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What's new / changed (key points) contd.

RAW available in Auto mode
As per the EOS 50D Canon has now enabled RAW shooting in Auto (green square) mode.
Expanded bracketing options
Exposure bracketing now provides a range up to +/-4 EV (when combined with exposure compensation).
Improved battery status information / memory
With the new battery comes better information including remaining capacity as a percentage, shutter count (how many exposures have been taken on this battery) and its recharge performance (aging). Additionally you can ask the camera to memorize battery status by serial number, allowing you to quickly review the status of batteries you may be carrying with you.
Quick Control screen
Just like the EOS 50D you can now control everything on the screen using the joystick controller (taking a leaf out of Olympus and Sony's book).
Creative Auto Mode
A new variant on program mode takes care of focus and exposure and uses simple sliders to control background sharpness (depth of field) and AE compensation.

Extra small sRAW / separate selection
You now have three JPEG and three RAW image size options combined with two JPEG compression levels. When selecting quality you now simply turn the front dial to select RAW quality and the main dial (rear) to select JPEG quality.

Refreshed user interface
Courtesy of DIGIC 4 (and identical to the EOS 50D), the Mark II's interface has not only been given a stylish redesign; it's now got some very cool 'fades' between menu items.

Image processing features
Thanks to its DIGIC 4 processor the Mark II gets highlight tone priority, auto lighting optimizer (4 levels), high ISO noise reduction (4 levels) and lens peripheral illumination correction (vignetting correction).

New jump mode options
In addition to the 10/100/date/folder options we had on the EOS 5D we now get screen, date, movies, stills and '1 image' (?).

Two mode Live View silent shooting
Carried over from 40D and 50D comes silent shooting. This works by using an electronic shutter to start the exposure (electronic first curtain) and a the mechanical shutter to end the exposure. Mode 1 always re-cocks the shutter, Mode 2 doesn't re-cock until you release the shutter button.

Copyright metadata
Using the supplied EOS Utility software you can define your own custom photographer name and copyright message which is automatically embedded in metadata for JPEG and RAW files.
WFT-E4 and BG-E6 grips
The WFT-E4 is effectively a 're-bodied' WFT-E3, it provides a vertical grip and controls as well as wireless image transfer to FTP or HTTP servers as well as remote wireless control using the EOS Utility software. It also provides connectivity for GPS and external USB Hard Disk (mass storage device). The BG-E6 also provides a vertical grip but additionally extra battery capacity (one more battery slot in effect).

Additional technical images

As usual Canon have supplied us with a range of technical images related to the camera, some of these are unchanged from the EOS 5D but may well still be of interest to potential buyers so we have included them below.

AF sensor assembly

AF sensor

Exploded view of AF sensor assembly

Diagram of AF sensor functionality

Diagram of the mirror & shutter mechanism

Diagram of the sensor filters / layers

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Great Camera. Its "just work".


It has shown its great value over money.


I work in Nyc as a fashion photographer and I have to say the the 5d series are the most used cameras out side of medium format cameras .Ive been shooting with the mark 3 for over a year after shooting with the mark 2 for 2 years great both great cameras. You can see the shots I've taken with it for my work on my website hope it helps!! also note I only shoot RAW format.

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Was it really 2009? I'm still in the first flush of my love affair with this camera. And I'm still fathoming the depths of its capability. Okay, she's got a lot of paint missing these days, but the images are still magic. Whenever I use another camera, I sigh and wonder why I didn't use the 5D2.
A brief history of photography:

silver chemistry

flexible roll film



5D Mark 2...


As I know when the original 5D debuted three years ago, it wasn't clear why most enthusiasts would want such a camera. Though it captured excellent, high resolution images, it was slower and bigger and more expensive. Today the market has changed significantly, and it's clear that the market is ready for full-frame digital SLRs that can turn out high image quality. High quality is one thing, but being a camera that can deliver high quality over a wide range of lighting conditions and different ISO settings is what makes the Canon 5D Mark II such a compelling choice, and a clear Dave's Picks.
It's really very very good.

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6D or the 5D Mark II?

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