EOS 5D Mark III also has a built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level that can be displayed on both the LCD screen and the optical viewfinder.

The EOS 5D Mark III accepts both Compact Flash Type 1 and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in a dual card slot configuration. Three recording methods are supported: Record the same data to both cards, record different file sizes or types to each card, or automatically switch to the second card when the first card is full.


The EOS 5D Mark III DSLR also has a number of new optional accessories, including the new Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11 a/b/g/n signal protocols for various network environments. The WFT-E7A connects to the camera through its USB port and includes a built-in gigabit Ethernet connection, time syncing for multiple cameras on the same network, FTP mode, EOS Utility mode, WFT Server mode and Media Server mode. With this new WFT model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.

The EOS 5D Mark III also has an optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2, which can be connected to the camera via the accessory shoe or a USB cable. With a GPS logging function built-in, the GP-E2 will log latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code – and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting. With its built-in compass, the GP-E2 receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically. The Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 is compatible with the EOS-1D X and EOS 7Di as well as the EOS 5D Mark III.ii

Battery Grip BG-E11 is an optional accessory for the EOS 5D Mark III that accepts one or two LP-E6 lithium-ion battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries. This new grip has a multicontroller and a multifunction (M.Fn) button together a with a full set of grip controls for easy operation when shooting portraits or other vertical format photos. The BG-E11 is made from sturdy magnesium alloy and has the same degree of weather resistance as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Speedlite 600EX-RT

In addition to the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon is also announcing the first professional Speedlite on the market with a built-in wireless radio transmitter, the new Speedlite 600EX-RT. The new Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is the flagship model in the Speedlite line, ideal for wedding portrait and photojournalism. Compatible with all EOS Digital SLRs, this new model eliminates the need for accessory radio slave units and their inherent limitations. Speedlite 600EX-RT features Master-Slave two-way transmission, letting the photographer control the Speedlite settings directly from the “Master” camera.

Radio-based Wireless E-TTL can be performed with up to 15 Speedlite 600EX-RT “slave units”, used off-camera up to 98.4 feet (30m) away, and triggered by either a “Master” 600EX-RT on-camera, or the optional new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Used with the EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X, up to five groups of flashes can be completely controlled, independently, off-camera. And, it remains fully compatible with Canon’s legacy optical-based Wireless E-TTL technology, for users already committed to existing EOS Speedlites. The Speedlite features enhanced weather-resistant construction – matching that of the EOS-1D X camera body – and a more reliable electrical contact. The flash head zoom range now reaches from 20mm to 200mm.The Speedlite also allows remote shutter release of a single EOS camera, or Linked Shooting (simultaneous firing of up to 15 cameras, when one “Master” camera is fired), and includes gelatin filters and a dedicated filter holder to help photographers match ambient light.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Canon is also introducing the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Providing full support of Canon’s new radio-based wireless flash technology, the new ST-E3-RT can control up to five groups of flashes, up to 98.4 feet (30m) from the camera. The remote shutter release capability enables photographers to either fire a single camera remotely (by pressing a button on the ST-E3-RT), or to fire up to 15 EOS cameras with Canon’s Linked Shooting feature. Making it easy to control and adjust, all of the Speedlite Transmitter features are accessible through the Flash control menu of the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera is expected to be available at the end of March 2012 and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $3,499.00. The EOS 5D Mark III will also be available with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens in a kit for an estimated retail price of $4,299.00. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A is scheduled to be available by the end of April 2012 at an estimated retail price of $849.99. Availability for GPS Receiver GP-E2 is expected by the end of April 2012, with an estimated retail price of $390.00.Battery Grip BG-E11 is scheduled to be available at the end of April 2012 for an estimated retail price of $490.00. The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT are also scheduled for end of March 2012 availability at estimated retail prices of $629.99 and $470.00 respectively.

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Some Older Comments

  • jackie March 28, 2012 02:49 am

    Want to win this awesome camera? I was given the link by a fellow film friend on Facebook and am passing it along:

    It is a Facebook contest by pictureline in partnership with Canon and Lowepro, so you will need to be logged in and LIKE the pictureline page.

