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 FeatureCanon 5D Mark IIICanon 5D Mark II
Sensor Resolution22.3 Million21.1 Million
Sensor Size36x24mm36x24mm
Sensor CleaningYesYes
Image Resolution5760 x 38405616 x 3744
Image ProcessorDIGIC 5+ (5x times faster)DIGIC 4
Viewfinder Coverage100%98%
Storage Media1x Compact Flash and 1x SD card1x Compact Flash only
Continuous Focus Shutter Speed6 FPS3.9 FPS
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 sec1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability150,000 cycles150,000 cycles
Exposure Metering SensoriFCL metering with 63 zone dual-layer sensorTTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC
Base ISOISO 100ISO 100
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-25,600ISO 100-6,400
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 50, ISO 51,200-102,400ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600
Autofocus System61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 cross-type points)9-point TTL (1 cross-type point)
AF AssistNo, only with external flashNo, only with external flash
Video OutputHigh bitrate AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV FormatH.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Video Max capability1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p, 1280×720 @60p1920×1080 (1080p) @ 30p
Audio RecordingBuilt-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD3.0″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots920,000 dots
HDR SupportYes, inbuilt HDR processingNo, process manually on PC
Built-in GPSNoNo
Wi-Fi FunctionalityEye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-FiEye-Fi Compatible, Optional external Wi-Fi
BatteryLP-E6 Lithium-ion BatteryLP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery ChargerLC-E6 ChargerLC-E6 Charger
Weather Sealed BodyYes, not perfectly sealed, but betterNo, slight shielding
Camera BodyMagnesium AlloyMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm152 x 113.5 x 75.0mm
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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