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A DSLR that has a lot to live up to. Canon have announced the EOS 5D Mark III, the successor to the video shooting, game changing, much loved Mark II

It seems a long time ago that we first watched Vincent Laforet's Reverie and were stunned that a DSLR was able to shoot such incredible video. We think it would be fair to say that no piece of equipment has had such a change on the filmmaking and video industry over the last few years as the Canon 5D MarkII.

So the much anticipated replacement has a lot to live up to. Announced today, March 2nd, Canon have released the details of the Mark III although you won't be able to buy it until the end of the month. It also coincides with Canon's 25th anniversary of the of the first EOS which debuted in March 1987.

"We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a 'game-changer' in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.


The press information continues...

"The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon's recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers."


This camera isn't going to cause the shockwaves that went through the industry again. First of all although the controls on the back of the camera have been redesigned, the ergonomics are still a nightmare. Have the two Achilles heels of the 5D been fixed, rolling shutter and moiré? Canon have produced this rather odd demo video which would have been moiré hell and the first user videos have started to emerge.