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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EOS 5D MARK II DSLR CAMERA FEATURING FULL-FRAME HD VIDEO CAPTURE

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Escalates Full-Frame Digital SLR Photography to the Next Level with HD Movie Recording Capabilities, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, and 21.1 Megapixel Resolution



LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the long-awaited successor to Canon's highly popular EOS 5D, introduced in 2005. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful, Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.


"The anticipation surrounding the launch of this camera model has exceeded our greatest expectations, and we believe our loyal customers will be awed by the level of innovation and features built into the new EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Once they have the chance to experience the camera, we believe they will agree that it was worth the wait," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Among the many advancements in Canon's new EOS 5D Mark II camera is the Company's proprietary DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor that powers the camera's fast 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion for smooth color tones and exceptional gradation. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR offers a full-frame 24 x 36mm, 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting at 3.9 frames per second (fps) for an unlimited number of full-resolution JPEGs to the capacity of the memory card or up to 14 RAW images in a single burst when using a UDMA CF card. The camera includes a 15-point Autofocus (AF) sensor with nine selectable AF points plus six additional Assist AF points (three center AF points sensitive to f/2.8 lenses) with enhanced light source detection and AF microadjustment for greater autofocus performance. The EOS 5D Mark II camera also features a large, clear 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution, four times the pixel count of the EOS 5D camera's 2.5-inch screen, for enhanced clarity and color when viewing images. The new camera is equipped with a high-performance, high-magnification optical viewfinder providing 98 percent coverage, giving a new dimension to the saying, "what you see is what you get." Professional photographers will also appreciate the enhanced 150,000-cycle shutter durability of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.

Canon, the first company to introduce a full-frame digital camera, has improved the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera's newly developed full-frame CMOS image sensor. Utilizing proprietary Canon technology, the Company has reduced noise and expanded the sensitivity of the CMOS sensor up to ISO 25600, which is three full stops higher than the ISO 3200 limit of the original EOS 5D camera. Although the individual pixel dimensions of the EOS 5D Mark II camera are the same as the 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor used in the EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR, the new sensor incorporates an improved output amplifier and a more advanced color filter that improves light transmission while retaining excellent color reproduction. By applying the same kind of advancements in sensor design and image processing technology as the recently introduced EOS 50D camera, but at higher resolution and with larger pixels, the EOS 5D Mark II achieves the highest level of image quality of any EOS Digital SLR released to date.

With the combination of its improved CMOS image sensor and the powerful new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 6400 in 1/3-stop increments, along with two high-speed settings - H1 and H2 - of ISO 12800 and ISO 25600, respectively, as well as a low-speed setting of ISO 50. The full-frame sensor maximizes the performance of Canon EF lenses, the world's largest selection of autofocus lenses.

HD and SD Video Capture
Canon has taken its expertise in imaging, photography and video capture technology to a new level with the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Answering the question of where SLR technology is going next, the EOS 5D Mark II features 16:9 Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 fps as well as 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps, both capabilities appearing for the first time in a Canon SLR camera. Video capture is part of the camera's Live View function, using the Picture Style that has been set for Live View still image shooting. This allows skilled photographers and cinematographers to adjust image sharpness, contrast, color saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image. When recording video, the camera's rear LCD screen can be letter-boxed by a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size. Moreover, the EOS 5D Mark II camera's HD video capability enables new levels of creative expression through its unfettered access to the complete line of more than 60 Canon EF lenses, which provide an incredible variety of visual effects including everything from ultra-wide-angle and fish-eye to macro and super-telephoto, including many large-aperture L-series professional lenses that can keep the main subject in razor-sharp focus while blurring the background beyond recognition.

The EOS 5D Mark II will record video up to 4GB per clip or a maximum continuous movie capture time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, whichever comes first. Depending on the level of detail in the scene, a 4GB memory card can record approximately 12 minutes of video at full HD resolution or approximately 24 minutes in standard definition.i Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The new camera features an input terminal for external stereo microphones as well as a built-in monaural microphone for convenience. To help show off those fantastic movies as well as still photos, the EOS 5D Mark II camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV.

Live View Shooting
For both still images and video, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera features Live View, one of the most sought after features in digital SLRs today. The 5D Mark II features three Live View AF modes - Quick, Live and Face Detection Live mode - for capturing either still photos or video, each with its own attributes. Quick mode automatically sets One-Shot AF using the camera's phase detection AF system. It also allows users to select the AF point, even while the Live View image is displayed. Although the camera's reflex mirror must be lowered briefly to take an AF measurement in Quick mode, it is the fastest way to set focus automatically when the 5D Mark II camera is set for Live View.

Live mode uses contrast-detection AF with the image sensor and here, as with Quick mode, users can change the AF point using the Multi-controller. Face Detection Live mode uses contrast AF to recognize human faces. When multiple faces are detected, the largest face closest to the center of the frame is targeted as the AF point. While Live View is engaged users can still change settings including the AF mode (Quick, Live, Face Detection Live mode), drive mode, ISO speed, Picture style, White Balance, and more.

