Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

Items often bought with the 5D Mark II or EOS-1Ds Mark II

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2"
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More than 50% larger screen
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 1,480 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Much smaller
152×114×75 mm vs 156×158×80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
850 g vs 1,565 g
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Around 50% lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 16.6 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II0.70x
              5D Mark II0.71x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II1,565 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Size Large Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II156×158×80 mm
              5D Mark II152×114×75 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II4 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II1,600 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II2"
              5D Mark II3"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II11.3 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II3,200 ISO
              5D Mark II25,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II16.6 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II230k dots
              5D Mark II920k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II74.0
              5D Mark II79.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              EOS-1Ds Mark II1,480 ISO
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $840 - $1,499 body only

              $1,039 - $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

              Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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