Canon 5D Mark III vs Mark II [Specs, Images, Video Samples]

When Canon EOS 5D Mark II was released  5years back, no one could predict that it would become no.1 choice for Video and Photography by professionals. Priced right at just $2500, 5D Mark II was perfect seller.

Canon has announced 5D Mark III, an upgrade to 5D Mar II. 5D Mark III brings some great upgrades in the direction of Canon’s true professional camera Canon 1DX.

5D Mark III sports a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with a whopping 61-AF point autofocus system, an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 102,400) and does 1080p full-HD video recording in 30, 25 and 24fps and 60fps at 720p.

Lets compare them head-to-head, spec by spec:

Canon 5D Mark III vs. Mark II

Camera Feature Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5D Mark II
Sensor Resolution 22.3 Million 21.1 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 36x24mm 36x24mm
Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Image Resolution 5760 x 3840 5616 x 3744
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ (5x times faster) DIGIC 4
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 98%
Storage Media 1x Compact Flash and 1x SD card 1x Compact Flash only
Continuous Focus Shutter Speed 6 FPS 3.9 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 150,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor iFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensor TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-6,400
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400 ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600
Autofocus System 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points) 9-point TTL (1 cross-type point)
AF Assist No, only with external flash No, only with external flash
Video Output High bitrate AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Video Max capability 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p, 1280×720 @60p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p
Audio Recording Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 920,000 dots
HDR Support Yes, inbuilt HDR processing No, process manually on PC
Built-in GPS No No
Wi-Fi Functionality Eye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-Fi Eye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-Fi
Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Charger LC-E6 Charger LC-E6 Charger
Weather Sealed Body Yes, not perfectly sealed, but better No, slight shielding
Camera Body Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm 152 x 113.5 x 75.0mm
Weight 860g 810g
Price $3,499 $2,699 (dropped to $2,199)

5D Mark III seriously brings some pro features to avid photographers. Canon claims that other than Photo improvements, even video artifacts have been removed and video shot with Mark III way more crisp.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Sample HD Video

Canon EOS 5d Mark III Full resolution Image, Video Samples

Canon has revealed several Image & Video samples from the 5D Mark III, all of them are claimed to be untouched.

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