Peripheral Illumination Correction
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera automatically conducts peripheral illumination correction when shooting JPEG images, a function that previously could only be accomplished through post-image processing using software such as Canon's Digital Photo Professional, which Canon supplies at no extra charge. Peripheral illumination correction evens brightness across the image field, making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout and reducing light fall-off at image edges. This new feature essentially eliminates one of the limitations of previous full-frame digital SLRs.

Auto Lighting Optimizer
Canon's enhanced Auto Lighting Optimizer technology helps ensure each picture's subject is clearly visible by analyzing image brightness and automatically adjusting dark areas in images so that they appear brighter. This function is ideal in high-contrast situations such as urban landscapes captured on sunny days, where the tops of buildings are brightly lit while street level details are obscured by heavy shadows. In this type of scene, the 5D Mark II camera's Auto Lighting Optimizer technology preserves accurate exposure of the highlights while opening up the shadow areas for a more pleasing tonal rendition.

Canon's New Creative Auto Mode
Recently introduced with the new EOS 50D, Canon's "CA" Creative Full Auto setting can also be found on the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera's mode dial. This setting allows users to make image adjustments such as aperture or shutter speed through an easy-to-understand navigation screen on the camera's LCD menu, allowing them to "blur the background" or "lighten or darken the image." These easy-to-understand image options allow photographers to experiment with image options while still shooting in an automatic mode.

Two Small RAW Formats
For photographers seeking the flexibility and creative possibilities of shooting RAW format images, without the large file size, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera offers two more manageable file size options with sRAW1 and sRAW2 recording formats. At the sRAW1 setting, resolution is 10.0-megapixels with a file size that is approximately 25 percent smaller than a standard 21.1-megapixel RAW image. With the sRAW2 setting, resolution is 5.2 megapixels at less than half the file size of a standard RAW image, retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images. Wedding and portrait photographers, in particular, will appreciate the options of variable resolution and file size which allow them to fine-tune the 5D Mark II's operation for their specific needs.

Silent Shooting in Live View
Canon has equipped the EOS 5D Mark II with two Silent Shooting modes in Live View which will prove particularly helpful to law enforcement officials, and for behind-the-scenes shooting on movie sets. In Mode 1, the camera will shoot with the mechanical shutter open at the beginning of the exposure, using the electronic 1st-curtain function of the CMOS sensor and a reduced shutter-cocking noise, allowing multiple shots to be taken with minimal noise. In Mode 2, to minimize shutter noise during single frame photography, shutter cocking does not occur until the shutter button returns to the half-way position after shooting.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
With the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II camera, the entire Canon EOS system is now equipped with the highly acclaimed EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been upgraded with a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera is compatible with Canon EF lenses and is scheduled for delivery by the end of November. The EOS 5D Mark II will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,699iii. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $3,499iv.

New EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
The new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens is the successor to Canon's EF 24mm f/1.4L USM professional wide-angle lens released in 1997. Targeting professional photographers, the new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens has been introduced to address the advancements high-resolution digital SLR cameras with re-designed optics and use of a new anti-reflection lens coating called SWC (Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating) to minimize ghosting and flare. Features such as dustproof and waterproof construction that have been adopted make this a high-performance lens with specifications that respond to the demands of professional users. A welcome complement to the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens is scheduled to be in stores this December at an estimated retail price of $1,699v.
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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

I see Jacobs Digital Photography & Video had the pre-order @ £2,299 but have subsequently said "Price To Be Confirmed" - but more info there, anyway
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Gosh!! This is my ideal camera now!! 50D seems an outdated camera already!!
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I see Jacobs Digital Photography had the pre-order @ £2,299 but have subsequently said "Price To Be Confirmed" - but more info there, anyway
Its funny because the Nikon D700 had a RRP of $2999 when released and the 5DII is $2699 yet the prices in the UK are £1999 RRP for the Nikon and £2299 for the Canon.

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Oh dear... just watched a sample video... Great quality but disappointing!! NO SOUND!!

*Updates: Actually sound recording does supported!!*

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Looks very impressive !!!

Be interesting to see the image quality & noise from 21MP, as tests of the D3 vs 1Ds MKIII showed little difference between them. More pixels is not always the answer, but is very handy for cropping
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Looks very impressive !!!

Be interesting to see the image quality & noise from 21MP, as tests of the D3 vs 1Ds MKIII showed little difference between them. More pixels is not always the answer, but is very handy for cropping
Indeed!! There is chance that the quality will be better than 1Ds MKIII as it has a new sensor and DIGIC 4 Processor.

D700 is still better at burst speed (8fps vs 3.9fps), 51 AF points and Focus Tracking... Apart from these 5D MK2 is definitely a more valuable camera!!
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Looking at the Canon UK site , it apears you can record video in HD whilst still taking photos !!! How cool is that going to be for Wedding photographers
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So who's ordering one then ?

