Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

A full-frame DSLR capable of capturing 22-megapixel images at 6fps and Full-HD movies.

The EOS 5D Mark III is a full-frame 22.3 MP DSLR with 61-point autofocus and 6fps continuous shooting. Capture high-quality Full HD movies, with manual control over everything from frame rate to audio.

  • 22.3 megapixel full-frame sensor
  • 61-point AF
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100–25,600 sensitivity, expandable to ISO 102,400
  • Full-HD video with manual control
  • Uncompressed HDMI output at Full HD 8bit 4.2.2
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
  • Weather sealing
  • 8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen
  • HDR mode
  • 22.3 megapixel CMOS 22.3 megapixel CMOS
  • Large sensor for maximum control over depth of field Large sensor for maximum control over depth of field
  • Sharp images in all conditions Sharp images in all conditions
  • High speed shooting High speed shooting
  • Great low light shots Great low light shots
  • Stunning 1080p movies Stunning 1080p movies
  • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
  • Large bright screen for clear viewing Large bright screen for clear viewing
  • Create instant back up of images Create instant back up of images
  • High Dynamic Range mode High Dynamic Range mode
  • Ensures correctly exposured images in all lighting conditions Ensures correctly exposured images in all lighting conditions
  • Widest selection of Lenses Widest selection of Lenses

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EOS 5D Mark III Video

EISA European Advanced SLR Camera of the year 2012-2013

Find out why the EOS 5D Mark III has won European Advanced SLR Camera of the year 2012-2013 award from the European Imaging and Sound Association

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Full-frame 22.3-megapixel sensor

Capture high-quality images that are full of detail with a 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor. Colours are bright but natural, and fine detail is preserved even in dark shadow areas and bright highlights.

High-quality performance, even in low light

The EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb picture quality whatever the lighting conditions. Keep shooting hand-held even after the sun goes down, thanks to an ISO 100–25,600 sensitivity range (extendable to ISO 102,400).

61-point wide-area autofocus

Focus quickly and accurately, even on off-centre subjects, with a 61 point wide-area autofocus system. 41 cross-type points (five of which are extra sensitive double-cross type) ensure highly accurate tracking of moving objects.

High-speed continuous shooting

Keep up with the action at 6fps, recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst.

High dynamic range imaging

Preserve detail in highlight and shadow areas with in-camera HDR image creation.

Full-HD video with manual control

Enjoy high quality Full HD video at 1080p resolution. An uncompressed HDMI output allows recording of 1920x1080 footage at 8bits 4.2.2 to external recorders to suit different workflows. Use manual controls and Canon’s comprehensive EF lens range to achieve cinematic visual effects.

Great quality sound

Give your video footage the soundtrack it deserves. The EOS 5D Mark III records digital stereo sound at 48KHz and offers manual control over audio level. A standard 3.5mm mic socket enables the use of third-party microphones; a headphone socket permits audio monitoring while recording.

In-camera editing functions

Begin your digital editing workflow before you arrive back home. Rate your images on a scale of one to five and compare two images simultaneously on screen. Use in-camera Raw processing to explore creative possibilities – such as black & white conversion and retrospective white balance.

Built to go anywhere

A magnesium chassis provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture.

Product Specification


Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 22.3 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 23.4 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 5+
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens


Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF Working Range EV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF Microadjustment AF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number


Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)


Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.


Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x¹
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF point, focus confirmation¹, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,
exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,
red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card
information, Battery check
Composition information
Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol
Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance
correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter On strap


Type 8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx. 170°
Coating Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control Via camera menu screen


Modes Auto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Drive Modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),
Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG)¹² or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card)²


Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level


Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480
RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)
Uncompressed 8bit 4.2.2 via HDMI
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset


Custom Functions 13 Custom Functions with 47 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance Yes (equal to EOS-1N)¹
Sound Memo No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) 2 image compare display
(7) Movie edit
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.


Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)


Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Type CompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card


PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7


Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹
Approx. 850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6


Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 950


Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6
Other Hand Strap E2, GP-E2
Magnification ¹ with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
² Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Water/ Dust Resistance ¹ Environmental protection
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Viewfinder Information ¹ Focus Confirmation Light not available with EF Cinema lenses
  • *Recommended Exposure Index
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.

Accessories & Supplies


Change your angle of view and bring distant objects closer with a teleconverter. Or fit optical filters to your camera with a filter adapter.

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

A professional short-telephoto lens, precision-made for low-light shooting and those situations where extremely shallow depth of field is required. Perfect for creative portraiture.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

A professional-quality standard zoom that offers superlative image quality and a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range. The perfect companion to any full-frame EOS camera.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a workhorse telephoto zoom lens designed for professional use. It has a rugged durable design, a four-stop Image Stabilizer and specialised lens elements.

