Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

Posted: June 12, 2012
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

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.


  • $3,500 for just the body.
  • $4,300 for the kit.


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The pictures are as good as you're going to get for this price.
  • The video quality is amazing and we liked the improvements from the 5D Mark II.
  • This is one of the best still cameras and video cameras on the market.

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