Canon’s About To Announce A New 5D Mark III Pro DSLR Camera, Here Are Photos And Specs [Update]



I’m sure many of you have been waiting for Canon’s replacement to their highly praised and super popular pro DSLR, the 5D Mark II. Friends, your wait ends tonight.

They can’t hide it any longer; the dam is starting to leak and is ready to burst. Canon Rumors has leaked multiple photos of event setup in Shanghai, Paris, and Singapore, and now we’re seeing photos of the Mark III itself along with various specs and other details. Expect the Mark III to be announced tonight while you snooze at these events all over the world. It should also be available for preorder tomorrow.

For those not in the know, the Mark II was a photo and video creating powerhouse that became a staple in the independent film maker community. But the Mark II was released in November of 2009, and after Nikon unveiled its new full frame 36 megapixel D800 in February, many have been watching to see when Canon would reply with their updated 5D.

Notable Specs (update: these specs are now confirmed):

  • Body-only price of about $3500
  • 22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
  • Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)
  • 61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
  • 6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
  • Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
  • Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
  • Silent & low vibration modes
  • Dual card slots (CF & SD)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Improved durability & water and dust resistance

See more specs and photos over at Canon Rumors.

Update: Canon announced the new 5D Mark III tonight and the rumored specs were right on. You can check out sample images from the Mark III on Canon’s site.

Also announced tonight is a new top-o-the-line flash, the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT; the ST-E3-RT, a new Canon-made speedlight radio trigger (radio!); the WFT-E7 wireless transmitter; and the new GP-E2 GPS receiver.



  • antoshka_t

    yeah…and it’s gona be almost as good as nokia 808..

  • iDaBoss

    No thanks, I’ll take an iPhone 5

  • James Nono

    I can’t tell the difference between the Mark II and Mark III except for the extra “I” on the front. The dash looks life CR*P! Go Nikon!

  • Manhattan Hillbilly

    Excuse me, I just need to find a cash machine … 

  • techgeek01

    Who would want this, when you can have the Nokia 808 ClearView?  ;P

  • Arwin de Dios

    i have A77 and it blows  the Mark II now this mark III only 22 mp?? lol Mark II has 21mp and A77 has 24mp. plus EVF for the win!! and did i say A77 is 12FPS in full? yeah!

  • erfon elijah

    yeah, but canon has better lenses and, in my opinion, much higher image quality. it’s not all about specs.

  • erfon elijah

    haha thank god you’re joking

  • ErinsDad

    I love to see them make only a left-hand version…  REVENGE!!!


  • Jeremy Breningstall

    I’ve been using the Canon 5D Mark II for sports and I’ve been greatly impressed- even with its faulty autofocus, it’s possible to get great results by using the center point and taking advantage of the strong resolution. If they make the Canon 5D Mark III just a little more sportsworthy, it should be an amazing camera. A Nikon D700 update with 22 megapixels and video, that’s the camera Nikon should have come with.

  • Mark McLaughlin

    I have the Mark II.  It’s image quality is nothing short of amazing.  Smooth buttery bokey, no noise.  I’ve had Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras.  It’s all about the lenses.  Canon’s 70-200mm f2.8 is unreal mounted on the Mark II.  It’ll take a shot of a gnat pissing in the dark and get every drop.  And it’s built like a tank.  I’m getting the Mark III so I’ll have both.

  • Len Williams

    I’ve been using the Canon 5D MkII for a couple of years and am constantly amazed with the astounding images I get in all kinds of lighting conditions. It looks like Canon finally fixed one of my minor pet peeves: they’ve moved the ON/OFF switch to the top left of the camera over by the Mode Dial. I don’t know if this is the best place for it, but I think it will be slightly less awkward than the lower right position it’s been on every Canon DSLR to date. I can’t wait to see what the Digic 5 processor can do. The 61 auto-focus points sound great, as do the dual CF and SD card slots. The last time I saw dual slots like this was on my old and trusty Olympus E-10 back in the mid-90s (loved that camera, even with its 4.1 mpxl resolution).

  • Michael Rygaard

    I will do what I have been doing for the past 4 years – I REFUGE to upgrade to a camera that do not have GPS – the ability to find my old photos taken on iPhone via a map is fantastic.
    I cant remember if it were in 2010 spring or 2009 spring i took a nice picture in Berlin, but if i look at Berlin i instantly get all albums from there taken by my iPhone – this is the single killer feature im waiting for – that feature could even make me switch to Nikon.

  • erfon elijah

    i’m starting to agree with you mark.  i’m a nikon guy but i just found myself preordering the mark iii : 0

  • erfon elijah

    i’ve seen so many nokia 808 comments today all over the web.  guys, if you think a camera phone is gonna get anywhere near as close in quality as a full frame sensor DSLR, you need to put down your doritos, put down your bong, and sleep it off.

  • antoshka_t

    man…go to the doctor, your sense of humor is ill..

  • Aaron

    Better lenses? Remember Sony purchased Konica/Minolta, so it has access to those lenses. That being said, I can usually pick out the photo from the Sony versus other cameras. They still have fringing problems on bright objects.

  • Aaron

    I’m not quite sure why this article is on “Cult of Mac”…