2 March 2012

Canon 5D Mark III announced + comparison to Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D800

Today Canon announced the successor to their hugely successful Canon 5D Mark II. The Canon 5D Mark III is a big improvement to the previous model and contains numerous features of both the new 1D X and current 7D.

The following table contains a comparison of some of the key features of the new Mark III to both the Mark II and the Nikon D800.

Canon 5D II Canon 5D III Nikon D800
Estimated price of body $2,499 $3,499 $2,999
Sensor size (MP) 21.1 MP 22.3 MP 36.8 MP
Viewfinder coverage 98% 100% 100%
LCD 3” 3.2”
1.04M dots
3.2”
921K dots
Memory card CF CF+SD CF+SD
Popup Flash no no yes
Autofocus points 9 up to f/5.6 61 up to f/5.6 51 up to f/8
Face Detection yes yes yes
ISO Range 50 – 25,600 50 – 102,400 50 – 25,600
AE Bracket 3 frames 3, 5, 7 frames 2, 3, 5, 7 frames
Continuous shooting 3.9fps 6fps 4fps (FX)
6fps (DX)
Buffer size ? 18 raw 16 – 21 FX raw
Multi-exposure no yes yes (?)
Timelapse support no no yes
HDR in camera no yes yes
Horizon level no dual axis leveling dual axis leveling
GPS location external device external device external device
Shutter life 150,000 150,000 200,000
Quiet shooting
(mirror delayed)
no yes yes
Silent shooting
(no mirror)
no ? yes
Ethernet port no no no
Video
Video (1080) 30, 25, 24 30, 25, 24 30, 25, 24
Video (720) n/a 60, 50 60, 50, 30, 25
Video (640) 30, 25 30, 25 30, 25
Longest clip ±12 minutes 0:29:59
(split into 3 clips)
0:29:59
Headphone Jack no yes yes
Audio level control yes
(pre-recording)
yes + while recording yes + while recording
Video autofocus no no yes
Dedicated Video button no yes yes
Video Recording format H.264 H.264 H.264
Video compression IPP IPB or ALL-I MPEG-4 AVC
HDMI out no yes
(compressed)
yes
(uncompressed)
Aperture control in video no no yes
Histogram in video no yes no
Time code support no Rec Run +
Free Run
no
(can set markers)


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