Canon 5D MIII
- 22MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3.2" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 102400)
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Canon EF Mount
- 950g - 152 x 116 x 76mm
- Launched May 2012
- Previous Model is Canon 5D MII
- Later Model is Canon 5D MIV
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon 5D MIII overview
Canon 5D MIII is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera first launched on May of 2012. The camera has a 22MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 5760 x 3840.
Canon released this camera to improve the earlier Canon 5D MII (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards brought out the newer Canon 5D MIV (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to improve this model.
The 5D MIII stands at #30 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #162 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.
The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Canon 5D MIII family
The Canon 5D MIII has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all past and newer models as well as important specs.
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Canon 5D MIII Gallery
You can check the 5D MIII from different angles in the gallery here.
Canon 5D MIII Pros and Cons
Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Canon 5D MIII based on criterias which are generally viewed as important in a camera.
Canon 5D MIII Sensor info
The Canon 5D MIII is run by the Digic 5+ processor chip. The sensor size on the Canon 5D MIII is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 5760 x 3840 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 22 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. This ISO can be widened electronically to 50 to 102400. RAW files are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the 5D MIII's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 5D MIII sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon 5D MIII dimensions
Canon 5D MIII is 2.09 lbs (950 grams or 33.51 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 152mm x 116mm x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams and the Canon 5D MIII is more heavy when compared to other rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Down below is a picture of the Canon 5D MIII with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will show the button layout on the 5D MIII.
Canon 5D MIII Lens info
The 5D MIII works with the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the 5D MIII.
Canon 5D MIII Connectivity
The 5D MIII has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Canon 5D MIII Video info
The maximum video quality on the Canon 5D MIII is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in quality versus file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. The camera does feature both headphone and mic socket making it extremely useful while capturing audio.
Canon 5D MIII Weather Sealing
Canon 5D MIII has weather sealing making it a great selection for use in tricky places. This can be especially helpful when you are uncertain about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.
Canon 5D MIII Display and Viewfinder
The Canon 5D MIII has a 3.2" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.
Please note that the display screen has no touch support. The 5D MIII also comes with a Top display so you're able to quickly checkout the camera's settings.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specs for Canon 5D MIII are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinders are really handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Canon 5D MIII Shutter info
Canon 5D MIII has the capability to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
Canon 5D MIII Flash and Hot shoe info
Canon 5D MIII has external flash ability but is lacking built-in flash. The highest flash sync is 1/200 seconds.
Canon 5D MIII Autofocus info
Canon 5D MIII has both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it useful for people photography.
It has 61 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon 5D MIII includes manual focus in case it is required in low light conditions or you require more precise focus control.
Canon 5D MIII Battery life
The battery (LP-E6) in the Canon 5D MIII is designed to last for 950 shots with respect to the CIPA specifications which is comparable with it's competitors. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest possible (2260) battery life in this group of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:
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Canon 5D MIII for specific categories of photography
The following chart displays a overview of the Canon 5D MIII for specific categories of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Canon 5D MIII as a Portrait photography camera
The Canon 5D MIII has a rating of 81 which is awesome, and means the camera is a outstanding option for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the ability to use external flash.
Canon 5D MIII Street photography features
With a modest points tally of 58, the Canon 5D MIII is reasonably acceptable to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon 5D MIII Sports photography features
A above average sports photography points total of 72 suggests the Canon 5D MIII is a fine option for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Canon 5D MIII
Portability is extremely critical when selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 5D MIII gets a decent 51 as a travel camera which is reasonably adequate to take with you on your travels.
Landscape photography with Canon 5D MIII
For anyone who is planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 5D MIII at it's nice score of 74 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick among it's rivals.
Vlogging with Canon 5D MIII
A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon 5D MIII is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar score of 27.
Canon 5D MIII Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the 5D MIII, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Advanced DSLR.
The line graph down below gives you a summary of the 5D MIII versus it's highest ranked competitors suggested above.
These are various other cameras you might look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.