planetMitch with Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands on – What isn’t in the Canon press release!

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planet5D was blessed to have a hands on preview of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III – these are the compiled notes I took while Chuck Westfall told us about the new features. This is one of several posts here on planet5D today. It is normally our policy to not post on multiple pages, but we’ve got so much information to share, it just seems crazy to try to fit it into just one post.

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Barry Andersson (author of the new HDSLR video book) was able to travel with me to Los Angeles and as you’ll see in the accompanying video, we sat down after the Canon presentation and discussed the major advancements in this camera.

Notes

In no particular order (other than this is the order Chuck went thru the features)

By the way, there are lots of features coming down from the Canon EOS-1D X – so if you’re interested in reading details that I may not have included here, read about the details on the Canon EOS-1D X on planet5D.

The 5D2 will remain in the product line! The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be the third full frame sensor camera in the Canon line. The others are the 5D2 and the Canon EOS-1D X.

The price of the 5D3 will be $3499 for the body only and there will also continue to be a kit version with the 24-105 L IS (no change in lens) $4299.

Late March delivery!

Highest image quality in the class – better than the 5D2. This camera is aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals especially (but these are not the only groups that will enjoy the 5D3) wedding, landscape, and photojournalism and that’s just a small listing of where this camera fits.

There are upgrades everywhere on this camera both on the stills and video

Sensor size: 22.3 MP

The sensor is completely new and improved (details coming up later in the post)

The processor is the new Digic 5+ (single).

The 5D3 shoots 6 frames per second (fps) in burst mode! The 5D2 was 3.9fps.

ISO – 2 stop improvement over the 5D2 – standard range 100-25,600 (expands to 50-102,400)

The autofocus takes a huge leap! Identical AF to the Canon EOS-1D X! Same tracking as well (tho note, there isn’t the intelligent tracking as noted below)

Available light exposure meter 63 zone dual zone – same as 7D

Added in Chromatic Aberration correction in stills (jpeg) and video – can tag the data into the raw file, but you handle it in post processing.

New beefier shutter to handle the new 6fps shooting. There’s also silent mode like the Canon EOS-1D X.

Added 720p – 60 in 720 for slow motion (but no camera is yet shooting 60fps 1080)

Continuing details

2 stop improvement in noise reduction (don’t be confused, this isn’t ISO which also got a 2 stop improvement) over 5D2 – specifically better in jpeg and movies – RAW processing is different (still better but processed differently). The improvements are 2 parts – better sensitivity to get higher ISOs, and at each of these higher ISOs, there’s a 2 stop improvement in the noise (lower)

Video – improved moire, jello (rolling shutter), and reduced noise

8 channel readout off the sensor (5D2 was 4 channel) which supports the 6fps (ASK CHUCK ABOUT THIS IN MORE DETAIL)

The new sensor is completely re-designed with gapless microlenses – brings in more light as compared to previous sensors with gaps between the diodes. The new photo diode structure which provides better quantum efficiency. Plus there’s better on chip noise reduction. These 3 things mean there will be a cleaner signal coming off the sensor before it even goes to the processor.

Movie mode does not use the expanded ISO range, highest you can go is 25,600 in movie.

For auto ISO you have more control because you can limit the highest ISO and the lowest shutter speed.

The stills we were shown were significantly better than the 5D2 – the noise levels were reduced and at the higher ISOs the color was better. The Canon EOS-1D X is even better still. It has 1 stop better but the pixels are also a bit larger because the Canon EOS-1D X is only 18mp.

While Chuck was talking, I was holding the 5D3 and shooting (of course they didn’t let us put in our own card unfortunately because it was a pre-release model). There’s an entire post on my reactions.

The Digic 5+ processor – 17x faster processor than Digic IV – 30% faster than the Digic V processor in the powershots etc.

8 features were added purely because of capabilities of the new processor

6fps
Scene intelligent auto – much better than the old CA (on the mode dial)
HDR
Multiple exposures
Chromatic aberration correction
In camera RAW
2 forms of movie compression
Comparative playback function (not in Canon EOS-1D X)
UDMA 7 support – faster write speed and larger buffer

Many of the features of the Canon EOS 7D body have been moved to the 5D3.

