Canon EOS 5D MARK III, a Preview

Canon recently released this video concerning the Canon EOS 5D MARK III:

“The Canon Eos 5D Mark III! Finally!” was my first thought. Then I read the specifications that were written on this video, and the excitement was gone.


  • 22.3 megapixels, full-frame for the Mark III vs. 21.1 mp, full-frame of the Mark II
  • 61-point autofocus vs. 9-point
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting vs. 3.9fps
  • ISO 50-102’400 vs. 50-25’600
  • Full HD with manual control vs. Full HD with a tad less of control
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor vs. 14-bit DIGIC 4 processor

If you go on YouTube’s page for this video, you will notice that the comments are not at all enthusiastic. And the reason why is quickly explained: When the Eos Canon Mark II was announced in September 17th of 2008, it was ground breaking. It was a revolution that made everyone fall in love with it. The movie recording feature was so good that entire movies and series were being made with this wonderful camera. Love was in the air and the expectations were high for its successor, the Mark III. But, at the moment, this feels pretty much like Windows Millennium Edition: rather have Windows 98 and wait for Windows XP. To be completely honest, i agree with user vannesniemi on YouTube:

“The best feature in Canon EOS 5D MARK III is that mark 2 prices will go down.”

Now, I am waiting for a deep and through review of the Canon EOS 5D MARK III by the guys on before giving a final judgement (by the way there is a preview video on their website, worth a look) but at the moment I can’t hide the sensation of being a bit disappointed by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

We’ll see. I am confident I will be surprised of what this camera will deliver once it will be used on the field.


I like the video Canon made to present the camera. Cool.

Giulio Menna
Lover of: all things digital, humanities, and medieval manuscripts. I created Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project and run them both with passion and love in my free time. I am an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. Still happily living in the Netherlands.