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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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CNET.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice DP Review Highly Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Essential
An enormous SLR digital camera, brilliant for wildlife photography
SLR 21.1MP 4368 X 2912 Pixels CMOS Nov 2008
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Canon EOS 5D Mark II number 326 across all digital cameras.
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Reviews
56 Reviews + 24 Awards
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Value for Money
Poor
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Features
Good Features
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Age
8 Years Old
47
Overall Score
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 48?

It has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 89%, based on 56 reviews. This digital camera has received 24 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com plus seven other sites and a "Recommended" award from Digitalfotoforalla.se plus four other sites. Canon digital cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Canon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality.
The EOS 5D Mark II has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 80 Different Canon Lenses Available
Fairly high megapixels sensor
Very slow camera shutter speed
Heavy

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 263 in wildlife photography cameras. However good for landscape photography, ranking number 260 in landscape photography cameras as well being good for sports photography, ranking number 268 in sports photography cameras.
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Landscape Photography
Good
56
Everyday Photography
Average
65
Sports Photography
Good
93
Wildlife Photography
Excellent


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How Big is the Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 152mm wide and 75mm tall. It is 113mm deep and weighs 810g.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II front dimensions

Canon EOS 5D Mark II size in context

Canon EOS 5D Mark II In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

24 Industry Awards

This Canon digital camera has received 24 awards from camera experts.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review websites Digitaltrends.com, CNET.co.uk, Trusted Reviews, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, Asia.cnet.com, Best4reviews.com, CNET.com.au and CNET.com all of whom decided that this Canon digital camera was brilliant.

Websites Digitalfotoforalla.se, M3.idg.se, Akam.no, Igizmo.co.uk and Ld2.ciol.com all concluded that they would endorse this Canon digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at three more expert review sites all liked this digital camera. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site DP Review and the editor of website Buy-N-Shoot.com concluded that it was outstanding and gave it a "Platinum" award. In addition, the writer at website Digitalartsonline.co.uk thought that this Canon camera was very good and gave it a "Best Buy" award.

The writers at three additional expert review sites all concluded that this camera was very good. This digital camera received an "EISA" award from EISA.eu, it received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv and PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award.

The experts at three additional expert review sites all concluded that this Canon camera was very good. Magnus.de gave this Canon digital camera a "Test Winner" award, Maclife.com gave it an "Awesome Award" and Pocket Lint gave it a "Hot Product" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 56 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com the average expert rating of this camera is 89%. The digital camera expert review sites think this digital camera is one of the very best cameras.

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Canon Has Excellent Camera Reviews

We checked 35,794 expert and owner reviews (including 7,072 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Five customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce good images and three people wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor.

  • Due to its 21 mega pixel sensor…
  • It was quickly and lovingly embraced by the photography community and has no doubt paved the way for its successor…
  • It is more than good enough for most professional photojournalism applications.
    Photo.net January 2008
  • Unlike any previous full frame sensor camera…
  • Its not just the very high resolution that makes it stand out.
  • A reader asks which of these two top cameras makes better images…
    Kenrockwell.com December 2011
  • Has all the bells and whistles which makes this shooter not only a decent still image shooter.
    Asia.cnet.com December 2008
  • The picture was sharp, colors were strong…
  • The - the camera that introduced a full frame sensor and made it affordable for con…
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting…
    G4tv.com March 2009

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Two people mentioned that this digital camera was good value for money.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £1,549.00 it is more expensive than 91% of digital cameras.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the United Kingdom price of £1,549.00 was the cheapest.

The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $1,396.00 (£1,833.37).

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Features

Over 80 Different Canon Lenses Available

Canon offers over 80 own brand lenses for their SLR cameras including macro, fixed focal length and zoom lenses allowing for huge creative versatility. More lenses that fit Canon SLR cameras are available from third party manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma.

Canon lens range

Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

The lowest megapixels of digital cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The megapixels of the EOS 5D Mark II of 21.1MP is quite high compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 9% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Canon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Canon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (8mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Canon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The EOS 5D Mark II's ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600 is fairly high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 12% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The ISO sensitivities (max) of cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The average camera shutter speed of all digital cameras is 0.17s, with the slowest being 0.000062s and the fastest being 8s. The camera shutter speed of the EOS 5D Mark II of only 0.000125s is in the slowest 6% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Canon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.2 to F/6.3.

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Heavy

The weights of digital cameras range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II's weight of 810g is in the heaviest 3% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The EOS 5D Mark II has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II features multi-shot function. 91% of cameras do not feature multi-shot function.

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850 Battery Life

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a camera that takes 850 shots battery life.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The EOS 5D Mark II supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Supports Live View

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports live view. 84% of cameras do not support live view.

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5616 X 3744 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 5616 x 3744. That's 32% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456. In addition, this digital camera supports still image resolutions of 4080 x 2720, 3861 x 2574, 2784 x 1856 plus 1 more value. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The EOS 5D Mark II features flash exposure compensation. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The EOS 5D Mark II has an external flash connector, unlike 87% of digital cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II's digital zoom of 4x is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 62% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. 84% of cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The EOS 5D Mark II has an orientation sensor. 93% of cameras do not have an orientation sensor.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II of 3" is relatively standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the largest 74% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Energy Star Certified

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is Energy Star certified, which is unusual. 98% of cameras are not Energy Star certified.

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Supports Direct Printing

The EOS 5D Mark II supports direct printing, which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not support direct printing.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 72% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Dustproof

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is dustproof, unlike 93% of digital cameras which are not dustproof.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The EOS 5D Mark II supports video capability. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This Canon camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Supports Custom Colours

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports custom colours, which is unusual. 94% of digital cameras do not support custom colours.

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Age

Released Over Eight Years Ago

Canon released the EOS 5D Mark II in November 2008.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

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