Published on April 26th, 2013 | by Andrew Krasniak

Canon 5D Mark III Update Nearly Here

On April 30th, Canon will be releasing the long-awaited firmware update to it’s flagship DSLR, the 5D Mark III, as a digital download from its Canon USA website. This update brings two important new features to the 5D Mark III that will greatly improve its functionality and make it a more competitive product in the crowded marketplace.

Arguably the more significant of the two features is support for uncompressed (4:2:2) HDMI output which has a number of implications for video professionals. First, it allows for the use of full-resolution HD monitors on site, an option that was previously unavailable to videographers using the 5D3. It also allows for the recording of uncompressed HD video to an external device. In the past, the 5D3 recorded compressed 4:2:0 video in h.264, a format that captured less color data and hence left editors with fewer options during color grading in post production.

This feature has been anticipated since the initial release of the 5D3 last year. Uncompressed HDMI output has been viewed as conspicuously absent from the flagship Canon model: both the Nikon D4 and D8000, considered peers of the 5D3, shipped with the feature. While the Canon 5D Mark III is marginally less expensive than the Nikon models, the lack of uncompressed HDMI output led many video professionals to view the 5D3 as unsuitable for their needs.

Video: Olivia Speranza discusses the HDMI output feature with Jeremy from Atmos at NAB


Links: Endgadget, CNET


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