On the left side of the camera are all of the camera's connections, these are protected by a rubber cover which allows you to expose the PC sync and remote terminals while keeping the USB and Video out terminals covered. In summary from top to bottom: PC Sync (left), USB (2.0 Hi-Speed), Remote terminal (left; N3 type), Video Out (right). (Note USB transfer speed test now moved to the Timings & Sizes section).

Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find a metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens.

As I've requested in previous reviews it would have been nice to have had a rubber 'foot' on the base of the camera, although I will speculate that this could cause the camera to be incompatible with the optional battery grip.

External flash

The EOS 5D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (sync only). It supports E-TTL II metering which uses distance information from the lens to calculate flash power. This works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors). Introduced at the same time as the EOS 5D is the new Speedlite 430EX which has digital ready features including zoom linked to sensor sizes and AWB switched to flash WB (causes the camera to switch to flash WB in certain circumstances).

Lens Mount

The EOS 5D has a standard metal EF lens mount, because the EOS 5D uses a full-frame sensor it can't support EF-S lenses which are designed to work with APS size sensors (and hence produce a smaller imaging circle). Because of its full-frame sensor a 50 mm lens on the EOS 5D produces the same field of view as it would on a 35 mm film camera, there is no 'field of view crop'.

Mirror compared to the EOS 20D

As you can see from the images below the EOS 5D has a considerably larger mirror than the EOS 20D (which has an APS size sensor).

Supplied In the Box

The EOS 5D will be offered (officially) as body only which means you will have to either already own or buy a lens. The new EF 24 - 105 mm F4L IS would appear to be designed specifically to serve this purpose.

The EOS 5D body only is supplied as:

  • Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR body
  • Eyecup
  • BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • CG-580 / CB-5L Battery charger
  • Neck strap (with eyepiece cover)
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • CD-ROMs
    • Canon EOS Solution Disk v11.0
    • Digital Photo Professional v2.0
  • Manuals / Reg. card
  • Warranty