Digital Camera’s head of testing Angela Nicholson is one of the first photographers to get a hands-on trial of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Handling the new Canon camera at the Focus On Imaging show in Birmingham, Angela says:
“The body of the 5D Mark III is largely unchanged from the Mark II’s, but there are a few key differences. The pentaprism lump on the top for example is a little larger and more rounded to accommodate the AF module which is 2.5x larger than the one in the Canon 5D MK II.
“There’s also the live view/video switch on the back of the camera which is in easy reach of the left thumb. In addition, Canon has added a couple of new buttons. The first of these is to access three creative options: Picture Styles, Multiple Exposure and the HDR modes.
“In multiple exposure mode up to 9 images can be combined into one, but it is still possible to save all of the images separately. There’s also a fair amount of control over the HDR options and the exposure variation can be set to up to 3EV with a collection of blending styles from natural to the more extreme HDR look.
“Like the camera it replaces, the 5D Mark III has a magnesium alloy bodyshell and consequently the new camera feels almost identical to the camera it replaces, however, the waterproofing has been improved and the finish on the body is slightly more deeply textured.
“The 5D Mark II proved a big hit for shooting video and Canon has added an audio out port to allow users to listen to the sound recording as well as the ability to adjust the sound level – just like with the 1DX using the touch sensitive control dial.”