- 14MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor (18.7 x 14mm)
- 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens
- Optical viewfinder
- ISO 100-12,800
- 3.0″, 920,000 dot swivelling LCD
- Extensive manual control
- 14-bit Raw shooting
- 4.5fps continuous shooting (up to 6 frames)
- 6.8Wh NB-10L battery rated at 250 shots (CIPA standard)
…Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III!!
- Light sensitivity: 25,600 vs 6,400 (2 f-stops more)
- Auto Focus: more advanced (most advanced in this price category, and more cross-type focus points (41 vs 15, grabs focus in difficult situation where the D800 can’t)
- Overall Auto Focus points: 61 vs 51 (more accuracy)
- LCD screen: bigger, higher resolution (1,040k dots vs 921k dots, that’s 10% more)
- ISO boost: 2 f-stops better (50-102,400 vs 100-25,600)
- Shooting speed: 6 fps vs 4 fps (50% faster than the D800)
- Video: more modes
- Canon: 1920×1080 at 30/ 25/ 24 fps, 1280×720 at 60/ 50 fps and 640×480 at 30/ 25 fps
- Nikon: 1920×1080 at 30/ 24 fps and 1280×720 at 60/ 30/ 24 fps
- Video #2: NTSC or PAL
- Video formats: MPEG-4 and H.264 vs H.264 only
- Supported cards:
- Canon: CompactFlash (CF Type I), CompactFlash (CF Type II), SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Nikon: CompactFlash (CF Type I), SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Canon: Proprietary, Accessory shoe, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo audio, Flash Sync
- Nikon: USB, HDMI mini, 3.5mm stereo audio
- Size: 5D Mark III thinner (3″ vs 3.2″, 10%) and smaller (152x116x76mm vs 146x123x82mm, 10%)
- EOS system family: more lenses
Now let’s see where Nikon’s D800 shines out:
I totally agree with gizmodo, and I add: the EOS 5D Mark III is kicking the Nikon’s D800 in the back. :-)
It may be that Nikon’s D800 is selling better than Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III (as lots of blogs report), but no camera is getting that much attention by film-makers as the 5D Mark III. And that’s not wondering: Canon’s new FF flagship is an outstanding cam, not only for stills, but also for video. It was the former model, the EOS 5D Mark II, that started to be a valid alternative for indie film-makers. Cheap(er) alternative to the much more expensive gear you had to chose from (read Sony, Panavision, RED). While being thought (and touted) as a camera for still photography, the 5D Mark II rapidly became a film-makers darling. Not only for indie movie-makers: the 5D Mark II was used to shot shows like House and Saturday Night Special, and to shot the action scenes in Captain America. This happened not just because of the surprising video-capabilities of the 5D Mark II, but also because you had access to Canon’s rich and extensive offer of lens for the EOS system. Now we have the 5D Mark III, and the story gets into a new chapter. Read on after the break.
This is a hardware hack performed on the EOS 5D Mark III. It voids guaranty and should absolutely be avoided without the necessary technical knowledge.
James Miller teared down his brand new EOS 5D Mark III and removed the Optical Low-Pass Filter (aka Anti-Aliasing filter) that’s put on the sensor. It seems that the filter is really blurring the image, since the pics shot without the filter are much more detailed. Judge for yourself – first pic shot with the OLPF and the second without:
NOTE: pictures shot at different days, using same camera settings. Original pics can be downloaded:
As you can see the pic shot without the OLPF has more detail and more sharpness in general. Brick walls and roofs reveal details not seen on the crop from the pic shot with the mounted OLPF. Moreover, the filter is responsible for reducing moire and aliasing, but looking at the crops you can see some aliasing but no moire. Two more crops, left one with, right one without OLPF – look at the clock and at the roof above the clock:
OLPF mounted OLPF removed
The is a big difference regarding image details with details appearing in the pic shot without the OLPF that are barely if even visible in the crop from the pic shot with the OLPF mounted.
Miller also shot a video with the modded 5D Mark III:
Given the strong increase in details, it looks like if Canon has put on the EOS 5D Mark III an OLPF that’s too strong, and that’s sensibly reducing the native capabilities of the sensor. Reducing moire is important, but I question if it has to come with such a considerable loss in detail (not just for video mode, also for stills). However, the absence of moire in the crops from the frame grabs does not mean that in other circumstances there would not be more moire. James Miller is now using his 5D Mark III without the filter, so more news will come. Stay tuned.
Here are some pics of the tear down:
For the latest 5D Mark III pics uploaded to Flickr and our eBay live-ticker for possible 5D Mark III deals click here.
The following shops have the EOS 5D Mark III in stock and ready to ship:
- Amazon: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
- Canon store: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here
- B&H: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
- J&R: 5D Mark III body $3,499 – click here
- J&R: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 – click here (NOTE: shows up as out of stock, should be in stock in a few hours)
- Adorama: 5D Mark III body + free photo-book $3,499 – click here
- Adorama: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L $4,299 –click here
- DigitalRev: 5D Mark III body – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
- DigitalRev: 5D Mark III w/24-105mm f/4 L – location-based price, different kit options, ships in 24h – click here
B&H has the EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens in stock now for $4,299.00, ships for free in the US (click here).
Just a quick reminder that the double rebate deals offered by B&H are ending in a few hours.
There are a two good deals that expire March 31 (and will not be extended).
First, the instant double rebates on Canon lenses and speedlites (click here). The deal is offered for EOS 60D, 7D and 5D Mark II bodies with a lens of your choice. You choose a body, you associate a lens, and when you check out you get the double savings. Check the various kit combinations clicking here or on the image below.
B&H is offering Canon a Rebel, 60D, 7D + Tele-Zoom/Dslr lens bundle rebate (click here). You choose a lens, then a body, and then you check out saving money. Check the various kit combinations clicking here or on the image below.
The offerings are a real money-saver, but they all expire in a few days (March 31) and will not be extended.
More information about the cameras cited in this post:
Have nice day or night….
Canon’s new full-frame camera vs. RED’s resolution champion – that’s something for movie makers. A comparison concerning image details between the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 7D and the Scarlet-X done at cinema5d DSLR film forum by user Sebastian, which has also some interesting thoughts about the EOS 5D Mark III (from a film-maker’s point of view).
That means a full-frame sensor (5D3) vs an APS-C sensor (7D) vs a smaller than APS-C sensor (Scarlet-X), using a Canon zoom 24-105mm f/4.0 L (5D3), a Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 (7D) and a Contax Zeiss 28mm (Scarlet-X) – this was done to match the shots (but filmed sections are not 100% identical, not a real problem in my opinion).
The footage of the Scarlet-X was recorded @2k and scaled down to HD. Not only the 5D Mark III matches the Scarlet-X concerning image details, but there is also less noise.
Read the cinema5d forum post clicking here. The original files used for the comparison can be downloaded: