Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review at the Digital Picture

"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III betters the 5D Mark II 3.9 fps frame rating by 50%, turning in a reasonable 6 fps frame rate. To accommodate the faster frame rate and to improve AF performance, the 5D III has a new, better-stabilized, mirror mechanism utilizing two independent motors (one drives the mirror and a second drives the shutter).

If relying on a frame burst to capture a key moment, 6 fps is 50% more likely to capture a key moment in time than the 5D II's 3.9 fps. For example, if you are following a tightly framed soccer player running fast down the field with the ball, the ball is going to be quickly in and out of the frame. I throw away most of the shots without the ball in them, so if using a camera with a 50% faster burst rate, I expect to get approximately 50% more player+ball potential keepers - or I have 50% more photos to select the best from.

Of course, the 1D X doubles even the 5D III odds. While most sports shooters have chosen the highest frame-rate 1D bodies, I love the subject-separating shallow DOF look the full frame sensors create for sports images and have been using the even-slower 5 fps 1Ds III to capture these events."

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