    I hope I win, but it would be cool for a DPS-er to win! G'luck! :)

  • Jason March 26, 2012 01:58 pm

    got my hands on an extra 5D3.... guess my name was on the list in a few places. Anyone want one, contact me via my website, which is best exposures dot com. That being said, if no one takes it I will keep it as my back up and sell my 5d2 which I planned on using as a backup instead. My first few days with the 5D3 have been fantastic - it seems to be a lot more than what I had first thought. Much better little tweaks in all areas. From the menus that are easier to understand / navigate, to the 100% viewfinder which is a bigger deal than one would imagine, to the dual cards which will save your ass if a card ever gets corrupted, to the higher ISO capabilities - and the claim that it is 2 stops better is not an exaggeration at all, in fact - it may be closer to 3.5 stops better. The colors , vibrance - in landscape mode are fantastic, and the built in HDR is usable. I wish I could somehow post pictures on there - but I cant even process the images yet because adobe hasn't released an update that includes 5D3 compatibility yet and I don't like the canon software personally, although it is much better than I expected - just not used to it... But you can choose how you want the HDR to come out - from believable to ridiculous - there is a setting for you. When you couple that with picture styles there is truly an amazing gamut of realistic use you can expect from this feature. I like that you can get more than three bracketed shots for AEB - in case you either A. want to make your own HDR images later, B. Need to make sure you get the perfect image and have one chance to get it. C. Want to max out your hard drive :)

  • Jason March 22, 2012 04:49 am

    I got mine yesterday - LOVE IT. Who else got their already?

  • Kathy Colbourn March 22, 2012 03:41 am

    I just got a 5D3. It's awesome!!

  • Fotograf Gda?sk March 19, 2012 09:34 am

    My 5D Mark II has been a lot behind 350 000 clicks, it's time to change, I think that the 5 D Mark II rival predecessor ... we'll see

  • Joel Conner March 15, 2012 07:55 am

    But, I cannot understand those who are saying this is a small upgrade like the 20d to 30d. The megapixels may be the same (thank God they did not blow those up), but this camera is SO MUCH different. Much bigger change from the 5Dc to the 5dII

  • Joel Conner March 15, 2012 07:54 am

    We have ours on pre-order...cannot wait to get this thing in my hands.

  • bryan March 11, 2012 11:32 am

    already got mine on order

  • Simon Pollock March 9, 2012 05:10 pm

    Hmm... Might get me another MKII and finally get rid of the 30D... hehe

  • Erik Richard Unger March 7, 2012 01:51 am

    "I am a big Canon fan, not going to jump over the fence, but I will wait one more release before putting my dollars into a new body.

    Read more:

    You shouldn't feel the need to upgrade every generation to begin with.

  • camila March 5, 2012 06:12 pm

    As a happy owner of the 5D Mark II (and making a living out of it) I don't see enough reasons to change to the Mark III. The issue that was most annoying about the Mark II is that I need a a transmitter for the off camera flash and it seems to be kept this way on the Mark III. I just hate the fact that Canon make the new flash and transmitters not compatible with the old stuff... what a shameful way to force us to buy the whole new gear if you want the new speedlite for instance.
    I am a big Canon fan, not going to jump over the fence, but I will wait one more release before putting my dollars into a new body.

  • Jason March 5, 2012 10:32 am


    That all depends on what you plan on using the camera for. If you make your living with the camera it may be something you can't afford NOT to buy. Especially at weddings and events it gets hard to get certain shots because its so dark (reception for instance). If the camera has 2 stops better low light capabilities it means the difference between getting a shot you can show the customer or not in some cases.

    As for the new computer issue, thats not true at all. The 5D mark II has incredibly large files already. If you are shooting with jpegs though - even at the highest setting you can get 3-4 of the jpegs for just one RAW. So, its not THAT big a deal. On the other hand, I do have 1.5 terabytes on my laptop and an additional 4 terabytes storage per year! Sounds expensive - and if I didn't make good money with my photography it would be an expense, but with paying customers its just a cost of doing business.

