Canon’s EOS 5D has been ruling the consumer digital SLR market for the last three years, and now at last, the camera company has officially anointed a successor: the EOS 5D Mark II – and we’ve managed to get our sweaty hands on it.
Launched today, the full frame sensor stays in, but the heir to the throne now snaps at up to 21.1 megapixels, for anyone who needs photos the size of a bus adorning their walls.
The new CMOS sensor uses less power and refreshes faster than ever before at 4 fps, thanks to a partnership with a clever new Digic4 processor built in, which kills noise like Gordon Brown admitting he likes the Arctic Monkeys. Live view from the 3inch VGA screen meanwhile ensures you snap exactly what you see, and then some.
If really professional still images are too boring for you though, it’s also the first SLR to shoot full HD video on the fly, at a crystally 1980 x 1020 resolution.
After lugging it around for a trial run, we’re very excited about its release. Expect it to blow every other SLR out of the water, as well as most HD camcorders.
Out November | £TBA | Canon