The power switch is below the mode dial like the 7D.
The mode dial has a locking button
The multi-function button has been added by the shutter trigger
The live view switch is to the right of the viewfinder (thank goodness it isn’t on the mode dial!)
The Q button has been added to control the LCD screen.
Touch pad like the Canon EOS-1D X – touch the dial to change ISO, audio level, shutter speed, aperture etc. While recording video.
Creative photo button – centralizes creative menus for picture style, HDR, and multi-exposure mode.
The rating button – can rate images while reviewing and give 1-5 stars. Note the data flows thru to Adobe and Apple software (1 to 5 stars)

On the front, the DOF preview button moved to the left side (only change to the front other than the III)

Menu system is based on the Canon EOS-1D X improvements. Includes all the new ‘help’ (via the info button).

Custom controls – 10 buttons that are user programmable like was implemented on the 7D (but better).

1 touch image quality button – allows you to switch instantly from RAW to jpeg and you can cycle into RAW+jpeg if you’d like. This will be great for times where you want to have a jpeg instead of a RAW on a shot but don’t want to go thru the menus to switch things.

3 RAW modes – full (22.3), M-RAW and S-RAW – so you can have smaller RAW resolutions and file sizes if you still want to use your RAW processing but want smaller sizes (saves disk space but still gives you the full power of RAW).

Customizable file names! You can put change the first 4 characters from (IMG_) – helps when you’re using multiple cameras you can know which camera shot which file. Very helpful to teams and movie productions!

Comparative playback – you can compare 2 images and see histograms, check exposure, expression, and is only for stills (can’t compare 2 movies side by side).This feature is new and not on any other Canon model.

Intelligent viewfinder – on demand grid etc. Also you can see the spot metering circle. Plus, you set an alert display and it will show up in the viewfinder display.

Spot meter is 1.5% which is the tightest spot ever – used to be 3%

2 card slots – one CF and one SD – 3 recording modes, auto switch, record different file sizes on the 2 different cards, or you can even select 2 different kinds of RAW or 2 different sizes of jpg.

I asked why there were 2 different formats and there wasn’t an answer – the guess is that 2 CF slots would have made the body slightly larger.

When recording video tho, it won’t automatically switch to the second card, it will stop recording when the first card is full. When doing stills, it will auto switch to the second card.

The max video recording time is 29.59 minutes just like the Canon EOS-1D X.

The weather proofing is better than the 5D2 but not as good as the Canon EOS-1D X.

The metering and the autofocus system talk to each other (the meter is the same as the 7D remember?) – benefitting the exposure meter to tweak the exposure based on the subject is being focussed and how far away it is etc. The color also improves the exposure of reds and greens.

Precise focus in various light sources – there are differences in flourescent (flickering light source) – the exposures can be off due to the light.

Auto-exposure bracketing – 3,5,7 – can also determine which direction the bracketing goes (not always just over and under evenly split) – first exposure is the one the camera thought would be right

Auto ISO – can do AE lock in manual mode – there’s also an AE lock hold function that lets you see the AE lock reading plus the live reading.

The autofocus is a huge improvement over the 5D2 – bringing in the same AF from the Canon EOS-1D X – there weren’t any cross points in the 5D2. Especially improves subjects that are moving.

Minimum light level ev-2 is the same as the Canon EOS-1D X.

The only thing that didn’t come down from the Canon EOS-1D X is the EOS intelligent tracking and recognition system because that uses the extra 100,000 pixel metering sensor that is only on the Canon EOS-1D X.

More options for selecting AF points (6 vs 2 in the 5D2) –
spot AF (like 7D & Canon EOS-1D X)
single point AF
single point + adjacent 4 points (good for moving subjects) (you tell the camera you think the subject is in the center point, but if it can’t focus there, you give the camera the freedom to pick one of the other 4),
single point + adjacent 8, zone (same as sp+8 but the camera decides which of the points it thinks is the subject – in sp+8 you told it which point).

You can program how you want the AF points you want displayed in the viewfinder.

Silent shooting mode (single and continuous) which is better for shooting in quiet environments – this is basically the same sound as when you are in live view on the 5D2 and press the shutter button to take a snap.
The shutter timing is almost identical to the 7D and very close to the Canon EOS-1D X – the release time lag is down from 75 ms to 59ms – much more responsive shutter.

There’s a totally new mirror mechanism to handle the 6fps

There are 5 settings for HDR – One under, one over, and proper exposure – plus you have the option to have all 3 images stored and you can post process as you want.

There are 5 composites they call: natural, standard, medium, bold, and emboss

The multi-exposure is just like the Canon EOS-1D X – 9 different exposures.
Comparative bright, comparative dark, additive, and continuous.

