Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
Preserve detail in highlight and shadow areas with in-camera HDR image creation.
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.
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.
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.
A magnesium chassis provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture.
|Type||36 x 24 mm CMOS|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 22.3 megapixels|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 23.4 megapixels|
|Low-Pass Filter||Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating|
|Sensor Cleaning||EOS integrated cleaning system|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|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 |
|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.
|Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)||Approx. 100%|
|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
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|
|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
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
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|
|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
|Histogram||Brightness: 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.|
|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|
|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|
Change your angle of view and bring distant objects closer with a teleconverter. Or fit optical filters to your camera with a filter adapter.
Flash photography is about so much more than shooting in the dark. It's about taking creative control of the light you use, and making it work for you.
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.
A spare or replacement battery for your EOS camera.
Carry your EOS camera so that it’s secure and always ready to use.
Stay connected with the correct interface cable.
Remote control your EOS 5D Mark III or EOS-1D X wirelessly, and send image files straight to your computer via Wi-Fi.
A comfortable alternative to a neck strap, allowing you to hold your EOS camera securely.
A comfortable wide neck strap for your EOS-1 series camera.
Inspiration, education, product information and news updates to deliver the definitive coverage for Canon professional photographers and videographers, as well as advanced enthusiasts, around the world.