SpecificationsCanon EOS 5D Mark III 
 Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Year Introduced2012 
Total Pixels23.4 
Sensor Size36.0 x 24.0mm 
Pixel Dimensions5760 x 3840 
Pixel Size6.25µm 
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/10.1 
Aspect Ratio3:2 
Sensor CleaningEOS Integrated Cleaning System with fluorine coated Low-Pass Filter 
Lens MountEF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-E 
Image ProcessorDIGIC 5+ 
TypeTTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor 
Points61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
Working RangeEV -2 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100) 
ModesOne Shot
AI Focus
AI Servo
Point SelectionAutomatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF 
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF 
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Assist BeamEmitted by optional dedicated Speedlite 
MicroadjustmentAF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
Exposure Control  
Metering ModesTTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.2% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.5% viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1 – 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100) 
Exposure Comp+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB). 
AEB2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments 
ISO SensitivityAuto (100-12800), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) 
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2 102400
Shutter Speed30 – 1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode) 
WB SettingsAWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation: 
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom WBYes, 1 setting can be registered 
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
CoverageApprox. 100% 
MagnificationApprox. 0.71x 
EyepointApprox. 21mm 
Diopter Correction-3 to +1 m-1 (diopter) 
Focusing ScreenFixed (Transmissive LCD screen) 
MirrorQuick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter) 
InformationAF information: AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock,
exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock,
red-eye reduction light
Image information: Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card
information, Battery check
Composition information
Grid, electronic level, Warning symbol
Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance
correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering
DOF PreviewYes, with Depth of Field preview button. 
Eyepiece ShutterOn strap 
Type3.2″ (8.11cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots 
CoverageApprox. 100% 
Viewing AngleApprox. 170° 
CoatingAnti-reflection and Solid Structure 
Brightness AdjAdjustable to one of seven levels 
Display Options(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
Built-in GNN/A (ISO 100, meters) 
Built-in CoverageN/A 
Built-in Recycle TimeN/A 
ModesE-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual 
X-Sync1/200sec (EX series Speedlites only) 
Exposure Compensation+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments 
Exposure BracketingYes, with compatible External Flash 
Exposure LockYes 
2nd Curtain SyncYes 
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / Yes 
External Flash CompE-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support 
External Flash ControlVia camera menu 
Shooting ModesAuto+, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3) 
Picture StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3) 
Color SpacesRGB and Adobe RGB 
Image ProcessingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing – during image Playback only 
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self-timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote),
Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous ShootingMax. Approx. 6fps. (speed maintained for up to 16270 images (JPEG) or 18 images (RAW)) (with UDMA card) 
Shutter Lag59ms 
Viewfinder Blackout125ms 
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensor 
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically) 
FrameRate30 fps 
FocusingManual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
MeteringReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display OptionsGrid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Dual Axis Electronic Level 
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), 
RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), 
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible 
Image SizeJPEG: (L) 5760 x 3840, (M) 3840 x 2560, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 1920 x 1280, (S 3)720 x 480
RAW : (RAW) 5760 x 3840 (M-RAW) 3960 x 2640, (S-RAW) 2880 x 1920
Movie TypeMOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM) 
Movie Size1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie LengthMax duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB 
Sound FilesN/A 
FoldersNew folders can be manually created and selected 
File Numbering(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Other Information  
Wireless Featuresvia optional WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter 
GPSvia optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver 
Custom Functions13 Custom Functions with 47 settings 
Metadata TagUser copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / IlluminationYes / Yes 
Water & Dust ResistanceYes (equal to EOS-1N) 
Sound MemoNo 
Orientation SensorYes 
Playback Zoom1.5x – 10x 
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (2 levels) 
(2) Single image 
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view 
(6) 2 image compare display
(7) Movie edit
Slide ShowImage selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
HistogramBrightness: Yes 
RGB: Yes
Highlight AlertYes 
Image Erase ProtectionErase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories(1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x4)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Computer InterfaceHi-Speed USB 
Other InterfaceHDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Headphone mini jack, External microphone (Stereo mini jack) 
Canon Printer SupportCanon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge 
Pict BridgeYes 
Memory TypeCompactFlash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card 
Browsing & Printing SoftwareImageBrowser EX 
Image Processing SoftwareDigital Photo Professional 
Other SoftwarePhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1x CR1616 for date & settings 
Battery LifeApprox. 950 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
850 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator6 levels + percentage 
Power SavingPower turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins. 
Power Supply Battery ChargersAC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6 
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body covers 
Shutter Durability Rating150,000 
Operating Environment0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity 
Dimensions Inches6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0″ (152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm) 
CIPA Weight33.5 oz (950g) 
ViewfinderEyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C 
Camera Case  
Wireless File TransmitterWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 
Compatible LensesAll EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E and MP-E lenses 
Compatible FlashCanon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT) 
Battery GripBG-E11  
RemoteRemote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6 
OtherHand Strap E2, GP-E2