Canon 5D Mark III – Shutter Starts Video Mode

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This might not be such a big deal for some people, but it's always been a huge inconvenience with all current Canon DSLR cameras. The latest 1Dx camera from Canon showed that Video mode could be started from the same shutter button used to take photos. What does this mean? Well, this means that your most basic and most inexpensive wireless (not just infrared) shutter trigger systems will be able to start video mode.


The question I had was will the 5D Mark III have the same, and Mitch from was able to get the information from Canon stating 'Yes, the basic shutter will start video mode'. There's also a constantly updated Blog article about all the main questions coming in about the 5D Mark III found here: [Thanks Mitch]

I'm not saying that's a reason to upgrade from a Canon 5D Mark II, but that was one very annoying feature Canon seems to have finally fixed. Guess what? That also means if you purchased a set of Yongnuo RF-602 or RF-603 triggers for your Speedlite flashes, those also can be used to start and stop video with your new Canon camera.

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Some of you might already own a set, but ideally these very cheap Wireless trigger systems should now be able to start and stop video mode on all your 1Dx, Canon 5D Mark III, and hopefully all future Canon DSLRs.

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11 thoughts on “Canon 5D Mark III – Shutter Starts Video Mode

  1. Mike

    Yes, the 5D Mk III shutter button video start/stop menu option is only available when in Video mode. It is in the red "Shoot" menu on page 5. (stills menu only has 4 pages)

  2. Emm

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    @madridb - It's in the menu. You can change the option so that the shutter button will start/stop video. I have set mine to that option, I can confirm that it is available.

  3. Madridb

    Well , I have the MarkIII, and DONT have the option to start video record on the Shutter release buttom. The shutter bottom can be configure with 3 other functions but it is not the video record.

    Please confirm if im wrong, but i think it doesnt have the option.

  4. Emm

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    @Chris watters - I beleive they have a hotshoe mount or a 1/4-20 thread. You can get a lightstand with a 1/4-20 thread on top, or use adapters.

  5. Start recording - in video mode.
    In the ML menu under "MOVIE" - the option "Movie Rec Key" can be changed for recording with the Half shutter. It works with remotes and wireless shutters.

  6. With the latest version of Magic Lantern installed the option to start your video with the shutter button (or select) button is right there in the menu (half press and bam - filming). Works with wireless and wired remote switches. Been using it on my 60D. I have an Apertute wireless which has a huge range on it.

  7. Paul H

    Now we just need a remote that will adjust aperture, shutter, and ISO all on the same unit.

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