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As far as I know, Canon hasn’t released full details on exactly what features their Canon 5D Mark III camera will have. The list I’m about to give is not based on any rumors from Canon or anything like that. It’s just a few features that I’ve wished I’ve had as a photographer and videographer.

Better sound for video
I’d say the biggest difference between the 5D Mark II and a professional video camera is the audio. The audio quality of the built in mic is comparable to someone’s home movie, if it’s even that good. I think the challenge will be to find the space for the mic to live in the camera. Either way, there has to be a way to get better audio quality off the on camera mic. You could get better results using an external mic, but that adds extra gear you have to carry around. If the 5D Mark III could make at least some advances in the onboard mic, I think it would be greatly appreciated by their fans.

Less noise in high ISO
I know the 5D Mark II has done a great job at making low-light pictures a possibility, but I’m greedy. I want more of what the 5D Mark II brought. Higher ISO’s and lower noise. It’s a reality for us every weekend at wedding receptions that we are still pushing the limits of our cameras to shoot without a flash in a dark environment. Yes, I know that I can adjust the shutter speed and aperature too, and I do. With low shutter speeds and shallow depth of field, there tends to be more missed shots though. If we could bump the ISO up, it would mean that we wouldn’t have as many shots with motion blur or missed focus.

Bigger LCD screen
Yes, I know it’s already pretty big, but I want bigger! Seriously, mount a computer monitor onto the back of my camera and I’d be happy. When you’re trying to wow a client with an image you just took, and they’re looking on the back of the camera, bigger is better. Plus it helps to see if anything was out of focus or there were any smaller problems in the image.

Longer video clips
I think this one is a must. If Canon doesn’t come out with the ability to shoot longer video clips with the Mark III, they’ve made a bad choice. Maybe I should have checked the most recent firmware update for the Mark II to see if Canon has released the ability to shoot longer clips, but I haven’t yet. One of you guys can let me know if this is already an option. We shoot in standard definition video mode (throw your rotten fruit at me now) and we are limited to somewhere around 30 minutes. Most wedding ceremonies last longer than that though. It would be nice to click record and walk away from one of our cameras in the back during the ceremony. For us, this is the one scenario where we’ve found ourselves wanting longer clips. I’m sure other people have their own reasons for wanting longer clips, so I think this one should definitely be included. Right along side this one, I’ve heard about people’s cameras overheating after extended video recording – let’s get that one fixed too.

Video clips recorded in a different format
Seriously, mov? I would really have thought more like AVI. I’m not sure what inspired the team at Canon to record in mov format, but I think it’s not the greatest choice. Their point and shoot cameras record in AVI, so why wouldn’t all their cameras record in that format? You may wonder why I care. I’m glad you asked. My wife would like to do some quick editing on some of her videos we record for contests and such, and the only program she has that she can do video editing with is Windows Movie Maker. I always offer to open the video in Adobe Premiere and edit it for her, but she usually declines because “it just takes too long”. The Canon 5D Mark III should definitely use a more universal recording format or at least make it an option which format you record in.

Real-time clip segmenting
This one is probably way more a wish than a need. It might be cool to be able to start a new clip while recording a current one. I like to make more clips and smaller clips as opposed to 1 long clip. That way I can trash the bad and keep the good clips. Then I upload only the good sections to animoto where I create my fusion videos. Sometimes I see that an important moment is about to happen, so I start recording. 10 seconds in, I’m still waiting for the special moment to happen, and it could happen any second. I’d love the ability to click a button and start a new clip so I could easily trash the first segment and keep my good video clip smaller. If Canon never considers this feature, it won’t surprise me. I’m probably the only one with this request in the video DSLR world.

9 Responses to “Canon 5D Mark III Feature Wishlist”

  1. Sire says:

    Yeah, it’s too bad that you can’t have a decent size LCD on these cameras. The only way I can see around the problem is if you can plug it into a portable TV that you drag around with you. :D

    I usually zoom in to see if it’s focused properly, but that takes more time than I have on most occasions.

  2. Hi,

    Great list. Please feel free to read mine:



    • TJ says:

      Love the Glidecam action on your post! Are those pretty easy to use?

      I would definitely agree with you on the lenses needing a little more control for focusing manually. I think there are different add-ons that you can use to allow more fine-tuned focusing, but it would make a lot of sense for the lenses to have that kind of control built in.

      • TJ,

        Thanks for your compliment.

        Regardless of whether or not you can control focus from the lens (using a LANC) or an external motor, you still need to do it remotely, as you cannot touch the camera when mounted on a Glidecam.

        I love the Glidecam. With a DSLR the HD-4000 Pro really works well. Balancing the camera is somewhat fiddly, but once you get it set up right, you can do great camera moves.

        • TJ says:

          That sounds complicated – not being able to touch the camera while it’s mounted on a Glidecam. With the SteadyTracker that we’re currently using, it’s no problem to adjust the lens while it’s mounted. It’s a completely different concept though, and it’s not nearly as smooth of a solution as some of the other stabilizing devices out there.

          • Well, it’s not that you cannot touch it (you can, if you want), but if you want to have smooth gliding shots, you need to let the Glidecam absorb all motion. By placing your hand on the focus ring, you’ll introduce camera motion…

            Anyway – it’s not that complicated, if you know what you’re doing and use it wisely. It means you have to set your focus beforehand and stay within that minimum focus range. Racking focus while in operation can only be achieved if you have a separate focus puller doing this work with a remote control on the focus ring and remote live view. That’s too much for my kind of assignments.

  3. Sverige says:

    Bought the Glidecam for use with my Canon 7D. It took me a week to learn the basics, but with practice around the house, the Glidecam is now a part of my arsenal on shoots. It brings a whole new level of production value. Well worth the price and once you understand the mechanics, it is quite easy to use and setup.