Canon 5D MkIII

After Nikon’s launch of the D800 with it’s breathtaking 36MP sensor, Canon responds with the much awaited Canon 5D MkIII.

The 5D Mark III has a 22MP full frame sensor in a body based on the EOS 7D design, and with a 61-point AF system borrowed from the flagship EOS-1D X. From the glass-half-empty point of view, this could be seen as an unambitious update that trails disappointingly behindNikon’s 36MP D800 before either camera has even hit the shops.

But the 5D name itself is almost misleading – compared to its predecessor the Mark III is essentially a completely new model, with every major system upgraded and updated. In a way it’s better seen as a full-frame 7D, with that camera’s control layout, extensive customizability and 63-zone metering sensor.

Read a preview here at DPReview.

Time will tell if this upgrade is enough for Canon to regain the lead in the race for camera enthusiasts’ votes. But with a price of £600 more than the new Nikon – will it have it’s work cut out?

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