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Canon EOS 5D Mark III review:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Conclusion
Unlike the D800, the 5D Mark III isn't a no-brainer upgrade for 5D Mark II shooters, but I think that's more of a testament to the quality of the Mark II than anything lacking in the Mark III. That said, it does have some important advantages over its predecessor, including a much faster autofocus system, improved video quality and controls, and a far more configurable feature set. And if those are important to you, it's definitely worth the price premium over the now-reduced Mark II.

Shooting speed (in seconds)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)


Time to first shot  

Raw shot-to-shot time  

JPEG shot-to-shot time  

Shutter lag (dim light)  

Shutter lag (typical)  

Nikon D800
0.10.30.30.40.2

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

0.30.40.30.40.2

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

0.30.40.40.60.3

Nikon D700

0.20.50.40.60.3

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in fps)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5.6

Nikon D700

4.9

Nikon D800

3.9

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

3.8

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