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Canon EOS 5D announced

Canon EOS 5D announced - Canon announce introduction of much-speculated about EOS 5D

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Canon EOS 5D in Digital SLRs

Canon EOS 5D Announced
The Canon EOS 5D is a 12.8 megapixel digital SLR featuring a second generation full frame CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm), housed in a compact magnesium alloy body. With a weight of just 810g the EOS 5D is a highly portable dSLR which also features a three frames per second 60 JPEG frame burst and a rapid start-up time of just 0.2 seconds.

The release of the EOS 5D, five years after Canon's first CMOS image sensor appeared in the EOS D30, marks the fifth new CMOS sensor to be released since April 2004.

The 5D's 35.8 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor, equivalent in size to a frame of 35mm film, provides photographers a full angle of view, without magnification or cropping effect. The EOS 5D also allows for tighter control over depth of field and improves image quality by its ability to capture more light with its large pixels.

The camera also features a high-resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen, 9-point auto focus with six invisible Assist auto focus points to improve its tracking performance. The 5D is driven by the same DIGIC II processor which is found in Canon's EOS 1D range of cameras. The camera also features new Picture Stylepre-sets, USB 2.0 High Speed interface for fast downloads and 1/8000 - 30 second shutter speed with X-sync at 1/200s.

In a new feature on the EOS 5D, current camera settings can be stored and assigned to the C position on the Mode Dial, allowing photographers to switch quickly between two completely different camera set-ups without having to switch bodies, making it ideal for photographers who need to switch rapidly from an indoor to outdoor shooting condition, for example. Exposure mode, ISO speed, AF mode, drive mode, Picture Style, white balance and custom functions are all stored in the custom setting. There are 21 custom functions with 57 user-definable settings to enable photographers to configure the camera for their preferred way of working.

Key features of the EOS 5D:

1) CMOS sensor - featuring 12.8 megapixels and the same second generation on-chip noise reduction circuitry used on the EOS 1Ds Mark II. This suppresses random noise and eliminates fixed-pattern noise for clean, high fidelity images. ISO speed range of 100 - 1600 is extendable to L:50 and H:3200
2) Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control of image quality, delivering more immediately usable JPEG images staright from the camera, with no need for post-production. The pre-sets, which each offer a different colour response, include Standard, Portrait, Landscape and Monochrome
3) High resolution 2.5 inch LCD screen, retaining brightness and visibility throughout a wide 170 degree angle of view both vertically and horizontally. This allows for easy viewing of pictures, even when the camera is mounted in a fixed position
4) Auto focus - newly developed 9-point auto focus system, with 6 additional invisible Assist AF points, which can be used to improve the camera's subject tracking performance
5) Lightweight, compact magnesium alloy body, measuring just 152 x 113 x 75mm and weighing just 810g
6) USB 2.0 High Speed interface - this allows rapid transfer of images from camera to computer
7) Video-out interface - for playback and review on a TV monitor
8) PictBridge compatible for direct printing without the need for a PC
9) Compatible with both CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, including cards of 2Gb and larger

The Canon EOS 5D offers complete compatibilty with all Canon EF lenses, giving photographers the option of a wide range of focal lengths, from 14 - 600mm. The 5D is also compatible with EX series Speedlites and other EOS accessories, providing photographers with a highly adaptable and flexible camera system. Canons E-TTL II flash metering ensures accurate flash exposures by taking into account such factors as lens distance information, ambient light readings and the detection of reflective objects in order to calculate flash output.

The BG-E4 is a new battery grip designed especially for the EOS 5D. Constructed with the same magnesium alloy as the cameras exterior, it has a solid and comfortable hold. The grip can accommodate two BP-511A/514/512/511 battery packs or six AA batteries . The Battery Grip BG-E4 features a shutter release button, AE/FE lock button, AF point selector and main dial to enable comfortable use of the camera when held vertically.

