Canon Announces Their New EOS 5D Mark III

Posted Mar. 4th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

Canon recently announced the newest version of the hugely poplar Canon ESO 5D Mark III. Interestingly, this is the camera apparently meant to compete with the new Nikon D800, yet the two cameras are SUBSTANTIALLY  different. Nikon chose a huge 36 megapixel sensor. Canon has gone with 22 megapixels. Nikon has a built-in flash. The EOS does not. Nikon shoots 4 fps in FX mode. The Canon shoots 6 fps. Nikon has given us several options for changing the camera over to a DX format which also increases the frame rate. The Canon has no such options. The D800 tops out at a standard ISO of 6400. The EOS 5D Mark III is 25,600 and the list of differences go on. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it seems there is another camera missing from Nikon’s lineup that truly would be a competitor to the EOS 5D Mark III.

The newly released Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Whether you agree with Nikon’s approach, a huge sensor with a slow fps rate, the fact remains that Nikon is once again doing what I’ve seen them do for several years now.  As I tell my students,”with Nikon you get more bang for the buck”. The Canon is listed at $3499.00 and the Nikon is listed at $2999.00. $500 bucks cheaper with a huge difference in number of options. In the end the proof will be in the sensor. After all it’s the end result that we all look at once the image has made it out of the camera. As I mentioned before, I don’t do extensive camera comparisons or detailed reviews. There are too many others who are already doing a great job on that front. So for a detailed review I suggest you visit the folks at DPReview where you can see a pre-production comparison between the Nikon D800 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark lll.

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