Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Rugged Exterior Body: The EOS 5D Mark II's exterior is
constructed with lightweight and ultra-rigid magnesium-alloy that fits perfectly
in your hand.
Viewfinder: The Canon EOS 5D Mark II uses an
eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with 0.71x magnification for approximately 98%
vertical and horizontal coverage. It has a diopter adjustment so you can focus
the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). When using
the self-timer or remote control, when your eye does not cover the viewfinder
eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece
and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use
the supplied eyepiece cover, attached to the neck strap, to cover the eyepiece.
Clear View LCD Monitor: The EOS 5D Mark II features a 3" Clear View TFT
color LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots which allows you to view and shoot
real-time images. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness
levels to choose from. The LCD monitor's anti-reflection
and water-repellant coating provides a clearer and more smudge-resistant surface
and a light sensor mounted below the screen enables automatic brightness
adjustment in accordance with ambient light.
Live View: The Live View Function enables shooting your
still subjects directly on the camera's 3" LCD
monitor. The EOS 5D Mark II's Live View Function also
makes videos in Full High-Definition. You can access a number of Auto
Focusing modes including Quick Mode, Live Mode, and Face Detection Live Mode. The camera allows you to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for
precise manual focusing. In addition, you can choose from three preset image
brightness modes - Stills display, Exposure simulation, and Movie display. Exposure
simulation displays and simulates how the brightness of the actual image will
look. Live View also offers a Silent Shooting mode, which allows you to shoot a
single frame, or continuously at approximately 3 frames per second at a quieter
level than normal.
21.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor:
The EOS 5D Mark II features a huge, full-frame sensor. A
21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers images of up to 5616 x 3744 pixels. And
since it is full-frame, all lenses will deliver the angle of view they would on
a 35mm camera without a conversion factor. This comes in handy especially when
shooting with wide-angle lenses. For the flexibility to shoot in even the most
dimly lit situations, the EOS 5D Mark II offers Canon's highest ISO sensitivity
to date, ranging from 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2:
25600). Thanks to improved noise reduction technologies, images shot even at
highest sensitivity will be remarkably smooth.
HD Video Shooting: The EOS 5D Mark II is the
first digital EOS to offer recording of Full HD video in Live View Mode. Capable
of shooting clips almost half an hour long at full 1080 resolution, the EOS 5D
Mark II makes it possible to shoot broadcast quality video on your camera by
simply changing settings. Your Canon EOS high-speed lenses and shooting
accessories can be used in shooting video. You can also take a still photo
at anytime by pressing the shutter button completely during movie recording.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor:
The EOS 5D Mark II's sensor is backed up by Canon's DIGIC
4 Image Processor, which speeds up all operations making a number of new
features possible. Processor intensive operations like Face Detection Live mode,
HD video recording and lighting and lens peripheral optimization are all
possible thanks to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Developed to maximize
performance between capturing and recording stages of digital photography,
Canon's DIGIC 4 chips use advanced signal processing technologies to enhance
captures from Canon's CMOS sensors. Sophisticated processing algorithms help to
speed up all operations, including write times to UDMA cards
14-Bit A/D Conversion: The EOS 5D
Mark II also offers full 14-bit A/D conversion. The analog output from the image
sensor is converted into a digital signal via 14-bit conversion instead of the
previously used 12-bit conversion, resulting in significantly finer tonal
gradation for better prints.
Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction:
Canon's exclusive Lens Peripheral Illumination
Correction takes into account any light falloff in the corners of the frame and
corrects it, making for a perfectly exposed image. Correction data are detected
automatically on a number of Canon lenses and can be entered manually through
included Canon EOS Utility software.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System:
Canon's Integrated Cleaning system includes a cleaning unit designed
specifically for the EOS 5D Mark II's full-frame CMOS sensor. The camera's
low-pass filter even has a new fluorine coating upon its surface to help repel
dust. Dust that makes it past the EOS 5D Mark II's sensor cleaning system is
easily removed in post processing using DPP software's Dust Detection Delete
function, which can remove dust spots automatically from single or multiple
- Self Cleaning Sensor Unit: A key element
of minimizing dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of
the imaging sensor. To combat against this, the EOS 5D Mark II features a
Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front
of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations. The
EOS 5D Mark II also has a coating on the front surface of the low-pass
filter to increase its resistance to dust sticking to the sensor.
