Celebrating the 25th year since the EOS system came into the picture, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera was officially announced just today. The device is packed in with a 22.3MP full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a 61-point High Density Reticular AF system, 6 fps continuous shooting speed and the Digic 5+ imaging processor.
According the company, the camera has landed a spot between the EOS 5D Mark II and the EOS-1D X. Meaning those who consider themselves to be falling in the ‘advanced amateur’ or ‘almost professional’ category may want to take a look at it. The device is capable of recording 1080p full HD videos at 24p (23.976), 25p and 30p (29.97) fps. 720p footage can be taken at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps. For SD video, the specifics read at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. The snapper is powered by an LP-E6 Li-ion battery and integrates a 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD as well as an optical viewfinder.
“We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a ‘game-changer’ in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video,” expressed Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The highest resolution DSLR camera to ride out of the company’s quarters, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III embeds a headphone jack for monitoring audio while shooting videos. An ISO level of 50 is the lowest users can expect from the it, while two extended settings are capable of taking the ISO to 51,200 and 102,400. In terms of the overall build, the rugged exterior is carved out of magnesium alloy and there’s a stainless steel lens mount. Canon does admit that this new offering is not as weatherproof as the EOS-1D series even if it boasts of being more resistant to the ‘elements’ as compared to the EOS 5D Mark II.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III price is $3,499 for the body-only configuration. The release date is expected to fall sometime this month itself and those who want to grab the gadget along with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens will have to shell out $4,299. Apart from the camera, Canon has also unveiled the $849.99 WFT-E7A, the $390 GP-E2, the $629.99 Speedlite 600EX-RT and the $470 Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT.