Introduced September 2008

• New 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
• Improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.) for the sensor
• New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
• 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
• High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
• Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card

• 3.0 inch VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
• ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
• 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

Pricing & Availability: The EOS 5D Mark II (body only) is available from end of November 2008 priced at 2299.99 / €2999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS USM kit is available from end of November 2008 priced at 3049.99 / €3999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Full-frame digital SLR
Recording media CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4A)
Lens mount Canon EF (not EF-S)
Field-of-view factor 1.0x (lenses give the same view as when fitted a
full-frame 35mm camera)

Image Sensor
36x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx 21.1M
Total Pixels Approx 22.0M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

Image Processor

TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 9-point AF (plus 6 Assist AF points)
AF working range EV -0.5 to 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 and Quick Control screen
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8m (with EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM lens at 50kph)
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
AF Microadjustment C.Fn III-8, +/- 20 steps; option to adjust all lenses by same amount or adjust up to 20 lenses individually

Exposure Control
Metering modes
TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at centre)
3) Spot metering: (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at center)
4) Centre-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 to 20 (at 20C with EF 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto (in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved), Manual (by AE lock button in creative zone modes)
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Autoexposure bracketing (AEB) +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO sensitivity Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H1 (ISO 12800) and H2 (ISO 25600)

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 to 1/8000 sec. (in 1/3 stop increments, available range varies by shooting mode), Bulb

White Balance
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting. White balance compensation 1) Blue/Amber +/-9, 2) Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, one setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments, three bracketed images per shutter release; selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

Coverage Approx. 98%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dioptre)
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dioptre
Focusing screen Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Eg-A
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cutoff with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light.
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation.
Image information: White balance correction, CF card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Depth of field preview Yes, with depth-of-field preview button.
Eyepiece shutter on strap

LCD Monitor
3.0 inch Clear View TFT, approx. 920,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle Approx 170
Coating Dual Anti-reflection
Brightness Adjustment Auto: three levels; Manual: adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options 1) Quick Control Screen, 2) Camera settings

E-TTL Auto Flash
X-sync 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC terminal Yes/Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support.
External Flash Control via camera menu screen

Modes Auto, Creative Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (x3)
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority, Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings), Long exposure noise reduction, High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings), Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self timer /remote control (10 seconds), Self timer /remote control (2 seconds)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 3.9fps. Speed maintained for up to 78 JPEG images at Large/Fine (quality 8) resolution, or 310 images with UDMA card, or 13 RAW images (actual number of images varies with subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed and drive mode).

Live View Mode
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen); Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor; active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, data, no data

File Type
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0); RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition); Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible.
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5616x3744, (M) 4080x2720, (S) 2784x1856,RAW: (RAW) 5616x3744, (sRAW1) 3861x2574, (sRAW2) 2784x1856
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9), SD 640 x 480 (4:3); 30fps
Movie Length Maximum duration 29m 59sec, maximum file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering 1) Consecutive numbering, 2) Auto reset, 3) Manual reset

Other Features
Custom Functions 25 Custom Functions with 71 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information
LCD Panel/Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/Dust resistance Yes
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats 1) Single image with information (2 levels), 2) Single image, 3) 4 image index, 4) 9 image index, 5) Magnified view, 6) Jump display
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by date, by folder, movies,
or stills. Playback time: 1/2/3/5 sec. Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes; RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: single image, all images in folder, checkmarked images, unprotected images. Protection: erase protection of one image at a time
Data Verification Original image verification data can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification)
Menu Categories 1) Shooting menu (x2), 2) Playback menu (x2), 3) Setup menu (x3), 4) Custom Functions menu, 5) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Microphone input, Extension system terminal (for WFT-E4)

Direct Printing
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

Type CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible, UDMA compatible), external storage with WFT-E4

Supported Operating System
PC & Macintosh
Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition); Mac OS X v10.3-10.5

Browsing & Printing
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional

Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*, Original Data Security Tools*), Picture Style Editor. * Requires optional accessory

Power Source
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6, 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Battery life Approx. 850 at 20C, approx. 750 at 0C (based on CIPA standard and using batteries a memory card format supplied with camera)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6E/LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6, Car Battery Cable CB-570

Physical Specifications
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy
Operating Environment 0 to 40C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 152 x 113.5 x 75
Weight (body only) Approx. 810g

Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15, Focusing Screens Eg, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E6
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1, Remote Controller RC-5
Other Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.


Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.


Image data captured by the CMOS sensor is processed by Canon’s purpose-built DIGIC image processors before being written to the camera's memory card. DIGIC technology uses advanced image processing algorithms to ensure precise, natural colours, accurate white balance, and advanced noise reduction. Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times.

