Canon’s venerable 5D series has been going strong for around eight years now, starting with the original 5D back in 2005. The first 5D was unlike any DSLR that preceded it, compact yet with a full-frame 12.8 megapixel sensor that produced images of incredible resolution. Eight years on, and the resolution has been bumped up to an impressive 22.3 megapixels. Coupled with an ISO range of 100 to 25600 (allowing for some amazingly detailed shot in low light conditions), a 61-point AF system and a 6 fps shooting rate, the 5D Mark III is a beast to behold. But, how does it actually fare as a usable camera?
The 5D Mark III, as with its predecessors, is quite compact for a DSLR of its specifications. It’s generally though to feel solid, consistent with the sturdy built quality of Canon’s upper-tier range of cameras. The Mark III’s LCD panel, slightly larger than that of its predecessor, boasts an even higher resolution, making on-screen option-flicking simple and lining up shots easy.
Movie mode on the Mark III is a standout feature. Shooting 1080p video is a breeze – for the average ‘prosumer’, it effectively eliminates the need for a standalone HD digital video camera. There’s also a built-in headphone jack for monitoring audio as well as different movie compression options to give you added flexibility with your storage.
The 61-point AF system is in a class of its own, making for highly-details shots that really make the most of the Mark III’s high-res sensor. Combines with the right lens, Canon’s 5D Mark III is an outstanding choice for those looking for a top-class, affordable camera. If like to know more about or to purchase a 5D Mark III, drop into Kirk’s Camera Supply today!