General

compared to recent DSLRs
"the EOS 5D Mark II has an awful lot to recommend it to the serious photographer."
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Brand
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Canon
Lowest price
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$2,310.51
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Announced
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September 2008
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Sensor

"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."
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Type
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CMOS
Crop factor
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1x
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Megapixels
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21 MP
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Light sensitivity
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6,400 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

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True resolution
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21 MP
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Native resolution
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5616 × 3744
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Pixel size
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41.1 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3"
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Resolution
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920k dots
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Touch screen
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No
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Flips out
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No
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

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Lens availability
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165 lenses
Lens mount
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Canon EF (Full-frame)

Form factor

"In addition the adoption of high precision split-level alignment of the magnesium-alloy external covers, high precision dial construction and external rubber grip covers, has improved the camera's dust and water resistance."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's build-quality
"Canon have moved the menu and playback buttons to accommodate the rear LCD. With the new 5D, Canon have managed to keep the rear control layout almost the same, despite the larger LCD."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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152×114×75 mm
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Depth
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3"
Weight
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850 g
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Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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Yes
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Built-in focus motor
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No
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Viewfinder

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Type
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Pentaprism
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Viewfinder size
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0.71x
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Coverage
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98%

Movies

"And let's not forget its party trick of being able to shoot 1080p HD video with full manual control of exposure."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 30fps
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Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
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Autofocus
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None
All formats
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  1. 480p @ 30fps
  2. 1080p @ 24fps
  3. 1080p @ 30fps

Features

compared to recent DSLRs
Panorama
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No
HDR
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No
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No
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Performance

Startup delay
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400 ms
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Shutter lag
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206 ms
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Battery life
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850 shots
Continuous shooting
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3.9 fps
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Focus system

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Autofocus
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Phase detection
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Focus points
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9
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Cross type focus points
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1

Shutter

Max
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1/8000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

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Built-in flash
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No
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External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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  1. CompactFlash (Type I)
  2. CompactFlash (Type II)

DXO Mark Scores

compared to recent DSLRs
"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."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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79.0
Color depth
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23.7 bits
Dynamic range
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11.9 EV
Low light performance
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1,815 ISO