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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera

SLR 21.1MP CMOS Jan 2012
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The full frame EOS 5D Mark II combines outstanding resolution with up to 3.9 fps shooting and superlative high ISO performance. The addition of Full HD movie recording expands the boundaries of... More
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II review Part 1
Canon EOS 5D Mark II hands on EXCLUSIVE - EOS 5D comparison
Canon EOS 5D Mark II review Part 2
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Review

14 Reasons For

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Canon has good average reviews for its SLR digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports video recording. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the EOS 5D Mark II also support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support video recording and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], and the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The EOS 5D Mark II supports Full HD video, as do most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark II has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price].

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Supports Five Image Formats

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The image formats "JPEG", "Exif 2.21", "RAW" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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850 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years take between 220 and 4,699 shots per battery charge, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II which takes 850 shots per battery charge.

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Eight Diaphragm Blades

The EOS 5D Mark II is a eight diaphragm blades camera. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the EOS 5D Mark II have between five and eight diaphragm blades.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the EOS 5D Mark II is more than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the EOS 5D Mark II. The light exposure modes "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this spec and age. The ISO speeds "200", "400", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This camera supports a H.264|MOV video format, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the EOS 5D Mark II is more than most SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The auto focus "Selective Auto Focus" is also featured on this Canon camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II do not have a GPS. The EOS 5D Mark II is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to consider including the Nikon D7100[plb_2082345_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The EOS 5D Mark II is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the EOS 5D Mark II are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The EOS 5D Mark II does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the D7100[pl_2082345_price], or the D5300[pl_2189436_price] both from Nikon.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark II does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the EOS 5D Mark II the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2", and the average screen size is 2.9". The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.5 inches) amongst cameras of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.5" screen digital cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 5D[plb_1058_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS 1100D[plb_1385668_price] (2.7" and higher rated), or the Sony Alpha A58[plb_1611460_price] (2.7" and higher rated).

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Only MicroDrive Memory Card

The EOS 5D Mark II supports a MicroDrive memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera also supports a CF memory card. Across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II the memory card type ranges from CF+ (worst) to SDXC (best).

If the memory card type of this SLR digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price] (Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The flash modes "manual" and "second curtain synchro" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only Has Six Shooting Modes

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of shooting modes than most SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the EOS 5D Mark II. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Movie", "Program" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Only 2496 X 1664 Still Image Resolution

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a 2496 x 1664 still image resolution, whereas most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. This Canon camera also have still image resolutions of (L) 4368x2912, (M) 3168x2112 and (S) 2496x1664 and \n436. Comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has one of the lower display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only ± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The EOS 5D Mark II has a wider light exposure correction than most SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of this type and age have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the worst light exposure correction amongst all digital cameras of this age and type.

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is the best light exposure correction across comparable types of camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 810 grams, the EOS 5D Mark II is quite heavy compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The lightest digital camera of a comparable type and age to the EOS 5D Mark II is 230g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 630g.

There are a number of alternative 810g digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon EOS 5D[plb_1058_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a quite large closest focusing distance (0.45 meters) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the EOS 5D Mark II. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II the closest focusing distances range from 0.18m to 0.5m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Canon released the EOS 5D Mark II.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the EOS 5D Mark II has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] is also worth considering.

If this Canon camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon EOS 1100D[plb_1385668_price] (5x), the Olympus PEN E-P3[plb_1666913_price] (5x), or the Sony NEX-6[plb_1609287_price] (14x) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price].

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] (CCD).

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Average Megapixel Count

The EOS 5D Mark II has a relatively typical megapixel count (12.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II.

If this Canon digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] (14.6MP), or the Canon EOS 500D - Rebel T1i[plb_892351_price] (15.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Body Material
Dust-Resistant
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Connection
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Orientation Sensor
Custom Colour
Image Adjustment Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
On/off Switch
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(3)
25 November 2015

If you're upgrading to a full-frame camera should you ?stick' with tradition and settle on the somewhat antiquated design of a DSLR, or ?twist' with a more revolutionary mirrorless compact system... Read more…

Incredible image quality through ISO 25 600
Excellent focusing system
Comprehensive HD video options
Brilliant 3.2inch LCD with wide viewing angle
Most affordable full-frame body yet
Expensive
No autofocus during video capture
High price premium for full-frame sensor
Full-frame coverage is unforgiving on optics
No voice memo or GPS option
28 January 2009

The Canon EOS 5D was a revelation. But a lot has happened since then. Nikon and now Sony have full-frame sensors. So while the Canon EOS 5D Mk II is a major development of the original, its never... Read more…

Live View
21 MP
Dual function buttons
Excellent performance and photo quality
Good video capture capabilities and quality
Fiddly white balance controls
Lens
Need to shoot in RAW to get the most out of it
No built-in wireless controller
Large spot meter
25 August 2014
Superb 21MP images
ISO sensitivity of 25 600 means you can shoot even when the sun goes down
Simple user interface
Selfcleaning sensor
Terrific highISO images
Heart attackinducing price tag
Autofocus in movie mode isn't the best
Autofocus system is not as fast as, say
Nikon's
Expensive, no built-in flash, no in-camera anti-shake (which means that, ideally, a stabilised lens is required)

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 5 September 2015 by Roger5blackcat
(Verified Purchase)

As described second hand. In excellent condition works fine good value. Seller recommended, delivery less than a week already used this seller for other camera equipment and same 5 star rating.

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