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5D Video Recording Features Overview

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark II made history when it was used to record the entire season finale of the popular television show, House MD in 2010. It became the first DLSR to ever record an episode of a hit television show, and, surprisingly, the video quality of the episode was on par with the video quality of TV episodes recorded with professional video cameras. Clearly, the 5D video recording features allow the popular Canon camera to do quite a lot in the realm of video recording.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II was the first DLSR to include 1080p Full HD video capture capabilities. To this day, many DLSRs do not record video in 1080p Full HD. Most only offer 720p video capture, and some popular DLSRs on the market can’t even record videos at all. What makes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s video recording capabilities special isn’t just that the camera can record Full HD videos. Here’s some general information and some other things you should know about the 5D Mark II’s video recording abilities and features:

  • The camera’s large sensor creates a shallow depth of field, which allows videos to appear authentic, as if they were captured on real movie film, rather than digitally.
  • Users are able to record videos in 1080p HD and SDTV quality videos in 480p.
  • 5D Mark II users can record videos that are 4GB in size. This equates to around a 12 minute HD video or 24 minute SD video. If you want to record a longer video, you’ll have to record it in segments and upload all of those segments on your computer to combine them.
  • An internal microphone is included in the camera to allow for audio recording. The 5D Mark II also supports external microphone attachments that allow for better audio recording quality, including HD audio recording quality.
  • Users can choose to record videos at speeds of 30, 25, and 24 frames per second. Most motion pictures films are recorded at speeds of 24 frames per second. So, the 5D Mark II’s ability to record videos at this speed is a major plus.
  • According to most reviews, this camera performs well in low-light situations. This is likely due to its large, powerful sensor, which easily captures light in low-light settings.
  • The Canon 5D Mark II comes with HDMI video output, which allows users to connect the camera to their compatible television and instantly watch recorded videos.
  • Live views of video as it’s being recorded can be viewed on the camera’s 3-inch LCD screen. So, users don’t have to rely on the viewfinder alone to see what they’re recording.


Overall, if you want a DLSR that can record professional quality videos, the Canon 5D Mark II might be a good investment, especially since it’s less expensive than many professional video cameras.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has a lot to offer in addition to its video recording features. The 5D viewfinder and ergonomics make this camera both practical and user-friendly, allowing you to work less and take better pictures. And the 5D full frame sensor takes image quality to a whole new level by allowing an optimal amount of light to enter the camera. 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.

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