As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and boutiques. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 6D and the EOS 5D Mark III) and Nikon (such as the D5300 and the D700)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 700 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.9 fps vs 6 fps), has much more shutter lag (206 ms vs 131 ms), has slightly fewer focus points (9 vs 61) and is older (september 2008 vs february 2012).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
3 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly thinner: 2.8" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the 6D and 5D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
3 years newer
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Many more focus points: 61 vs 9
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 3.9 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
4 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 3.9 fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 3"

common strengths of the 70D and 5D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
8 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 21 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and 5D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 3.9 fps
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.71x
  • Lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 21 MP

common strengths of the 7D and 5D Mark II

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
3 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the 5D and 5D Mark II

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.54x), has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs pentamirror) and has much less shutter lag (206 ms vs 302 ms).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (21 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
7 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 21 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Thicker: 3.1" vs 3"

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 5D Mark II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
5 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 21 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5300 and 5D Mark II

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
6 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 21 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.71x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the T6i and 5D Mark II

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
5 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Professional size (152×114×75 mm)
  • Built-in flash
  • Much lighter: 480 g vs 850 g

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much lower true resolution: 18 MP vs 21 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and 5D Mark II

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
4 years newer
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 21 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Many more focus points: 39 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.71x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5200 and 5D Mark II

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
6 years newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 21 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the D7200 and 5D Mark II

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p, much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (850 shots vs 350 shots).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
7 years newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 9

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 850 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-T2 and 5D Mark II

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
5 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 850 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the A6000 and 5D Mark II

  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a6400

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10 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.71x
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 850 shots

common strengths of the a6400 and 5D Mark II

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 850 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the E-M1 and 5D Mark II

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-H1

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9 years newer
$1,299 (body only)
$2,100 - $2,198 16-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-H1 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%

Significant disadvantages of the X-H1 (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 850 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the X-H1 and 5D Mark II

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 98%

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 850 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the E-M10 II and 5D Mark II

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II compared to boutique competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, has a much longer battery life (850 shots vs 250 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it is slightly larger (professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (98% vs 100%).

Canon EOS RP

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10 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 9
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Professional size (152×114×75 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5D Mark II)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 850 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the EOS RP and 5D Mark II

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks