Canon EOS 5D Mark III review: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Nikon D700

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in fps)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Nikon D700


Nikon D800


Canon EOS 5D Mark II


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