Canon 5D Mark III – Official Announcement 4

The Canon 5D Mark III is now official, with the (finally) genuine specs posted below.  It looks like the leaked spec list from yesterday was pretty spot on.  The camera can be pre-ordered on B&H Photo for $3,499.

Official Specs

MSRP Body only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 5760 x 3840
Other resolutions 3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 22.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 23.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Color space sRGB,Adobe RGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (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
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp by optional dedicated Speedlite
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto+
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Custom (x3)
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Continuous drive Yes (6 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage types Compact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Optional
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger (same battery as 5D Mark II – thank you Canon)
Battery Life (CIPA) 950
Weight (inc. batteries) 950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes With optional GP-E2 unit

[Canon] via [DPReview]

Rumor History

A few images of the 5D have finally been leaked.  They appear to be the real deal – with the name of the new camera being 5D Mark III. Thanks once again to Canon Rumors for the info.

As these pictures are of a 5D Mark III, it gives more credence to the rumor that there will also be an additional camera called the 5DX, which would continue with this years naming convention of X series cameras. Just guessing (and hoping).

And a few more images…

5D Mark III with the 1Dx

Canon 5D Mark III

Close-up of the side ports – thanks to michaelcruz

Canon 5D Mark III side ports

[CRF] via [CanonRumors]

Updated Canon 5D Mark III Spec List (2012.02.21)

  • Announcement Date – March 2, 2012
  • 22 MP
  • 61 point autofocus
  • 2 stops better ISO than 5D mark II
  • 3.2″ LCD
  • Dual CF/SD Slots
  • Digic 5 Processor
  • 6.9 fps
  • Eye Control Autofocus
  • GPS enabled
  • Release Date – Summer
  • Price $3500


Canon 5D Mark III Rumor Report History

2012.02.17 – Two pictures of the 5D Mark III camera were leaked

2012.02.26 – Announcement date set for March 2. 2012 [CanonRumors]

2012.02.20 – More confirmation that the 5D line will be split into the 5DX and 5D Mark III with the X camera being the high megapixel camera many have been waiting for.

2012.02.14 – Essentially more of the same in regards to specs, but the announcement date as been somewhat confirmed as Feb. 28. [Canon Rumors]

2012.02.02 – Announcement date is possibly set for late Feb + a few modified specs [Canon Rumors]

2012.01.27 – A supposed confirmed fps rating and megapixel count were announced on the Aquatech FB page. [Canon Rumors]

2012.01.20 – The rumors are getting stronger for a 20 something MP camera (unfortunately) – we can hope Canon will blow us out of the water with image quality.  New additions to the specs today are: 5 fps, 19 (or so) auto focus points, and eye controlled autofocus?!  [Canon Rumors]

2011.12.28 – Release date is quite certainly the summer with an announcement happening in March / April [Canon Rumors]

Things seem to be going back and forth a bit.  Northlight Images, which has a pretty good rumor reputation, puts the 5D in the 1DX boat – meaning 18MP.  There seems to be two camps – a 30MP camp and an 18MP camp… perhaps there are several new cameras coming out over the next years or perhaps Canon is keeping several ‘cards’ available for play – waiting to see what the competition does.

2011.12.14 – Back to a measly 18 MP [NI]

2011.12.06 – Pixel count over 30mp [Canon Rumors]

Last week we were hearing rumors of Canon reducing the pixel count on the 5D mark III to 19mp, which would keep it in line with the recently announced Canon 1DX.  I understand (and agree) than the pixel race is, and should be over, at least for the P&S crowd – but a little piece of me was still disappointed.  I shoot microstock photography and in that field, sale price is determined by pixel dimensions.  Needless to say, I want more pixels! 🙂

Canon Rumors has some good news for me  today suggesting the pixel count could be above 30 – news I like to hear.  Auto-focus still sounds to be lacking and the FPS would be modest as it is now (3-4 fps).

2011.11.08 – Canon 5D mark III’s are spotted in the ‘wild’ [Canon Rumors]

2011.09.14 – Spec Update [Canon Rumors]

  • 24MP
  • Pro grade AF (not 7D like)
  • 2 stops better ISO than 5D mk II
  • Digic V
  • 6 fps
  • New video codec, not Raw. MPEG 4:2:2, new video functions such as tracking focus in video mode
  • Compact body with improved weather sealed