Canon 5D Mark III Misses the Mark for Videographers and Cinematographers

So Canon announced the 5D Mark III yesterday on March 2, 2012 to shock the photo and video world. However was this the “big” announcement we really were waiting for? Predictions for the long awaited body have been surfacing the internet for months even years now. But Canon’s announcement seemed to let down a large amount of these predictions including one of the key features of the legendary line: the HD video.

I was expecting a whole lot more from this camera especially on the video side

What are your thoughts on Canon’s new revamp of the Mark III ? 4 years and this is what you give us canon. Sure there are minor improvements but one more megapixel and a new Digic 5 processor. Okay more AF points great. 41 AF points gives you more accuracy when focusing while shooting stills. However if you’re a pro photographer using this camera why are you using AF in the first place (with the exception of sports)? So why is the photo world so excited for 41 points of accuracy or more (depending on your f/stop)?
I’d think the only major improvement is the AF is much faster and smoother than the previous 5D Mark II.

That leads me to the video side. HUGE let down.

So there’s about 1.2 more megapixels and stereo monitoring. Where’s my uncompressed video via HDMI like Nikon’s D800? I’ve been a die hard Canon boy for all my life but if Nikon is stepping up the game at $600 less than a Mark III I’ll pick a Nikon with an EFS adapter.

Canon was bold and possibly crazy to cut short the HDSLR market that it’s been loving and serving these past four years with the 60D, 7D, and 5D Mark II. The Mark II of course legendary for it’s amazing low light performance for video and an affordable full frame sensor. My question is why did Canon seemingly shut down most of the features videographers were dying for on the Mark III?

Subsequently, the Sony FS-100 is a huge direct competitor for Canon’s previous Mark II and now the Mark III. However, I feel that Sony will likely capture the HDSLR market within the next years or two or perhaps sooner just due to the fact that either the Mark II just gets redundant, or that the FS-100 clearly outperforms (and seems to have already) the Mark II and likely the newest 5D Mark III for professional video use. Sony gave us uncompressed video, a swivel screen, view finder, 60p at 1080p, useable audio and so much more. I know Canon is busy trumping over their new C300 but Canon has really cut their sales in the long run by limiting a once vacant market that is now shared by Sony, Pansonic, and Nikon in the world of professional video.