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The Canon EOS 5D Mark II:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Announced in September 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II became the first Canon DSLR to support video. Days after Nikon announced the first DSLR with Video capabilities, the Nikon D90, Canon responded with the first DSLR to support the full 1080p HD format at 30 frames per second. On paper the video system looks far superior to the Nikon D90's, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is several times the price of the Nikon.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II replaces the Canon EOS 5D in Canons line up, offering 21 megapixels, improved ISO, a bigger LCD and a host of other improvements in addition to the video mode.

A video demonstrating the HD video capabilities of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been posted on Canon's web site here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Video

Priced below Nikons D700 and offering a higher resolution and video modes, the new Canon 5D Mark II will offer serious competition for Nikon in the mid range, full frame market.

Scroll down for the full Canon EOS 5D Mark II Specifications.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Specifications:

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Manufacturer: Canon
Model: EOS 5D Mark II
MSRP: $2,699.99
Date Announced: 2008-09-17
Sensor Format, Size: Full Frame
36mm x 24mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Automatic Sensor Cleaner: Yes
Total Pixels: 22 million
Effective Pixels: 21.1 million
Image Area (pixels): Large: 5,616 x 3,744 pixels
Medium: 4,080 x 2,720 pixels
Small: 2,784 x 1,856 pixels
Max. Frames Per Second: 3.9 frames per second
Video Mode: Full 1080p (1920 x 1080) HD Video Capture
LCD: 3.0 in. TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Approx. 920,000 pixels
Brightness Adjustment: 7 levels
Shutter Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec.
Shutter Life: 150,000
ISO Range: Base ISO 100-6,400 in steps of 1/3, 1 EV
Extended ISO 50-25,600
Storage Media: CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4A)
UDMA Support: Yes
Storage System: Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW1, sRAW2, RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV
File System: Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Exposure Modes: Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Creative Auto, Full auto, Manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
Metering System: 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1-20 (at 73F/23C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation: Manual: +/-2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Exposure Lock: Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter Release Modes: Single, Continuous, and Self-timer
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing: Yes, +/-3 stops in full-stop increments
White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes
Live View: Still photo shooting and video shooting
Playback Functions: Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder)
Interface: Hi-speed USB 2.0
HDMI mini
Extension System Terminal for connection to WFT-E4A
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses
Picture Angle: Full Frame - equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length
Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism
Approx. 98% Coverage
Approx. 0.71 Magnification
21mm Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return half mirror
Focusing Screen: Interchangeable - Eg-D: Grid lines, Eg-S [point of Focus], Eg-A standard focusing screen provided
Depth-of-field Control: Yes
Autofocus System: TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
9 AF Points (1 Cross Type) + 6 AF Assist Points
Metering Range: EV -0.5-18 (at 73F/23C, ISO 100)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 15
Focus Modes: Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
Picture Control: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
Built-in Flash: No
External Flash Shoe: Yes
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: No
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: N/A
Flash Sync Speed: 1/200
X-Sync Speed: 1/200
Flash Control: E-TTL II autoflash Metering. Supports EX-series Speedlites. Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Self-timer: 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Batteries: LP-E6
AC Adaptor: AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 with Battery
Approx. Dimensions: 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 in.
152.0mm x 113.5mm x 75.0mm
Approx. Weight: 28.6 oz.
Supported Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Supplied Software: EOS Digital Solution Disk
Supplied Accessories: EOS 5D Mark II Body
Eyecup Eb
Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII
Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
Battery Charger LC-E6
Battery Pack LP-E6
EOS Digital Solution Disk
Software Instruction Manual
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