Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Technical Specifications

Take your photography to another creative planet. With the Canon EOS 5D Mark III you’ll achieve image quality like never before in both stills and video.

The EOS 5D Mark III delivers the best of everything, delivering unsurpassed image quality, high-performance operation, plus a range of advanced and creative features that will whet the appetite of any advanced amateur or professional photographer.

EOS 5D Mark III delivers images like you have never experienced before, as a result of the 22.3 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor and fast DiG!C5+ image processor. Plus you’ll be able to push your photography to new heights with numerous creative features such as HDR and Multiple Exposure modes. The EOS 5D Mark III has refined the high-performance DSLR camera category.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Specifications of Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR:

IMAGE SENSOR
Type36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective PixelsApprox. 22.3 megapixels
Total PixelsApprox. 23.4 megapixels
Aspect Ratio3:2
Low-Pass FilterBuilt-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor CleaningEOS integrated cleaning system
Color Filter TypePrimary Color
IMAGE PROCESSOR
TypeDIGIC 5+
LENS
Lens MountEF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal LengthEquivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
FOCUSING
TypeTTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF Working RangeEV -2 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF ModesAI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point SelectionAutomatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF Point DisplaySuperimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
AF LockLocked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist BeamEmitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual FocusSelected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF MicroadjustmentAF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
EXPOSURE CONTROL
Metering ModesTTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at centre)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE LockAuto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO SensitivityAuto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400
SHUTTER
TypeElectronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)
WHITE BALANCE
TypeAuto white balance with the imaging sensor
SettingsAWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White BalanceYes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
VIEWFINDER
TypePentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)Approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.71x¹
EyepointApprox. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing ScreenFixed (Transmissive LCD screen)
MirrorQuick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder InformationAF information: AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,
exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,
red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card
information, Battery check
Composition information
Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol
Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance
correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering
Depth of Field PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece ShutterOn strap
LCD MONITOR
Type8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
CoverageApprox. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically)Approx. 170°
CoatingAnti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness AdjustmentAdjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
FLASH
ModesE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure BracketingYes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure LockYes
Second Curtain SynchronizationYes
HotShoe/ PC TerminalYes/ Yes
External Flash CompatibilityE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash ControlVia camera menu screen
SHOOTING
ModesAuto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Color SpacesRGB and Adobe RGB
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),
Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG)¹² or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card)²
LIVE VIEW MODE
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate30 fps
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display OptionsGrid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level
FILE TYPE
Still Image TypeJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecordingYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image SizeJPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480
RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920
Movie TypeMOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie LengthMax duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
FoldersNew folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
OTHER FEATURES
Custom Functions13 Custom Functions with 47 settings
Metadata TagUser copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / Yes
Water/ Dust ResistanceYes (equal to EOS-1N)
Sound MemoNo
Intelligent Orientation SensorYes
Playback Zoom1.5x - 10x
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) 2 image compare display
(7) Movie edit
Slide ShowImage selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
HistogramBrightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight AlertYes
Image Erase/ProtectionErase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories(1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware UpdateUpdate possible by the user.
INTERFACE
ComputerHi-Speed USB
OtherHDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
DIRECT PRINT
Canon PrintersCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridgeYes
STORAGE
TypeCompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM
PC & MacintoshWindows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7
SOFTWARE
Browsing & PrintingImageBrowser EX
Image ProcessingDigital Photo Professional
OtherPhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
POWER SOURCE
BatteriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Battery LifeApprox. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator6 levels + percentage
Power SavingPower turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery ChargersAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight (Body Only)Approx. 950
ACCESSORIES
ViewfinderEyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C
Wireless File TransmitterWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
LensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
FlashCanon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ SwitchRemote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6
OtherHand Strap E2, GP-E2

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