- 21.1MP full frame CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 4 processor
- ISO range expandable to 25600
- Full HD (1080, 30fps) movie recording
- High-res 3.0” VGA LCD with Live View
- 3.9fps JPEG shooting up to card capacity
- 9-point AF + 6 Assist AF points
- Magnesium alloy body
Extend the boundaries of your photography.
21.1 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
For the ultimate in creative shooting, the EOS 5D Mark II features a full frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm). With no cropping or magnification effects, enjoy a true wide angle experience through the large, bright viewfinder. Redesigned pixels minimise noise, while a 21.1 Megapixel resolution surpasses the standards demanded by the leading picture agencies.
Canon’s DIGIC 4 works with the EOS 5D Mark II’s image sensor to deliver outstanding reproduction of colours and subtle tonal gradations. DIGIC 4 also delivers split-second start-up times, Face Detection AF in Live View mode, and additional HD movie recording.
For handheld shooting in low light, the EOS 5D Mark II offers ISO speeds of up to 6400. For dark scenes where using flash is undesirable, this can be expanded to an incredible ISO 25600.
Full HD movie recording
The EOS 5D Mark II complements outstanding still imaging capabilities with Full HD (1080) video recording. Users can even shoot video to memory card without losing the ability to capture still images. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on an HDTV.
3.0” High Resolution LCD
The 3.0” Clear View LCD features 920,000 dot resolution, wide viewing angle and dual anti-reflective coatings – allowing ultra-detailed image review in a variety of conditions. Live View displays real-time images on the LCD, offering three types of auto focus: Quick AF, Live AF, and Face Detection Live AF, which locks onto faces detected in the frame.
Up to 3.9 frames per second
The EOS 5D Mark II offers continuous shooting at 3.9 frames per second. When shooting JPEGs to a UDMA card, maximum burst is limited only by card capacity.
9-point AF + 6 Assist AF points
Precision auto focus is assured by Canon’s AF system, which employs 9 selectable points and 6 Assist AF points.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s built-in dust prevention system offers three ways of guarding images against the effects of dust: reduction of internal dust generation; an in-camera sensor cleaning mechanism; and the ability to map stubborn dust spots for removal with Digital Photo Professional software (included).
Durable, compact design
With a magnesium alloy construction, environmental protection and shutter durability of 150,000 releases, the EOS 5D Mark II is equally suited to location or studio work.
36x 24 mm CMOS
EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Colour Filter Type
EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points
9-point AF (plus 6 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range
EV -0.5 - 18 (at 20°C & ISO 100)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, Manual selection.
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
Yes, up to 8m
Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam
Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Selected on lens
+/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 20 lenses individually
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) Center weighted average metering
EV 1-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
+/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
+/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to H1: 12800 and H2:25600
Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
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, 1 setting can be registered
+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
-3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Eg-A
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
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.
3.0" Clear View TFT, approx. 920K dots
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically)
Auto 3 levels + Manual adjustable to one of seven levels
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
E-TTL Auto Flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing
Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock
Second Curtain Synchronisation
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
Auto, Creative Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (x3)
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
sRGB and Adobe RGB
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
Single, Continuous, Self timer /remote control (10s), Self timer /remote control (2s)
Max. Approx. 3.9fps. (speed maintained for up to 78 images (JPEG)¹(310 with UDMA card), 13 images (RAW))
LIVE VIEW MODE
Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, data, no data
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.
JPEG: (L) 5616x3744, (M) 4080x2720, (S) 2784x1856,
RAW: (RAW) 5616x3744, (sRAW1) 3861x2574, (sRAW2) 2784x1856
MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
HD 1920 x 1080 (16:9), SD 640 x 480 (4:3) -30fps
Max duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB
New folders can be manually created and selected
(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
25 Custom Functions with 71 settings
User copyright information
LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance
Intelligent Orientation Sensor
1.5x - 10x
(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) Jump display
Image selection: All images, by date, by folder, movies, or stills.
Playback time: 1/2/3/5 sec
Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Original image verification data can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification)
(1) Shooting menu (x2)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x3)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
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 and Japanese
Update possible by the user.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
HDMI mini output, Video output (PAL/ NTSC), Microphone input, Extension system terminal (for WFT-E4)
Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
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)
OS X v10.3-10.5
Browsing & Printing
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Digital Photo Professional
PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*, Original Data Security Tools*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6, 1xCR1616 for date & settings
Approx. 850 (at 20°C)
Approx. 750 (at 0°C)
6 levels + percentage
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
0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
152 x 113.5 x 75
Weight (Body Only)
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
All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
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)
Remote Controller/ Switch
Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1, Remote Controller RC-5