Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

EOS 5D Mark II

Digital SLR Camera

EOS 5D Mark II [A] [E] [J]
Marketed November 2008
Original PriceOpen price

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II succeeds the EOS 5D, launched in October 2005, which marked the first digital SLR camera for advanced-amateur users to incorporate a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and enjoyed lasting market acclaim. The EOS 5D Mark II features a newly developed full-size 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that not only realizes outstanding resolution performance and rich gradation expression, but also offers an expanded standard ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400*1 which, in extended mode, can be expanded to ISO 50, 12800 and 25600, enabling optimal performance in a diverse range of shooting situations.

The EOS 5D Mark II incorporates the next-generation DIGIC 4 image processor, which enables the high-speed processing of the increased amount of data generated by the high-pixel-count image sensor. The technology supports high resolution imaging performance while making possible a continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 3.9 frames per second*2 and bursts of up to approximately 310 shots.*3

Other features facilitating optimal shooting performance include a newly designed high-performance viewfinder that realizes approximately 98% coverage, and a high-speed, high-precision AF (AutoFocus) system with 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points.

Making possible the recording of full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video at 30 frames per second (fps), the EOS 5D Mark II is the first model in the EOS series to offer a movie function, which also includes a standard recording mode (640 x 480/30 fps). Also, further expanding the boundaries of digital SLR photographic expression, the camera incorporates a Live View function with three AF modes — Quick Mode, Live Mode, and Face Detect Live Mode — and a lens peripheral illumination correction function that compensates for light falloff around the image perimeter in response to the characteristics of the type of lens used when shooting.

The EOS 5D Mark II is equipped with a 920,000-dot, 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with a multi-coating that reduces reflections and resists smudging and smearing. With enhanced color reproduction performance, the LCD monitor delivers natural image display, supporting improved image verification, even in bright sunlight.

Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, a comprehensive dust-reduction system, combines measures for preventing and eliminating dust. On the EOS 5D Mark II, the technology features an improved Self Cleaning Sensor Unit that includes a fluorine coating on the surface of the low pass filter, which realizes further protection by minimizing dust adhesion.

The EOS 5D Mark II backs up high performance with strength and durability. The camera's rugged shutter unit boasts an impressive 150,000-cycle shutter life while the body features a highly rigid magnesium alloy exterior that ensures reliable performance in the face of challenging shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 5D Mark II's new Battery Pack LP-E6 realizes 1.3x the battery capacity of its predecessor, providing users with higher levels of mobility.

In addition to the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon today also announced the introduction of the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4/E4A, which enables the transfer of images to a server or computer via wireless LAN or Ethernet.

*1Recommended exposure index
*2Based on CIPA standards
*3Based on Canon test standards using a UDMA memory card and shooting JPEG/Large images at ISO 100. The counter in the camera only displays up to 99 shots. Approximately 78 shots when using non-UDMA memory cards

Type
Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media Type I or II CF card, UDMA-compatible
Image sensor size Approx. 36 x 24 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
(The effective lens focal length is the same as indicated on the lens)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Element
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 21.10 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Dust deletion feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible
Recorded pixels
Large Approx. 21.00 megapixels (5616 x 3744)
Medium Approx. 11.10 megapixels (4080 x 2720)
Small Approx. 5.20 megapixels (2784 x 1856)
RAW Approx. 21.00 megapixels (5616 x 3744)
sRAW1 Approx. 10.00 megapixels (3861 x 2574)
sRAW2 Approx. 5.20 megapixels (2784 x 1856)
Create/select a folder Possible
Image Processing
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 - 3
White balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (2500-10000K)
White balance correction and white balance bracketing features provided
* Color temperature information transmission enabled
Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image
brightness correction
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens peripheral illumination correction Provided
Viewfinder
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 98%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (-1 m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 21 mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1 m-1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Focusing screen Interchangeable (2 types sold separately), Eg-A standard focusing screen provided
Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Autofocus
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points 9 plus 6 Assist AF points
Metering range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF-assist beam Emitted by the EOS-dedicated external Speedlite
AF Microadjustment AF Microadjustment possible
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 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (Full Auto, Creative Auto, Program), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, bulb exposure
ISO speed
(Recommended Exposure Index)
Full Auto, Creative Auto: ISO 100 - 3200 set automatically
P, Tv, Av, M, B: ISO 100 - 6400 (in 1/3-stop increments)
settable, Auto, or expandable to ISO 50 (L), ISO 12800 (H1), or ISO 25600 (H2)
Exposure compensation Manual and AEB (Settable in combination with manual exposure compensation)
Settable amount: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE lock
Auto Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual By AE lock button
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Drive System
Drive mode Single shooting, continuous shooting, 10-sec. self-timer/remote control, 2-sec. self-timer/remote control
Continuous shooting speed Max. approx. 3.9 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 78 shots (Approx. 310 shots),
RAW: Approx. 13 shots (Approx. 14 shots),
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 8 shots (Approx. 8 shots)
* Figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using a 2GB card
* Figures in parentheses apply to an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 2GB card based on Canon's testing standards.
External Speedlite
Compatible flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal Provided
Live View Shooting
Shooting modes Still photo shooting and movie shooting
Focusing Quick mode (Phase-difference detection)
Live mode, Live face detection mode (Contrast detection)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos) / Center-weighted average metering (movies)
Metering range EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent shooting Provided (Still photo shooting)
Movie MOV (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
Recording size: 1920x1080 (Full HD), 640x480 (SD)
Continuous movie shooting time: Full HD approx. 12 min. SD approx. 24 min.
* Based on Canon’s testing standards using a 4GB card.
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots 3-in. with approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment Auto (Darker/Standard/Brighter), Manual (7 levels)
Interface languages 25
Image Playback
Image display formats Single, Single + Info (Image-recording quality, shooting information, histogram)
4-image index, 9-image index, image rotate possible
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x - 10x
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, jump by screen, by shooting date, by folder, by movie, by stills
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT)
Built-in speaker
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Customization
Custom Functions 25
Camera user settings Register under Mode Dial's C1, C2, and C3 positions
My Menu registration Provided
Interface
Digital terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB)
Audio/video output terminal 3.5mm dia. stereo mini jack (NTSC/PAL selectable)
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution)
External microphone input terminal 3.5mm dia. stereo mini jack
Remote control terminal Compatible with remote control via N3 Type
Wireless remote control With Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Extension system terminal For connection to Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4/E4A
Power Source
Battery Battery Pack LP-E6 (Qty. 1)
* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
* With Battery Grip BG-E6 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used
Battery information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, and Recharge performance displayed
Battery life
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
With viewfinder shooting:
At 23°C/73°F, approx. 850 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 750 shots.
With Live View shooting:
At 23°C/73°F, approx. 200 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 180 shots.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 152 x 113.5 x 75 mm / 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 810 g / 28.6 oz. (body only)
Operation Environment
Working temperature range 0°C - 40°C (32°F-104°F)
Working humidity 85% or less
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