Previous page Next page


Shooting mode information and Quick control screen

Pressing the INFO button in shooting mode displays an overview of the current camera configuration. The EOS 5D Mark II provides two different info displays; Normal display and Shooting function display. From there a press of the multi-controller takes you into the Quick control screen. Here you navigate using the multi-selector and press the SET button to access and change a setting. Alternatively you can turn the control dial while the 'cursor' is on a setting.

You can optionally enable the SET button to enter the Quick control screen directly via C.Fn.IV-3; this is most useful if the multi-controller has been configured to select the AF point directly (C.Fn.III-3).

Normal display Shooting function display
Press the multi-selector to enter the Quick control screen. You can press the SET button to enter a separate screen for each parameter or simply turn the control dial to change a setting.

Creative Auto mode

Creative Auto mode, that appeared on the 50D also crops up on the 5D Mark II. It is essentially a simplified Aperture Priority mode, giving you the options to choose between a blurred and sharp background and a darker or brighter image. The number of additional shooting settings in this mode has been significantly reduced.

Normal display Shooting function display

Record review & play displays

By default the EOS 5D Mark II provides a two second review display immediately after the shot is taken, this can be disabled or extended to 4 or 8 seconds or as long as you hold the shutter release button. During record review you can press the erase button to cancel / erase the current image. Record review and play share the same display modes, just press the INFO button to select between the four available modes (see below).

Display modes

There are four display modes available in record review / play, you can also optionally enable 'Highlight alert' (blinking highlights) and / or 'AF point display' (the last two in the table below).

1: Large image + status line (shutter speed, aperture, comp, filename, card) 2: Large image + status line + image number
3: Small image + status line + lum histogram + detailed shooting info (or optional RGB histogram) 4: Small image + status line + lum histogram + RGB histogram + detailed shooting info
Optional 'AF point display' enabled Optional 'Highlight alert' enabled

Play magnification

The EOS 5D Mark II has dedicated magnify buttons and provides fifteen steps of magnification.

Play thumbnail index

The 5D Mark II provides two levels of thumbnail index, the initial view being a four image 2x2 index, press the thumbnail button once more to switch to a nine image 3x3 index. You can use the multi-controller or quick command dial to move around images or the main dial to jump images (ideal if you have the 'screen' jump mode selected).

Other Play displays

You can 'protect' an image, so it can't be accidentally deleted. Images can be rotated in-camera by selecting the corresponding option in the review menu.
Previous page Next page
I own it
I want it
I had it
Discuss in the forums


Total comments: 6

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.

1 upvote

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.

1 upvote

6D or the 5D Mark II?

Total comments: 6