Canon EOS 5D Mark II – 21 megapixels, and HD movie capabilities


This is the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which was announced by Canon this morning. It’s got full 30fps HD 1080p video capture, adding a useful feature to the already highly-specced EOS 5D Mark I. It’s got ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, and can shoot 310 frames at medium quality at 3.9fps.

Canon are calling this “the finest camera available”. It’s got a 3″ LCD screen, so you’ll actually be able to see the pictures you’ve taken in quite some detail. That screen has an antireflective coating and 170° viewing angle. That’s pretty much my limit of camera specs that I understand, so there’s a whole load more after the jump which baffle me. There’s a small prize if you can adequately explain to me what “WB Bracketing” is in the comments. Update: we have a winner!

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II will be available at the end of November for £2300. Either you have very rich relatives, or it won’t be under the Christmas tree for you.

Type 36x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx 21.1M
Total Pixels Approx 22.0M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coat
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

Type DIGIC 4
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 9-point AF (plus 6 Assist AF points)
AF working range EV -0.5 – 18 (at 20°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes One Shot
AI Servo
AI Focus
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection.
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top
Control screen
Predictive AF (7) Yes, up to 8m
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in
AF Assist Beam Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens
AF Microadjustment C.Fn III-8
+/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at c
(3) Spot metering: (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at cen
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering
focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be com
AEB +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity (8) Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole
ISO can be expanded to H1: 12800 and H2:25600

Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 – 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Tota
Available range varies by shooting mode)

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White F
Custom, Colour Temperature setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bi

Type Pentaprism
Approx. 98%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (4)
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Duncan Geere
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  • WB = White Balance: The human eye automatically compensates for the different light temperatures of artificial light. So a white sheet of paper appears white under fluorescent and tungsten lighting, as well as in daylight. In days of yore, different formulations of camera film were required to balance for different lighting conditions.

    Bracketing : The taking of more than one exposure in a row, most often 3 or 5, with slightly different settings, in the hope that at least one will be as desired. The most common form of bracketing is probably ‘Exposure Bracketing’, with one frame exposed as metered, another slightly under-exposed and another slightly over exposed.

    WB Bracketing : Add the above two together.

    Do I get a prize or a job ?!!!1!!

    • Not sure about full-time but I’ll gladly have you as our official digital SLR spokesman, Neil. Keep ’em peeled for our camera posts or send me your e-mail address and I’d love to read your comments on what Nikon, Canon et al bring out.

  • It has to be White Balance Bracketing, it will take the picture with different white balances so you can choose the best shot, what do I win 🙂

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