In 1987, Canon showed the world the EOS 650. It was the first 35mm SLR with autofocus from the Japanese company, and it was also the start of the EOS system. With its fully-electronic lens mount, aperture, and focus motors built into the lens, and reliance on electronic buttons and dials, Canon’s EOS system set a standard that all other camera systems have followed. Now, 25 years later, the latest model is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The 5D series has been a dynasty of somewhat unlikely revolutionaries up until now. The original EOS 5D came out in 2005 and was the first “affordable” full-frame SLR. It was also the camera that solidified the 24x36mm sensor as the format of choice for many professional applications at a time when many were questioning its continued relevance.

The 5D Mark II was the first SLR that could record full HD video. This feature changed the market in a way that no one, including Canon, could have imagined at the time. At first glance, though, the new model doesn’t seem to have much that will make the same kind of difference.

The 5D Mark III has a 61-point AF system from the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X and a 22MP full-frame sensor. The body is based on the EOS 7D.

From the point of view that the glass is half empty, this update could be seen as unambitious and disappointing compared to Nikon’s 36MP D800, which was announced around the same time. But for people who tend to see the glass as half full, it could be the camera that 5D Mark II owners have always wanted.

In fact, the name “5D” is almost misleading. The Mark III is almost a whole new model compared to its predecessor, the Mark II because every major system has been updated and improved.

In some ways, it’s better to think of it as a full-frame 7D because it has the same control layout, a wide range of customization options, and a 63-zone metering sensor as that camera. But it also gets a lot of other changes and improvements in response to customer feedback. These include dual slots for CF and SD cards, a locking exposure mode dial, and a large depth of field preview button that can be reprogrammed to access a number of other functions.

Find out how the 5D Mark III did in our studio and real-world tests, how we liked how it handled and worked, and if it is the right camera for your needs and style of photography by reading on.

Key specs for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

  • 22MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Standard ISO 100-25600, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 frames per second shooting
  • Designed to take 150,000 frames
  • 1080p/30 video recording, stereo sound from an external mic
  • 61-point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD
  • It has two slots for CF and SD cards.

Best Canon EOS 5D Mark III Microphones

1. Movo VXR10

The Movo Photo VXR10 is a cardioid condenser microphone that can be used with DSLR cameras, camcorders, iPhones, Android devices, smartphones, tablets, and more to record audio for media that can be seen. It has a black look.

This is a shotgun-style mic with a cardioid polar pattern. It works best when mounted on a camera because it focuses on what’s in front of the character and cuts out sound from the sides. The power for this condenser microphone comes from your phone or camera, so it doesn’t need batteries. It has a frequency response of 35 Hz to 18 kHz, which is good for recording audio for most media that can be seen.

This microphone comes with a soft case for storing it and a windscreen made of fur for use when it’s windy outside. It comes with a 3.5mm TRS cable for DSLR cameras, camcorders, and recorders. A 3.5mm TRRS cable is given for phones, tablets, and Apple products. The mic also has a shock mount that reduces vibrations and handling noise so that the sound is captured more smoothly.

2. Rode VideoMicro Go II

The Rode VideoMic GO II ultra-compact shotgun microphone is a smaller, more simplified version of the very versatile VideoMic NTG. It is a big change from the original VideoMic GO, with major improvements to the body, shock mount, cable, and more. 

It gives video content creators, run-and-gun filmmakers, voiceover artists, and podcasters the sound of the well-known NTG shotguns in a convenient camera-mount mic that works with cameras, portable recorders, iOS, and Android mobile devices, and USB-equipped computers.

On a tight budget and looking for a cheap microphone? In this video, photographer Curtis Judd looks at the Takstar SGC-598, a very cheap shotgun microphone.

Judd’s experience with the mic shows that it’s a pretty good unit for a low-end microphone, though it does have some hiss that can be reduced in post. This cheap mic can also be used as a backup or second mic. If you’re recording your main sound into an external recorder and want a backup just in case, but don’t want to spend too much on a good shotgun mic that you won’t use 99% of the time, the Takstar SGC-598 can be an option. Just be aware that it has some problems.

Our HDSLR channel on has more tips on how to record sound for video work, and our photography previews and reviews channel has more product reviews.

3. Boya By-Mm1 Super-Cardioid Video Microphone

The BOYA BY-MM1 Mini Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a small, lightweight electret condenser microphone that is made to improve the sound quality of videos taken with cameras that have built-in microphones. It works with smartphones, consumer camcorders, computers, and other audio/video recording devices that can plug in power to the mic.

The BY-MM1 microphone offers a real plug-and-play design and operates on plug-in power from your device, so no battery is needed. It’s made of aluminum and comes with a shock mount, a carrying pouch, and a furry windshield.

Also included is a 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS cable for cameras, camcorders, and audio recorders, as well as a 3.5mm TRS to TRRS mini-jack cable for smartphones, tablets, or Mac computers.

  • Durable metal building
  • There’s no battery needed
  • Includes a professional furry windshield

4. Deity D3 Pro

The Deity Microphones V-Mic D3 Pro is a camera-mount shotgun microphone with directional audio capture, adjustable gain and filtering, and wide device compatibility for mobile journalists, vloggers, YouTubers, and run-and-gun videographers. It is designed to offer a noticeable improvement in sound quality over microphones built into cameras, smartphones, and portable recorders.

The V-Mic D3 Pro works with a wide range of DSLRs, camcorders, mobile devices, and portable audio recorders because it has a microprocessor built in that automatically sets up its TRRS connector to work with most 3.5mm mic input jacks. Attaching it to your camera, boom pole, or tripod is easy and quick with the 3.5mm TRRS coiled cable and Rycote adjustable shock mount that come with it.

A knob on the bottom of the mic gives you up to 20 dB of gain, which makes it easy to adjust the levels. Turn on the built-in low-cut filter at 75 Hz or 150 Hz to cut down on rumble and bass. The 51-hour rechargeable battery inside the microphone is the main source of power.

To turn the mic on or off, you only need to plug in power (bias voltage) from your camera or mixer. The aluminium body is finished with paint that doesn’t reflect much light, so it won’t weigh down your camera or cause glare.

5. Sennheiser MKE 600

Switch from the built-in mic on your camera to the Sennheiser MKE 600 battery- or phantom-powered shotgun microphone to improve the sound quality of your videos. Its focused directionality and resistance to structure-borne noise make it a good choice for a wide range of productions, from independent films and web series to nature shows and documentaries.

The MKE 600’s high sensitivity and low-noise circuitry make it possible to get better sound quality from noisy camera preamps without using a lot of gains. With a natural roll-off at 40 Hz and a low-cut filter that can be set at 100 Hz, the MKE 600 can make speech clear while reducing rumble and other low-frequency noise. Also, its frequency response has a slight rise in the treble to make speech sound clearer.

The metal housing is strong and light, so it won’t weigh down your rig but will still be tough. The shoe shock mount that comes with the MKE 600 lets you attach it to a camera or tripod. Connect the mic’s XLR output to an XLR mic preamp, or use the adapter cable that came with the mic to plug it into a camera’s 3.5mm mic input.

6. Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone

Add the second-generation Sennheiser MKE 400 directional shotgun microphone, which is small and light, to your camera or smartphone-based shooting rig to improve the sound quality, even in noisy places, without having to carry around a heavy windscreen and suspension system.

Plus, it has a 3-stage gain control and a low-cut filter so you can improve the sound of your recording right at the mic.

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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