Expert Review of Canon EOS 5D SLR Mark III Kit EF-S24-105mm IS Black
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Kit EF 24 105 IS SLR is not your average DSLR, but an excellent 22.3 MP, DIGIC 5+ processor inbuilt and 14-bit A/D conversion camera. The processes work fast and give you clear images with detailing, even in immense low light environments with an even assured extended higher ISO of 102400. The camera is durable in its build and is highly dust and weather resistant, the upgraded EOS integrated Cleaning system further aids in retaining dust from the camera. With the 1,400,000 dot 3.2 inch Clear View II LCD screen, the camera feels more fulfilled, as it gives you high quality reviewing and live viewing all aid to the multi coating reflection resistant feature. To ensure the best possible quality is obtained the advance 61 point high density reticular autofocus, including a 41 cross type AF and 5 dual diagonal AF point locks in best possible images. While HDR and multiple exposure lets you play a bit with your creative side. The ability to record full HD videos with manual controls and different frame rates gives the camera the right edge in the market. It can also record still images up to 6 fps.
Design and Build Quality
The camera is pretty similar to its predecessor, with the shape and even its dimension, 152 x 116 x 76 mm, being similar. The camera also weighs a good 950 gram. Built wise the camera is tougher, well weather proofed and dust resistant, constructed by magnesium alloy. The sculpted grip and the bulge at the back as your rest thumb do give off a comfortable handling. And with much buttons present on traditional reach, the camera can very well be one handedly used. Not to forget, the rubber grip designing provides further firmness. The camera incorporates an internet headphone terminal and dual card slots.
Focus and Face Detection
The easy the access is to the AF menu the sophisticated the AF actually is. It’s said to be Canon’s work of art, with a newly designed 61 point High-Density Reticular AF system the camera works in the most complex situations to ensure brilliant focused photos. The AF features a multi zone wide-area AF for proper viewing, the AF is broken up to six multiple methods – Single point, Single 8 Adjacent points, Single +4 Adjacent points, Automatic AF point selection and Zone selection – along with dedicated AF configuration. The result is good with accurate photos and great low lit conditioned photos. Face detection is pretty simple; the camera recognizes the face and toggles the focus and other settings to give you best photographs.
Lens and Image Stabilization
With a 24-105mm focal length, the lens on Canon EOS 5D Mark III Kit EF 24 105 IS SLR delivers a 4.3x optical zoom range from wide angle to short telephoto. As such it's an ideal general purpose lens suited to capturing both wide landscapes and tighter portrait work. As an 'L' model, the lens is designed and built to Canon's highest standards. The design consists of 18 elements in 13 groups with both Super UD (ultra low dispersion) and aspherical glass to combat chromatic and spherical aberrations respectively. High-speed quiet focusing is provided by an Ultrasonic USM motor, while camera shake is reduced by Canon's latest Image Stabiliser IS technology.
Screen and Menus
For Canon EOS 550D III it comes with a 3.2 inch TFT LCD clear view monitor. This is given with a 1,040,000 dots resolution and anti reflective coating. The Clear view aids in providing you with bright and detailed display in whatever shooting modes you prefer. The LCD compliments your previewing well and is also easy using in Live View, since in live view it displays a grid and dual axis electronic level. The display consists of a viewing angle that is 170 degrees side or below. The camera allows you to magnify or reduce pictures. As for the menus, they are easy to navigate through. Much of the options are given directly. For once, the feature guide can be logged via selected menus that shall provide you with related information, whenever required. Easy access to significant options like aperture, sensitivity, exposure, shutter etc is available in the shooting settings and can be operated in real time. Easy delete options, slide show making options etc are all part of the easy menu.
The camera uses rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries that can last up to 950 shots in view finder mode and 200 while live view is active.
An outstanding feature to record Full 1080p HD video’s a given in this camera. It is supported in different formats with different frame rates that include 1080/30p, 24p, 25p, at 720/60p, 50p and at 480/30p, 25p. With variance in speed frame image quality is brilliant and end result clean and precise. The camera uses a 64-step input gain control via either the mono microphone build on the body or the stereo mic, both which helps to minimize distortion in audio, however a high quality earphone or headphones for audio monitoring by the audio output terminal is preferred. The camera can also record in different formats : MOV, MP4 and H.264/MPEG , this along with the 4G automatic file partition dedicated to power a longer continuous shooting period allows you to record up to 29 minutes of video. Lastly, exposure settings and audio levels can be adjusted manually while you record and by putting the camera on Live view you can playback the videos on the LCD screen and change settings along-way via dedicated buttons.
The camera comes with a full 24 x 36 mm CMOS sensor which offers you a maximum resolution of a whopping 5616 x 3744 pixels. This 22.3 MP CMOS with a 3; 2 aspect ratio is designed to perfect your images giving them much richness and detailing. Worth mentioning is the new photodiode structure and increased photoelectric conversion rate, which works on adjusting the whole sensitivity of the sensor thus giving you noise less images and an enhanced high ISO performance. For more depth and clarity in picture the camera comes with an increased S/N ratio. With such a reliable sensor couple with the brilliant DIGIC 4 processor, the response of the camera is incredible and so continuous shooting rate is improved, making 6.0fps available, both RAW and in JPEG format.
Brilliant image and video quality couple with the powerful and precise AF system. Weather and dust proof for enthusiasts to thoroughly enjoy with great control layout and easy interface.
There is no AF illuminator and the dynamic range is restricted by noise in shadows. Sharpness is experienced at default settings too.