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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

from  $1649.95+
89
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

With a sensor that's larger than those found in most digital cameras, the Canon 5D Mark II can take sharper pictures in low-light situations than most DSLRs (and can make better use of any old Canon film lenses you may have lying around). As a pro-level camera, it has a steeper learning curve than lower-end DSLRs, and you'll have to shell out extra cash for such niceties as a flash. With a successor model (the Mark III) recently launched, prices have dropped on the Mark II, though it will never be a bargain.

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User Reviews

90
majipoor
This is a professional body at a reasonable price. Image quality is impressive,...read more
90
Alvino
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
frawztii
Everything on this body is like you's expect for the class and price, except...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
DSLR
Lens mount
Canon EF
Resolution (effective)
21.1 megapixels
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
Cf i, Cf ii

General

Type
DSLR (Canon EF) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
21.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 50 iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
No

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (9 points) (Af tracking, Af assist lamp)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":8000, "2":60} secs
Startup time
100 ms

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Location support
No
Orientation sensor
Yes
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
No
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
3.9 fps (max)
3.9 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
640x480
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (No)

Storage

Memory card
Cf i, Cf ii

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine, Iq super fine
Image aspect ratios
3:2
Video recording
Yes (H264, Quicktime) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
WiFi
No
Tethered capture
Yes
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
850
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