Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Announced Sep 17, 2008 •
21 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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Product description
Announced Sep 17, 2008

How do you follow a classic? That's the question Canon faced when it got to work producing a successor to the EOS 5D. The original 5D was the first 'affordable' and lightweight (in relative terms) full frame camera. Its successor the 5D Mark II boasts 21 megapixels, 1080p video, 3.0" VGA LCD, Live view, and higher capacity battery. It is a camera that aims to leapfrog its direct competitors, both in terms of resolution and video capability.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5616 x 3744
Effective pixels 21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 - 6400 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 12800, 25600 as option
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 114 x 75 mm (5.98 x 4.49 x 2.95)
GPS None

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Our review

Although some aspects of the spec (AF, metering) are looking a little long in the tooth, the superb image quality and class-leading movie output should ensure the Mark II is as popular as its predecessor. The numerous smaller improvements are welcome, and if you want full frame (without going to an even more expensive pro body) the 5D Mark II is about as good as it gets right now.

Good for: Studio, landscape and low light photographers wanting full frame and the best possible image quality. HD Movies.

Not so good for: Action / sports / wildlife

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Highly Recommended
79%
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