This review is devoted to EOS 5D Mark II that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 13, 2009. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 21.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product 5D and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one 5D.
In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #40 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #184 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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.
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 Mark II. 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.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II has the following external dimensions 152 x 152 x 75 mm (59.84 x 44.88 x 29.53″) with the weight of 850 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 Mark II, 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 Mark II 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 Mark II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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 Mark II 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 Mark II boasts of a resolution of 21.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Canon EOS 5D Mark II has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 25600.
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 Mark II features a 21.0 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 gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 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 79 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s sensor.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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 Mark II with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.
The ViewFinder in EOS 5D Mark II has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.71x and it also provides a coverage of 98%.
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 98%, 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.
Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 5D Mark II are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS 5D Mark II unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
One more highlight that makes Canon EOS 5D Mark II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 9 points.
In addition, EOS 5D Mark II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS 5D Mark II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS 5D Mark II allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Canon EOS 5D Mark II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
You can connect EOS 5D Mark II to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS 5D Mark II provides a shooting life of 850, 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 Mark II 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 5D Mark II’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 Mark II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 5D Mark II to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D Mark II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D Mark II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D Mark II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D Mark II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D Mark II can be called a 92 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D Mark II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D Mark II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5D Mark II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 94. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5D Mark II can be called a 94 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.
|Model||EOS 5D Mark II|
|Announced||Feb 13, 2009|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||79|
|DxO Color Depth||23.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1815|
|Sensor Size||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||21.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5616 x 3744|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||152 x 114 x 75 mm|
|Battery Life||850 shots|
|Battery Type||850 shots|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive|