Friday, 22 June 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review: A Monster To Be Reckoned

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Overview
Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the latest model in the Canon's line-up for FF full frame DSLR following the previous Canon EOS 5D Mark II which is known for it's first HD capable DSLR in the market. But today, Canon has updated it with a much better upgrades for the HD monster camera  with a few nits and picks that will surely make all the videographers in the world smile everytime they dream of this camera. :P I think Canon did a god job in hearing the customer's feedback from the previous model and made it happen to improve the camera as this made the difference between this camera and other HD DSLR in the market. As more and more photographer's also incorporate videos in their jobs such as wedding jobs and other assignments, this will surely cater the needs of photographer and videographer enthusiasts. We are now seeing more creative directors turning their vision into reality through this camera and I'm sure many will be inspired through the works that have been featured. 

In-Depth Review

Features of this camera:

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  • 1080p30s video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 61 point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD
  • Dual card slots for CF and SD
With the 22MP full frame CMOS Sensor, how will it benefits to the photographers? This will surely be anticipated for photographers who are seeking for higher resolution photos that is very useful in post processing, and printing in large sizes. Having a large pixels is always better for commercial photography but for home-use I don't see this as a problem. Even a camera with a pixel of 5-10 MP is more than enough if you were to just print the photo is 3r sizes.

Canon also claims that the ISO for this camera ranges from 100 -25 600 and expandable to 102,800 but I think it will not be useful even in low light condition as the grain will spoil the images. But at least you can get some images in super dark areas. Sometimes the message in the photo is more important than the quality. I repeat, sometimes.

With 6 fps this should be sufficient for sports photographers that want to get  cool shot like those who are taking shots in sports like skateboarding, football etc. I guess most sport's photograper needed higher fps so that they won't miss any important moments. In addition, the shutter is rated at 150,00 frames before you ca change or service the shutter frames. If you always keep ons hooting on burst mode, this no will be achieved at a short period of time.  

The camera also has 1080p 30s video recording system which will appear interesting for videographers and directors. It also has external mic if you wanted to choose to use higher end microphone like rhode mic which delivers superior sound quality compared to the original mic.

With 61 point AF system, autofocusing in a low light condition will be as easy as eating peanuts. You can also have a greater control on where you want to have the camera focus especially if you want to do close-up shots or macro photography. With 100% view coverage, you will have an ease of viewing through the viewfinder and get 100% image just like what you see in the viewfinder. The viewing of still images and video that you take will be much clearer as Canon decided to put a 1024 k screen resolution which will deliver superb quality and the image displayed will be more detailed.

I'd also like to point that it also have dual card slot  for CF ans SD card so this is a big advantage to most photographers. This is because you can choose either to backup your  image on the 2nd memory card on the fly, or choose to shoot RAW files on the other camera an the other one is set to jpeg files. Which will save a lot of time when converting them later on. This will also be helpful if you are taking sensitive images and the officials ask you to give them the memory card and they won't notice that you have another memory card that has the same image that they want to confiscate. Pretty gnarly right?

Short film by 5d Mark III

Canon 5D mark II Hands On First Impression by
Don't follow that face while viewing through the viewfinder guys. ;P

You can check this prodct at Amazon for the price of $3,499.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

I hope you enjoyed my review. Thanks for reading. ;)

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