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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Sensor36 x 24 mm CMOS
Maximum resolution5,616 × 3,744 (21.1 megapixels)
Lens typeInterchangeable (EF)
ShutterElectronic focal-plane
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8000 s
Exposure meteringTTL, full aperture, 35 zones
Exposure modesFull auto, programmed, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Metering modesEvaluative, Partial, Spot, C/Wgt Average
Focus areas9 user points + 6 assist points
Focus modesOne-shot, AI Servo, AI-Focus, Manual
Continuous shootingup to 3.9 frame/s.
ViewfinderOptical pentaprism with 98% coverage[1] and electronic (Live View)
ASA/ISO range100–6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
Rear LCD monitor3.0 inches (76 mm), 640x480 (921,600 dots)
StorageCompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II)
BatteryLi-Ion LP-E6 Rechargeable (1800mAh)
Weight810 g (body only)
Optional battery packsBG-E6 grip allows use of 6 AA cells, a single LP-E6 or two LP-E6 batteries
Made In Japan

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS digital single-lens reflex camera made by Canon. It succeeds the EOS 5D and was announced on September 17, 2008.[2]The 5D Mark II was the first digital camera used for an official U.S. Presidential portrait.[3][4]


Improvements compared to original EOS 5D

  • 21.1 megapixel (5,616 x 3,744 pixels), compared to 12.8 megapixels (4,368 x 2,912 pixels)
  • DIGIC 4 image processor, compared to DIGIC II
  • 100-6400 ISO (expandable to L (50), H1 (12800), H2 (25600)), compared to 100-1600 (expandable to L (50), H (3200))
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting (78 JPEG or 13 Raw in a single burst), compared to 3 fps (60 JPEG or 17 Raw)
  • Small Raw modes: sRAW1 mode (10 megapixel/3861 x 2574 pixels), sRAW2 mode (5.2 megapixel/2784 x 1856 pixels)
  • 98% viewfinder coverage with 0.71x magnification, compared to 96% coverage
  • Larger 3.0-inch (76 mm) LCD display with 640 x 480 VGA resolution (307,200 pixels/921,600 dots), compared to 2.5-inch (64 mm)
  • 1800mAh LP-E6 battery, compared to 1390mAh BP-511A

New features

  • Movie recording with 12 minutes of full HD at 1920x1080, or 30 minutes of SDTV at 640x480 resolution, up to 4 GB, 30 frames/s (due to FAT32's limitations)
  • Monaural microphone for audio during video recording, speaker for playback and microphone jack for external stereo microphone
  • Live preview with contrast-detect autofocus
  • HDMI video output for live preview or playing clips and images on an external monitor via Type C MiniHDMI port
  • Dust reduction system to perform automatic sensor cleaning
  • Battery management software

The 5D Mark II is the first camera in the EOS line to provide video recording functions.[5] Still photography during video recording is possible, but the camera suspends recording video until the final still frame is captured.[6]

The Li-Ion battery for the 5D Mark II (LP-E6) has a 1800mAh capacity. Each battery contains a microchip with a unique identifier for reporting charge status and battery health for display on the camera. The 5D Mark II's 'Battery Info' screen can track battery health and shooting history for up to six LP-E6 batteries.[7]

Video recording

The 5D Mark II is the first DSLR to feature 1080p video recording.[8] The Canon PowerShot SX 1 IS followed with full HD in a bridge digital camera soon after.[9] The 16:9 aspect ratio portion of the sensor used in video mode is equivalent in sensitive area to a VistaVision 8/35 frame, even larger than the Super 35 frame of the much more expensive Red One camera. This large sensor allows videos to be recorded with very shallow depth of field for a "film look". The 21 megapixel sensor is downsampled to HD resolution by only using every third line and 4:2:0 chroma subsampling[10], leading to concern about Moiré patterns in recorded video.[11]

Movie clips can be up to 4 GB in size, approximately 12 minutes of 16:9 HD (1920x1080) or 24 minutes of 4:3 SD (640x480) footage (depending on scene complexity). These limits stem from the 4 GB maximum file size supported by the FAT32 filesystem format used on Compact Flash cards. The camera also imposes a hard maximum clip length of 29 minutes 59 seconds if the 4 GB limit has not already been reached.[12] Video clips are recorded as Quicktime MOV files with H.264/MPEG-4 compressed video and uncompressed PCM audio at 44.1 kHz. HD and SD bitrates are approximately 38 and 17 mbps respectively.[13] Although the internal microphone is mono, stereo audio is supported through the audio input jack. When recording for long periods, especially in warmer climates, increased video noise may occur due to CMOS overheating.[14]

