Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Canon. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Canon, is a camera from Pro DSLR category, while EOS 5D Mark II is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, features has a resolution of 17.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, features a sensor with a resolution of 21.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Key Features:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Key Features:
Since Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II has been around for some time, it was substituted by Canon 1Ds MIII.
Being a newer model, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II substituted Canon 1Ds.
|Number Of Focus Points||45 vs 9||36 more focus points|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP vs 17.0 MP||19% more pixels|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2″||1" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 230k dots||75% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||850 g vs 1565 g||715 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.7 vs 23.3||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.9 vs 11.3||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1815 vs 1480||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs 0.7||0.01 better magnification|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Optical (pentaprism)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 920k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP | 21.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 4.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 715g less than the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II features a 17.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Canon EOS 5D Mark II, in its turn, comes with a 21.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II by the size of their sensors.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II or Canon EOS 5D Mark II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS 5D Mark II deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Model||EOS-1Ds Mark II||EOS 5D Mark II|
|Announced||Oct 11, 2005||Feb 13, 2009|
|Body Type||Large SLR"||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||17.0 MP||21.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4992 x 3328||5616 x 3744|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||256||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||45||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||External||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||74||79|
|DxO Color Depth||23.3||23.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.3||11.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1480||1815|
|Video Resolutions||n/a||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|USB||USB 1.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||1565 g||850 g|
|Physical Dimensions||156 x 158 x 80 mm||152 x 114 x 75 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||850 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD card||Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive|