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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Review$3,499.00
The 5D Mark III did not inherit the 100k-pixel metering sensor from the 1D X, but it does pick up the 63-zone dual-layer metering found in the Canon 7D. It does, however, get the 1D X's 61-point AF sensor (with a little less processing zip), which has 41 cross-type AF sensors.
When shooting, you can use full manual mode or the usual aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and program auto modes. Alternatively, novice shooters can opt for the green automatic+ mode, which will basically automate the entire camera such that anyone should be able to use it.
Buttons & Dials
The buttons on the 5D Mark III are, for the most part, easy to manipulate and activate. The improved weather sealing around the buttons has aided durability, but the buttons also have no real haptic response when they've been activated. This can make some adjustments—especially those that require holding a button down while manipulating a control dial—a little more difficult to make.
It does, however, provide nearly silent control of the camera, as the buttons don't make much of a sound. If even that is too much for you, the camera also features silent controls during video, letting you manipulate some basic functions on the camera simply by tapping the control dial, as opposed to turning it and creating an audible click on the final video.
Effects, Filters, and Scene Modes
The 5D Mark III features the same picture control modes you've grown to know and love on other Canon models, with options for auto, standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, faithful, monochrome, and three user-defined colors modes. Each mode has options for adjusting contrast, sharpness, color tone, and saturation on a +/- 4-stop scale.
The menu on the Canon 5D Mark III is understandably dense, with nearly as many options as the flagship 1D X. The camera features the same horizontal arrangement of tabs along the top of the screen, with various pages within each tab. The 5D Mark III includes tabs for shooting settings, autofocus settings, playback, custom controls, system settings, and a customizable "My Menu." The menu has just about every option you'd need to get the camera to work the way you want it, and there are few changes from the 5D Mark II in this regard, save for the massive new autofocus menu.
The AF menu is actually going to be one area Mark II upgraders are going to want to spend some time on, because unlocking the potential of the 61-point sensor is actually quite easy. The AF menu is organized into five (!) pages of options, though only the first page is actually filled from top to bottom. The first page lets you configure the autofocus performance based on six user-configurable "cases" with options for adjusting tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching on a +/- or two-stop scale.
The other pages feature typical AF options, including lens-specific microadjustments, options for servo tracking, manual AF selection pattern, AF point display while focusing, and viewfinder display illumination.
The Canon 5D Mark III comes with a full printed manual in both English and Spanish, checking in at a whopping 300+ pages. It's not designed in any kind of linear fashion, so it's much more of a small reference guide for your camera, good to have on you in case some of the new features aren't working the way you expect.