Ever since the first Canon EOS 5D hit the shelves in 2005, this model really has been one of the cameras that has changed the face of amateur photography. The first camera brought digital SLR technology to the masses with an affordable unit, while the MkII added HD video capability to the camera which has been frequently imitated by its rivals. This certainly meant that there were big expectations of the MkIII of the 5D. While the model doesn’t have the stand-out features of the first two 5D’s, it has certainly improved significantly over the MkII delivering evolution rather than revolution.
22.3 Megapixel Sensor
The sensor in the latest version of the 5D delivers a huge number of pixels when compared to smaller cameras, but is a fairly modest increase when compared with some rivals. The sensor is however very good when it comes to picking up images in low light and unusual conditions, and is particularly good for those who need the ability to take pictures in a wide variety of conditions.
61-point Autofocus System
Another useful feature in the 5D MkIII is the 61-point autofocus system, which has been lifted directly from the flagship Canon 1DX. This helps to make sure that pictures of moving targets are still sharp and capture the detail needed in such pictures, which is ideal for those taking pictures of sports or active pursuits. For those who are heading out looking for wildlife photos, a silent shutter mode dampens most of the noise, meaning that capturing stunning wildlife images is also possible.
Full HD Filming
The key feature which put the MkII ahead of the competition was the inclusion of the ability to shoot high quality movies using the SLR, and the MkIII has developed this further. With the ability to shoot 1080p HD films with this version of the 5D comes the full functionality of the manual controls of the EF lens, making it possible to add many more effects and detail to the films. This is combined with an improved digital sound recording feature meaning that the crisp picture is matched with a clear soundtrack too.
The keen amateur photographer will find that the TFT screen on the 5D allows for easy viewing of pictures, and the camera also has a number of editing functions that can be carried out even before the pictures get home.
Historically, the SLR camera has been a sensitive beast that has been prone to attracting dust and dirt into the camera causing damage, but the MkIII features full weather-proofing making it a much more resilient animal. This is perfect for those looking to take action photos, or looking to capture images in environments that are humid or dusty. The EOS 5D MkIII may not have captured as many headlines as some of the rivals with a higher megapixel sensor, but the MkIII focuses on the features that made the previous model so popular, and makes it a great enthusiast’s camera that can survive in the outdoors.