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alaScore 96

988 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 988 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the low light performance and video. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

performance, usability, image quality, video, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 5D MARK III is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon Upgrades Its Revolutionary EOS 5D Shooter


The 22.3-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III captured some of the cleanest images I've seen from a DSLR when shooting in low light at high ISOs.

In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature combines three shots into one image with better exposure. “Silent” shooting mode helps capture stealthy candid portraits. Rank photos in-camera with one to five stars, then carry those ratings over to Adobe...

Only slightly more resolution than four-year-old previous model. Starting price nearly $1,000 higher than predecessor. Built-in mic only offers mono sound


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Canon EOS 5D Mark III


In 1987 Canon unveiled the EOS 650 to the world. It was the Japanese manufacturer's first 35mm autofocus SLR and the start of the EOS system. With its fully-electronic lens mount, in-lens aperture and focus motors, and reliance on electronic button and...

Good resolution and detail in raw files ; Good color and tonality across the ISO range ; Reliable metering even in difficult contrast situations ; Very responsive and snappy operation, thanks to new Digic 5+ processor ; 6 frames per second continuous...

Destructive noise reduction results in mushy JPEGs, even at base ISO ; Visible sharpening artifacts at default settings ; Heavy-handed noise reduction leads to lack of low-contrast detail at higher ISOs ; Distortion correction not available 'on the fly...

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is not only a very capable photographic tool in almost all areas, it's also fun and exciting to shoot with. The only downside are the slightly soft and overprocessed out-of-camera JPEGs. This is only visible at pixel-level but...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Body Only)


On the 25th anniversary of its EOS system, Canon finally announced the long-awaited update to its full-frame 5D Mark II dSLR. The 5D Mark III is packed with capabilities for both still and video shooters, but at a much steeper price. As you'd expect,...

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a more streamlined shooting design, significantly updated feature set with more configurability, plus better performance over its predecessor. It maintains its excellent photo and video quality as well.

JPEG photos at low ISO sensitivities don't match the generally excellent level of quality that you can otherwise get out of this camera.

While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.


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Canon EOS 5D Mark III


The Canon EOS 5D Mark III looks a lot like its predecessor on the outside, but offers plenty of improvements under the hood. It's a solid option for advanced shooters with an investment in Canon glass, but doesn't match the rapid-fire shooting...

Compact for a full-frame SLR. 22-megapixel resolution. Large optical viewfinder. Bright, high-res rear LCD. Fast autofocus. 6fps continuous shooting. Excellent high ISO performance. 1080p video recording

Expensive. Slow focus in Live View and Video modes. No built-in flash. Not compatible with EF-S lenses

The long-awaited successor to Canon's extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II camera is finally here. As its name implies, the company's 22-megapixel EOS 5D Mark III ($3,499 list, body only) is an evolutionary upgrade rather than a revolutionary one. The...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III


The Canon EOS 5D Mark III announcement was perhaps the most anticipated camera announcement in history.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIDigital Camera Review


The recently announced Canon EOS 5D Mark III steps up as the long-awaited successor to the Canon 5D Mark II. Like the Mark II before it, the Mark III is a full-frame professional camera targeting photographers and videographers. In a year already...

The Canon 5D Mark III follows up on the incredible success of the Canon 5D Mark II, a staple in the kit of almost every DSLR videographer (and many photographers) for the past three years. It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the Canon 5D Mark III is the...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIFirst Impressions Review


Canon's 5D Mark III follows up on the smash success of the Canon 5D Mark II, a full-frame professional camera designed to suit the needs of photographers and videographers across the industry. The 5D Mark II, while quite popular, was getting a little...

The Canon 5D Mark II is arguably one of the most successful cameras of the decade, incorporating videography into a DSLR as seamlessly as any camera before it. The result was a smash success and the adoption of the Mark II in professional video...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Preview


In March of 1987, Canon introduced the first EOS series SLR, the EOS 650. Now, on the 25th Anniversary, they're launching the successor to the extremely popular and versatile EOS-5D Mark II. Three and a half years in the making... a brand new 22.3...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III


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Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIDigital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

With the 5D Mark III, Canon addressed many of the issues that video users complained about with the previous 5D Mark II. The camera is loaded with manual video controls, has a whole slew of different compression and frame rate options, and it has...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD / Optical Viewfinder


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:36.0 x 24.0 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon LP-E6
Battery Type:Canon LP-E6


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes