The Canon 5D Mark III has been released at last.
The new DSLR follows on from Canon’s popular EOS 5D Mark II, which is now over two years old.
The upgrade features a 22.3 million pixel sensor, 61 point autofocusing and 6fps continuous shooting.
Set to rival the Nikon D800, the 5D Mark III also features Canon’s recently announced Digic 5+ image processor which promises fast shooting speeds and helps to reduce noise.
Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 – ISO 25600, which is expandable up to 51,200 in H1 mode and up to 102,400 in H2 mode. It is also expandable down to ISO 50.
Naturally, the camera shoots full HD video and a headphone socket allows sound to be monitored accurately.
Autofocus operation has been dramatically improved on the camera, which now features 61 high density reticular AF points with up to 41 crosstype points.
Fast shooting is available at up to 6 frames per second, while an intelligent viewfinder allows for approximately 100% coverage.
According to Canon, the camera has been tested to a shutter durability of 150,000 cycles.
Dual card slots have been included on the camera, with one for Compact Flash and the other for SD. It seems that Canon has so far rejected the new XQD memory card format that is utilised by the Nikon D4.
The camera is also capable of creating multiple exposures and high dynamic range images (HDR) in camera, while a comparative playback function allows images to be checked against each other.
Improved durability comes in the shape of water and dust resistance which has been upgraded for the new model.
Like the EOS-1DX, the EOS 5D Mark III has a 3.2in 1,040k-dot Clear View II LCD with a gapless design to reduce reflections.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III UK price is £2999.99, while it is expected to be available from the end of March.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Key Specifications
22.3 million pixel sensor
ISO 100-25600 (51-102400 expandable)
Digic 5+ processor
Full HD video recording
Dual CF and SD slots
3.2 inch LCD screen
Read first impressions of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III at our sister site TechRadar.