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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera

SLR 21.1MP 4.3x Nov 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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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26 Reasons For

Excellent Expert Reviews

This Canon camera received an expert rating of 90% from Techradar. The camera expert review sites think this camera is one of the better digital cameras of this age and spec.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Canon EOS 5D Mark II owners who bought the product thought it was able to produce good images. Techradar said in their review of this digital camera “Huge image sizes mean huge memory cards” and scored the product 5 stars. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Incredible image quality through ISO 25 600”. Digitalcameraworld.com also wrote “Top-notch, high-resolution images”.

Some Canon EOS 5D Mark II reviewers thought the Canon EOS 5D Mark II had a good picture resolution. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Very high resolution”. A number of people said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Seven years ago Techradar mentioned “Excellent high ISO performance”.

One Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Full frame sensor”.

One customer reckoned that this digital camera was good in low light. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “Good low-light performance” in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review.

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Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good quality. Techradar gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Excellent performance and photo quality”. Techradar also mentioned “Excellent image quality”. Techradar also said “Impressive image quality even at high ISO”.

Good Video Capture

A few people agreed that this digital camera was good for video recording. Seven years ago Techradar mentioned in their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II “Good video capture capabilities and quality” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Techradar also said “Fine still and videos”. Techradar also said “And while the movie mode delivers stunning images”.

Robust

Some people considered that it was well made. Techradar mentioned “Solid 3.9 fps shooting”. Last year Digitalcameraworld.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good build quality (similar to 20D”.

Canon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Canon has good average ratings for its SLR cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other brands.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A number of Canon EOS 5D Mark II reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was noisy. Techradar gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “Extensive noise at highest ISOs” in their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Excellent picture quality Full-frame CMOS imager Very fast response Very little noise”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Canon EOS 5D Mark II reviewers who purchased it thought it had a good screen. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review in November last year “Great LCD screen”. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was mirrorless.

One customer who purchased the product said that it had a good viewfinder. Last year Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Very large, bright viewfinder really fills your vision” in their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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Good Quality Lens

Some people who purchased it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Techradar mentioned “ISO 25 600 unusable, banding at high ISOs, chromatic aberrations fail to be removed, users may have preferred faster burst rate andor more advanced focusing system to the inclusion of video mode”. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Excellent focusing system” in their review.

Easy to Use

A number of people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use. Techradar rated the Canon EOS 5D Mark II 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “A handy thumb wheel lets you browse through the 5Ds bewilderingly complex list of options on th”.

One customer concluded that this digital camera had a good experience. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned in their review “Full frame 35 mm size sensor delivers film-like shooting experience, real wide angle”.

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Good Size

Two Canon EOS 5D Mark II reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Techradar rated the Canon EOS 5D Mark II 5 stars and wrote seven years ago “Solid feel from camera body”. Digitalcameraworld.com said in their Canon EOS 5D Mark II review in November last year “Most affordable full-frame body yet”.

One Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner considered that it was good structurally. Techradar gave the product a score of 5 stars and said seven years ago “Solid construction”.

One Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner mentioned that the product was compact. Digitalcameraworld.com said in their review last year “Settle on the somewhat antiquated design of a DSLR, or ‘twist' with a more revolutionary mirrorless compact system camera?Chances are you'll need to buy at least a couple of”.

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Good Battery Life

One person who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. Techradar rated the product 5 stars and wrote “Clever technology used in battery” in their review.

Nice Design

One Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Excellent build quality and ergonomics”.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The EOS 5D Mark II supports video recording, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the EOS 5D Mark II.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the EOS 1100D - Rebel T3[pl_798413_price], or the EOS 500D - Rebel T1i[pl_892351_price] both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the EOS 5D Mark II.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Canon EOS 650D - Rebel T4i[plb_1514554_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The EOS 5D Mark II has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the EOS 5D Mark II.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The EOS 5D Mark II has one of the bigger digital zooms (4 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years is 0.71x and the biggest is 14x.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at 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 the most frequently found sensor type on SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Canon EOS 1000D[plb_1649933_price].

