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introduced September 2005

• 12.8 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

• 3fps continuous shooting

• Burst rate of 60 frames (Large JPEG)

• High-performance DIGIC II

• High resolution 2.5 inch LCD monitor

• 9-point autofocus system with six invisible assist AF points

• Picture Style pre-sets

• Custom mode for fast recall of user-defined camera set-ups

• Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second (X-sync at 1/200 second)

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out interface

• Lightweight magnesium alloy exterior

• Digital Photo Professional (DPP) RAW file processing software

• Compatible with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1

 

This ground-breaking camera combines a full frame CMOS sensor with a lightweight, compact magnesium alloy body. Weighing just 810 grams, it features a second generation 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor, 3 frames per second continuous shooting with a 60 frame burst (with Large JPEG quality), and a 0.2 second start up time.

Marking five years since Canon’s first CMOS image sensor appeared in the EOS D30, the release represents Canon’s fifth new CMOS sensor to be released since April 2004. CMOS sensors are a critical technology advantage driving Canon’s rapid digital SLR development.

Equivalent in size to a frame of 35mm film, the camera’s 35.8 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor gives photographers a full angle-of-view from EF lenses without magnification or cropping effect. It provides tighter control over depth-of-field and improves image quality by capturing more light with its large pixels.

introduced September 2005

• 12.8 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

• 3fps continuous shooting

• Burst rate of 60 frames (Large JPEG)

• High-performance DIGIC II

• High resolution 2.5 inch LCD monitor

• 9-point autofocus system with six invisible assist AF points

• Picture Style pre-sets

• Custom mode for fast recall of user-defined camera set-ups

• Top shutter speed of 1/8000 second (X-sync at 1/200 second)

• USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out interface

• Lightweight magnesium alloy exterior

• Digital Photo Professional (DPP) RAW file processing software

• Compatible with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1

 

This ground-breaking camera combines a full frame CMOS sensor with a lightweight, compact magnesium alloy body. Weighing just 810 grams, it features a second generation 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor, 3 frames per second continuous shooting with a 60 frame burst (with Large JPEG quality), and a 0.2 second start up time.

Marking five years since Canon’s first CMOS image sensor appeared in the EOS D30, the release represents Canon’s fifth new CMOS sensor to be released since April 2004. CMOS sensors are a critical technology advantage driving Canon’s rapid digital SLR development.

Equivalent in size to a frame of 35mm film, the camera’s 35.8 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor gives photographers a full angle-of-view from EF lenses without magnification or cropping effect. It provides tighter control over depth-of-field and improves image quality by capturing more light with its large pixels.

Image sensor
Type: 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels: Approx. 12.8M
Total Pixels: Approx. 13.3M
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Low-Pass Filter: Built in/Fixed
Colour Filter Type: Primary Colour

Image processor
Type: DIGIC II

Lens
Lens Mount: EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length: 1.0x Multiplication with EF lens fitted

Focusing
Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points: 9-point AF (plus 6 invisible Assist AF points)
AF working range: EV -0.5 - 18 (at 20C & ISO 100)
AF Modes: One Shot; AI Servo; AI Focus
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection; Manual selection.
Selected AF point display: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF: Yes
AF Lock: Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam: Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus: Selected on lens

Exposure control
Metering modes: TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
• Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at centre)
• Spot metering:
• Centre spot metering (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at centre)
• Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1-20 (at 20C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in one-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button except in Full Auto mode
Exposure Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Autoexposure bracketing: +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments. 1/2-stop increments selectable with C.Fn-06.
ISO Speed Equivalent: 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 (selected in Custom Function)

Shutter
Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speeds: 30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb
Shutter release: Soft touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Flourescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting.
White balance compensation: Blue/Amber +/-9; Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Personal White Balance: No
WB Bracketing: +/-3 stops in full stop increments; three bracketed images per shutter release; selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Colour matrix
Type: sRGB and Adobe RGB.

Viewfinder
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage: (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 96%
Magnification: 0.71x
Eyepoint: 20mm
Dioptre Correction: -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen: Interchangeable (3 types); Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ee-A
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
Depth of field preview: Yes
Eyepiece shutter: Yes

LCD monitor
Monitor: 2.5 inch TFT, approx. 230k pixel
Coverage: Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness: Adjustable to one of five levels

Flash
Modes: E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
HotShoe/ PC terminal: Yes/ Yes
X-sync: 1/200sec
Red-eye Reduction: Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash Exposure Bracketing: Yes
Flash Exposure Lock: Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation: Yes
External Flash: E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support.

