Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Announced Sep 17, 2008 •
21 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
dpreview conclusion

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.

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Highly Recommended
79%
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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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DCRP Review: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Apr 20, 2009)

The Canon EOS-5D Mark II is a solid upgrade to its predecessor, and a great choice for Canon users looking to step up to a full-frame body. The Mark II has a whopping 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (which isn't without a few issues), great build quality, full manual controls, HD movie recording, and more accessories than you could possibly afford. There aren't a lot of negatives, but they're all...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II review
By: Matt Golowczynski, What Digital Camera (Dec 20, 2008)

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II review

UPDATE: retested with firmware 1.1.0. Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II is a powerful and feature-packed DSLR that represents a significant upgrade over the original 5D, and a tough rival in the growing ‘affordable’ full-frame market. We’re becoming used to seeing new models released every 18 or even 12 months, with often gradual improvements, but a lot has changed in the three years since the EOS 5D...

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