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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Available This Month for $3500

Positioned between the existing Mark II and the upcoming high-end EOS-1D X, the Mark II is canon's highest resolution DSLR to date and comes with the 1D X's 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types, a native ISO range from 100 to 25,600 (extended range: low 51,200 and 102,400), as well as video recording capability in 1080p at 24, 25, or 30 fps, or 720p at 50 or 60fps. Videos are encoded in H.264, feature audio level control with 64 levels and can have a maximum length of 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

At the core of the Mark III is the DIGIC 5+ imaging processor, which according to Canon is 17 times faster than the DIGIC 4. The chip enables nine new features the Mark II does not offer, including a burst shooting speed of 6 fps as well as HDR, in-camera RAW processing, a comparative playback function, two forms of movie compression, and support for high-speed UDMA 7 Compact Flash memory cards.

The new CMOS image sensor is promised to deliver higher sensitivity and lower noise levels for both RAW image data as well as in-camera JPEGs and movies compared to the 5D Mark II. Canon said that the camera delivers "outstanding image quality in all shooting conditions, even low light."

The camera will be available in retail this month for $3499 MSRP. A kit including the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens is priced at $4299. The new The Speedlite 600EX-RT flash with a wireless radio transmitter will be priced at $630.

  • Parsian
    man I love these cameras. I got myself a T3i to start shooting video and learn how to do cinematography. Mark II and Mark III are full frame cameras that deliver insane S/N especially in low light.

    The only downside when shooting DSLR is the spatial beating or Moire Pattern that occur due to sensor line skipping. Also there is issue with aliasing when shooting horizontal lines since small camera tills can cause jaggedness.

    I wish i know how to get access to the sensor array and instruct it to not skip lines but instead over sample by assigning multiple sensor pixel to do the job of one pixel. Because if that happens, one can get rid of Moire pattern while still recording 1080p. Moire pattern is different than Aliasing and people often get them confused. Aliasing is under sampling, more pattern is an equivalent phenomena to sound beats except they are beats in spacial space rather than frequency space. Moire occurs when spacing between sensor arrays are close to spacing between the stripy patterns of the subject being recorded. This is analogue to beating that occur during sampling a signal near the signals frequency or when two sound waves with roughly similar frequencies overlap, beats occurs due to summation.
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  • joytech22
    I have myself a 1100D, I would die if I won this in a competition or something.
    I love my 1100D even though it's a basic DSLR, but I can't afford to really step it up to the next level.
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  • aznplayer213
    im throwing money at my screen but nothing is happening
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  • freggo
    A serious camera for photography of course; but I'd not get too excited on the video option.
    If you do work at this level a dedicated Video cam is definitely the better way to go.
    Still, having the option of taking some good quality video backup footage now and then is appreciated.
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  • At last! Seems like a great set of features, nice to see 24p, along with the improved audio levels. Bit expensive compared to the Mark II though, I'm curious how it'll compare.
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  • maga
    ouuuuu its "5d mark iii" scary...
    why didnt tom care about nikon's d800
    oh ohh wait its "CANON" the new apple camera manufacturer .
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  • razor512
    Parsianman I love these cameras. I got myself a T3i to start shooting video and learn how to do cinematography. Mark II and Mark III are full frame cameras that deliver insane S/N especially in low light.The only downside when shooting DSLR is the spatial beating or Moire Pattern that occur due to sensor line skipping. Also there is issue with aliasing when shooting horizontal lines since small camera tills can cause jaggedness. I wish i know how to get access to the sensor array and instruct it to not skip lines but instead over sample by assigning multiple sensor pixel to do the job of one pixel. Because if that happens, one can get rid of Moire pattern while still recording 1080p. Moire pattern is different than Aliasing and people often get them confused. Aliasing is under sampling, more pattern is an equivalent phenomena to sound beats except they are beats in spacial space rather than frequency space. Moire occurs when spacing between sensor arrays are close to spacing between the stripy patterns of the subject being recorded. This is analogue to beating that occur during sampling a signal near the signals frequency or when two sound waves with roughly similar frequencies overlap, beats occurs due to summation.

    it is possible if you have your PC act as a controller for the camera, but you are limited to stop motion as the full sensor can generally only be refreshed 3-5 times per second

    lines are skipped in order to reach 24-30FPS at 1080p

    full sized means you can do stop motion at 4K resolution
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  • masterasia
    Not that impressive. Only 6fps for stills and only 29 Min and 60 secs of video recording isn't much of an improvement. But I would love to have the 61 point focusing system. You think that with Digic 5+, it should be able to process 8+ fps for stills.
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  • warezme
    masterasiaNot that impressive. Only 6fps for stills and only 29 Min and 60 secs of video recording isn't much of an improvement. But I would love to have the 61 point focusing system. You think that with Digic 5+, it should be able to process 8+ fps for stills.It has to do more with bandwidth then processing. I'm sure if they wanted to they could have reduced megapixels and increased shooting speed like Nikon does. It would have been a nice option to shoot faster in sRAW modes that requires less bandwidth.
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  • Parsian
    masterasiaNot that impressive. Only 6fps for stills and only 29 Min and 60 secs of video recording isn't much of an improvement. But I would love to have the 61 point focusing system. You think that with Digic 5+, it should be able to process 8+ fps for stills.
    I think Canon is dedicating 5D line to more Video users considering that the improvements have been leaning toward video.
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