Canon Announces 5D Mark III $3499. Hands On Video. Sample Footage.

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Canon finally announced the new 5D Mark III today. I picked up this hands on video from The Verge. Here is a rip from the post and a break down of the video specifications from the Canon press release. It’s too bad that Canon has yet to add full 1920 X 1080 60P, otherwise it looks to be a promising camera for both video and stills.


Here is some sample footage from Canon.

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From The Verge Post.

All the new technology under the hood has allowed Canon to answer the wishes of video shooters everywhere: the 5D Mark III doesn’t skip lines when downscaling the massive 22.2-megapixel output to HD resolution when recording video, which Canon claims will significantly decrease the dreaded moire effect that plagued the Mark II. Aliasing and CMOS skew, two other common visual knocks on the Mark II, have been improved as well. Canon showed us a moire test comparison between the Mark II and Mark III and it did show an impressive improvement — we’ll have to see how the camera performs out in the real world, but there’s hope that Canon’s moire issues may be a thing of the past.

FINALLY, A HEADPHONE JACK!

Another video annoyance, the 4GB video file size limitation, has been done away with: now, when you reach the end of a 4GB file, the camera just automatically starts a new file. Canon has also finally added the much-requested headphone jack (making the Mark III the first EOS camera with this feature) and the ability to monitor and adjust audio levels while recording with the command dial on the back. That command dial also functions as a touch-sensitive scroll wheel for silent operation when shooting in video mode, but it otherwise retains the same “clicky” feeling when physically turning it. There’s also more flexibility in terms of shooting modes: 1080p footage can be shot at 24, 25, or 30 FPS and there’s a new 720p mode that offers 50 or 60 FPS.

Video ISO range is now 100 to 12,800 with 25,600 available as an extended option, and the new sensor and DIGIC 5+ combo promises a two-stop improvement in noise reduction. And in another theft straight from the 1D X, the IPB and ALL-i video codecs are included, which gives shooters more flexibility when choosing between smaller file sizes or higher quality, more editable footage. Unfortunately, there’s still no option for clean HDMI output (which allows the uncompressed video footage to be captured on an external recorder) — when we asked about this, Canon’s reps said “not yet.” However, it does sound like the HDMI signal output won’t downsample from 1080p to 480p when recording, thanks to the DIGIC 5+. Canon’s reps couldn’t say that with certainty, but they suspected it wouldn’t be an issue going forward.

 

From The Canon Press Release.

Next generation EOS Movies
The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the reputation of the EOS 5D Mark II, with a range of new features introduced following feedback received from photographers to provide even better Full HD video performance. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged. Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.

 

Jared Abrams
Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.