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Nine Diaphragm Blades

The EOS 5D Mark II is a nine diaphragm blades digital camera. Most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II only have between one and eight diaphragm blades.

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Supports One Image Format

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this Canon camera. The image formats RAW,JPEG,EXIF,JPG are also supported by this Canon digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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850 Shots Per Battery Charge

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

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5616 X 3744 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a higher image resolution than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera has a 5616 x 3744 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and type is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has Two Playback Modes

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of camera playback modes than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Canon digital camera has a Single image playback mode, which is the most frequently found playback mode found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the EOS 5D Mark II. The playback mode "slide show" is also found on this Canon camera.

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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 cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by SLR cameras that are a similar age to the EOS 5D Mark II. The ISO speeds "200", "400", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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17 Reasons Against

Poor Connectivity

One Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner wrote in their reviews that the product was not wifi compatible. Techradar said in their review seven years ago “No built-in wireless controller” .

Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II does not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the Sony SLT-A65[plb_1620656_price], or the Nikon D3200[plb_1947140_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras of this spec and age do not support WiFi connectivity. The EOS 5D Mark II is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity which you might want to look at including the D3200[pl_1947140_price], or the D5200[pl_1829432_price] both from Nikon.

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Not 3D Compatible

The EOS 5D Mark II is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the EOS 5D Mark II are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price], or the SLT-A65[pl_1620656_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the EOS 5D Mark II is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the EOS 5D Mark II also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II have megapixel counts of between 4MP and 52MP, and the average megapixel count is 18MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.8 megapixels, the EOS 5D Mark II has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the EOS 5D Mark II.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 12.8MP cameras and we think the Canon EOS 5D[plb_1058_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] (14.6MP and higher rated), or the Canon EOS 500D - Rebel T1i[plb_892351_price] (15.1MP and higher rated).

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Very Small Screen Size

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a fairly small screen size (only 2.5 inches) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The average screen size of SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the EOS 5D Mark II is 3", and the screen sizes range from 2" to 6.7".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.5" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5D[plb_1058_price].

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS 1100D - Rebel T3[plb_798413_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 Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports a MicroDrive memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most cameras of this age and spec. In addition, this Canon digital camera supports a CF memory card. Across all SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II the worst memory card type is CF+ and the best is SDXC.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5[plb_1773329_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Canon EOS 1000D[plb_1649933_price] (SD|SDHC and higher rated).

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The EOS 5D Mark II has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The flash modes "manual" and "second curtain synchro" are also featured on this Canon digital camera.

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Only Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the EOS 5D Mark II.

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Only Has Six Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the EOS 5D Mark II is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras that have been around for more than two years. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Movie", "Program" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the EOS 5D Mark II have display resolutions of between 640 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 780,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the EOS 5D Mark II has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the EOS 5D Mark II.

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

The EOS 5D Mark II has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of this type and age.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (± 2EV (1/3EV step)) is actually the worst light exposure correction amongst all cameras of a comparable age and type to the EOS 5D Mark II.

The best light exposure correction amongst similar types of digital camera is ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The EOS 5D Mark II has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 6,400) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II. The average maximum ISO speed of cameras that are a comparable age to the EOS 5D Mark II is 18,000.

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Heavy

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the EOS 5D Mark II the weights range from 230g to 1.5kg. With a weight of 810 grams, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is one of the heavier digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the EOS 5D Mark II amongst SLR cameras of this age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 810g digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 5D[plb_1058_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 1.2 meters, the EOS 5D Mark II's closest focusing distance is one of the largest amongst digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the EOS 5D Mark II. The average closest focusing distance of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the EOS 5D Mark II is 0.34m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.2m.

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1 Other reason to consider the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Released Over Five Years Ago

This Canon digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Connection
USB Connector Type
I/O Port
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Adjustment Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Maximum Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Certificates
Other Features
Interface
Dimension
Lens Focal Range
Photo Mode
Data Compression
Operating System
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Video Memory Capacity
Light Exposure Type
Camera Focusing Range
Lens System

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)

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