gGadget > Canon® EOS 5D Mark II Camera Review and Features
Since the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was released in 2008, it has been one of the most popular DLSRs on the market. A few days ago, Canon launched the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is the successor of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Every time a new camera comes out in a line of cameras, its predecessor goes down in price. Since the 5D Mark II is a premium, professional camera that currently costs around $2,200, we can expect increased consumer interest in the camera if and when its price goes down after the 5D Mark II has been out for a while.
If the EOS 5D Mark II has struck your fancy, you may be wondering about the specifics of the camera. This Canon DLSR brings a lot to the table in terms of specs. First of all, it was the first DLSR to include 1080p Full HD video capture. The 5D video in Full HD was groundbreaking and is still one of the camera’s most attractive features. We’ve written a post that takes an in-depth look at the 5D video features. You should check out this post out if you’re interested in learning more.
If you’re interested less in how the 5D Mark II takes videos and more in how it takes pictures, you should know that this camera offers superb image quality and an overall satisfying picture-taking experience. This camera can distinguish 23.7 bits of color, which means its pictures are colorful and vibrant. Additionally, the 5D Mark II can take attractive pictures at night with relatively little noise thanks to its advanced max ISO setting capabilities. Max shutter speeds of 1/8000 of a second make the 5D Mark II ideal for capturing images of subjects in motion, like someone running a marathon. This camera also has a 21.1 MP Full Frame CMOS sensor, which allows it to capture plenty of detail in each photo. We’ve gone into some detail about the difference the 5D full frame sensor makes in terms of picture quality in another post, which we highly recommend if you’re interested in this subject.
It should also be noted that the 5D Mark II is a relatively user-friendly camera, despite the fact that it’s intended to be used by professionals. It has a large viewfinder which makes it easy for photographers to see what they’re photographing easily. Its 3 inch LCD screen makes it simple for you to view pictures and videos you’ve captured and adjust the camera’s settings. The buttons on the camera’s body work in a logical manner, which allows beginning photographers to intuitively learn how to use the 5D Mark II. If you want to learn more about the specifics of the 5D viewfinder and ergonomics, we have a post that goes into some detail about these subjects that you might want to check out.
Like all DLSRs, the Canon 5D Mark II does have a few drawbacks. For instance, it has a relatively slow continuous shooting speed of 3.9 fps. This can slow you down if you’re trying to take several pictures in a row. Additionally, the camera does not come with built-in flash. So, if you want to take the clearest pictures in low-light settings, you’re going to have to get a compatible flash attachment. Another weakness of this DLSR is its shutter lag of 206 ms. Because of this shutter lag, it takes a while for the 5D Mark II to get focused.
As you can probably tell, the Canon 5D Mark II’s pros outweigh its cons. This camera has a lot to offer beginning, hobby, and professional photographers, especially when it comes to the quality of pictures it takes.
This post is just an overview of the Canon 5D Mark II features. Check out our in-depth posts about this camera for more.
The 5D Mark II is the first DSLR to include 1080p HD video capture capabilities
The 5D Mark II viewfinder allows you to focus on composing great photos
The 5D Mark II uses a full frame sensor so you get the best quality images