Canon 5D III Low Light High ISO Test Review Comparing Noise With RAW Examples

Hi everyone!  I just got my Canon 5D III yesterday and was so excited I just had to take some pictures to try it out and give a little review of what I have found so far!  I have to say… compared to the Canon 5D II I am very impressed with the camera so far.  The AF is unbelievable and far exceeds the MK II and MK I!  The Canon 5D III is super accurate, fast and will focus in the dark – literally…. The AF is definitely on level and may even exceed the 1D series. I have some images that were shot at ISO 102,000 and 51,000, but I haven’t had a chance to process them yet.  I wanted to put something up for others to see, so I am posting images from ISO 12,800 to begin with and ISO 6,400 to follow.  I will be adding more images and expanding my hands on review in the coming days.

All images were shot with Canon 5D III and Canon 24-70 2.8 lens @ 2.8 in RAW at ISO 12,800.  NO sharpening, clarity, saturation, contrast, exposure, etc… was touched for ALL the images.. I uploaded the files to Lightroom 4.  Completely unprocessed RAW files are shown in the first image, followed by a second image  in which ONLY Noise Reduction was applied. For the first image, I brought ALL the noise to zero (LR default NR applies some so I set it to ZERO).  The second image that follows I set the Luminance NR to 24 and the color NR was set to 40 (in retrospect I see I could have brought the color noise reduction down to 24 as well).

Keep in mind that these are straight RAW’s – no color, exposure, contrast, sharpening or any other kind of adjustments were made… ONLY Noise Reduction.  Also, with the exception of the very first image immediately following, all images are screen shots.  It probably affect quality somewhat.  Not sure.

ISO 12,800 

Canon 5D III High ISO Noise RAW Examples – ISO 12,800

 

No Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO Noise RAW Examples – ISO 12,800 Noise Reduction set to ZERO

With Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO Noise RAW Examples – ISO 12,800 Noise Reduction applied

 

No Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO Noise RAW Examples – ISO 12,800 Noise Reduction set to ZERO

With Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO Noise RAW Examples – ISO 12,800 Noise Reduction applied

 

Here is a screen shot comparing RAW images of the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D MK III

 

RAW image comparison of Nikon D800 and Canon 5D III

 

ISO 6400

Here is another set of images. All images were shot with Canon 5D III and Canon 24-70 2.8 lens @ 2.8 in RAW at ISO 6400.  NO sharpening, clarity, saturation, contrast, exposure, etc… was touched for ALL the images…  Completely unprocessed RAW files are shown in the first image, followed by a second image  in which ONLY Noise Reduction was applied and finally for the third image, a more developed version playing with blacks, contrast, clarity, saturation, etc.. (to give an idea of potential).

For the first image of the two comparison images, I brought ALL the noise to zero (LR default NR applies some so I set it to ZERO).  The second image that follows I set the Luminance NR to 25 and the color NR was set to 25.  For the third image I played with clarity, contrast, saturation,etc..

Keep in mind that these are straight RAW’s – no color, exposure, contrast, sharpening or any other kind of adjustments were made… ONLY Noise Reduction.  Also, with the exception of the very first image immediately following, all images are screen shots.  It probably affect quality somewhat.  Not sure.

Canon-5DIII-ISO-6400-unedited-RAW-No-Noise-Reduction

 No Noise Reduction

Canon-5DIII-ISO-6400-unedited-RAW-No-Noise-Reduction

With Noise Reduction

Canon-5DIII-ISO-6400-unedited-RAW with Noise-Reduction

 Developed with Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO RAW Examples ISO 6400 “Fully” Developed (quickly done to show potential)

 

No Noise Reduction

Canon-5DIII-ISO-6400-unedited-RAW-No-Noise-Reduction

With Noise Reduction

Canon-5DIII-ISO-6400-unedited-RAW with Noise-Reduction

 Developed With Noise Reduction

Canon 5D III High ISO RAW Examples ISO 6400 “Fully” Developed (quickly done to show potential)

 

 

 

Canon 5DIII High ISO 12,800 Example Photos

Here are some images I recently shot at a charity event with the Canon 5D III…. All shot at ISO 12,800. No Flash was used. Click on image to open larger version.

 

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

Canon 5D III High ISO 12,800 Example. No Flash. Shot in RAW. Converted to Jpeg.

 


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John Carnessali