Scene intelligent auto (replaces CA on the 5D2 mode dial) – uses more information plus automatically sets picture style and does great job on sunsets and brightly colored objects.

Same picture styles as the 5D2 and others.

Can pre-set the LCD trim information for live view – square; 4×3, 16×9 (can mask off area or do show thru).

Dual axis electronic level like 7D

In camera RAW processing like 60D and Canon EOS-1D X

Video:

Exactly the same as the Canon EOS-1D X

All-I and IPB compression modes (5D2 was IPP compression).
All = 22mins on 16gb card
IPB = 63mins on 16gb card (compression is about 3x stronger)

The new Digic V does not do line skipping so we get reduced moire – but because it is not native 1920×1080 camera – there’s still a bit of processing which can cause moire. The sample they showed with a test image (circles not bricks)… and there was very significant reduction (but not elimination) of moire.

Chuck confirmed today that the resolution does not drop when you are connected to an external monitor and hit record. It does still have all of the overlays and the signal is not meant to be recorded.

Embedded time code just like the Canon EOS-1D X

Level control on screen – can control audio while recording!

There are the same silent controls for altering some video functions while recording as well (from Canon EOS-1D X)

Headphone jack

DPP Digital Photo Professional – new version of the software comes with the camera – includes HDR and multiple exposure processing.

This new feature called Digital Lens Optimizer – unique to this sofware (Adobe doesn’t have it, nor does Apple or DXo) – we have a database for 29 compatible lenses initially, including:
Spherical aberration
Astigmatism
Sagittal Halo
Curvature of field
Chromatic aberration (both kinds)
diffraction
Effects of a low pass filter on a CMOS sensor

And this will be available for all EOS RAW files for cameras released since 2006!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)



64 comments
Javier
Javier

I've owned a 350D, a 400D, a 5D Mk I, a 5D Mk II and now the 5DMk III. All with hand grips including the III. Ergonomically, this camera is near-perfect. After all, photography is a joy (or should be), and to begin with, the feeling of the 5DMkIII in your hands is pure luxury. Metering indeed goes hand in hand with AF. I shoot manual only, and most of the time UNDER NORMAL conditions, I shoot with the exposure meter dead-on center, no need to over nor underexpose. The metering accuracy of this camera is fantastic. Center-focusing and recomposing is, of course, child's play. Learning all the other AF possiblities for someone coming from 9 points AF is challenging at first, but later it opens up dozens of possibilities. Color rendition is absolutely wonderful. I am amazed by this camera. I shoot RAW and in Faithful Mode. Out-of-the-camera colors are accurate, sharp, sober and clear. I have L-glass lenses only, but it's only in this camera that they are fully delivering their goods. Of course YMMV. And they were quite good on the previous 5Ds. I leave the technicalities to everyone else. Sure, there is the Nikon D800, sure dynamics could've been better, sure the sensor could've been more powerful, sure the SD card specs could've been faster, the RATE button ought to be programable, etc. But as I say, it's the incredible FEEL of this camera that IMHO makes it stand way above the crowd.

Taz
Taz

Got mine pre-ordered. The way I look at it, if you do a couple of weddings it should cover the cost of the camera.

David
David

On the Mark II is you were using a lens with less than f/2.8 you had to use the Canon Eg-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen. Do you still have to do this with the Mark III?

SiliconVoid
SiliconVoid

What a great topic to review the basic functionality and abilities provided by the 5DmkIII and the competing D800. Lets not forget the most important thing here - we are not talking about video cameras. We are looking at Digital Single Lens Reflex camera bodies that 'also' provide the ability to capture video. Due to their larger sensors they provide cinema quality video as opposed to a camcorder. (many of us do not want our footage looking like a cheap zero depth of field porno, heh) If we look at the two bodies as a whole it is a different comparison: Nikon took a camera that was legendary in its very broad overall performance (the D700) and instead of just adding video capabilities along the lines of the legendary 5DmkII, they also increased the pixel count to the extent that you can no longer use it as you would have used the D700. So while the D800 itself gains video, you gain the ability to always have a tripod, couple car batteries, and kilowatts of lighting in your backpack to use it as the photographic tool its predecessor was - yes very alluring. O.o Where as Canon took the 5DmkII, made no changes to its expansive photographic abilities that would handicap it (actually made it more useable in every respect) and upgraded abilities in video that people who actually use the camera and have the knowledge/experience to request changes, expressed a wish to have improved! I know that is not a naked feature by feature comparison - but that is basically the point. One of these two cameras is not as broadly useful as it was or as it could/should have been. I really do not understand how people who do not use something to its full extent, do not know how to use something to its full extent, feel they are qualified to complain why this or that was not upgraded. The only real complaint that could be forged against the 5DmkIII as an upgraded mkII would be the lack of mp increase - and I state that almost sarcastically as it did not need to be increased - but we know how appealing more mp are to pixel peeping image editors who spend more time sitting at their computer than they do in the field enjoying the art of photography/videography. As for price.. Well it is the new 5D! Unlike most of Nikon's professional bodies, it will reduce in price over its lifespan not just right after the announcement of its replacement. (/coughD800)

