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Canon EOS 5D specifications 

List price
(body only)
US: $3,299 [check/order]
EU: €3,699 (inc VAT)
UK: £2,539 (inc VAT)
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor • 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor *
• Full 35 mm size frame *
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 13.3 million total pixels *
• 12.8 million effective pixels *
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor DIGIC II
Image sizes • 4368 x 2912 (L; 12.7 MP) *
• 3168 x 2112 (M; 6.7 MP) *
• 2496 x 1664 (S; 4.2 MP) *
File formats

• RAW (.CR2; 12-bit)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
• RAW + JPEG (separate files)

File sizes • RAW: approx. 12.9 MB
• Large / Fine: approx. 4.6 MB
• Large / Normal: approx. 2.3 MB
• Medium / Fine: approx. 2.7 MB
• Medium / Normal: approx. 1.4 MB
• Small / Fine: approx. 2.0 MB
• Small / Normal: approx. 1.0 MB
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Lenses • Canon EF lens mount (does not support EF-S lenses) *
• No field of view crop (1.0x) *
Focusing • 9-point TTL
• 6 "Invisible Assist AF points" *
• CMOS sensor
• AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 20°C, ISO 100) *
Focus modes • AI Focus AF
• One shot AF
• AI Servo AF
• Manual focus
AF point selection • Auto
• Manual
• Home position
AF assist No *
Metering • TTL 35 zone SPC
• Metering range: 1.0 to 20 EV (at 20°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modes

• Evaluative 35 zone
• Partial (8% at center*)
• Spot metering (3.5% at center) *
• Center-weighted average
• Metering range: 1 - 20 EV (at 20°C, ISO 100)

AE lock • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
• Manual: AE lock button
AE bracketing • +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure compen. • +/-2.0 EV
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity *

• Auto (ISO 100 - 400)
• ISO 50 (Enhanced L) *
• ISO 100
• ISO 125
• ISO 160
• ISO 200
• ISO 250
• ISO 320
• ISO 400
• ISO 500
• ISO 640
• ISO 800
• ISO 1000
• ISO 1250
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200 (Enhanced H)

Shutter • Focal-plane shutter
• 30 - 1/8000 sec
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec *
• Bulb
Aperture values • F1.0 - F91
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance • Auto (3000 - 7000 K)
• Daylight (5200 K)
• Shade (7000 K)
• Cloudy (6000 K)
• Tungsten (3200 K)
• Fluorescent (4000 K)
• Flash (6000 K)
• Custom (2000 - 10000 K)
• Kelvin (2800 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing • +/-3 levels
• 3 images
• blue/amber or magenta/green bias
WB shift • Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
• Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style * • Standard
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Neutral
• Faithful
• Monochrome
• User 1
• User 2
• User 3
Custom image parameters * • Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Viewfinder • Eye-level pentaprism
• 96% frame coverage *
• Magnification: 0.71x *
• Eyepoint: 20 mm
• Dioptric adjustment: -3 to +1 diopter
• Precision matte screen Ee-A (removable *)
Viewfinder info • AF points
• Focus confirmation light
• Shutter speed
• Aperture
• Manual exposure
• AE Lock
• Exposure compensation amount
• AEB level
• Spot metering circle
• Flash ready
• Red-eye reduction lamp on
• High-speed sync
• FE Lock
• Flash compensation amount
• Warnings
• Maximum burst for continuous shooting
• Buffer space
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD *
• 230,000 pixels *
• 5 brightness levels
• 10x zoom playback
Shutter release • Soft touch *
Record review • Off
• On (histogram via INFO button)
• 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Histogram • Luminance
• RGB *
Flash • No built-in flash unit *
• E-TTL II auto flash / metered manual
• Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
• X-Sync: 1/200 sec *
• Hot-shoe & PC Terminal
Shooting modes *

• Auto
• Program AE (P)
• Shutter priority AE (Tv)
• Aperture priority AE (Av)
• Manual (M)
• Custom

