Canon EOS 5D Review

Overall 42
Imaging 17
Features 39
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 13.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 152 x 113 x 75 mm
  • Weight: 895 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Canon 5D MII.

Canon EOS 5D Summary

This review is devoted to EOS 5D that Canon has first introduced to the public in Nov 12, 2005. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 13.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Canon has replaced this product with their most recent model 5D MII.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #98 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #726 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS 5D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 5D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 96
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.1
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1368
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS 5D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS 5D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D has the following external dimensions 152 x 152 x 75 mm (59.84 x 44.49 x 29.53″) with the weight of 895 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS 5D, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS 5D has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 75mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS 5D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 5D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 5D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS 5D — 400 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS 5D — 75 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Canon EOS 5D — 895 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 5D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 5D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS 5D Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS 5D comes with Digic II processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 13.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS 5D has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS 5D features a 13.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 5D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 71 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 5D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS 5D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Canon EOS 5D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS 5D

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS 5D is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS 5D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.71x and it also provides a coverage of 96%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model may not come with the highest magnification and coverage indicators. However, even though its coverage is only 96%, this can’t be called a significant disadvantage.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 5D are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS 5D unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Canon EOS 5D is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS 5D to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS 5D provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS 5D is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon EOS 5D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 5D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS 5D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 5D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS 5D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 5D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (152 x 113 x 75 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon EOS 5D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (152 x 113 x 75 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Canon EOS 5D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (895 g)
  • Big size (152 x 113 x 75 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash
  • Video is not available

Canon EOS 5D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.1)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (13 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Canon EOS 5D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS 5D
Announced Nov 12, 2005
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF
Number of Lenses 256
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 96%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.71
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes External
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 71
DxO Color Depth 22.9
DxO Dynamic Range 11.1
DxO Low Light ISO 1368
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 13.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4368 x 2912
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 895 g
Physical Dimensions 152 x 113 x 75 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model BP-511A
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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