Canon has released an updated firmware for the 5D Mark III that adds support for the forthcoming 40mm f/2.8 lens and fixes a variety of small power and auto-exposure issues. What was absent was the long-promised support for continuously autofocusing video, which the company confirmed to The Verge has now been ditched from the camera’s spec sheet. It looks like if you were hoping to helm your own tense medical drama with one of these, you’d better start looking for the receipt.
YouTube member eaglejm shot this video in downtown St. Louis to show the Canon 5D Mark III’s high ISO video performance. Be sure to watch it full screen and in HD.
Canon unveiled its highly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark III just 10 days ago, but we already have a pre-production sample in-hand, and will be putting it through its paces over the next week. Today’s installment focuses on high-sensitivity still image shooting, which we conducted at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. We chose a dimly lit temple as our test subject, shooting a handful of images at ISO settings ranging from 800 to the camera’s top native sensitivity of 25,600, and extended modes of ISO 51,200 and ISO 102,400. All images were captured at f/8 with a 24-105mm L lens.
As expected, the camera offered excellent performance at all of the native settings — as you can see from the image above, there’s some noise noticeable when viewing an image at full size, though considering the camera’s top resolution of 22.3 megapixels, we hardly see ISO 25,600 being an issue. Jumping beyond the top native range did yield significant noise, but assuming you’re shooting for the web, even these settings are usable. Chances are, you won’t often be examining images at a 1:1 pixel view, so jump past the break to see how each of the four frames represented above will look when scaled to a web-friendly 600-pixels-wide resolution, then hit up our source link to grab full-res JPEGs of each image captured during the shoot.
Canon Japan has posted a number of full-resolution sample photos taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. There are 15 samples in total, although about half of them are marked as “Coming soon” at present. However, the other eight EOS 5D Mark III sample photos can be enjoyed in their full 22-megapixel glory. The sample pictures were taken at various ISO speeds ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 3200/36°, using a variety of Canon L lenses. Additionally there are three EOS 5D Mark III sample movies, each complete with a “making of” video. Note that unlike the stills, the movies have been downsized for the Web.
Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III: 22.3 MP full-frame sensor, 6 fps, 102,400 max ISO, 1080/30p HD, yours for $3,500 (video)
Suffice it to say, March 2012 is a notable month for Canon. Not only does it mark the 25th anniversary of the first EOS SLR, but it’s also ushering in Canon’s latest addition to its full-frame DSLR lineup. That gorgeous beast your eyes are feasting upon is the company’s new EOS 5D Mark III. That’s right folks, this isn’t a replacement for the Mark II, but rather an updated variant meant to sit between the workhorse of four years and the company’s soon to arrive EOS-1D X. At a glance, the shooter is nearly indistinguishable from its older sibling, although a closer inspection reveals a new name badge, improved weather- and dust-resistance and some slight tweaks to its top-mounted info display and buttons on the back.
Don’t be fooled, however, as there are obviously major changes here worthy of the new moniker. Key specs include a larger 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD, Digic 5+ processor, 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types (all of which are borrowed from the 1D X), dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively), OVF with 100 percent coverage (versus 98 previously), and a maximum 6 FPS burst speed. Naturally, the 5D Mark III is no slouch in the video department: it can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range of 100-128,000 — and of course there’s a stereo mic input for the microphone of your choice. Better yet, not only does it allow for real-time control of your audio levels during filming, but also monitoring, being the first EOS-series DSLR to come equipped with a headphone jack (!) — something that’s been sorely missing in the world of ILC cameras. We’ve only skimmed the surface, however, so join us past the break for further details and a quick video overview.
The last thing we heard about the new Canon 5D Mark III, was that Canon’s latest DSLR would launch some time in March, and now according to the guys over at Canon Rumors, the Canon 5D Mark III will be announced next week either on the 27th or 28th of February.
The Canon 5D Mark III is expected to come with a 22 megapixel sensor and also feature a 61 point auto-focus system, up form a 19 pint AF system on the previous model and a 3.2 inch LCD display.
Other rumored features include slots for both CF and SD cards, and it is rumored to retail for around $3,500, we should have the full specifications some time next week, assuming that the 27th or 28th is the correct date for the official launch.
Canon fans patiently awaiting the long time arrival of the successor to the Canon 5D Mark II, maybe pleased to know that the Canonrumours website is now expecting Canon to make an announcement about their new Canon 5D Mark III in March of this year.
Rumours have suggested that the new Canon 5D Mark III will be equipped with a 21 or 22 megapixel sensor, and the announcement of the camera will take place after the February event covering the Nikon D800 camera.
Eye-control autofocus is still being talked about as a possibility for the new Canon 5D Mark III. But as you can imagine the release date and full specifications for the Canon 5D Mark III are still up in the air at the moment, but as more information becomes available we will keep your updated as always.