The Canon EOS 21.1 MP camera is a flexible portable body only and is designed for those who want to learn about photography. With the HDMI plug included with this Canon EOS 5D Mark II, you can capture the magical moments of your life in realistic clarity. The 3-inch LCD monitor featured on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera makes it easy for you to share memories with ease. A greater number of megapixels means you can enlarge and crop your photos without having pixelated pictures. Featuring a 21.1 MP image sensor, the Canon EOS 21.1 MP camera is great for producing memorable prints, so that you will be able to deliver beautiful prints as large as 13x20 inches. With its black body, this Canon EOS 5D Mark II will be a refined platform for preserving memories. With rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera, you can remain ready to shoot photographs. Excellent picture quality and outstanding performance are yours with the Canon EOS 21.1 MP camera. You will be able to configure the amount of storage available for pictures since this Canon EOS 5D Mark II includes a flash memory card slot. This Canon EOS digital SLR camera comes with only the body and no lens. Selecting the interchangeable lens or lenses based on your photography needs is the main advantage to getting the camera body on its own.
Highest ISO range to date Since the sensor is full-frame, all lenses can deliver the angle of view they would on a 35mm camera without a conversion factor. This comes in handy especially when shooting with wide-angle lenses.
HD video shooting with Live View This is the first digital EOS to offer recording of Full HD video in Live View Mode. Capable of shooting clips almost half an hour long at full 1080 resolution, the EOS 5D Mark II does amazing double duty.
State-of-the-art image processing Processor-intensive operations like Face Detection Live mode, HD video recording and lighting and lens peripheral optimization are all possible thanks to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The EOS 5D Mark II also offers full 14-bit A/D conversion.
Cutting-edge AutoFocus The EOS 5D Mark II has a sophisticated AF system consisting of 9 user-selectable AF points, along with a total of 6 additional vertical and horizontal AF assist points.
5D Mark II
24 x 36mm
Lens For SD
Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus type
TTL phase detection
Max Shutter Speed
Min Shutter Speed
±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Center-Weighted, Evaluative, partial (8%), spot (3.5%), spot AF area
Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, E-TTL II Program Flash, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
ISO 100-6400, ISO 12800, ISO 25600, ISO 50, ISO auto (100-3200)
Light Sensitivity Max
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory
CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, Microdrive, UDMA CF
Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder Type
Fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage
Dioptric Correction Range
-3 to +1
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono
Microphone Operation Mode
1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x microphone, 1 x remote control
1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Supported
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5, MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP
Battery Form Factor
Digital Video Format
Still Image Format
DCF 2.0, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Min Operating Temperature
Max Operating Temperature
AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Anti-Dust Technology, Audio Recording, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Face Detection, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Illumination Correction, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, USB 2.0 Compatibility, Water Resistant, Wi-Fi, With Tripod Mount
It delivers good picture quality, good autofocus and light metering.
Canon changed its format raw a little bit, so much so my existing software cs3 can not read, I had to buy an update of cs4 in order to accomodate the new raw format. That adds up to increased cost of using the camera.
The extra "original" battery costs too much, luckily there are substitutes that are more reasonable, but then they require a different charger and is not recognized by the camera on the screen.
This is by far the best camera I have ever owned. Not only does it feel great in your hand when taking pictures, it takes just awesome pictures. You can take pictures with a high ISO and still get beautiful pictures.
Now the best part.... It also takes great video. Canon just released a firmware upgrade that fixed one of my only complaints about the video. Prior to the firmware upgrade, when you shot video you had no manual control over shutter speed, aperture, etc. The latest release of firmware solves that problem.
With this camera, you can get the "look" of a film camera. Something you can not easily get with a regular video camera.
This is an outstanding camera. High resolution, great ISO range, HD video and many other features. I am using it w/ the 24-70 and 70-200mm canon lenses. Unfortunately for me, I am having focus problems with this particular unit. Very soft images at best. I am having the lenses calibrated to the body. Frankly I don't think one should have to do this with an expensive prosumer camera NIB ! I am very disappointed. What good are 21 megapixels that are out of focus ! The AF system is archaic compared to Canon's other models and esp. compared to Nikon D3 and D700 full frame cameras. I would probably not buy this camera. I know many owners of the original Canon 5D who are keeping their old cameras when buying the new MarkII, because they prefer the old 5D for portrait work. I was planning to use the 5dMkII primarily for landscape work with the large sensor, so I hope I can resolve the problems I am having. Canon should be ashamed of their QC compared to their competition.
Awesome camera. Upgraded from a EOS 500D and this feels like shooting a camera for the first time. The body is solid, the viewfinder is bright and big, and coverage is very good as well.
Shooting full frame is a bit of a learning curve at first but once you get a feel for how your lenses perform it's quite enjoyable. The DOF is more narrow than with APS-C. This camera is fantastic for portrait work. The tracking and AF are a bit slow but who cares unless you're a sports shooter. Color rendition and metering are excellent. I'm able to get some fantastic looking portraits with a simple one-light umbrella and this camera.
Landscapes are great too, although highlight range is limited compared to current Nikon and Sony models. This camera DOES have a high DR option(called HTP or highlight tone priority), but you can only shoot from ISO 200-6400. You also lose a little bit of definition in the shadows, but there is a way to get it all- turn on HTP, and expose for about 2/3 to a full stop brighter. Highlights are well preserved and the shadows aren't so dark that they are noisy. If you shoot JPEGs this probably isn't viable, but you won't be doing a lot of post processing anyway (at least like you would with RAW) so you can leave HTP on with 0 EV comp. and still have highlight detail that would otherwise be blown out.
Usability is good, controls are easy and intuitive, although some of the menu items are hidden pretty well (but you can customize them to a favorites tab).
I wish Canon was better about making firmware updates, or allowing 3rd parties to easily mod the OS. I'd love to be able to set up auto-shooting for time lapse videos, or at a minimum have an adjustable timer for longer than 30sec exposures. I'd like more than 2 stop exposure bracketing too, but probably wouldn't use it very often. Maybe all cameras will run on open source code one day?
It's a great camera, new, exactly what is specified, but it is a grey market camera not a USA waranteed version, they say this in the listing in more or less words but I somehow missed that, so the software is for asia not USA. I happen to already have the software so I wasn't worried, but it was a little annoying and I Can see it being frustrating for others. The instruction booklet is a different size than the standard usa Canon booklets, but it's still got all the info you need. The other stuff that came with it is of course of lesser quality, but hey it's free stuff that comes with a nice camera, so keep it or sell it back to ebay LOL. All in all a fine product from Canon and a worthwhile price when you can't even get one from the stores you can get one from these guys.