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If you’re looking into any of the Canon 5D camera models, you may be wondering what the benefits of the 5D full frame sensor are. First of all, you should know that the original Canon EOS 5D was the first DLSR with a full frame sensor and relatively small body. Prior to the release of the Canon EOS 5D, DLSRs that boasted full frame sensors were large and bulky. Since the release of the original 5D, several other relatively small professional DLSRs with full frame sensors have come out. One of those, of course, is the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the original 5D’s successor. Like the original 5D, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II enjoys all the benefits of a CMOS full-frame sensor in a small body. Now, what’s so special about a full frame sensor? Let us fill you in.
As mentioned, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II comes with a full frame CMOS sensor. Its sensor is large, measuring in at 36.0×24.0mm. Large, full frame sensors like the 5D Mark II’s allow cameras to take in more light and thus improve image quality. It should also be noted that the 5D Mark II’s full frame sensor allows it to capture images with an incredible resolution of 21.1 MP. Compared to other professional DLSRs, the 5D’s 21.1 MP offering is quite impressive and allows the camera to take incredibly detailed, accurate pictures.
All full frame sensors, no matter what their megapixel count is, offer improved image quality when compared to crop sensors, the other kind of sensor commonly found in cameras. Crop sensors are smaller, and they don’t allow photographers to achieve low noise at high ISO levels. Crop sensors do, however, generally work with smaller and lighter cameras with smaller lenses, and this kind of sensor allows for increased affordability. You have to pay more for a full frame sensor, but you usually get what you pay for.
When it comes to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the benefit of its full frame sensor being able to achieve low noise at high ISO levels is that you can take clearer pictures on the camera at night. And, as previously mentioned, the major benefit of its full frame sensor, in general, is that it takes better pictures in terms of image quality than a camera with a crop sensor. So, if you’re a Canon EOS 5D Mark II owner, you can thank the 5D full frame sensor for the excellent image quality you enjoy.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a lot to offer in addition to its full frame sensor. The 5D video recording abilities, for instance, allow you to capture videos that look like major motion pictures in 1080p Full HD. And the 5D viewfinder and ergonomics make this camera both practical and user-friendly, allowing you to work less and take better pictures. If you’d like to learn more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in general, check out our Canon EOS 5D Mark II Camera review and features post.