DIGIC chips work with a high speed DDR-SDRAM image buffer – reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts. And because DIGIC integrates all key processing functions, power consumption is kept to a minimum.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

Reduce - Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

Repel - Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.

Remove - A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Picture Style

Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style presets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets are:

• 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 punchier 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).


The User Defined Picture Style can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site at


Digital Photo Professional

Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone – plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion caused by certain cameras.

Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space. Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

EOS Utility

The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.

Picture Style Editor

Picture Style Editor allows users to create individual Picture Styles that fit with their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and the 6 predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.

Press Release 17 September 2008

Canon announces the full frame, 21.1 Megapixel EOS 5D Mark II: the first EOS with full High Definition video capability.

Compact, lightweight and with environmental protection, the successor to the EOS 5D boasts a newly designed Canon CMOS sensor, with ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 for shooting in low light conditions. The new DiG!C 4 processor combines with the improved CMOS sensor to deliver medium format territory image quality at 3.9 frames per second, for up to 310 frames (when shooting in JPEG’s with a UDMA card with 2GB capacity or greater).

 Triggered from Live View Mode, HD video capture allows users to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30fps – for amazing quality footage with outstanding levels of detail and realism.

 The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. With its full frame CMOS sensor and outstanding ISO performance, the EOS 5D Mark II will appeal to any photographer in search of the finest camera equipment available – from studio and wedding to nature and travel photographers.

 Enhancements from the original EOS 5D include:
• Addition of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
• Larger 3.0 inch Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170 angle-of-view and anti-reflective coatings

• Improved menu system including Quick Control Screen for more direct access to common settings
• Automatic peripheral illumination correction, utilising detailed EF lens information to optimise JPEG images straight out of the camera
• Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
• UDMA memory card compatibility

“Professional photojournalists and wedding photographers already choose the EOS 5D for its discrete size and outstanding image quality,” said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging. “The addition of HD movie recording opens a new chapter for EOS. It creates new possibilities for EOS photographers to capture and share their stories and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

New CMOS sensor

The EOS 5D Mark II newly designed full frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor features ISO sensitivity from 100-6400, expandable to 50, 12,800 and 25,600. Large 6.4m2 pixels have been redesigned to capture more light and yield a better signal to noise ratio to ensure lower noise images throughout the ISO range. The full frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film. This means that wide-angle lenses stay wide, without the change in angle-of-view associated with smaller sensor cameras. As well as benefiting from finer control over depth-of-field, photographers moving up to the EOS 5D Mark II full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98% coverage viewfinder a joy to work with.

New DiG!C 4 processor

A new DiG!C 4 processor combined with 14-bit analogue to digital conversion provides smooth gradations in mono-tonal areas such as skies, and highly accurate colour rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DiG!C 4’s high speed provides for long uninterrupted continuous bursts of large JPEGs, near-instant start-up times and immediate and fast review after shooting. DiG!C 4 also provides for improved noise reduction algorithms, complementing the already low noise images from the EOS 5D Mark II CMOS sensor.

HD video capture

The EOS 5D Mark II is Canon’s first D-SLR to incorporate full HD 1920x1080 video capture. Once filming is started from Live View mode, photographers can fire off either single or continuous stills, with video capture continuing after the final frame is captured.

See everything

A new 3.0 inch VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170 angle-of-view, providing plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. The screen brightness can automatically adjust to suit viewing conditions, extending battery life in low light and improving viewing in bright conditions. A new dedicated Live View button switches modes to display a real-time image on the LCD. This allows EOS 5D Mark II photographers to enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles. Simple connection to a PC provides easy remote shooting.

Precision focus and metering

A 9-point auto focus system is supported by six additional invisible Assist AF points, located inside the spot-metering circle to optimise subject tracking performance in AI SERVO AF mode. For accurate exposure readings in tricky lighting conditions, the spot metering circle covers just 3.5% of the frame.


The EOS 5D Mark II has a redesigned menu system which includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode allows photographers to cede control of key settings to the camera, while retaining control over creative variables such background blur, drive mode and image brightness. Custom user settings allow photographers to switch between two completely different camera setups. This is ideal for changing quickly between two different environments, such as switching from working inside a church without flash to outdoors with fill-flash at a wedding.


Shooting flexibility is enhanced with a range of new accessories. Shooting capacity can be extended with either the high capacity 1800mAh lithium-ion Battery Pack LP-E6, or Battery Grip BG-E6. A new optional Wireless File Transmitter – the WFT-E4 – offers external HDD and GPS compatibility along with the ability to transmit images direct to computer or FTP server, or operate the camera wirelessly. Both the BG-E6 and WFT-E4 feature a vertical orientation shutter release and other key controls for comfortable portraiture work, with a substantial grip to help balance the camera when used with long lenses.


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