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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera

SLR 21.1MP CMOS 4x Nov 2008
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-four industry awards
Supports video recording
No audio control
118 Reviews + 24 Awards
CNET.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice DP Review Highly Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Essential

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Reviews

Twenty-Four Industry Awards

This digital camera has received twenty-four awards from experts.

The writers at websites CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews, Asia.cnet.com, CNET.co.uk, CNET.com.au, Best4reviews.com and Digicam Buyer.co.uk all wrote that this high megapixel camera was marvellous and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at five other expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this Canon digital camera. Ld2.ciol.com, Igizmo.co.uk, M3.idg.se, Digitalfotoforalla.se and Akam.no all gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

In addition, review site DP Review gave this Canon camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and the editor of website Buy-n-shoot.com concluded that it was brilliant and gave it a "Platinum" award. This high megapixel camera also received a "Best Buy" award from website Digitalartsonline.co.uk.

The authors at three more expert review sites all concluded that this camera was good. PhotographyBlog.com gave this Canon camera an "Essential" award, it received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv and Magnus.de gave it a "Test Winner" award.

The editors of three more expert review sites all wrote that this Canon camera was good. This Canon digital camera received an "EISA" award from EISA.eu, Maclife.com gave it an "Awesome Award" and it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Fourty-nine experts from sites including DP Review, What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com have rated this high megapixel camera on average 89%. This means that camera experts think this camera is one of the very best cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Excellent Brand

Based on 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 2,942 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Full Feature Set

Seven owners reckoned that it had good features. Website Wired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Full feature set”. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk said eight years ago “Theres plenty to admire about the 5D Mark II, from the image quality to the impressive feature set”. Expert review site Macworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I’d like to see a few additional features (better auto bracketing”.


Power

Excellent Battery Life

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Website Wired.com said “Excellent battery life” in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote “Clever technology used in battery”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Ten people mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com said in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review “Now, for about the same price, photographers can easily put their hands on a full-frame, high resolution camera”. Expert review site Dpreview.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “The original 5D was the first affordable and lightweight (in relative terms) full frame camera”. Digitalcamerareview.com also said “The first (relatively) affordable full-frame DSLR” in their review.


Other

Released Over Eight Years Ago

It was November 2008 when this camera was released.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the EOS 5D Mark II has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Alpha A5100 (£310) (8x and higher rated), or the Alpha A5100L (8x and higher rated) both from Sony or the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (£1,519.99) (5x and higher rated).

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Audio

Very Low Noise Levels

Two customers thought the product was noisy. Website Digitalcameraworld.com said two years ago “Very low noise even at higher se”. They also mentioned “Very low noise levels” in their review.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers thought the product was noisy. Website Digitalcameraworld.com said two years ago “Very low noise even at higher se”. They also mentioned “Very low noise levels” in their review.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The EOS 5D Mark II has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The EOS 5D Mark II has a relatively average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the EOS 7D (£579.99), the EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99), and the EOS 5D Mark III (£1,519.99) all from Canon are also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Pentax K-3 (£584.98) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The EOS 5D Mark II has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The EOS 5D Mark II supports video capability. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Canon EOS 60Da which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40, or the Sony DSC-WX200 which both of have better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has an HDMI port. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The EOS 5D Mark II has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Solid Feel from Camera Body

Three customers reckoned that it was compact. Expert website Dpreview.com wrote “The 5D was the first with a compact body (i.e”. Expert review site Eisa.eu said in their review of this digital camera “A full-frame sensor in a relatively compact body.”.

Three owners reckoned that this digital camera was a good body shape. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Solid feel from camera body”. Website Wired.com mentioned “Exceptionally well built body, with limited weather sealing”. Nine years ago expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “The EOS 5D's body is sturdy” in their review of this digital camera.

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Heavy

The EOS 5D Mark II is one of the heavier similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years (810 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The weights of high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera range from 90g to 1.5kg.

