The Canon 5D Mark III is both a professional still camera and video camera with 22 megapixels, a "full frame" sensor and can shoot cinema quality 1080p video at 24 fps. Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira review the $3,500 DSLR for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III looks the same as the 5D Mark II but there are a ton of subtle changes.
The body is rounder, making it a better fit in your hand.
The button layout has changed a little bit but for the better, especially for video.
One small thing that we loved was that the mode wheel at the top is locked; you have to press down on a button to switch modes.
This means the mode won't accidentally switch mid-shooting.
All the same ports are here from the Mark II: mic input, headphone port, mini USB, HDMI, compact flash and SD card slot.
The screen is superb: it doesn't flip out or tilt but the viewing angles are great.
The screen almost looks too good; photos and video never looked as good as it did on the screen.
The 5D Mark II really shook up the digital SLR market by recording cinema quality video that no one had had ever seen before, but a lot of people forget that this is a still camera first.
The picture quality was amazing.
This has a full frame sensor as opposed to a cropped sensor or micro four thirds sensor that we're seeing in cameras today.
The full frame sensor can capture a lot more data than other sensors, resulting in incredible color reproduction and really impressive low light photography.
The 5D Mark III has an improved auto focus system, which is super fast and actually easier for people who are new to digital SLR photography.
A lot of the picture quality has to do with the lens and the kit lens is fantastic, which is a 24-105 L series lens with a great focal range.
The L series is the top of the line when it comes to Canon lenses.
The video quality was almost amazing.
We did find it still very difficult to focus when the iris was opened up wide.
There is still no auto-focus while recording video.
There were a few firmware updates for the Mark II that really improved the video, so we're hoping Canon releases one for the Mark III to add auto-focus for the video.
There is definitely a bit of a learning curve involved with using this DSLR.
There's no easy mode or any guidelines to help find the right settings, so users will have to know about f-stop, ISO, shutter speed, etc. to snap a good photo.
That said, the Auto mode is very functional and can be used for serious shoots.
If you're spending a few thousand dollars on a camera, you should probably know how to use it.