Canon 5D Mark III built-in HDR mode

HDR sunset 1

Canon 5D Mk III HDR mode; ±3 EV; “Art Vivid” style

I thought I’d try out the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode on my 5D Mk III during a recent trip. In this mode, the camera takes three different exposures and blends them together in order to capture a wider range of brightness levels in the scene.

The camera gives you pretty straightforward options, allowing you to choose your desired exposure range (±EV) as well as a processing ‘effect’. Auto alignment is also an option – good for when you’re not using a tripod.

Here are a few test shots. All but the last panorama are straight out of the camera. The view is of Warrumbungle National Park from the top of Siding Spring Observatory.

HDR sunset 2

Canon 5D Mk III HDR mode; ±3 EV; “Art Vivid” effect

HDR sunset 3

Canon 5D Mk III HDR mode; ±3 EV; “Art Vivid” effect

HDR monochrome

Canon 5D Mk III HDR mode; ±2 EV; “Art Standard” effect; in-camera monochrome

HDR mono panorama (edited)

Canon 5D Mk III HDR mode; ±1 EV; “Art Standard” effect; in-camera monochrome; stitched with Photoshop; tweaked with Lightroom (click for larger version)

What I really like is how quickly the camera processes the final image (in just a few seconds). I used to do ‘the HDR thing’ using software like Photomatix Pro and the like, but the novelty soon wore off because I really don’t enjoy post processing. For me, doing it in-camera is much more appealing!

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2 thoughts on “Canon 5D Mark III built-in HDR mode

  1. The camera does it for you? That is great stuff, I ahve been down the Photoshop route, blending the three together and have tried Photomatix too. I agree, its not much fun post processing

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