Darren
Darren

Thanks. So the ninja or similar still records the same file type as would be written to a cf card but to view on an external drive means having to put up with all other information on the screen as well? Is that what the new mklll does?

todd
todd

Any idea if the firmware will include pixel re-mapping for the video? I don't want to have to send the camera in every time dead pixels show up.

Roger
Roger

Everyone keeps saying 'well no camera is doing 1080p/60 yet' so why would the 5D. But isn't this the new 5D that we've been waiting for forever that was supposed to raise the bar for the next 3 years? People actually think the same resolution and frame rates as the T2i is perfectly acceptable? By the way, in your article you say no camera is shooting 1080p/60 yet... the AF100 was doing it a while ago. Even that new tiny Sony is doing it, so don't tell me it's not possible Canon!

Stacey Haslem
Stacey Haslem

Can it spot meter from any of the cross type focal points or just the center one?

james
james

so what is the actual drawback of having a tilt lcd? anyone have any thoughts?

james
james

great stuff mitch. thanks for all of your info. im not disappointed, theres some great stuff in there. not sure that im gonna sell my 5dii just yet though maybe in 6 months when the prices come down. lets not forget this is dslr first, not a video camera.

BerniesDad
BerniesDad

"Can pre-set the LCD trim information for live view – square; 4×3, 16×9 (can mask off area or do show thru)." Saw this note above. Didn't see any mention, but I wonder if you can set a crop in the viewfinder too? If it has the LCD grid overlay it seems possible. I like to shoot stills in 16:9 and would love to block out the rest if possible.

Justin
Justin

Manual audio control and headphone jack. Does this mean AGC is gone?!

photonphysicist
photonphysicist

Will the 5DIII have wireless flash control like the 7D?

Magnuseklof
Magnuseklof

Mitch, a big Thank You! from Sweden for all your great work and all the great info you're sharing, we appreciate it!! Magnus

Bob
Bob

What is that button on the back of the camera (under the screen)? Is it a battery charge check button like a macbook ?

Morten Carlsen
Morten Carlsen

Hi.... So -Canon Claims "We've listened to our customers" Perhaps they listened but they clearly didnt hear them. Dirty HDMI out. I get amazing video footage of my canon 5dmk2. I would want clean HDMI so I can record 422 prores. Saves me from transcoding. Canon did not hear a thing and they totally blew this one. Of course, they did not want to compete with their C300 which is NOT going to set ANY kind of standard. I'll stick to my canon 5dmkii and at some point, when they implement "Shooting Styles" like Cinestyle from Technicolor, it is sayonara Canon. I'm moving to nikon. How can a company totally BLOW their best selling camera.

WoBo
WoBo

Where is the new Canon DSLR based on the 7D sensor with 47Mp effective ??? That was expected !!!

Jake
Jake

Any word on bit rate for video? Or what are the raw settings for video if any?

Abraham Joffe
Abraham Joffe

Does anyone know if you can activate expanded focus while recording to check focus without stopping? This would be so helpful. Also, is there any more info comparing the two compression formats? And has dynamic range improved from the markii? But all-in-all it looks great to me.

Adam
Adam

Completely disappointed!!! Canon does not listen to customers. This is overpriced upgrade to current cameras. For videographers Canon is now behind Nikon. Canon - shame on you!

Allister Whyte
Allister Whyte

Well,completely disappointed,Im now heading toward Nikon,Canon had the perfect opportunity to Chuck Norris the competition,Headphone jack,tilt LCD, 60 fps etc,these are among the obvious features i was hoping for.