    That being said, having large files and not a ton of storage will probably force you to throw away all the bad pictures that you are currently keeping. This will force you to shoot better too. Kind of like film was expensive, so you really had to get it right the first time!

    I don't mind the 36mp size, and would use it every day. I wish Canon would have make a sensor that was 65mp, and medium format for that matter, why not have 60frames per second at 1080p, hell, why not 2000 frames per second- all at the same quality as their new 22mp sensor now on the M3. I realistically expect to see that in 10-15 years though- its just not possible YET. Im glad to see nikon fanboys saying that MP count is important again, when their nikons didn't offer high MP count, they got all snobby about quality. Thats when I learned a thing or two from them. Now I am taking their advice and looking at quality not just quantity and it seems they forgot what they were themselves preaching for three years! How convenient.

    Truth is, I don't see why ANYONE would defend either company, unless they had stocks and or bonds.or worked there. Its as ridiculous as the folks who fight over Mac vs. PC, or Democrat vs. Republican etc etc. In many ways people defend these companies because they are defending their purchase decisions (as if anyone cares). If anything Canon owners should be a little upset that the MP count is not higher - and that Canon didn't push the envelope a little further this time - but a better sensor is very welcome (not that the current one is bad by any means). Nikon owners should be really annoyed as well, after getting a sensor that defies everything Nikon was about until this point... and from what I hear (from official sources- but don't really care-so save your hate mail) that they are having problems with the sensor which is why the distribution has been delayed. So both clients of Nikon and Canon should be happy, and upset... so in other words, life is normal.

    You cant come out with something amazing every three years, you will run out at some point and be viewed as "dead" or "not in the game anymore". I am willing to bet that Nikon stretched too far with the 36mp sensor and is paying for that now. At the same time I bet Canon has some amazing sensor in a lab somewhere that they will not release until 3-5 years from now - because they are afraid how much it will cost, and are afraid they may not have another huge breakthrough after that for a while.

    Or it can be something even more sensible. Nikon and Canon can be working together to ensure the LEAPFROG effect continues. Many people will dump their canon equipment and go with nikon, and spend a lot more than just what a new body costs... investing in lenses etc etc. Just as many (not all by any means) nikon folks dumped their nikons for the amazing 5d mark ii. And this way they both make more money in the long run. The best idea is to have both Nikon and Canon equipment and whichever one is doing better at that moment in time - use that... although I don't have another 30,000 to invest in glass again at the moment, and most others don't want to even if they have the cash.

    I would like to see these companies learn a thing or two from phase one, and make the sensor replaceable, so that they can focus their attention on that, rather than a whole new body and switches, etc etc. This will be a great triumph for the camera companies because they will actually make a larger profit, and people will spend less and get changes to what really matters(win win). Then software updates and sensor swaps will be all you need for a new rig! More folks will have to buy new because used equipment will be a thing of the past, so you wouldn't have those guys out there waiting for the 5d mark III to come out to buy the mark 2 for a fraction of the price from those unloading them. This means those cheapo's will still generate MORE money for the camera company- and the ebay and craigslist cheapo's will actually go to stores and buy things for once.

    It will happen some day, but probably not soon - because it makes sense. Like a lease on a car, you turn in your current car for the new one, the same will be true for the sensor. The manufacturers will scavenge what they can from the old chips, perhaps selling them as lower grade camera sensors, but really it just gives them a way to destroy the old ones, so that people must come to them for equipment.

    Was that long winded enough? LOL - sorry - bye

  • Marcel March 4, 2012 10:18 am

    It looks like a normal (20D > 30D) upgrade, just refining an already great camera.
    When Canon had followed Nikon with the mega pixels, people would have to purchase an new computer or at least more memory for post processing.

    It seem like the MKII will stay available, but at a lower price.
    I would still haven't got the money for one, but you must have things to dream about.

