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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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EOS 5D Mark II

Rating: 4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5

We thought the Canon 5D Mark II was never going to be as big a deal as its predecessor, the now classic, 5D Mark I which allowed a whole generation of digital photographers the use of a full frame DSLR at a price that they could (just) afford. But actually it has been a benchmark camera in a few different ways. The low noise at high ISO has meant amateurs and professionals alike have been leaving tripods at home and getting great results in situations where flash would have previously been the only option. One of the big surprises is the video capability of the 5D Mark II which has now reached cult status, the camera now being the fashionable tool for shooting everything from drama to documentaries. Where the 5D still falls down slightly is it's focusing in low-light and (stills) frame rate. The 5D Mark II still provides excellent value for money for all photographers and wonderfully smooth and toned full frame images.
Discontinued Yes Edit
Year announced 2008 Edit
Lens Mounts
  • Canon EOS
  • Canon EF
  • Canon EF USM
  • Canon EF-S
  • Canon EF-S USM
Effective Magnification 1x Edit
Image Sensor
Pixels 21.1Mp (Megapixels) Edit
Pixels (W) 5616 Edit
Pixels (H) 3744 Edit
Sensor Type CMOS Edit
Sensor Size Full Frame Edit
Sensor Size (width) 36mm Edit
Sensor Size (height) 24mm Edit
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
Pixel pitch No Data Edit
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in Edit
Brightness adjust Yes Edit
Tilting screen No Edit
Live view Yes Edit
Screen resolution 920,000 dots Edit
Touch Screen No Edit
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Focusing Points No Data Edit
Auto Focus Sensitivity No Data Edit
Weather-sealed No Data Edit
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/8000sec Edit
Shutter speeds longest 30sec Edit
Bulb mode Yes Edit
Self Timer 10, 2 Edit
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
AE lock Yes Edit
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity 50 - 25600 Edit
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Digital filter No Data Edit
Exposure Comp +/-2 Edit
Auto Exposure Bracketing 2 Edit
Viewfinder field of view 98% Edit
Depth of field preview Yes Edit
Interchangable focusing screen Yes Edit
Viewfinder Resolution No Data Edit
Magnification No Data Edit
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 3.9fps Edit
Multiple exposure No Edit
Sound recording Yes Edit
Movie mode Yes Edit
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 30fps Edit
Stereo Sound No Edit
Optical Zoom with Video Yes Edit
Flash Guide Number (ISO100/m) No Data Edit
Flash sync speed 1/200 Edit
Flash modes
  • Rear Curtain
Flash sync socket
  • Hot shoe
  • PC sync socket
Flash compensation +/-2ev Edit
Flash Range No Data Edit
Shooting Performance
Shutter response No Data Edit
Focus speed - Wide No Data Edit
Focus speed - Telephoto No Data Edit
Switch on time to first photo No Data Edit
Shot to shot speed No Data Edit
Shot to shot speed - flash No Data Edit
Continuous shooting - JPEG No Data Edit
Continuous shooting - Flash No Data Edit
Continuous shooting - RAW No Data Edit
Other Features
Number of Custom Functions 25 Edit
Dust removal No Edit
Image Stabilisation No Edit
Histogram Yes Edit
Thumbnail / Index view Yes Edit
Video out Yes Edit
Slide show mode Yes Edit
Zoom playback 10x Edit
GPS enabled No Edit
HDMI Yes Edit
USB USB 2 Edit
Firewire No Edit
  • PC
  • MAC
Wi-Fi No Data Edit
Ethernet No Edit
NFC No Data Edit
Bluetooth No Data Edit
Microphone Socket No Data Edit
Headphone Socket No Data Edit
Card Type
  • CF1
  • CF2
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Internal Memory No Data Edit
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 Edit
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 850shots Edit
Movie recording time No Data Edit
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data Edit
Weight 810g Edit
Width 152mm Edit
Height 113.5mm Edit
Depth 75mm Edit

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