Erik
Erik

Great information, really looking forward to this camera. Any word on audio quality? 16 vs 24 bit?

JB
JB

"I asked why there were 2 different formats ..." ... Well, I guess the "Pro" likes his CF cards. They are so distinguishing. On the other hand us normal peoples might wish to avoid the expense as we have 100 GBs of SD cars lying around and don't need to invest in CFs which are incompatible with more or less any other hardware and overly expensive (same speed and volume) ... So Canon did the smart thing (finally) and enable the 5D for people like me who decided about 5 years ago that I would never buy a camera which forces me into an expensive flash card format. Was one major point why I bought into Canon (550D right now) instead of Sony. OK, I know I sound silly :-) ...

Frank Suero
Frank Suero

Sorry Canon, not what I expected, I feel like Canon have to keep this camera low to keep it away from their video cameras. Now I am on the market for a Sony NEX-FS100 or even better a Nikon 800D. clean feed out and uncompressed video at that low noise capability I am leaning to the Nikon. Is any one interested in a set of 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 canon l glass lenses?

planetMitch
planetMitch

I've not heard anything about that - we discussed it on the live Canon EOS 5D Mark III show this afternoon. It is a great idea they need to work on!

planetMitch
planetMitch

Roger, yes, there are plenty of video cameras that have 1080 60fps (and higher), but there aren't any HDSLRs that are doing it. Would I like to see it? yes!

planetMitch
planetMitch

There was a mention of some new features of the viewfinder but I don't recall anything like that.

SiliconVoid
SiliconVoid

You can control audio levels during recording using the rear control wheel.

SiliconVoid
SiliconVoid

No - That is part of the flash unit itself built into the 7D. However with the appropriate flash unit attached to the mkIII you can control other flash units wirelessly.

SiliconVoid
SiliconVoid

"How can a company totally BLOW their best selling camera." --"their best selling camera."-- We will let you think on that one for a bit..........

Darren
Darren

Pardon my ignorance but what exactly is dirty hdmi out? Does it purely relate to what can be recorded on an external drive straight out of the camera? Or does it mean the picture you get if hooked up to a zacuto evf is different in size/ratio to the one on the LCD?

RAS
RAS

It's not a video camera, so why is that an important issue?

Garrett
Garrett

The pre-production 1dx I tested was about 20 mb/s. this one looks about the same.

SiliconVoid
SiliconVoid

You obviously have no familiarity with any of these cameras or the technology. If you did, you would be able to ignore what the media leaves out and fanboys have to say. To catch you up - Nikon did not bring anything new of any significance to the table other than video out on the HDMI port (something available through Magic Lantern btw) and if that were of any great limitation the 5DmkII would not have become so popular and used around the world. Canon did not really have to do anything with video as the 5D is already entrenched in the field and workflow as a perfectly capable broadcast/movie tool. There may be a whole new crowd of videographers out if the field in the near future with their new D800, but there will not be anymore than a small percentage that will be switching. Nikon has not, is not, will not be ahead of the 5D in any area of video, primarily because there is nothing really to make anyone switch. As for listening to its customers, hmm, well the way I see it (and many others) Canon listened to its 'customers' where Nikon listened to 'potential consumers'. The difference is one group has the knowledge and experience to request features or capabilities, where the other has no knowledge of what they are asking for beyond what someone else says they want or heaven forbid read on a website. - I will side with the actual customers, which is what Canon did.

planetMitch
planetMitch

the 5D3 has a headphone jack and 60fps - nobody is doing 1080 60fps in a dslr yet. Only thing missing in your list is the tilt LCD or am I missing something?

ras888
ras888

Haha - audio quality? Seriously? On a DSLR?

duh
duh

compact flash cards are not that much more, if at all more expensive then SD cards. I don't know where you are shopping

guru
guru

Nikon D800 does line skipping, so good luck with that :)

Richard
Richard

Would be interested in the lenses, could you give me more specs? And prices? Thanks

Stanley
Stanley

Are you all blind? OK, if we do not count camcorders doing 1080p60 (AF100, FS-100, F3) then here are DSLRs doing it:: NEX-7, A65, A77, GH2 (very nice picture with 100Mb/s hack) ... They put very fast processors to 5D III but locked 60p not because the hardware cannot do that, but, because of the business. Canon piss..... customers every time they do something new, they wait and if it is necesary, they release firmware update like they did with ,,manual audio controll for Mark II,, Canon does not want to harm their camcorder business... Nikon does not make camcorders. But, let´s say what is really usefuly new on Mark III: Only (probably) higher sensitivity is attractive for me (I am not photographer), but for price 1/2 higher then Mark II.... SORRY CANON, WAKE UP! I will GO NIKON D800 :-( or maybe I could invest more money for Nikon D4, I will save money on lenses because of 3way cropping.