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Certificates

Energy Star Certified

The EOS 5D Mark II is Energy Star certified, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which are not Energy Star certified.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The EOS 5D Mark II has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The EOS 5D Mark II has an external flash connector. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have an external flash connector.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The EOS 5D Mark II features multi-shot function. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also feature multi-shot function.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The EOS 5D Mark II has an orientation sensor. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have an orientation sensor.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a custom colour, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Direct Printing

The EOS 5D Mark II supports direct printing, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The EOS 5D Mark II features histogram, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Battery

850 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a digital camera that takes 850 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports PictBridge, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The EOS 5D Mark II has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The EOS 5D Mark II has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The EOS 5D Mark II has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eighteen ISO Sensitivities

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Canon camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of this age and type. The ISO sensitivities "125", "160", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "3200", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Picture Quality

5616 X 3744 Pixels Image Resolution

The EOS 5D Mark II has a 5616 x 3744 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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21.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 21.1 megapixels camera.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (£1,519.99) (22.3MP and higher rated), the Leica M (£3,879) (24MP and higher rated), or the Nikon D5200 (£279.99) (24.1MP and higher rated).

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Design

No Audio Control

Three owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was not easy to use. Techradar said in their review of this digital camera “No audio control” . Website Wired.com wrote “Video can be cumbersome to control and is limited by short duration clips” in their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Two people who reviewed the product concluded that it was not comfortable and easy to hold. Website Consumersearch.com wrote “Hard to hold steady for movies”.

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Dustproof

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is dustproof. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also are dustproof.

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Nice Design

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was well designed. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “Nikon and Sony have come at the design from fresh points of view”.

Two owners agreed that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was good looking. Expert website Theregister.co.uk wrote “After all, why shouldnt on-line video content be good-looking? As a DSLR, it’s a real upgrade from the old 5D” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Cameratown.com said in their review of this digital camera “Written by Ron RismanDecember, 2008 Canon digital SLR owners have enjoyed a pretty good ride at the top”.

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Great Image Quality

Eighteen owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was good quality. Website Wired.com mentioned eight years ago “Excellent still image and video quality”. Mac World said “Great image quality”. Wired.com also mentioned “Very good photo quality, with a good lens (though see below” in their review.

Solid Construction

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Website Wired.com said “Solid design and great interface”. Website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Solid 3.9 fps shooting”. Techradar wrote eight years ago “Solid construction” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Large Viewfinder

Three customers thought the product had a good viewfinder. Techradar mentioned “Large viewfinder” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Website Wired.com wrote “Bright and clear viewfinder” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Website Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned two years ago “Very large, bright viewfinder really fills your vision” in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review.

Two owners said that the product had a good screen. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “21.1 million effective pixels Full-frame CMOS sensor 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen Live View Full HD (1080p) video recording in 12-minute bursts Street price approx £2,250Scores”. Expert review site Tracyandmatt.co.uk wrote “The full screen CCD puts this camera in between high end consumer based D-SLR’s”.

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Live View, Responsive, Crisp Results With Bundled Lens

Three people said that this digital camera had a good lens. Website Wired.com said eight years ago “Live View, responsive, crisp results with bundled lens” . Expert website Trustedreviews.com wrote “The awesome 85mm f/1.2 lens that arrived along with it, for as long as humanly possible.” in their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Movie Mode

Twenty-one customers wrote in their reviews that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was good for video recording. Website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “And the movie mode”. Eight years ago website Digitaltrends.com rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fine still and videos”. Website Cnet.com mentioned “Good video capture capabilities” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent Images

Twenty-nine customers who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The resolution is such that small areas of the image can be cropped” . Website Wired.com wrote “Excellent images”. Website Pdnonline.com mentioned eight years ago “Excellent image quality over a range of lighting conditions from bright sunshine to dimly lit tunnels”.

Thirteen owners agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Website Wired.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Ultrahigh resolution and great versatility”. Dp Review said “6 frames per second continuous shooting with good buffering” and scored the Canon EOS 5D Mark II 4 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Good resolution and detail in raw files” in their review.

Ten customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This 21 megapixel camera with a full 35mm frame-size sensor is a revision of the 5D that was released to great acclaim in 2005”. Eight years ago expert website Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera “Unlike any previous full frame sensor camera”. Expert review site Camerastuffreview.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Due to its 21 mega pixel sensor” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Four people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good ISO range. Eight years ago expert website Practicalphotography.com gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “With its 21.1MP full-frame sensor, HD video capabilities and improved ISO sensitivity”. Expert website Digital-Photography-School.com wrote “This 21 megapixel DSLR (CMOS full frame sensor) has an ISO range of 50 to 25600, HD movie recording (seems to be the way we’re going), Live View framing of images on” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said “The excellent high ISO performance, effectively giving you the freedom to shoot handheld in conditions where youd normally need a”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon b001g7pbic, canon p196376p, canon 211mp, canon 715nm, canon f28l, 4185shot
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