Canon EOS 5D Mark III full review
Not everyone will be able to afford a 5D Mark III, but if you’re serious about movie making on a budget then this is a serious piece of kit via which to do it
Not a camcorder, but included because Digital SLRs have really taken off the past couple of years as primary tools for ‘videographers’. Currently leading the pack is the 5D Mark III. The advantage is a physically larger sensor than its smaller cousins plus a wealth of interchangeable lens options (70+ in case of this model). OK, at a penny under £3,000 for the body it’s not inexpensive, but to put it into perspective this is a professional tool within an amateur’s reach. It has been used to shoot music videos and even feature films. Street prices are cheaper still, whilst another good option is a second hand previous generation Mark II.
On the Mark III we get a full frame sensor – by which we mean one the size of a regular 35mm film frame – plus a 22.3 megapixel resolution to go with it. Of course the video making resolution remains at a Full HD 1920x1080 pixels; but, as we’ve established in our intro, it’s not only about the numbers. This time around we had the image stabilised 24-70mm f/4 L zoom lens to play with. It’s worth choosing a lens with anti shake built-in, as the body doesn’t have this feature.