Expert Review of Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Black
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Digital Camera features outstanding still image and movie recording potentials. It is a full frame 22.3MP DSLR camera. By integrating Canon’s new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and its 14 bit A/D conversion, this camera produces and amazing detailed images with low light sensitivity and an extended ISO range of up to 102400. The image quality of this camera is further improved by 61 point high density reticular autofocus. To add more sharpness, it includes 41 cross–type AF points and 5 dual diagonal AF points. This camera’s iFCL metering works in union with its AF system and gives an accurate exposure reading by using a 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor. The 5D Mark III has the capability of recording full HD video with 1080/30p and 720/60p. It can record still images up to 6fps. The body is quite sturdy and the durable magnesium alloy body gives good protection from the dust and weather. The dust within the camera body is removed by its updated EOS integrated cleaning system.
There is a support wherein you can opt for Canon Wireless. Canon EOS 5D Mark is compatible with WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter and also includes GP-E2 GPS Receiver. WFT-E7A provides LAN and Bluetooth image transfer and it also features FTP mode with an automatic image resend function. The GP-E2 automatically implants location data in the image’s metadata which includes latitude, longitude and elevation. In this camera, multiple exposures are possible in-camera can also can be recorded into a single file using 4 distinct control settings. High dynamic Range mode (HDR) that is incorporated in the camera allows creating HDR images. Canon EOS 5D Mark is a sturdy and though a bit pricey but delivers fully to the user’s expectations.
Design and Build Quality
Canon EOS 5D Mark’s magnesium-alloy body provides a strong resistance from the dust and extreme weather conditions. Its customizable control provides easy and simple handling. Shooting settings can be changed with the right hand and image processing operations with you left hand. An easy hold is provided while shooting and carrying the camera due to its redesigned grip. It also hold an internal headphone terminal and dual card slots that supports both CF and SD/SDXC/SDHC memory cards. The 5D Mark lll possesses a dual-axis electronic level indicator that displays vertical and horizontal tilt on the LCD monitor.
Focus and Face Detection
Canon EOS 5D Mark camera’s 61-Point autofocus interface ensures critical focus even in difficult or complex situations. This auto focus system is extremely low light sensitive and highly accurate. It features up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points with f/2.8 sensitivity. There is a dedicated AF menu tab which permits the user to easily access the AF setting without the need to go into the settings menu. The Autofocus point selection for this camera is broken into 6 various methods such as Automatic AF point selection, Zone Selection, Single +8 Adjacent Points, Single +4 Adjacent Points, Single Point and Spot. There is also an Automatic AF Point selection and a dedicated AF configuration tool in order to control the AI Servo AF lll tracking parameter. There is a smart metering system which works in union with the autofocus system and analyses focus, color and luminance independently. The 63 zones not only cover the complete image area with fine detail but also its dual layer design allows wider sensitivity in different wavelengths of light.
Lens and Image Stabilization
The processing speed is increased along with the power to promote overall performance and response from all features of the camera. For a better noise reduction for higher ISOs and chromatic aberration compensation, new algorithms are included. It has a continuous shooting rate of 6 full resolution frames per-second. The 14 bit signal processing in this camera produces smoother looking and natural results and thus it helps to improve the gradation and quality of the images. The ISO range of 100 to 25600 in standard mode and 50 to 102400 in expanded mode is also provided. As per the user’s preferences, the ISO range can also be customized and controlled and there is an option to employ an auto ISO mode too. Capturing images during frequently altering and difficult lightning conditions is made easy due to this extended sensitivity range. It also minimizes the noise while photographing in high sensitivity.
Screen and Menus
The optical viewfinder for this camera gives a 100% field view with 0.71x magnification and a wide viewing angle. Apart from a clear view it also features a superimposed transparent LCD. Canon’s Dual Axis Electronic Level can be used with the Intelligent Viewfinder and displaying pitch and rolls angles helping in properly leveled horizons. This feature when used in the Viewfinder can display +/-6 degree of roll and +/-4 degree of pitch in 1 degree increments. This camera’s expanded 3.2” Clear View ll LCD gives high quality viewing with 1,040,000 dot resolution and anti reflection coating. This give sharp and clear view even in bright conditions and displays rich and clear images and videos.
The camera’s dedicated Battery Grip BG-E11which is not included features buttons and multi-controller. This battery grip takes 2 LP-E6 batteries or AA battery magazine which is useful in counter balancing large lenses while doing handheld shooting.
This camera supports full HD Video recording in different formats such as 1080/30p, 24p, 25p: 720/60p, 50p: 480/30p and 25p.It employs a 4GB automatic file partition to have longer and continuous recording of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. It supports All –frame and IPB compressions and also standard H.264/MPEG-4 AVC mode. The user can adjust the exposure settings and audio levels which enhances the video performance. With the Live View feature, you can view the recording on the LCD. The DIGIC 5+ processor reduces the color artifacts, moiré and aberrations.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is incorporated with 22.3MP full frame CMOs sensor which gives you rich and highly detailed images with a resolution of 5616 x 3744 pixels.
This camera has an excellent HDR mode. It gives high quality images with less noise.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body has a little complicated AF system and is little pricey.