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Canon EOS 5D Mk II
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  • 21.1MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 100-3200 ISO range extendable up to 25600
  • 3.9fps JPEG shooting up to card capacity
  • 9-point AF + 6 Assist AF points
  • HD (1080, 30fps) movie recording
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Canon EOS 5D Mk II

Overview

description by Canon:

The full frame EOS 5D Mark II combines outstanding resolution with up to 3.9 fps shooting and superlative high ISO performance. The addition of Full HD movie recording expands the boundaries of photography.

Featu​res

  • 21.1MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • ISO range expandable to 25600
  • Full HD (1080, 30fps) movie recording
  • High-res 3.0” VGA LCD with Live View
  • Up to 3.9fps JPEG shooting up to card capacity
  • 9-point AF + 6 Assist AF points
  • Magnesium alloy body

Extend the boundaries of your photography.



21.1 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
For the ultimate in creative shooting, the EOS 5D Mark II features a full frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm). With no cropping or magnification effects, enjoy a true wide angle experience through the large, bright viewfinder. Redesigned pixels minimise noise, while a 21.1 Megapixel resolution surpasses the standards demanded by the leading picture agencies.

DIGIC 4
Canon’s DIGIC 4 works with the EOS 5D Mark II’s image sensor to deliver outstanding reproduction of colours and subtle tonal gradations. DIGIC 4 also delivers split-second start-up times, Face Detection AF in Live View mode, and additional HD movie recording.

High ISO
For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 5D Mark II offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. For dark scenes where using flash is undesirable, this can be expanded to an incredible ISO 25600.

Full HD movie recording
The EOS 5D Mark II complements outstanding still imaging capabilities with Full HD (1080) video recording. Users can even shoot video to memory card without losing the ability to capture still images. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on an HDTV.

3.0” High Resolution LCD
The 3.0” Clear View LCD features 920,000 dot resolution, wide viewing angle and dual anti-reflective coatings – allowing ultra-detailed image review in a variety of conditions. Live View displays real-time images on the LCD, offering three types of auto focus: Quick AF, Live AF, and Face Detection Live AF, which locks onto faces detected in the frame.

Up to 3.9 frames per second
The EOS 5D Mark II offers continuous shooting at up to 3.9 frames per second. When shooting JPEGs to a UDMA card, maximum burst is limited only by card capacity. 

9-point AF + 6 Assist AF points
Precision auto focus is assured by Canon’s AF system, which employs 9 selectable points and 6 Assist AF points. 

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s built-in dust prevention system offers three ways of guarding images against the effects of dust: reduction of internal dust generation; an in-camera sensor cleaning mechanism; and the ability to map stubborn dust spots for removal with Digital Photo Professional software (included).

Durable, compact design
With a magnesium alloy construction, environmental protection and shutter durability of 150,000 releases, the EOS 5D Mark II is equally suited to location or studio work.

Reviews

Just a couple of days before the Mark III arrives, Canon is showing a little (very little in fact) love for Mark II owners. The firmware upgrade addresses only one thing: 

 

"Changes:

Firmware Version 2.1.2 incorporates the following change.

Post date: 29/02/2012 - 08:41

 Canon may slowly lose its edge, market share, brand luster etc, but there's one thing that hasn't changed, and is highly characteristic of the  company: it doesn't leak. At least, not uncontrollably, as opposed to all of its major rivals who lately seem to have lost the ball. We've got raw files from Nikon's latest and 'bestest' circulating in the wild, all the while there's a supposed NDA in place to disallow just that, we found out almost everything about Olympus E-M5 before it was officially announced, and so on.

Post date: 23/02/2012 - 15:54

This is the 3rd generation of Canon's famous 5D full frame moniker. Since the update cycle is far slower than the typical 18 month turnaround of the lower specced cropped family bodies, the changes from generation to generation are far more substantial. The first 5D clocked in at 12 Mpixels, the second almost doubled that number and added 1080p video to that, among other things.

Post date: 16/01/2012 - 17:46
A very interesting shoot-out, with some unpredictable results:    "It's a widely held belief that in low light the 5D trounces the GH1. But it is simply not the case. In fact the GH1 often matches or produces a punchier image, especially at ISO 800 - and it's not even much nosier, usually."    
Post date: 06/04/2010 - 18:28
A review written in a very personal style, but yet professional: "The 5D is really a much more versatile camera than the M8. Its got AF, its speedy, its low light ability is CRAZY good and the full frame sensor gives you some super creamy, super smooth files. BUT the size of the camera, for me, is overkill. Just to large, and I would never use it! Usability Factor for me was low, but man, the images are gorgeous.
Post date: 19/03/2009 - 15:30
Mike Johnston writes one of the best articles of the year, on the subject of the "big three" of this season. Do not buy any of these cameras until you read it: "The ultimate in image quality: Belongs to the Sony A900. That's assuming you're someone who knows how to use it and is willing to use it as it's intended to be used—it's not perfect for every style of work. But between its staggering resolution and very good dynamic range, its willing response to the Exposure and Recovery sliders, and its more "photographic" image quality (more on this later) and lack of digital artifacts—and despite its
Post date: 18/12/2008 - 09:30
Seems this hole "black dot" issue is really starting to haunt the otherwise excellent reception of the MKII: "Had the EOS 5D Mark II not suffered from the black dot issue, it would have easily earned our highest recommendation. It’s one of Canon’s most powerful DSLRs to date, capable of delivering superb image quality with decent handling and all the latest bells and whistles. The movie mode is also an excellent addition, and while it’s not a practical replacement for a camcorder for most amateurs, the results can be spectacular and independent film
Post date: 15/12/2008 - 08:01

