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Looking for another DSLR workhorse option? Step up to this weather-sealed, high-spec, full-frame DSLR that's capable of capturing 22.3MP photos and Full HD video.
Constructed from magnesium alloy and polycarbonate, this is a professional tool with access to 70+ lens choices that can now be found at a price that puts it within an amateur’s reach.
An additional boon is that manual control can be exercised over everything from audio capture to frame rate, and, for videographers, the camera provides uncompressed HDMI output at Full HD 8bit 4:2:2.
Further assets include 61-point AF, with 41 cross-type points for added accuracy, and 6fps burst shooting, which is solid if unspectacular. That said, when shooting handheld, be aware there’s no in-body anti shake, so you’ll want to twin the Mark III with a lens with this feature – especially for video.
Sporting one DIGIC 5+ processor, the Mark III very obviously follows on from the Mark II, on which it much improves, with its core sensitivity range being expandable from a maximum ISO 25,600 to an equivalent to 102,400. We also get a Live View/movie switch on the rear plate and a headphone socket for monitoring audio recording when shooting moving footage with sound.
For visually monitoring the latter there’s the backplate LCD display, with the same 3.2in proportions and 1,04million-dot resolution as that on the Canon EOS-1D X. There are also two card ports this time around, one for CompactFlash and the other for SD-type media.
In terms of picture quality, the EOS 5D Mark III is extremely capable, producing impressive results in low light. Best to avoid the expansion settings, though, which introduce noticeable noise and a posterised appearance, although the same is true for most cameras here.
The key changes to the Mark III version compared to its predecessor largely bring this elder Canon in line with its more recent DSLRs, which will satisfy its enthusiast market audience. At the time of its writing, the EOS 5D Mark III remains one of the best full-frame DSLRs out there, and can be snapped up for a price that makes it something of a steal compared to the next step up, the EOS 5D Mark IV.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Key Specs
A classic full-frame camera that's still relied on by the pros
Type: DSLR | Sensor: Full Frame | Megapixels: 22.3MP | Lens mount: Canon EF | Screen: 3.2-inch LCD, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 6fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Enthusiast/professional