Summary Canon 5D Mark II

Prices Price
Body only
With 24-105mm lens
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Within its price range
#n/a of 2
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 6
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help Full frame 36x24mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 21 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IICanon EOS 5D Mark II


Canon has replaced the EOS 5D Mark II with the 5D Mark III.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III announced February 2012
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
HDR Has in-camera HDR

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the 5D Mark II

"the EOS 5D Mark II has an awful lot to recommend it to the serious photographer." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"the 5D Mark II is certainly one of the best value for money propositions on the market for image quality - especially in RAW, where you really can see the benefit of all 21 million pixels." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"The original 5D was the first 'affordable' and lightweight full frame camera, and set a standard for low noise at high ISO settings that remains competitive three years later." | talking about the camera's iso-noise


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The Canon 5D Mark II vs other recent DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/8000 of a second
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The Canon 5D Mark II vs other recent pro DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
206 ms shutter lag
Thickness Thin Help


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The Canon 5D Mark II vs other recent DSLRs

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
September 2008
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (152×114×75 mm)
Weight Heavy Help
850 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
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The Canon 5D Mark II vs other recent pro DSLRs

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
1,815 ISO
Color depth Less color depth Help
23.7 bits
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.9 fps
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
850 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
25,600 ISO
Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.9 EV
Screen size Small screen Help
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
21 MP
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help




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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Avatar for Beebee Beebee (5:28 PM, June 04, 2014)
Im getting a 2nd hand Cannon 5D mark ii with 8666 shuttercount at SGD 1200. Do you guys think is worth it?
Sam (10:28 PM, April 27, 2014)
More like $2 500, but ya know, same thing. I agree, way better than $3 200.
Jordan (10:13 PM, April 27, 2014)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure you can get a brand new mark II for less than $3000. More like $1500. I would fix that, if I were you, snap sort.
chiaroscuro (2:21 PM, May 10, 2013)
Caro Stefano,
non ho guardato il confronto, però la EOS 5 MarkII é posteriore a la EOS 1 Mark III. É la Mark IV la sua contemporanea. Le camere professionale si svolgono beníssimo nel suo campo di azione, cioè: sports, news, moda. Altrimenti é meglio utilizzare semi professionali con booster, se serve il grip o il volume. Cordiali saluti.
Avatar for Alfan Zakiyanto Alfan Zakiyanto (2:19 PM, February 17, 2013)
that's nonsense, in 30fps the movement will look smoother, that makes it better than 24fps, FYI the 5D Mark II can record a 1080p 24fps movie
Ayman Rushdy (3:34 PM, January 13, 2013)
1080p 24fps is better in catching movies, search in youtube and u 'll knew
Avatar for john nucky john nucky (1:18 AM, June 22, 2012)
i m buy 5 d mark 2 with lens 50mm f1.8 + magic lantern, over 3 week n making video in night, Question is why 5d video same as like slt a 55 ???? in quality picture, noise, grain????????? something wrong in my setting ??? 
Stemler (8:03 AM, January 05, 2012)
7D for vídeo because of the cost-benefit. Also, if you're aiming for Stop-Motion, 7D is faster.
Lars J (5:33 PM, December 20, 2011)
the D7000 is an EXCELLENT camera but introduces settings that are new, even to the nikon world. the d7000 actually out performs the 5D mark2 in many areas, but the mark 2 is a staple in professional photography and even videography. if you're new i would say go with the D7000 based on price.. if you're not so new go with the 5D mark 2... also keep the canon 7D in mind... canon is offering a more versatile line up than nikon so most serious photographers are making the switch.
Toronto R (10:43 PM, November 27, 2011)
do not even thing about the nikon d7000 a had it for one week and sold it :] its crap ... :]
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:24 PM, September 20, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out Deepboy, it looks like we're counting the 6 "hidden" focus points that are used in AI Servo mode, we'll update the specs.
Deepboy (6:12 PM, September 20, 2011)
5D Mark II has only 9 focus point, not 15
Buhnjkniklmnim (9:33 PM, July 23, 2011)
Ow really ?? !!!!!
Avatar for Rocakdell G Rocakdell G (5:17 AM, June 06, 2011)
5D Mark II or 7D? 
mainly will use it for Video, i know 5D Mark II is full frame and 7D is crop.

either those 2 or just wait till the newer version comes out this year?
Papa (4:49 AM, May 28, 2011)
CONON 5D MARK 2 is much better in high quality Video/Movies!   5d =1080p 30fps VS  d7000=1080p 24fps.   D7000 has a slightly better edge on photo quality and shooting speed.
Naccistefano (1:29 PM, May 03, 2011)
be ho visto che hanno fatto il confronto tra la 5d mark ii e la 1ds mark3
e risulta vincitore la 5d mark2
anche per gli autori di questo sito qualcuno è impazzito ....o la CANON oppure voi
confrontare una macchina professionale da 6000-7000 euro con una semi- da 2000 euro
be chi si accontenta preferisco la porsche alla panda.

Avatar for Dipo Dipo (10:44 PM, April 02, 2011)
sory guys, I wanted to ask, where good between Nikon D7000 and Canon 5D Mark II ..... so far, I know that prices do not lie, therefore I am in a position of dilemma, which one is better in video or movie ?
Avatar for muhammad muhammad (11:32 PM, March 31, 2011)
5D mark II only have 9 focus point. Not 15. the other 6 are "invinsible' and not user selectable, and only acts as assist points.
Information from the 5D mark II product manual. Page 235
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:53 PM, February 04, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out, we will fix that up right away. $680 would be one heck of a deal.
Boydlcoomer (0:16 PM, February 04, 2011)
A 5D Mk II cannot be purchased for $680. Something wrong with data gathering.