Canon Achieves its Best DxOMark Overall Score with the 5D Mark III

April 19, 2012 – DxOMark, the Internet website of reference for measuring digital camera image quality, has just published the results of its analysis of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which obtained the best DxOMark Overall Score for all Canon-brand full-frame digital cameras.

With a DxOMark Score of 81 points, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III edges out the Canon 1Ds Mark III (80 points) by one point and gains two points on its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (79 points), putting it in 10th place overall (for all cameras) in the DxOMark rankings.

Progress of DxOMark Scores for full-frame Canon sensors since 2002

“Canon achieves its best Score with its new 22-megapixel sensor, although the difference is very slight with respect to the former number one sensor, the Canon 1Ds Mark III,” observed Frédéric Guichard, DxO Labs’ Scientific Director. “Even though Canon achieves the same performance as Nikon in terms of sensitivity, Canon is still behind its competitor in terms of dynamic range, Nikon apparently having taken advantage of the latest sensor enhancements that improve the handling of dark noise.”

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III provides very good performance in low light, putting it in 5th place overall for this category. Canon had announced that its sensor would show improved sensitivity thanks to a new gapless micro lens array that would capture more light, and at nearly ½ stop better than the 5D Mark II, its performance meets our expectations.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III’s sensor dynamic range is similar to that of the 1Ds Mark III, putting Canon’s last-born in 49th place for this category. This means that the manufacturer has made very little progress since the appearance of the 1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV, the best-rated Canon cameras in this category.

More information at: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/eng/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/EOS-5D-Mark-III

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