Now this is a seriously cool camera. Canon has ramped up its breakthrough 5D Mark II DSLR camera so that it’s able to capture more than twice the amount of video footage previously possible. And we’re not talking grainy, sub-par quality video footage here, but full high-def video—so sharp it could be used for broadcast television or even professional film.
Canon recently presented the 5D Mark III to an eager photo/video marketplace that’s grown significantly more sophisticated over the last decade. And whereas the 5D Mark II allowed shooters to record up to 12 minutes of video footage, the new model extends that shooting time to a full half hour.
The 5D Mark III sports some other major improvements as well. The sensor size has been increased a bit, from 21.1 megapixels to 22.3 megapixels. And where the earlier version had an ISO range between 50 and 25,600, the 5D Mark III boosts that ISO range up to between 50 and 102,400. The autofocus feature has also been enhanced significantly; while the earlier model had nine focus points, the 5D Mark III has more than six times that many focus points (with 61 points). Another increase involves the rear LCD panel, which has been upped from its original 3-inch screen to a 3.2-inch display. (The resolution of the rear LCD has climbed from 920,000 dots to 1.04 million dots.)
The new model includes a few altogether new features, too, such as twin memory card slots so shooters can use SD and/or CompactFlash cards for storing their masterpieces. The 5D Mark III’s most-welcome new addition, however, will be its headphone jack, which videographers will find useful as they lay down their footage.
Keep in mind that this is not a “casual” camera; a bare-minimum 5D Mark III (which means it has just the camera body) will set you back $3,499. Meanwhile, if you purchase the camera along with a Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 lens, you should be prepared to spend another $800, for a total of $4,299. Granted, that’s a lot of “couch change,” but photographers and videographers will tell you that for a professional DSLR camera that’s able to take 30 minutes of professional-quality video footage, you should reasonably expect to pay substantially more than the 5D Mark III’s suggested retail price.
Canon’s 5D Mark III DSLR camera is arriving in stores now. If you’re looking to learn to make the most of your DSLR camera or learn digital filmmaking with a DSLR, why not take a course this summer and sharpen your skills? Digital Media Academy offers several courses in DSLR photography and filmmaking – after all you’ve spent a lot on a DSLR camera, why not get the most it?
Are you looking forward to using Canon’s 5D Mark III DLSR camera?
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