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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,815 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the 60D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 206 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 98% vs 96%
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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 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price Cheaper $699.00 vs $3,120.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,421 cheaper (4.5x less)
Size Slightly smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 850 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              60D:5.3 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV
              60D:11.5 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              5D Mark II:152x114x75 mm
              60D:145x106x79 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              5D Mark II:25,600 ISO
              60D:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              5D Mark II:98%
              60D:96%
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II:1
              60D:9
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark II:79.0
              60D:66.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO
              60D:813 ISO

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $930 - $1,198 with 18-105mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              khalsa (4:34 AM, January 27, 2014)
              Kaiser loved his 60D he never came back. He is on world tour with his new 60d ha ha ha ha ha
               
              Kaiser (6:31 AM, March 03, 2013)
              Bought 60d today . . . let me handle it ... will comment after 2 days ...
               
              Avatar for NitsanSimantov NitsanSimantov (2:49 AM, September 13, 2011)
              lol no one answered the guy below.. :P
               
              videostudent (1:04 PM, September 23, 2010)
              Does anyone have an idea when they are going to upgrade the Canon 5D mark II? Also how many mic inputs can you put on the Canon 5D mark II?