So far this year Nikon has been grabbing all the headlines with regards to new DSLR cameras with the D4 and D800 being announced. Now today we have the news that rival manufacturer Canon have revealed the EOS 5D Mk III DSLR, which has been priced and dated.
The new model from Canon has been highly anticipated and it has now been unveiled by the company along with availability and pricing. This new model replaces the hugely successful EOS 5D Mark II and as Digital Trends is reporting should be available by the end of this month.
Canons new DSLR features a brand new 22.3 megapixel full frame CMOS senor, which compares to the 21.1 megapixels the Mk II has. There is also a high performance DIGIC 5+ imaging processor along with a 61-point High Density Reticular AF system, which are both used in the Canon 1D X.
This new model can achieve continuous image shooting of up to six fps, which is an improvement of fifty percent over the old model. Canon has announced their new camera to coincide with the 25th anniversary of its successful EOS camera system. It also has improved weather resistance that will please those who would use it outdoors a lot.
The ISO range goes from 100 through to 25,600 using the standard range, but users can also bring this down to 50 or ramp it all the way up to 51,200 and 102,400. Most users will never need this but as Canon said in its press release you might if you use the camera for law enforcement or forensics.
Round the back of the Mk III you will find a 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch LCD display, which again comes from the Canon 1D X. The screen allows users to display two images side by side that is a first for a camera in the EOS range.
The new model offers dual memory card inputs that have CF and SD/SDHC/SDXC capability, as well as offer various options how they are used. The viewfinder offers one hundred percent coverage so users get to see the whole image as they press the shutter button.
Canons Mk II model has been hugely successful with users around the world for taking video, and the company is hoping extra features in the new model will continue this trend. These features include improved noise reduction, up to 30 minutes recording time, and built-in headphone jack for that all important monitoring of the audio. It can also take 1080p HD video content at 24, 25 or 30 fps.
The Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR is set to be available by the end of the month and will cost $3,499 for the body only, and the kit with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens for $4,299. The company has also announced a number of new accessories for their new shooter, which includes the Battery Grip BG-E11.
This is an optional accessory for the EOS 5D MK III that can accept one or two LP-E6 lithium-ion battery packs, or six AA batteries. The new grip features a multi-controller with a multi-function button, which has a full set of controls that allows for easy operation when taking portraits and other vertical format images.
The unit is manufactured from a strong magnesium alloy that offers the same weather protection as the EOS 5D Mark III itself, and will be available for $490. There is also the Speedlite 600EX-RT that is the first professional Speedlite on the market. This will be ideal for wedding portraits and photojournalism and available for $629.99. Canon has also announced the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT priced at $470. For more information on the new accessories head over to the Canon website here.
Will you be getting the Canon EOS 5D Mk III?
Also See: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II shipping details