Canon finally announced the long-anticipated EOS 5D Mark II earlier this week, and there’s every indication that it could turn out to be one of the finest semi-pro digital SLR cameras on the market – and maybe even the best ever. Why? Read on and we’ll tell you…
1. It shoots full-frame
While it’s not that unusual for a high-end camera, full-frame shooting sets the EOS 5D Mark II apart from rank and file DSLRs. Its image sensor is the same size as a 35mm film frame (most DSLRs pack smaller sensors). This means it shares the same angle of view as a 35mm film camera, is less prone to noise, and that it’s more suited to wide angle and architectural shots.
2. It captures full HD video
So far the Nikon D90 has been the only DSLR able to shoot video, and that was only at 720p quality. The EOS 5D Mark II shoots full 1920 x 1080 pictures at 30 frames per second, doing so via its Live View feed.
3. Top notch screen
Speaking of Live View, the 3-inch screen on which you can frame your shots is one of the best in the business. Clear, crisp and possessing 920,000 pixels, it’s ideal for composing shots when you’re holding the camera too high or too low to use the viewfinder.
4. Super-solid build quality
No cheap plastic for the EOS 5D Mark II’s body: this beast is made from rock solid magnesium alloy, and is sealed up at the joints and sockets to prevent any water or dust intrusion. The sensor is kept spotless by an integrated cleaning system and an all-new fluorine coating on the filter.
5. Mucho megapixels
While the original EOS 5D boasted a 10-megapixel sensor, the new model offers double that – and then some. The CMOS is 21.1 megapixels, in fact – a tally bettered only by a few rivals. That should ensure loads of crisp detail – provided you can keep the thing steady while you’re shooting.
Out late November | From £2,300 | Canon