Canon EOS 5D Mark III announced

By Andrew Hudson Published: March 1, 2012 Updated: January 6, 2016

By Andrew Hudson Published: March 1, 2012 Updated: January 6, 2016

DSLR videographers rejoice — the new 5D is official. Canon announced today that the EOS 5D Mark III camera will have a 22MP full-frame sensor, better autofocus and better video capabilities. It will be available by the end of March for a list price of $3,499 (body only).

“It’s a full-frame DSLR with a 22.3-megapixel sensor, a fast new processor, much-requested video fixes and additions, and a number of features ripped from the camera’s high-end brother, the EOS-1D X.”
Nathan Ingraham, The Verge / Washington Post


  • 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor
  • Canon DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-point AF system
  • 63-zone metering
  • ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400)
  • 6fps continuous shooting
  • 3.2-inch LCD (1.04M dots)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • H.264 footage at 1080p24/25/30 or 720p50/60
  • Headphone jack to monitor the audio when shooting video
  • Time code can be added to the video files
  • Dual-memory card slots

“With the 5D Mark II, videographers learned that a still camera — thanks to its massive sensor — could provide a better looking image than many video cameras. The sensor is about 20 times the size of most camcorders. The 5D — and its dreamy, out of focus backgrounds — was used for the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and an entire episode of Fox’s House. The current movie, Act of Valor, which opened last week, was shot on the 5D Mark II.”
Jefferson Graham, USA Today, March 2, 2012.

“When Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark II in late 2008, it was something of a cinematic revolution — its HD-capable, full-frame sensor granted access to the world of cinematic depth of field at a fraction of the usual price.”
Nathan Ingraham, The Verge / Washington Post

Here’s a video:

Source: Canon USA via USA Today.

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