P.S The new, Serious and more business conscious Ken Rockwell appears to have changed the wording, the context, heck, everything in his review of this camera. It is no longer "less responsive than his kids toys", and not worse of all Nikon DSLRs ever made. It (the Canon EOS 5D Mark II) is now better than any Nikon at almost everything, and overall, one of the best cameras ever made. Go figure. Quote of his old review, and our comment at the bottom of this post.

Post date: 13/12/2008 - 02:17

The "Resistance is futile" subtitle really sets the tone for this review:

 

"Talk about the best of both worlds! Until this 21.1MP Canon debuted, the choice in the under-$3,500 price range was between lots of pixels or high image quality at high ISOs. One route was a camera such as the $3,000, 24.6MP Sony A900, which produces high-resolution images but tops out at only ISO 6400, and even there serves up lots of noise.

Post date: 13/12/2008 - 00:34

Specifications

DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
23.7bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
11.9Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
1815 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
36x 24 mm CMOS with Built in Low-Pass Filter and Primary Color Filter and EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Effective Pixels: 
21.1 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
EOS integrated cleaning system
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
DIGIC 4
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E4
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC (1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point) (2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at centre) (3) Spot metering: (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at center) (4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range Details: 
EV 1-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
+/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
+/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AE Lock: 
Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Shutter Type : 
Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 
30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shooting Modes: 
Auto (Stills and Movie), Creative Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Custom (x3)
Drive Modes: 
Single, Continuous, Self timer /remote control (10s), Self timer /remote control (2s)
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Max. Approx. 3.9fps. (speed maintained for up to 78 images (JPEG) (310 with UDMA card), 13 images (RAW))
ISO Sensitivity: 
Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H1: 12800 and H2:25600
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor. Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting. White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
White Balance Personal: 
Yes, 1 setting can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
+/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor with AF Microadjustment ( C.Fn III-8 +/- 20 steps Adjust all lenses by same amount Adjust up to 20 lenses individually)
AF System Points: 
9 points
AF System Points Details: 
9-point AF (plus 6 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range Details: 
EV -0.5 - 18 (at 20°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes: 
One Sho,t AI Servo, AI Focus
Predictive AF: 
Yes, up to 8m
AF lock : 
Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
Manual Focus : 
Yes
AF Assist Beam : 
Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
AF Fine Adjustment: 
Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage Details: 
Approx. 98%
Viewfinder Magnification Details: 
Approx. 0.71x
Viewfinder Eyepoint Details: 
Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction : 
-3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Viewfinder Focusing Screen : 
Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Eg-A
Viewfinder Information: 
AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light. Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB. Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation. Image information: White balance correction, CF card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Depth of Field Preview: 
Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Yes. Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Live View Frame Rate: 
30 fps
Live View Coverage: 
Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically).
Live View Magnification : 
Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen
Live View Grid Overlay: 
Grid overlay (x2)
Live View Metering: 
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor Active metering time can be changed.
Live View Autofocus: 
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen) Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode.
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
3.0" Clear View TFT, approx. 920K dots with Dual Anti-reflection coating
Resolution Details: 
920K dots
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
No
Coverage: 
approx. 100% frame coverage
Brightness: 
Auto 3 levels + Manual adjustable to one of seven levels
Viewing Angle: 
Horizontally/Vertically Approx 170°
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Built in Flash: 
No
Flash Modes: 
E-TTL Auto Flash, Second Curtain Synchronisation
Flash Xsync: 
1/200sec
Flash compensation: 
+/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments
Flash bracketing: 
Yes, with compatible External Flash
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
JPEG: (L) 5616x3744, (M) 4080x2720, (S) 2784x1856 RAW: (RAW) 5616x3744, (sRAW 1) 3861x2574, (sRAW 2) 2784x1856
Still Image Format: 
JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant. RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording with any combination of RAW + JPEG possible.
Movie: 
MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Format: 
HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9), SD 640 x 480 (4:3) -30fps
Movie Length: 
Max duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user
Histogram: 
Brightness: Yes RGB: Yes
Photo Effects: 
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Playback Zoom: 
1.5x - 10x
Menu Languages: 
25 Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Software: 
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor * Requires optional accessory
Accessories
Lenses: 
All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flashes: 
E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support.
Battery Grip: 
BG-E6
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other Conection Interface: 
HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Microphone input, Extension system terminal (for WFT-E4)
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Power Source
Power Source: 
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Battery Life: 
Approx. 850 (at 20°C) ¹ Approx. 750 (at 0°C)
AC Power: 
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Magnesium Alloy
Weather Sealing Details: 
Yes
Width: 
152mm
Height: 
113mm
Depth: 
75mm
Weight: 
Approx. 810g
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

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