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conclusion:We like it

88 August 27th 2012 1:09 pm

If you're a pro shooter with a collection of Canon lenses, you'll want to add the full-frame Mark III to your collection, despite its $3,000 price tag. If you're not, that price might give you pause, despite the camera's ability to capture great shots in virtually all lighting conditions, fast and accurate autofocus system, and excellent video quality. The Mark III may be worth the money, but if you're not a pro, you may be better served by a more modest model, like the Rebel T4i, which goes for under $1,000.

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Critic reviews

8.6
10 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.4
  • Video quality
    8.8
  • Battery life
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Durability
    8.7
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    9.3
  • Ease of use
    8.3

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User reviews

9.3
11 reviews
9.0
Engadget Mar 22, 2012

Iif you've been considering a 5D Mark III purchase, don't hesitate -- it's worth the investment, we promise. And if you've already placed your order or have one in the mail, get ready to have your world turned upside-down -- this thing is simply amazing, in every way.

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9.0
Wired Nov 5, 2012

In decent natural light or in controlled studio lighting though, the 5D III’s photos were fabulous, with my portrait session producing creamy skin tones and attractive colors. If you photograph weddings, parties, or people in general, this is the camera for you.

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8.0
Gizmodo Mar 23, 2012

The refinements just make it a vastly better tool for photographers and videographers. The autofocus system alone is enough to justify choosing the Mark III over the Mark II. But it's all of the refinements—the sum of the Mark III's parts—that make it the best camera you can spend $3,500 on.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Mar 7, 2012

The recently announced Canon EOS 5D Mark III steps up as the long-awaited successor to the Canon 5D Mark II. ... the 5D Mark III is an important update to bring Canon’s pro line up to speed with more sophisticated video integration, faster shooting, and improved autofocus.

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8.0
CNET Asia Mar 27, 2012

It's clear that Canon sought to address past user concerns of the 5D Mark II in this new version. Not only does the 5D Mark III feature a more ergonomic build, the camera also delivers stellar still image and video quality while offering superb high-ISO performance.

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8.0
Imaging Resource Jan 8, 2013

The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III...

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9.0
Camera Labs Apr 9, 2012

Ultimately I reckon the EOS 5D Mark III is the camera the 5D Mark II really deserved to be. Sure it's still a full-frame camera with 1080p video, but one that's now backed-up by very respectable AF, continuous shooting, composition, bracketing and the promise of superior build.

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9.0
TechRadar Apr 13, 2012

Image quality throughout the native sensitivity range is excellent, noise is well controlled and there's plenty of detail. The AF system has been given a serious upgrade on what the Canon EOS 5D Mark II version has, and it puts in an excellent performance.

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9.0
Photography Blog Apr 11, 2012

It may not be so revolutionary as its predecessor, but in almost every way the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a better camera, proving there's plenty of life left in the DSLR format.

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8.0
USA Today Apr 4, 2012

The Mark III overall is a great leap forward. With the much sharper photos and low-light breakthroughs, I can learn new buttons.

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9.0
feathers feathers

I bought this for the better low light performance but was very pleasantly surprised by the other changes over the Mark II. The new autofocus system is extraordinary and has already prompted, after just a couple of hours, a change in my way of working which previously has been the same since...

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10
normcorriveau normcorriveau

Haven't tried video and too early to tell for battery life. Otherwise I love this camera and it's a great upgrade from the Mark II for a variety of features - ISO performance, better LCD, electronic level, better menu interface, better build quality, etc.

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7.0
e11studios e11studios

I own two of these cameras for my video production business. For video In tight spots where you are recording the sound separately (using XLR connections) you'll be fine. For anything more than that, unless you are shooting a wedding, I would not recommend using as your main video camera. If you...

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10
Dembo Dembo

The Canon 5D Mark III is a Canon 5D Mark II with the AF system of the top-of-th-line 1Dx and the speed and ergonomics of the 7D. Right now this is probably the most balanced professional/prosumer DSLR with a removable battery grip out there. Unless you have very specific reasons to look at a...

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10
evjohnsen evjohnsen

I purchased this one since my 5D was stolen. I have been walking around with a grin ever since - this is an amazing camera with a beautiful feature set and it allows me to create incredibly high quality images. Strongly recommended.

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