March 1, 2012

Canon 5D Mark III Update: Maximum Video Frame Rates and Compression Confirmed

From French user Trankilstef in our comments section, it looks like those specs and photos that were posted were official (only minor possible discrepancies). There is a scan from a French magazine showing a complete review of the new Canon 5D Mark III, but from looking at the specs it is clear that the video features are improved from the Canon 5D Mark II.

These are the updated video specs taken from the scan here:

  • Full HD 30fps
  • ALL-I or IPB
  • ISO 100-25,600 standard
  • ISO 50-102,400 extended
  • Mini-HDMI, Microphone and Headphone ports

As I had discussed earlier, the 5D Mark III will have the same new video recording options as the Canon 1DX. ALL-I refers to the intraframe codec that will produce much, much better results than what is currently offered from the Canon DSLRs, and it also seems that's as close to uncompressed as we are going to get. Intraframe is a fantastic recording option because each frame is compressed individually, unlike the IPB interframe codec which uses P and B frames to compress along a group of pictures.

Many of you wanted 1080 60p, but it doesn't look like we are getting it in this camera - 720 60p is still likely. Since the $16,000 Canon C300 does not have it, it makes sense that the $3,500 Canon 5D Mark III does not have it. It looks like the native ISO will go up to 25,600, but still not sure if this will change when we get into video mode. Again, I'm not really sure why they would be different - unless they want to limit the very highest ISOs from being used in video mode for heat reasons.

We've got the new Headphone port on this camera, which is a welcome addition, and audio monitoring will certainly be improved over the 5D Mark II. The last big addition would be clean HDMI, but I am not holding my breath on that one.

I'll be updating as soon as we have an official announcement, so for those looking for commentary on the official release, you can find it here immediately following the full Canon announcement.

[via user Trankilstef]

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Any word on bit rate?

March 1, 2012

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Alex Zustra

Not good news for anyone hoping that it would support full HD (1080 lines) at 60p. Even those Sony NEX pocket cameras support it, but then again, the Cinema EOS C300 does not, and Canon probably wouldn't want to upstage that...

By the way, if you're looking for a feed focused just on the 5D Mark III, that will later evolve into a video sample-centric feed, sign up before tonight's launch at:

http://facebook.com/eos5DmkIII
http://twitter.com/eos5DmkIII

March 1, 2012

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Wait a minute, you said same video recording as the 1Dx, but what about this file formats listed on the CanonRumors spec list: AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4 ???

March 1, 2012

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Jay

Same type of compression. Interframe and intraframe. We don't know much more than that - we'll have to wait for the official announcement for the specific containers - but I would expect a .MOV container at the least.

March 1, 2012

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Joe Marine
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But will it run Magic Lantern? :)

March 1, 2012

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Hopefully someday, hacking an already high quality camera could lead to some interesting developments.

March 1, 2012

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Joe Marine
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Will it have manual audio level controls?

March 1, 2012

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Rich R

Sounds like a decent update. I'd like to see the lpi measurement... the 5DmkII and 7D aren't very sharp in terms of video quality. Canon's new strategy seems to be better low light performance instead of pumping themselves full of megapixels. Gladly, a camera still firmly aimed at still photographers.

March 1, 2012

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Angelo

Now for the strongest test: the Horiz. line resolution.
According to the 1Dx specs, they SHOULD be identical to the C300. If this 5D mimics the 1Dx, then should we expect the same level of line resolution FINALLY?

March 1, 2012

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We'll see, I'm really hopeful for at least 900 lines (ideally 1000). I believe the 5D Mark II was somewhere around 650-800. It will be a long time before we get a real resolution test.

March 1, 2012

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Joe Marine
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Does Full HD 30FPS mean that it will still shoot 24fps like the MII?

March 1, 2012

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Yes, 30fps just refers to the maximum frame rate at Full HD, or 1080

March 1, 2012

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Joe Marine
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Quote from a website "HD video capture at up to 1080p/29.97fps or 720p/59.94fps with new H.264 compression options, timecode embedding and, best of all, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack"

So there u go. The 720p with 60fps option is there!!

March 2, 2012

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Woopty do. So what. We'll see if this thing is FullHD. If it's not then for video its not for me. GH2 still for me.

March 2, 2012

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JFEdwin

no clean output from the hdmi port, Hello Nikon D800.

March 2, 2012

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Wish I had 3499 right about NOW!!! Hehehe...

March 2, 2012

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Jerry

I think Canon made a significant improvement over Mark II with the new Mark III. AF system was the most complained point of Mark II but now the problem is solved. It is definitely more suitable for professional use now. Video is also improved with more options. Wonder if the AF during video did improve too....
Here is a comparison of 5D Mark III and Mark II:

http://www.dslrpassion.com/news/36-canon/345–canon-5d-mark-iii-vs-mark-ii-specs-comparison.html

March 3, 2012

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freddy

Like the 5D Mk II, there is no AF during video, and probably most people use MF anyway. Just wanted to clarify what you said about "improving AF during video".

March 8, 2012

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Markus

disappointed in the $16k price point for the c300. with the xtra $12,500 after purchasing 5dm3, maybe go for the sonyfs100, couple L series lens, and some rigs&gears. still probly hve few bucks left over for steak dinner.

March 8, 2012

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pstak

How much is the maximum frame rates in Canon 5d Mark II

March 7, 2013

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sarath

Please reply

March 7, 2013

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sarath