Video functionality

The EOS 5D Mark II is capable of video recording in low-light situations and it is sold for a relatively low price, but it currently only has a 30p video mode. PAL countries use a 25p mode and cinematic directors use a 24p mode. However, Canon does have plans for a firmware upgrade to add 25p and 24p capability.[15]

There is third party firmware for the 5D Mark II, similar to CHDK, that provides many additional video and cinematography related functions such as zebra stripes for exposure control, depth of field estimates, audio VU meters and disables the automatic gain control on the microphone input.[16][17]


Early buyers of the camera reported black pixels appearing in high contrast situations.[18] In late 2008, Canon officially acknowledged that there was an issue with black dots and vertical banding noise in certain circumstances.[19] On January 7, 2009, Canon released firmware update 1.0.7 to address these two problems.[20]

Originally the camera lacked manual control when filming video. On 2 June 2009 version 1.1.0 of the firmware was released which provided control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO while recording video [21].


  1. ^ "Canon EOS 5D mark II - Specifications". http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=ModelTechSpecsTabAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=17662. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  2. ^ Canon UK (17 September 2008). "Canon redefines the future of photography: 21.1 MP EOS 5D Mark II offers Full HD video capture". Press release. http://www.canon.co.uk/About_Us/Press_Centre/Press_Releases/Consumer_News/Cameras_Accessories/EOS_5D_MarkII_Press_Release.asp. 
  3. ^ change.gov (2009-01-14). "New official portrait released". Press release. http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/new_official_portrait_released/. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  4. ^ "President Obama's official portrait: the first ever taken with a digital camera". engadget. 2009-01-14. http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/14/president-obamas-official-portrait-the-first-ever-taken-with-a/. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  5. ^ Jacobowitz, P.J. (2008-09-17). "New Canon EOS 5D Tries to One-Up Nikon in Video". PC Magazine. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2330520,00.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Canon EOS 5D Mark II: 21MP and HD movies". Digital Photography Review. 2008-09-17. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08091705canon_5dmarkii.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  7. ^ "EOS 5D Mark II: Battery Management with the New LP-E6 Battery". Canon. http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=2046. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  8. ^ "Canon EOS 5D Mark II Hands-on". http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos5dmarkII/. Retrieved 2 Jan 2009. 
  9. ^ "Five key digicam trends for 2009". http://asia.cnet.com/reviews/digitalcameras/0,39001469,62050282,00.htm. Retrieved 23 Jan 2009. 
  10. ^ "The 5D MarkII Handbook of facts". cinema5d.com. 2008-12-04. http://www.cinema5d.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=187&start=10&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&sid=6aa326d9df73f7bc90cdeac1f156fc36#p2211. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  11. ^ "5D II Zone Plate". reduser.net. 2008-12-01. http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23082. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  12. ^ "Canon EOS 5D MkII Full Preview". http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/canon_eos_5D_MkII_preview.html. Retrieved 6 Jan 2009. 
  13. ^ "Canon 5D Mark II Hands-on Preview". http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos5dmarkII/page3.asp. Retrieved 6 Jan 2009. 
  14. ^ "Canon EOS 5D Mark II Manual". http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/6/0300001676/01/eos5dmkii-im-en.pdf. Retrieved 2 Jan 2009. 
  15. ^ "Canon firmware to beef up 5D Mark II video". http://www.dpreview.com/news/0910/09102003eos5dfirmware.asp. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Magic Lantern firmware for the 5D Mark II". http://magiclantern.wikia.com/. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  17. ^ "Custom Firmware Rocks!". 2009-08-05. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/frimware_hacks?page=0%2C1. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  18. ^ "Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Test - - PopPhotoDecember 2008". www.popphoto.com. http://www.popphoto.com/cameras/5677/canon-eos-5d-mark-ii-test.html. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  19. ^ "Canon responds to black dot and banding concerns: Digital Photography Review". www.dpreview.com. http://www.dpreview.com/news/0812/08121902canon5ddots.asp. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  20. ^ "Canon 1.0.7 firmware update". http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  21. ^ Canon UK (2009-05-27). "Canon Enables Manual Exposure in Video on EOS 5D Mark II". Press release. http://www.canon.co.uk/About_Us/Press_Centre/Press_Releases/Consumer_News/Cameras_Accessories/EOS_5D_MarkII_Firmware_Release.asp. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 

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