- Dust Delete Data Detection: Dust that may
still remain on the front of the sensor can also be erased with software
included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.3 or later
software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a
menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analyzed in-camera, and the
location and size of any remaining dust is subtracted from any subsequent
pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG
or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon's DPP
software. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image,
perfect for printing or archiving.
Note: Dust which could not be removed by
the automatic sensor cleaning can be removed manually with an optional
Recording Media: The EOS
5D Mark II records images on a Type I or Type II CompactFlash Card. The camera is also
compatible with Ultra-DMA (UDMA) CF cards.
Note: No recording media is supplied with the camera.
Image Recording Format:
The camera records 3:2 still images in JPEG
and RAW (14-bit) formats. Simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording is also possible. In
addition, the camera can record video with monaural audio in the MOV format
(Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM).
- JPEG Image Resolution/Compression: You can choose from the following JPEG resolutions: Large
(5616 x 3744 pixels), Medium (4080 x 2720 pixels), and Small (2784 x 1856
pixels). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal.
- RAW and sRAW File Format:
The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera CMOS sensor
without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto
the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into
JPEG or TIFF images using the provided software. You can choose
from the following RAW resolutions: RAW (5616 x 3744), sRAW1 (3861 x 2574), or
sRAW2 (2784 x 1856). You can also record a Large/Fine JPEG image along with a
RAW or sRAW image simultaneously.
- MOV Format (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM): The EOS 5D Mark II
supports up to 1920 x 1080 in HD (high definition) mode and 640 x 480 in SD
(standard definition) mode. The camera can record up to 12 minutes of
continuous HD video or 24 minutes of continuous SD video using an optional
4GB CF card.
Note: Video recording is only available in Live View Mode using
the camera's LCD monitor.
The EOS 5D Mark II has a rugged shutter designed to
withstand 150,000 exposures. Combined with its impressive build quality, this
new shutter ensures that the EOS 5D Mark II will thrive in challenging shooting
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS
5D Mark II offers the following Drive (Shutter) modes.
- Single Shooting: When
you press the shutter button completely, on shot will be taken.
- Continuous Shooting:
While you press the shutter button completely, shot will be taken
continuously. The camera is capable of capturing 3.9 shots per second.
- Self-Timer: The camera will
record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button.
9-Point + 6-Assist Point Autofocus System:
The EOS 5D Mark II has a sophisticated AF system consisting of 9
user-selectable AF points, along with a total of 6 additional vertical and
horizontal AF assist points. The central AF point is cross-type, and is
sensitive to vertical lines at an aperture of f/2.8, horizontal lines at f/5.6.
The AF system is also sensitive to its light source, and can compensate for
focus errors that can occur when multiple sources illuminate a scene. AF points
can be chosen by the photographer using the 5D's multi-controller or preferred
control dial. Plus, the EOS 5D features a dedicated AF ON button.
AF Modes: The camera employs one of 3 AF systems to let you seize every
photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still
subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- AI Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps
changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button
is pressed halfway.
- AI Focus AF: switches from
One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.
- Manual Point: Manual
selection enables you to select one of the nine AF points.
Shooting Modes: The EOS 5D Mark II offers 12 different shooting modes arranged in the following zones:
Auto: the camera automatically
selects the settings
- Program AE:
this is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets
the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness
- Shutter-priority AE: in this mode, you set the shutter speed and the
camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of
- Aperture-priority AE: in this mode, you set the desired aperture
value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the
Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture
value as desired
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used
to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look
lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure
compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Bracketing: With auto exposure
bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2
stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots.
AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of
focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining
the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: the camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under
backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness,
background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure
- Partial Metering: effective when the background is much brighter than the subject
due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 8%
of the frame at the center
- Spot Metering: for metering a specific part
of the subject, uses approximately 3.5%
of the frame at the center
- Center-weighted Average
Metering: metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for
the entire scene
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed can be set between 100 and
6400 in 1/3-stop increments to suit your shooting conditions. The camera
also features a Low ISO setting equivalent to ISO 50 and two High ISO
settings equivalent to 12,800 and 25,600. In addition the camera features an
Auto ISO setting which allows the camera to automatically set the ISO speed
from 100 to 3200.
Style: By selecting a picture style you
can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject.