Drive modes • Single
• Continuous: 3 fps up to 60 JPEG / 17 RAW frames *
• Self-timer: 10 sec (3 sec with mirror lock-up)
Burst buffer • RAW+JPEG: 12 frames
• RAW: 17 frames
• Large/Fine JPEG: 60 frames
• Large/Normal JPEG: 150 frames
• Medium/Fine JPEG: 120 frames
• Medium/Normal JPEG: Unlimited
• Small/Fine JPEG: 200 frames
• Small/Normal JPEG: Unlimited
Direct printing • Canon Compact Photo Printers
• Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
• PictBridge
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation • On (playback uses orientation data in file header)
• Off
Playback mode • Single image
• Single image with info (inc. histogram)
• Magnified view (1.5 - 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
• 9 image index
• Image rotation
• Jump (by 10 or 100 images, by date, by folder *)
Custom functions 21 custom functions with 57 settings *
Menu languages • English
• German
• French
• Dutch
• Danish
• Finnish
• Italian
• Norwegian
• Swedish
• Spanish
• Simplified Chinese
• Japanese
• Traditional Chinese
• Korean
• Russian
Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip Via BG-E4 battery grip (optional) *
Wireless Via WFT-E1 (optional)
Connectivity

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• N3 type wired remote control
• PC Sync flash terminal

Storage • Compact Flash Type I or II
• Microdrive supported
• Support for cards over 2 GB (FAT32)
• No CF card supplied
Power • Lithium-Ion BP-511A rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
• Supports BP-511 / BP-511A / BP-512 / BP-514
• CR2016 Lithium battery (date/time backup)
• Optional AC adapter
Dimensions 152 x 113 x 75 mm (6.0 x 4.4 x 2.9 in) *
Weight (no batt) 810 g (1.8 lb) *
Weight (inc. batt) 895 g (2.0 lb) *

* New or changed compared to the EOS 20D

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Total comments: 12
Hai Ching Lee

Hi...!

I bought one last month for Usd500 in super good and working condition but without any lens......
I bought an L Lens 24-105mm f4 for another Usd 500...... a 50mm f1.4 for Usd350.......
After much testings around, I noticed 5D is not good at Indoor unless with the help of a Flash......However , at Outdoor I must say it is a Super duper Good Full Frame machine even though it is around 8 years old........!!!

I still feel it is a Good Investment as far as dollars and cents counts......
An FX cameras from Nikon like the D700 body will cost Usd1.3k in Malaysia......

I also own a Nikon D90 with standard kit lens 18-105mm, 70-300mm Tel lens, a Fx 24-50mm f3.5-4 and 20mm f2.8 and others...
Recently I bought an Adapter for Nikon lens to Eos FX body like 5D..........It WORKS very well but have to Manually focus......So now I can have Nikon lens on 5D body which safe me a lot for a start....!!
Used 5D MK-II is selling here at around Usd1.6k which I am looking forward to...!!

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JSnees

I am using a nikkon D 5100. Have the opportunity to purchase a cannon eos 5d in excellent condition for $500 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Any advantages to this camera vs what I currently have besides FF? Good investment? I currently do not own any pro lenses from nikkon.

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SculptedPhotography

The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

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frosty 7

hi i jus bot a canon eos 5d from a friend am i able to record video with the camera ?
thanks

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Ugo78

No, unfortunately you are not able to shot video, neither by installing Magic Lantern (because the camera is not equipped with live view).

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InfraOptic

Easy answer: Buy a Sony A7 mirrorless and a metabones adapter to use all Canon AF lenses.

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sh10453

Since you have invested in Canon lenses, I think the Canon 6D is what you are looking for, if you are still looking.

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KariIceland

I wish you guys would do a new comparison with the 5D, would love to see it vs the newer dslr's

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qianp2k

Agreed! In all cameras announced around that time, only EOS 5D still attracts many discussions in DPR forums. How many are still talking Nikon D200 that announced just three months later these days? If you don't print/view in very big size, EOS 5D actually withstands most today's FF cameras very well till ISO 800/1600 in IQ, no mention crop cameras.

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sh10453

I love my 5D.
Using the 5D with quality Canon L lenses produces images that I do not see a difference between them and those taken by a newer camera (5D II, 5D III).

If video is not needed or required, then finding a clean 5D would be prudent.
Some very well kept, used lightly by some hobbyists can be found at around a $1,000 or less.

I have no immediate plans to shell out $3,000 or more for a newer model that is not going to give me much over the 5D, in terms of image quality.

But for commercial photographers, that's a different situation.

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Macandts

Ditto. I could not be happier with my 5D. I'm also disappointed that the set up for image comparison keeps changing. It makes it difficult to compare any older digital camera with anything contemporary.

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MFog

I just sold my trusty old 5D. I love the camera but I will not miss cleaning the sensor every other week and fixing dust spots in lightroom! That was always a royal pain in the neck. Still a great camera.

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