Shooting modes
Modes: Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom
Photo Effects: Monochrome (selected from the "Picture Style" menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects.
Drive modes: Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting: 3fps (speed maintained for up to 60 images (JPEG)/17 images (RAW)

Recording pixels/compression
Image Size: (LF) 4368x2912, (LN) 4368x2912, (MF) 3168x2112, (MN) 3168x2112, (SF) 2496x1664, (SN) 2496x1664, (RAW) 4368x2912 Compression: Fine, Normal, RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still Image Format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording: Yes
Folders: Folder creation & selection is possible
File Numbering: Consecutive numbering; Auto reset; Manual reset
Processing Parameters: Six Preset 'Picture Styles' with three User defined settings

Direct print
Canon Printers: Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: Yes

Other features
Custom Functions: 21 Custom Functions with 57 settings
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination: Yes
Water/Dust resistance: No
Sound Memo: No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: Yes
Histogram: Brightness; RGB
Playback zoom: 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats: Single image with information; Single image; 9 image index; Magnified view
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mage Erase Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase: Single image, All
Self Timer: Approx. 10 sec.
Menu Categories: Shooting Menu; Playback menu; Setup menu
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian
Firmware Update: Update possible by the user.

Interface
Computer: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other: Video output (PAL/ NTSC)

Memory card
Type: CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible); compatible with all memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more

Supported operating system
PC: Windows 98SE / 2000 / Me / XP
Macintosh OS X: v10.2 to v10.4

Software
Browsing & Printing: ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other: PhotoStitch, Remote Capture
Drivers: TWAIN (Windows 98/2000), WIA (Windows Me/XP)
Image Manipulation: Digital Photo Professional (Windows 2000 / XP)

Power source
Batteries: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied), 1xCR2016 for date & settings
Battery life: Approx. 800 exposures (at 20C); approx. 400 exposures (at 0C)
Battery check: Automatic
Power saving: Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC Power Supply: Optional Power adapter ACK-E2

Accessories
Lenses: All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash: Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip: BG-E4
Remote Controller/Switch: Remote control with N3 type contact
Power Supply & Battery Chargers: AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter CA-PS400, Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560, BP-511A

Physical specifications
Body Materials: Magnesium Alloy/Plastic
Operating Environment: 0 – 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD): 152 x 113 x 75mm
Weight (body only): Approx. 810g

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22 August 2005

Canon’s full frame, compact EOS 5D defines new D-SLR category

Canon is pleased to announce the launch of the 12.8 Megapixel EOS 5D, creating a new D-SLR category combining a full frame CMOS sensor with a lightweight, compact magnesium alloy body. Weighing just 810 grams, it features a second generation 35.8 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor, 3 frame per second, 60 Large JPEG frame burst and 0.2 second start up time operation.

“The discreet full frame EOS 5D is the camera many photojournalists and agencies have been asking us for,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “It will be an indispensable piece of equipment for a wide range of professionals – from contemporary wedding to reportage photographers.”

Marking five years since Canon’s first CMOS image sensor appeared in the EOS D30, the release represents Canon’s fifth new CMOS sensor to be released since April 2004. “CMOS sensors are a critical technology advantage driving Canon’s rapid digital SLR development,” remarked Jensen.

Equivalent in size to a frame of 35mm film, the camera’s 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor gives photographers a full angle of view without magnification or cropping effect. It provides tighter control over depth of field and improves image quality by capturing more light with its large pixels.

Key features

Super responsive, the EOS 5D is driven by the same DIGIC II processor found in Canon’s EOS-1D professional range cameras.

Protected with a rugged yet lightweight magnesium alloy exterior, the camera also features new Picture Style pre-sets, a new hi-resolution 2.5” LCD monitor, 9-point auto focus with 6 invisible Assist AF points to improve tracking performance, compatibility with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, custom mode allowing fast recall of user defined camera set-ups, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for fast downloads and 1/8000 – 30 second shutter speed with X-sync at 1/200s.

The CMOS advantage

With five years of in-house CMOS development since the original EOS D30, Canon’s latest CMOS sensor features 12.8 Megapixels, and the same second generation on-chip noise reduction circuitry used on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. This effectively suppresses random noise and eliminates fixed-pattern noise for extremely clean, hi-fidelity images. Wide 100-1600 ISO speed range is extendable to L:50 and H:3200. Large 8.2 mm pixels allow the capture of a superior dynamic range, enabling the reproduction of subtle tonal gradations in shadow, midtone and highlight areas.

Improved in-camera control

New Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image quality. Delivering more immediately usable JPEG images straight out of the camera without need for post-production, Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation.

The pre-sets include:

• Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing

• Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones

• Landscape – for deep greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines

• Neutral – ideal for post-processing

• Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K

• Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green)

Three user-defined entries allow creation of additional variations on the in-camera styles. Alternative Picture Style files can be down loaded from Canon’s website.

Picture Style replaces internal image processing previously controlled by setting processing parameters and colour matrix. It is also supported by the supplied Digital Photo Professional and RAW Image Task software.

New LCD monitor

For improved image review and menu readability, the EOS 5D is fitted with a new large-size high-resolution 2.5” 230K pixel poly-silicon TFT LCD monitor. The improved screen retains brightness and visibility throughout a wide 170∞ angle of view, both vertically and horizontally, making it easy to view images when the camera is mounted in a fixed position.

