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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is the awaited update to the popular full frame EOS 5D. The EOS 5D Mark II features 21.1MP resolution using a full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L:50, H1:12800 and H2:25600). The 5D Mark II also features HD video capture with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920x1080 pixels resolution for up to 4GB per clip.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The extra large 3.0-in. LCD has 920,000 dots resolution. A new anti-reflection and water-repellant coating provides a clearer and more smudge-resistant surface. A light sensor mounted below the screen enables automatic brightness adjustment based on ambient light.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Other features include: EOS Integrated Cleaning System specifically designed to work with a full-frame sensor; Live View for stills and video; 3.9fps continuous shooting; 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points; a new 98% coverage viewfinder; improved weather-resistant body.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR should easily become a favorite of serious photographers by providing advanced pro features, fast, responsive controls, and exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight and rugged body at a price below its direct competitors.

- Vincent LaForet's Sample EOS 5D Mark II Video: Reverie

- Betrayed: First motion picture shot by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

 
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon EOS 5D Mark II US | CAN | UK
Type  
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash
Recording Media CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4A)
Image Sensor Size 36.0mm x 24.0mm (35mm Full-frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor  
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 21.1 megapixels
Total Pixels Total pixels: Approx. 22.0 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion feature (1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) Manual cleaning of sensor
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording System  
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW1, SRAW2, RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV
File size (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 6.1MB (5616 x 3744 pixels)
(2) Large/Nomal: Approx. 3.0MB (5616 x 3744 pixels)
(3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.6MB (4080 x 2720 pixels)
(4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.9MB (4080 x 2720 pixels)
(5) Small/Fine: Approx. 2.1MB (2784 x 1856 pixels)
(6) Small/Normal: Approx. 1.0MB (2784 x 1856 pixels)
(7) RAW: Approx. 25.8MB (5616 x 3744 pixels)
(8) sRAW 1: Approx. 14.8MB (3861 x 2574 pixels)
(9) sRAW 2: Approx. 10.8MB (2784 x 1856 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording Functions With the WFT-E4A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E4A will be possible as follows:
(1) Standard
(2) Automatic switching of recording media
(3) Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
(4) Recording images having the same size
Backup Recording Enabled with WFT-E4A attached
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.
Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording Provided (RAW/sRAW+JPEG also possible)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Image Processing  
Type Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided
Viewfinder  
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 98%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (Eg-D: Grid lines, Eg-S [point of Focus], Eg-A standard focusing screen provided
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cutoff with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information), battery information
Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece Shutter None
Autofocus  
Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points

9 (Cross-type)

Metering Range EV -0.5-18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focus Modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the AF-assist beam from the Speedlite will be emitted when necessary.
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes

35-zone TTL full-aperture metering

  • Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
  • Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at center)
  • Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center)
  • Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)

Automatically set, ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-3200 set automatically
Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 50 (L), 12800 (H1), 25600 (H2)
High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200-1600

Exposure Compensation Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter  
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control Remote control with N3-type terminal
External Speedlite  
Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
Compatible Flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increment

FE Lock Provided
External Flash Settings Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
Drive System  
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, and Self-timer (10-sec. or 2-sec. delay)
Continuous Shooting Speed Max. 3.9 shots/sec.
Maximum Burst JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 78 (CF)/approx. 310 (UDMA CF)
RAW: approx. 13/approx. 14 (UDMA CF)
RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 8 (CF/UDMA CF)
Based on Canon's testing standards with a 2GB CF card, high-speed continuous shooting, ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style
Varies depending on the subject, CF card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, etc.
Live View Functions  
Shooting Modes Still photo shooting and video shooting
Focusing Quick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Live mode/Face Detection Live mode (Contrast detection)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering Modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos)
Center-weighted average metering (video)
Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Grid Display Provided (Two-type grid displays)
Exposure Simulation Provided
Silent Shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
LCD Monitor  
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 3.0 in.
Dots Approx. 920,000 (VGA)
Coverage Approx. 100% (viewing angle: approx. 170°)
Brightness Adjustment Auto, 7 levels provided
Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, 15/15 Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Image Playback  
Display Format Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Highlight Warning Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase  
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not
Erase Single image, check-marked images or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images)
Direct Printing  
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS 5D Mark II
Easy Print feature Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format  
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer  
Compatible Images JPEG and RAW images
Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Customization  
Custom Functions Total 25
Camera User Settings Register under Mode Dial's C1 and C3 positions
My Menu Registration Provided
Interface  
USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) HDMI mini OUT terminal
Extension System Terminal For connection to WFT-E4A
Power Source  
Battery One Battery Pack LP-E6
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 with Battery Grip BG-E6 attached
Battery Check Auto
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.
Date/Time Battery One CR1616 lithium-ion battery
Start-up Time Approx. 0.1 sec.
Operation Environment  
Working Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range 85% or less
Dimensions and Weight  
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 152.0 x 113.5 x 75.0mm /
6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 28.6 oz./810g (body only)
MSRP (Body only) US $2,699 / CDN $2,799.99 / UK £ 2,299 / €2,499
with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens US $3,499 / CDN $3,649.99 / UK £3049.99 / €3999.99
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens US $1,699 / CDN $
Battery Grip BG-E6 US $ / CDN $350.00
Wireless Transmitter WFT-E4A US $ / CDN $1420.00

Note: All the specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards.
The camera's specifications and exterior are subject to change without notice.


Included Accessories:
Eyecup Eb
Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII
Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
Battery Pack LP-E6
Battery Charger LC-E6
EOS Digital Solution Disk
Software Instruction Manual

- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Press Release: US | CAN
- Video Samples: 1, 2, 3, 4


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