The cameras focussing screens are interchangeable: in addition to the Standard Precision Matte (Ee-A) focussing screen supplied with the camera, Precision Matte with Grid (Ee-D) and Super Precision Matte (Ee-S) screens are available. The EOS 5D supports the optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 v2.2, which verifies the authenticity of images taken with the camera.

The EOS 5D is supplied with the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11, which includes a new version of Canons Digital Photo Professional (DPP) RAW processing software now at version 2.0. DPP now supports RAW images shot on all EOS digital cameras from the EOS D30 onwards, and includes support for Picture Styles. Improvements and additions are aimed at improving functionality and workflow efficiency for professionals, and include: easy image selection with three levels of check marks; real-time adjustment of sharpness; improved image correction (Copy Stamp); enhanced image transfer function single image transfer to PhotoShop is possible; extended colour space support, now including Apple RGB and ColorMatch RGB; and improved usability of the CMYK simulation function.

Also provided is on the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11 is ZoomBrowser EX (PC) and ImageBrowser (MAC) v5.5 for managing images, EOS Capture v1.5 for remote shooting, PhotoStitch v3.1, PhotoRecord v2.2 (PC) and RAW ImageTask v2.2. The EOS 5D is compatible with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY , which provides a 100 MB online photo album.

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stuwhitt 13 1.4k United Kingdom
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Sounds good to me, i want one :o)
I wonder if Canon would take a wife, two kids and a dawg in Part exchange Wink
awesome, 20D, coming down i price.
Does anyone know what price range it will be?
Does anyone think it will take potential sales from the 1Ds II?

Or are we looking at a second camera for the pro's here?

5+fps would have been nice too.
How many pixels do we need if you are not a pro?
Apart from memory cards this will soon fill up the average computer hard drive and slow down the performance. Looks like ebay will be busier thn ever. Sorry SteveBB they don't do livestock.
hollyn - it will have a body-only price of 2539.99
thanks heather
Nice of Canon not to put environmental seals on it; use it in a dusty or foggy place, and you've got 2,540-worth of scrap around your neck. What other camera in this price-range is so lame? And why only 3fps?? What a crock of sh*t. Save up for the Eos 1DS MK2 or a Nikon D2x.
vivo 14 24 Australia
wow, 2539 for body only price? very expensive indeed!
ridiculous price, at 2539 I'd get a 20D complete with a few pieces of fine glass.
Might as well either wait for the price to fall, buy a 20D or buy a secondhand EOS 1D!!

It does look nice though and is the sort of camera that I'd love to have. It's sort of like the poor man's EOS 1D Wink
looks good but as u all said sounds a little pricey /!!!!
nice camera but i agree with everyone else that for the price you don't get that much - there are many better setups for that sort of cost - the body should be about 1000 max for body only.
2539 is the list price and will most like be somewhat lower from some retailers.

I dont think that 1000 is realistic owing to the Full Frame sensor. The 20D is around 850-999 so an extra 100-150 for a FF sensor DSLR is just not going to happen at present.

But IMO will drop to around 1800 in the coming months after its release.

The spec maybe below the 1 series and that if reflected in the price, which is pushed up by the FF sensor.
The lower spec is a trade off for the FF sensor, if you want it all get a 1Ds II for 5K

From what I have seen the image quality is superb, and you get a decent size bright viewfinder.

This is a major jump in the digital camera market, quite frankly I am surprised at all the negativity surrounding this offering from Canon, very few have actually even seen the camera yet (hate the movie you have never seen) and those that have sing its praise.

Did I mention it has a Full Frame sensor?
Agree with Lostpatrol ... full ... frame ... sensor ... so this will open up the wide angle end without the need to get a mortgage on a ultra-fish-eye lense .. and also I am sure I read that it DOES have seals to protect it from moisture and dust etc it will be a great camera when the price settles down.
Also the kit lense is an IS L series 24-105 and represents a saving of a few hundred pounds on buying the lense seperately.

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