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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame...

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Review of "Canon EOS 5D Mark II"

published 06/12/2010 | Pippylong
Member since : 20/03/2010
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Pro Image quality, video function, Canon lenses
Cons overheating
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"The mighty 5D (mark II)"

This incredible camera I have owned now for about half a year.

Its a reasonable weight to begin with. Well under 3kg with mounted lens. There are a great selection of Canon lenses to choose from too.

The 35mm full frame sensor allows for zero cropping when using Canon lenses and along with 21MP creates very good quality photographs. With this camera you can program your own manual user settings and colour/saturation schemes while also altering the camera's top ISO speed as well for low light situations.

The functions button are quite easy to navigate around and easier if you have previously owned a Canon DSLR. The rotation button on the top right still allows you to browse the menu while acting as shutter control in full manual mode. All buttons most agreeable in regards to thumb and index finger. There is a swivel/ rotation dial which can be controlled by the right thumb which can make life easier. Again you can customise the buttons, so you ultimately have control over what button does what.

The video capture function is only 1st/2nd generation (created for the photo-journalist) but the image quality is fantastic, and its amazing low light capabilities make it the best full frame (35mm) video for its asking price.
There are a few problems with overheating after a period of 12 minutes of continuous filming however and you will want to stay up to date with all Canon's latest firmware (downloadable free from Canon website).

This is defiantly Canon's greatest achievement where DSLRs are concerned.

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  • MrBrightside1987 published 06/12/2010
    Great review :)
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Product Information : Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Manufacturer's product description

Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor, a vast ISO range of 100-6400, plus EOS technologies like auto lighting optimizer and peripheral illumination correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD and a rugged build.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon EOS 5D Mark II - digital camera - body only, Canon EOS 5D Mark II - digital camera EF 24-70mm lens, Canon EOS 5D Mark II - digital camera EF 24-105mm IS lens

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Lens Included: Body only, EF 24-70mm lens, EF 24-105mm IS lens

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Sensor Resolution: 21.1 Megapixel

Viewfinder: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Dimensions (WxDxH): 15.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 11.4 cm

Weight: 0.81 kg

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: 2.5 x zoom lens - 24 - 70 mm - f/2.8 L USM Canon EF, 4.3 x zoom lens - 24 - 105 mm - f/4.0 L IS USM Canon EF

Min Focus Distance: 38 cm, 45 cm

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 21.1

Manufacturer: Canon

Memory Type: External

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Autofocus: TTL

LCD Display Size: 3

Flash Memory / Form Factor: CompactFlash Type I/ II

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism


MPN: 2764B015AA, 2764B084AA, 2764B082AA, 2764B003, 2764B021, 2764B035AA, 2764B020AA, 2764B018, 2764B023, 2764B007, 2764B036AA, 2764B083AA, 2764B004, 2764B016, 2764B038

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Lens Included: Body only, EF 24-70mm lens, EF 24-105mm IS lens

Sensor Resolution: 21.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Total Pixels: 22,000,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 21,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 24 x 36mm

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.0

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Sensor Features: EOS Integrated Cleaning System

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 15

Digital Video Format: H.264

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Optical Zoom: 2.5 x, 4.3 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 50, ISO auto (100-3200), ISO 12800, ISO 25600, ISO 100-6400

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, spot AF area, centre-weighted, partial (8%), spot (3.5%)

Exposure Metering Zones: 35

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, E-TTL II program flash

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode

Special Effects: Neutral, Faithful, monochrome, landscape, portrait

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

X-sync Speed: 1/200sec

Exposure Range: EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )

Lens System

Lens System Mounting: Canon EF

Features: Ultrasonic Motor (USM), full-time manual focusing

Filter Size: 77 mm

Lens Construction: 16 groups / 30 elements, 13 groups / 18 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 74 degree(s)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Type: 2.5 x zoom lens - 24 - 70 mm - f/2.8 L USM Canon EF, 4.3 x zoom lens - 24 - 105 mm - f/4.0 L IS USM Canon EF

Min Focus Distance: 38 cm, 45 cm

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3.9 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe, PC terminal

Status LCD Display Illumination: Yes

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, Wi-Fi ready, LCD live view mode, highlight point display, takes photos while film recording, Exif Print support, peripheral illumination correction


Viewfinder Type: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Field Coverage: 98%

Magnification: 0.71x

Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Viewfinder Information: Shutter speed, exposure compensation, AE lock, AF-in-focus, flash charge completion, aperture, white balance, metering system, battery status, high-speed sync indicator, flash compensation on/off, ISO sensitivity, memory card status, FE lock


Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 920,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x remote control ¦ 1 x microphone

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon Remote Capture, Canon Digital Photo Professional, Canon wireless Remote Capture

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, body cap, neck strap, USB cable, eyecup, audio / video cable

Body Material: Magnesium alloy

Protection: Waterproof, dust resistant


Battery Type: Canon LP-E6

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, Microdrive

Image Storage: Fine JPEG 5616 x 3744 - 6.1 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 5616 x 3744 - 3 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 4080 x 2720 - 3.6 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 4080 x 2720 - 1.9 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 2784 x 1856 - 2.1 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 2784 x 1856 - 1 MB ¦ RAW 5616 x 3744 - 25.8 MB

Video Capture: H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 15.2 cm

Depth: 7.5 cm

Height: 11.4 cm

Weight: 0.81 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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