You can also adjust the Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color tone of
each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include:
Standard: image looks vivid,
sharp, and crisp
Portrait: for nice skin
tones, the image looks slightly sharp and crisp, color tone can be adjusted
to change skin tone
Landscape: vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp image
Neutral: natural colors
and subdued images, no sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer
to process images on their PC)
when the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the
color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color, no
sharpness applied.(recommended for users who prefer to process images on
Monochrome: for black and white images; you can adjust the
filter effect of the monochrome setting to Black&White, Yellow, Orange, Red,
User Defined 1-3: you can register your own Picture
Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance settings:
- Auto: the
camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions,
color temperature: 3000-7000 K
- Daylight: for recording outdoors on a
bright day, color temperature: 5200 K
- Shade: counters strong blue tones in open shade on sunny days, color temperature:
Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset: for cloudy days, dusk and dawn, color
temperature: 6000 K
- Tungsten Light:
for incandescent illumination, color temperature: 3200 K
- White Fluorescent
Light: eliminates typical green color casts, color temperature: 4000 K
- Flash Use: a starting point for studio strobes and Canon Speedlites,
color temperature: 6000 K
- Custom: enables you to manually set the white balance
for a specific light source for better accuracy. By selecting this image, you import
white balance data for the setting, color temperature:
- Other WB Settings:
- Color Temperature: manually set color temperature from 2500-10000 K in 100 K increments
- White Balance
Correction: You can
correct the standard color temperature for the white balance setting. It has
the same effect as using a color temperature conversion filter or a color
compensating filter. Each color can be corrected to one of nine levels.
- White Balance Auto Bracketing: With just one
shot, three images having a different color tone can be recorded
simultaneously. Based on the current white balance mode's standard color
temperature, the white balance setting can be changed from 0 to +/-3 stops
in whole-stop increments.
Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera,
you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal
images, sRGB is recommended. In the Basic Zone modes, sRGB will be set
Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the
shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for
capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of
an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right
side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
Mirror Lockup: The Mirror Lockup feature helps prevent
camera vibration when using a super telephoto lens or shooting close-ups.
Multi-Language: The camera's menus system
supports 25 different languages including English, French and Spanish.
EF Lens Compatibility: The EOS 5D Mark II
is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from
ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced
optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented
performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical
technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements
are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series lenses. And Canon's
Optical Image Stabilizer technology is featured in select lenses to minimize
the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly
maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS 5D Mark II.
EX Speedlite Compatible: The EOS 5D Mark II
features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the
flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output
whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total
darkness. With E-TTL II, the exact same 35-zone metering sensor used for
measuring ambient light is also used for flash metering - giving even finer
metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash
metering, there's a menu setting to change to "Average" flash metering -
where the entire 35-zone area is measured evenly for flash exposure.
Wi-Fi Compatible: The optional Wireless
File Transmitter WFT-E4A was made for the EOS 5D Mark II. It's compatible
with Wi-Fi Protected Setup to connect easily to a wireless LAN access point
for secure image transfer. Sending a batch of photos wirelessly is easy with
the WFT-E4A as images can be stored in selected folders and the entire
folder can be transferred at once. It retains the same features as the
WFT-E3A including great handling for vertical shooting and wireless
transmission (802.11b or g) to Macintosh or Windows computers for distances
of up to 492 ft. (150m).
EF 24-105mm Lens: This easy-to-use standard zoom
lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm
portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera
shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three
aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion. The
result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon's ring-type
USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Moreover, with
dust- and moisture-resistant construction, this is a durable yet sophisticated
lens that meets the demands of advanced amateur photographers and professional
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: The Canon
lens features a focal length of 24-105mm with a maximum aperture of f/4.
Lens Construction: The lens is constructed of 18 elements in 13
Diagonal Angle of View: The canon lens offers a 84° - 23°
20' diagonal angle of view.
Focus Adjustment: The Canon lens is
equipped with an inner focusing system with a focusing cam.
Closet Focusing Distance: The lens can features a minimum
focusing distance of 1.48 ft/0.45m.
Zoom System: The Canon lens features a 5-group helical zoom (front
group moves: 32.5mm).
Filter Size: The lens features a 77mm filter diameter size.
Dimensions and Weight: 3.3 in. x 4.2 in., 23.6 oz. / 83.5mm x 107mm,
670g (lens only)
Play, Edit, and Print
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated
automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD
monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can
be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image
displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the Compact
Flash Card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You
can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by
selecting All images, Folder, Date, Movies, or Stills.
Index Display: This feature allows you to view four or nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly.