EF 100-400mm f 4.5-5.6L IS II USM

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

A compact, high-performance 100-400mm zoom lens that’s ideal for those shooting sports, action and wildlife photography. A 4-stop Image Stabilizer and high-quality optics deliver superb sharpness.


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Speedlite 90EX

A compact, high performance flash that delivers superbly lit everyday shots such as portraits and indoor scenes plus creative lighting effects. The ideal companion for the EOS M.

Speedlite 270EX II

Explore the creative side of lighting with the Canon Speedlite 270EX II – a compact flashgun that is as easy to use off-camera as it is in your camera’s hotshoe.

Speedlite 320EX

Featuring Wireless Slave technology, a bounce/swivel head and a constant LED light source for video work, the Canon Speedlite 320EX opens up new creative possibilities for EOS photographers.

Speedlite 430EX II

A powerful and versatile flash, the Speedlite 430EX II will expand your shooting options with a Guide Number of 43, wireless slave flash ability, nine custom functions and a 24-105mm zoom head.

Speedlite 600EX-RT

A powerful flash gun for use both on and off the camera. Built-in radio triggering offers remote lighting control over distances up to 30m.


Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

A high performance Macrolite flash delivering creative lighting solutions for photographers shooting close-up images, both on location and in the studio.

Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

Take control of your macro photography lighting with the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX. Designed for macro specialists it provides versatility in both light direction and power.

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Fire compatible Speedlite flashguns over distances of up to 30m. Radio-frequency control provides reliable operation even when direct line of sight is not possible.

Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3

A dedicated cable that connects a Speedlite flash to your EOS camera, allowing the flash to be positioned away form the camera.

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  • Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

    Holds your Speedlite flash to the side of your EOS camera, instead of on the top.

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  • Release Cable SR-N3

    Enables the 600EX-RT to connect to older EOS models for remote triggering of the camera by the flashgun.


    Trust Canon for guaranteed power performance. Extra batteries, battery chargers and AC adapter kits let you shoot photos and video for longer and review images without worrying about fading battery life.

    Battery Pack LP-E6N

    A spare or replacement battery for your EOS camera.

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  • Battery Pack LP-E6

    A spare or replacement battery for your EOS camera.

    Battery Charger LC-E6E

    A spare or replacement battery charger for your EOS camera.

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  • Car Charger CBC-E6

    Recharge the battery in your EOS from your car.

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  • Battery Grip BG-E11

    Add a battery grip to your EOS 5D Mark III to extend battery life and improve the way the camera handles.

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  • AC Adapter ACK-E6

    Power your EOS camera from a mains electricity supply.

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  • DC coupler DR-E6

    Connect your EOS DSLR to an AC mains adapter.

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  • Cases

    Carry your EOS camera so that it’s secure and always ready to use.

    Camera rain cover ERC-E4S

    Protects your camera and lens from the weather, and lets you keep shooting. Small size.

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  • Camera rain cover ERC-E4M

    Protects your camera and lens from the weather, and lets you keep shooting. Medium size.

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  • Camera rain cover ERC-E4L

    Protects your camera and lens from the weather, and lets you keep shooting. Large size.

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  • Semi Hard Case EH20-L

    Protect your EOS from bumps and scrapes.

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  • Professional Gadget Bag 1EG

    An extra-large camera bag for transporting and storing your EOS camera gear.

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  • Professional Gadget Bag 10EG

    A large camera bag for transporting and storing your EOS camera gear.

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  • Cables & Other Accessories

    Stay connected with the correct interface cable.

    Remote Switch RS-80 N3

    Take pictures without touching your camera- ideal for when you want to avoid causing vibrations.

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  • Timer Remote Control TC-80N3

    Take photos without touching your camera and take pictures at regular intervals for time-lapse projects.

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  • Remote Switch Adapter RA-N3

    Allows the use of accessories having a T3-type connection with EOS cameras featuring an N3 type socket.

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  • Wireless Controller LC-5

    Trigger your EOS camera wirelessly over large distances- up to 91.5m (300ft).

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  • Remote Controller RC-6

    Shoot wirelessly over distances up to 5m - ideal for self portraits and group shots.

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  • Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 version 2

    Remote control your EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X wirelessly, and send image files straight to your computer via Wi-Fi.

    GPS receiver GP-E2

    Slots into the hotshoe of compatible EOS cameras and records GPS location information for each image.

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  • AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable

    Connect your EOS camera to a TV, display or projector using a composite video connection.

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  • HDMI Cable HTC-100

    Connect your EOS camera to a TV, display or projector using an HDMI connection.

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  • Camera Hand Strap E2

    A comfortable alternative to a neck strap, allowing you to hold your EOS camera securely.

    Camera Wide Strap L7

    A comfortable wide neck strap for your EOS-1 series camera.

    Body Cap R-F-3

    Protects your EOS camera body when it's not attached to a lens.

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