planetMitch
planetMitch

The reference to dirty HDMI simply means the HDMI feed includes the screen overlay (all the data display bits shown on the screen)

Jake
Jake

Not a video camera? Are you kidding? Have you seen "Act of Valor" most of it was shot wtih the 5dMKII Of course the list of where the camera was used in film and television is endless these days. Personally I've produced about 3000 videos with mine. I shoot very few photographs with it. So to answer your question, that's why its a very important issue.

Stanley
Stanley

Where did you get the infotmation tha Mark III has 1080p60??? It has 60p in 720 mode only! And therefore Nikon D800 is much better because of FX/DX cropping, so you will get double rate of your lenses! And, Nikon D4 has 3 way cropping, up to 2,5x. So If You buy one 100mm F1.2, you will get 3 lenses 100/200/250mm for Full HD film !!!!!!!!!!! But there are already DSLRs with 1080p50 like NEX-7, A-77 and GH2 (which has possibility to hack to 100MB/s)

Musouka
Musouka

The Sony NEX-7, which could be considered a DSLR replacement, could do 1080P60 (AVCHD Progressive). Canon could have one-upped Nikon by introducing that in the 5DIII. I wonder if they are limiting that through software... if that's the case, then a future firmware update could remove the restriction. Uncompressed video through HDMI *might* also be possible with a firmware update... the 1DX will have to get both first, though. Or maybe Magic Lantern will be there first? I'm also disappointed by the lack of USB3.

JB
JB

If that's the case things just changed since when I made my decision. When my friend bought his 5D2 he had to pay quite a lot for 2 CF cards. But anyway, while I can use my (micro)SD cards with my phone, MP3 player, compact camera, SLR and some other devices I just don't remember right now I would have no other use for the CFs. So I'm happy the 5D3 now'll accept my SDs. I'm just still a bit angry about Sonys decision years ago to come up with those memory sticks. Damn greed always makes sure we never get the best technically possible hardware. Always somebody has to build a wall to make sure of his bucks. Maybe that's what most people find usefull, but not me.

planetMitch
planetMitch

Stanley, the GH2 only has 1080 6fps because of the hack - it does not have it natively - so I'll stick with my point. I'm not classifying the NEX-7 etc as HDSLRs at this point because they're in the small mirrorless clan (yes I know the GH2 is mirrorless but it is more like the DLSR shape).

Stanley
Stanley

I have to correct myself.... as the prices of Mark II bodies go rapidly down, the price of Mark III is already twice that!!! And they did not remove moire, only reduced it :-) so if you have problem with that, you will need to buy Panasonic GH2 body (you can put Canon lenses on it as well) and you go ,,moire free,, !!!!!

gibbygoo
gibbygoo

Don't be a dink. DSLR's have had a tremendous impact in professional video applications, not to mention the world of independent cinema. It's not even close to being debatable. Take a good look at the C300 or Scarlet X. Look familiar?

ras888
ras888

Wow. 3000 videos! At the end of the day, it is a photographic camera with a video mode. Nothing more. And canon understands that.

Justin
Justin

The NEX-7 and GH2 are DSLRs now?

-hh
-hh

Well, CF cards can *seem* to be more expensive than SD if the buyer doesn't also make sure to compare equal I/O speed performance as well as capacity...basically, one needs to normalize both on size and speed. For example, a "Class 10" SD card is only equivalent to a "66x speed" on the older classification system. Frankly, I'm not even sure that one can still find CF cards that slow to buy today. So while the 5Dmk3 can now take SD cards, the fine print to search out in the specifications is to find out what's the minimum speed SD card for supporting 1080 video? Frankly, I'd be surprised if any micro-SD card today is fast enough. In any event, once one starts to really use these tools, you'll quickly discover that having a deep magazine of dedicated (or even mostly-dedicated) cards really helps with data management & workflow. Sure, they can easily run $50 per card, but in the context of a $3500 body that's using a 70-200L f/2.8 IS lens (another $2000), that $50 card is a 1% variance. -hh

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