Jump Playback: During
playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump
screens when in index mode, jump folders, or jump images by shooting date.
When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the
image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere
around the image.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270°
clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased
Video/HDMI Outputs: With the supplied video cable, you can playback
images from the camera on a TV (NTSC or PAL). There is also a mini-HDMI jack
which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable,
such as 158VMC15MH or 119HDMICAM, is required.
Print Effects: The digital SLR camera allows you to choose from
the following Print Effects.
- On: image will be printed according to the printer's standard
- Off: no automatic correction will be performed
- Vivid: image will be printed with higher saturation to produce
more vivid blues and greens
- NR: image noise is reduced before printing
- B/W: prints in black-and-white with true blacks
- B/W Cool: prints in black-and-white with cool, bluish blacks
- B/W Warm: prints in black-and-white with warm, yellowish blacks
- Natural: prints the image in the actual colors and contrast
- Natural M: printing characteristics are the same as the "Natural"
setting, however this setting enable finer printing adjustments
- Default: printing will differ depending on the printer
Brightness: The image brightness can be adjusted within the camera
Red-Eye Correction: The red eye phenomenon will be corrected
within the camera before printing.
Trimming: You an crop an image and print only the trimmed portion
as if the image was recomposed.
Direct Print Function:
Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a
CP-series printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect
the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can
make prints directly from the camera without connecting a
Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The Canon EOS 5D Mark II
conforms to Exif Print, a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as
exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the
image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with Exif
Print are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs,
exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent
communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or
mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.
DPOF Print Settings: On the CompactFlash Card, you can select which
image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is
convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print
function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at
participating photo labs.
Power Options: The EOS 5D Mark II operates on the supplied
Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1800 mAh). The battery can be charged in the supplied
battery charger in approximately 150 minutes. You can use AA batteries in the
optional BG-E6 battery grip. The supplied battery performance specs are as
|Approx. 850 shots
||Approx. 200 shots
|0° C/32° F
||Approx. 750 shots
||Approx. 180 shots
Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E6 AC
adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not
worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Auto Power Off: To save battery
power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The
Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15
minutes, or 30 minutes.
Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Supplied Software: The EOS 5D Mark II comes bundled with the
EOS Digital Solution Disc Ver.19.1, which includes:
- ZoomBrowserEX Ver.6.2
(Windows)/ImageBrowser Ver.6.2 (Macintosh): ZoomBrowser EX (Version 6.2) for Windows and
ImageBrowser (Version 6.2) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options
for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing
of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also
have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of
single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for
printing without using a separate image-editing program. processing, and printing (you can
also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images).
- PhotoStitch Ver.3.2: PhotoStitch Ver.3.2 merges images
together vertically or horizontally to make large panoramic images.
- Picture Style Editor Ver.1.4:
Canon's Picture Style Editor enables photographers to create custom Picture
Style profiles that can be used to customize the appearance of JPEG and RAW
images captured with EOS Digital SLR cameras. Picture Style files created
with Picture Style Editor can be loaded into the EOS cameras that support
Picture Style and may also be used when processing RAW images in Canon
software applications Digital Photo Professional, ZoomBrowser EX (for
Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Mac).
- EOS Utility Ver.2.5: EOS Utility
(Version 2.5) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the
camera and computer, whenever they're connected via USB. It allows remote
controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from
the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon's
ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images
have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it's used to upload
settings back into a USB-connected camera.
||Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
Windows XP Pro/Home (Service Pack 2, 3)
|Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
||PC with one of the above OS preinstalled
||Macintosh with one of the above OS preinstalled
- EOS Utility: 1 GB
- Digital Photo Pro: 1 GB
- ImageBrowser: 256 MB
- EOS Utility: 1 GB
- Digital Photo Pro: 1 GB
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
- Color Quality: Medium (16-bit) or more
- Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
- Color Quality: Thousands of colors or more
Still Image Capacity:
||Number of Images
2 GB card
Number of Images
2 GB CF card
|21.1 M (5616 x 3744)
|11.1 M (4080 x 2720)
|5.2 M (2784 x 1856)
(5616 x 3744)
(3861 x 2574)
(2784 x 1856)
|RAW (5616 x 3744)
JPEG (5616 x 3744)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)
|sRAW1 (3861 x 2574) +
JPEG (5616 x 3744)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)
|sRAW2 (2784 x 1856) +
JPEG (5616 x 3744)
|RAW + JPEG (Fine)