  • Jason March 3, 2012 09:33 pm

    If you are interested in only straight like, quarter mile and 0-60 times - nikon's 36mp is for you
    -if you don't care about bringing a ruler into the mens locker room - read more!

    in many ways the 5d mark ii was what the nikon is now - a crude machine - rough around the edges, all about pixel count. Nikon fans said "its not all about pixel count" and they were right. But now canon is taking that amazingly high MP count and refining it, no longer a crude rig, it is more elegant, more refined - its gone to finishing school - its a trend that will repeat itself - and its a good thing it does. Nikon and canon will play leapfrog, one year nikon will have a relatively low MP count, then the Canon will fill that slot. But in the years the MP count doesn't increase, the quality does!

    Many folks who think MP count is king will go with nikon, maybe selling all their canon gear. Three years or so from now, when Canon surpasses Nikon's MP count, the same moron will go out and sell his nikon gear and buy canon. What is important to remember is that a crude high megapixel chip will really just show a lot of noise - in great detail :) LOL

    And if all cameras were alike in every aspect, would all pictures be the same quality? nope! Because after all the hype, all the numbers, having to use charts to prove in this small section up here on this chart, if you blow up to 400 percent, there... you see that... thats not good, that atom shows banding! - after all that stupid mindless dribble of "facts" - what really makes a good picture?


    So, if you are not getting the pictures to come out the way you want, before you buy a new body, or lens... just learn to tae better pictures. Yes, you will run into limitations at some point, but if MP resolution is all you care about - get film!

    The one limitation I really see as a problem is low light - and since I haven't been able to play with both cameras, I can't say which is better - and neither can you. So lets all calm down, there is nothing to get excited about yet... and if you don't want to buy the new canon, don't If you want the Nikon, go for it. I couldn't care less what you choose. The only reason someone would care is if they have a vested interest in the company, or want reassurances that they picked the right camera. I promise you that either camera will be great -

    The camera doesn't make or break a good photograph, its the photographer that does!

  • Michael Reed March 3, 2012 04:02 am

    here is a link to a video about the Mark III. Jump about 2 minutes in to the video to see it.

  • Andy Mills March 3, 2012 03:32 am

    I am in the market to replace my faulty 40D and have been holding out for the 5D MKiii announcement, but at a pre-order price in the UK of £2999, it is just too expensive. Unless Canon will be filling the gap between the 7D and the 5D3 with something else.

  • David Raco March 3, 2012 02:52 am

    I have the answer (to my previous question). YES, The 600EX-RT has IR and Radio transmission.

    The specs can be viewed in the Product Specification:

  • David Raco March 3, 2012 02:41 am

    The 600EX-RT seems great.
    But it will be capable to communicate trough IR? Because I need a master slave and want one capable communicating with my 430EXII...

  • Erin @ Pixel Tips March 3, 2012 01:15 am

    Interesting seeing the new specs on Canon's new darling. I'm still shooting on my 5D's and 5D MkII's and will probably stick with them for the foreseeable future, cosmetic dings and nicks be darned. :)

  • cass March 2, 2012 10:29 pm

    Does anyone know when and where we'll be able to get our hands on one over in Europe? Is the end of March release date for Europe too? And how limited will the numbers be at that point? In other words, when will normal folk like me be able to actually buy one?

  • NoNo March 2, 2012 09:37 pm

    6 fps? Shame...

  • Martin March 2, 2012 07:47 pm

    Shame that the ST-E3-RT Speedlite transmitter is only compatible with the new Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.
    The relatively short range of 30m also surprised me - as Canon are now using 2.4GHz, I would have expected a much longer range, to better compete with the likes of the Phottix Odin, Pixel King, Radio Poppers, etc.

    I'll stick with my 580EX flashes and Phottix Odin wireless TTL triggers ;-)

  • Pavan Kaul March 2, 2012 07:02 pm

    Now why would I want the 5D MK3 AT $3,499 when the D800 completely 'smokes' it and costs only $2999?? A no brainer??

  • ChrisAdval March 2, 2012 05:53 pm

    I have canon, but from the looks of this press release it feels like Nikon is beating out Canon on giving better camera body specs...

  • Rick March 2, 2012 04:29 pm

    Wow, three and a half large, US dollars. I don't think I've ever been happier that I picked up a 5DmkII over the holidays for <$2kUS.