Canon 5D MIII

Canon EOS 5D Mark III front

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 #31 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #173 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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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.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 5D MIV
30MPFull frame7.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-5DS front thumbnailCanon 5DS
5D MIII vs 5DS
51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-5DS-R front thumbnailCanon 5DS R
5D MIII vs 5DS R
51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 5D MIII22MPFull frame6.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 5D MII
21MPFull frame4.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-5D front thumbnailCanon 5D
5D MIII vs 5D
13MPFull frame3.0 fps2005
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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.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average min ISO (100)
big sensor size (Full frame)
good resolution (22 megapixels)
good resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has face detect autofocus
has HDMI socket
has headphone socket
has mic socket
has phase detect autofocus
has Top display
has tracking focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
saves RAW files
two card slots
weather proof
you can focus manually
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (950 grams)
lack of image stabilization
no moving screen
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
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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.

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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.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Down below is a picture of the Canon 5D MIII with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the 5D MIII.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tamron-SP-AF-17-50mm-F2.8-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF17-50mmf/2.8 430g
Sigma-300mm-F2.8-APO-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM300mmf/2.8 2400g
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Canon-EF-200-400mm-f4L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x lensCanon EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x200-400mmf/4.0 3620g
Canon-TS-E-135mm-F4L-Macro lensCanon TS-E 135mm F4L Macro135mmf/41110g
Sigma-24-105mm-F4-DG-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM24-105mmf/4.0 885g
Tamron-SP-AF-17-35mm-F2.8-4-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF17-35mmf/2.8-4.0 440g
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Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM24-70mmf/2.8 790g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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 80 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.

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has manual focus
good MP (22 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW formats

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.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition (950g)

Canon 5D MIII Sports photography features

A above average sports photography points total of 71 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.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (22MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization

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.

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environment proofing
resolution is good (22MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (950 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly

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 73 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick among it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
decent megapixels (22MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment proof
two card slots
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording

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.

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comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic socket
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (950g)

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.

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General Information
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Digic 5+
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
5760 x 3840
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Canon EF
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3.2 inches
Display resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display technology
Clear View II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/200 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
950 gr (2.09 lb)
Physical dimensions
152 x 116 x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0")
Battery life
950 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Pricing at launch