Auto focus

A newly developed 9-point auto focus system features six additional invisible Assist AF points located inside the spot-metering circle. These points come into effect when the camera is switched to AI SERVO AF with the centre focus point selected and are automatically used to improve the camera’s subject tracking performance.

Ergonomics and control

The ‘Premium EOS’ design features a magnesium alloy exterior with rubberized grip surfaces. The discreet and lightweight compact body measures just 152 x 113 x 75mm and weighs only 810g -- making it two thirds the volume and weight of the EOS-1Ds Mark II.

In a handy new feature, current camera settings can be stored and assigned to the C (camera settings) position on the Mode Dial. This allows photographers to switch quickly between two completely different camera set-ups without having to switch bodies – ideal for photographers who need to rapidly switch their cameras from an indoor to outdoor shooting condition, for example. Exposure mode, ISO speed, AF mode, drive mode, Picture Style, white balance and custom functions are all stored in the custom setting. There are 21 custom functions with 57 user-definable settings to enable photographers to configure the camera for their preferred way of working.

Connectivity

With the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, photographers can work cable-free as full-frame image files can be transferred automatically through a wireless LAN to a computer in seconds .

A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface allows rapid transfer of images from camera to computer, ideal for shooting straight to hard drive with the camera tethered to a computer in a studio environment, thus providing full screen previews of images as they are shot. The EOS 5D also has a Video Out interface to allow playback and review on a TV monitor, and is PictBridge compliant to support direct printing to any compatible photo printer without the need for a computer. It takes both CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, including cards of 2 Gb capacity and larger.

Compatibility and accessories

The EOS 5D offers complete compatibility with all Canon EF lenses , providing photographers with access to a vast range of lenses with focal lengths from 14 to 600mm.

The camera’s launch coincides with the release of the high performance EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM --– a lightweight Image Stabilizer lens. Completing Canon’s f/4L-series zoom lens range, the new lens complements the EF17-40mm f/4L USM and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lenses. An ideal match for the lightweight EOS 5D, these lenses are designed for professional photographers requiring high quality lightweight lenses with a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range.

Also compatible with EX series Speedlites and other EOS accessories, the camera provides photographers with a highly adaptable and flexible camera system. Canon’s E-TTL II flash metering ensures accurate flash exposures by taking into account such factors as lens distance information, ambient light readings and the detection of reflective objects in order to calculate flash output.

The BG-E4 is a new battery grip designed especially for the EOS 5D. Constructed with the same magnesium alloy as the camera’s exterior, it has a solid and comfortable hold. The grip can accommodate two BP-511A/514/512/511 battery packs or six AA batteries . The Battery Grip BG-E4 features a shutter release button, AE/FE lock button, AF point selector and main dial to enable comfortable use of the camera when held vertically.

The camera’s focussing screens are interchangeable: in addition to the Standard Precision Matte (Ee-A) focussing screen supplied with the camera, Precision Matte with Grid (Ee-D) and Super Precision Matte (Ee-S) screens are available.

The EOS 5D supports the optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 v2.2, which verifies the authenticity of images taken with the camera.

New software

The EOS 5D is supplied with the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11, which includes a new version of Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) RAW processing software – now at version 2.0. DPP now supports RAW images shot on all EOS digital cameras from the EOS D30 onwards, and includes support for Picture Styles. Improvements and additions are aimed at improving functionality and workflow efficiency for professionals, and include: easy image selection with three levels of check marks; real-time adjustment of sharpness; improved image correction (Copy Stamp); enhanced image transfer function, making single image transfer to PhotoShop possible; extended colour space support, now including Apple RGB and ColourMatch RGB; and improved usability of the CMYK simulation function.

Also provided is on the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11 is ZoomBrowser EX (PC) and ImageBrowser (MAC) v5.5 for managing images, EOS Capture v1.5 for remote shooting, PhotoStitch v3.1, PhotoRecord v2.2 (PC) and RAW ImageTask v2.2. The EOS 5D is compatible with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, which provides a 100 MB online photo album.

Comprehensive range

This new category camera adds to Canon’s already comprehensive D-SLR range. In terms of speed and resolution, Canon has the leading performance camera in every D-SLR segment, all launched since April last year:

• EOS-1Ds Mark II – 16.7 Megapixel full frame 35 mm sensor, 4fps

• EOS-1D Mark II N – 8.2 Megapixel APS-H size sensor, 8.5 fps

• EOS 5D – 12.8 Megapixel full frame sensor, 3 fps

• EOS 20D – 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, 5 fps

• EOS 350D Digital – 8.0 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, 3 fps

Pricing and availability

The EOS 5D will be available from October 2005 for 2539.99 RRP inc. VAT/ €3699.99 RRP inc VAT.

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