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Looking at the Canon UK site , it apears you can record video in HD whilst still taking photos !!! How cool is that going to be for Wedding photographers
But that has to be done on live view mode... you can't use the view finder in that mode right?!
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The 5D Mk II makes me wonder what place the 1Ds Mk III now occupies... apart from the weather sealing of the 1Ds, the 5D Mk II appears (on paper) to be a far better camera for about half the price.

It's got to be a very attractive proposition for those that don't get their cameras exposed to the elements e.g. studio shooters etc.
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So who's ordering one then?
yup - its on my next camera list, was hoping to get one before xmas but will see what the release price is like here first - maybe wait till new year dunno...I just hope the noise levels are good......on the other hand......the 1ds mk2 prices will be dropping with this release so maybe that is on the cards also - how do you find your 1d mk2 for ease of use after your 40d Dave?, are the controls as bad as people say with lots of different button combo's needed?
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how do you find your 1d mk2 for ease of use after your 40d Dave?, are the controls as bad as people say with lots of different button combo's needed?
Not a massive difference. Main one is you have 3 buttons on top of camera to left of viewfinder, that have a function for each button, plus a secondary function when pressed in conjuction with another button. Symbols by the buttons make it easy to understand
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Ok, for sale.... One Canon 20D, one 17-40mm L series lens.... and one body for medical research as long as you pay me in advance

Seriously, the spec here is superb and I think if the quality of output matches the spec it will be an absolute winner. The new processor and sensor apparently makes noise virtually non-existent at up to 1600ISO and not at all bad even above that. The number of pixels means cropping is no worries at all. Providing you are using a quality lens (and if you are using this kind of camera without quality lenses then you need your head examining!) you will be able to crop half a picture away and still have plenty left for a decent sized photo.

I cannot buy one until next summer as the pennies aren't there. But I must confess this has seriously got me thinking about making the final step up from APS-C to full-frame sensor. Hopefully the price will be under £2000 by then, it will definitely be that from HK!

I'm excited but gotta be patient!

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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

You have to question the logic of putting video into a top of the range stills camera.
I would prefer a product that did one thing very very well, rather than a product that does several things badly.

There again not having seen what it can do it might be brilliant.
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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

You have to laugh at the implication of the photojournalist who suggests that all he wants is a combination - any half decent journo wouldn't dream of using something like this! They'd retain a secondary video system designed for the job. Think it's for them that haven't yet realised that stills and video are not the same, both requiring two totally different skillsets. Personally, if I was desperate enough to want to create videos as well (and for some reason wanted to use the same camera for stills), I'd consider the new Powershot SX1 IS - still a compromise but just maybe does the job better
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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

Just had a look at the two sample shots....not terribly impressed re image quality / sharpness... all looks a bit smoothed over to me....
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Can't say I'm impressed/interested/want the video mode. To be honest I could live without some of the things now being put in camera's.....live view & sensor cleaning being two of them.
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Can't say I'm impressed/interested/want the video mode. To be honest I could live without some of the things now being put in camera's.....live view & sensor cleaning being two of them.
I feel the same as you can't see the point of video and don't want it , don't want live view and can clean the sensor in a few minutes, i will get the old model cheap and probably have less trouble and save myself about £1500
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Isn't anyone else not impressed by the sample images? They seem to lack so much definition and 'bang' than the D3 ones we saw when it was announced...
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Isn't anyone else not impressed by the sample images? They seem to lack so much definition and 'bang' than the D3 ones we saw when it was announced...
I think it all depends on who has taken them
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I suppose, but just at a pixel level they seem a bit 'meh'. Also in Dave's first example the blowouts on the top of the woman's head are terrible, but we can't really blame the camera (or can we.... )
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I suppose, but just at a pixel level they seem a bit 'meh'. Also in Dave's first example the blowouts on the top of the woman's head are terrible, but we can't really blame the camera (or can we.... )

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Now that is a nice camera !

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Re: Canon Announce the 5D mark II

The 5D MkII and the 50D raise the question of what a camera really is. They blur the distinction between still and video, and also begin to make the optical viewfinder less essential and intrinsic. I suggested a while ago that this could be the beginning of the end of the DSLR, and I haven't changed my mind. I'd go even further and say that this could see the decline of the dedicated still camera, at least for the mass market.

Perhaps ironically, the one thing missing from the 50D and 5D MkII as a movie camera (apart from sufficient storage) is a viewfinder that can be used in movie mode. But it wouldn't be difficult for Canon to repackage the 5D or 50D into something with an LCD plus a video-camera-style EVF that could be used in either still or movie mode. That would actually be cheaper than a normal DSLR.
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Well lets remember the MKI 5D is still the reference for image quality , with it still having pipped the likes of the D3 on some tests. Of course there are lots of other attributes to a camera & with the 5D being 4 years old it has fallen behind in other areas. I can't imagine though that Canon would release a MKII version that didn't show some improvement in final image quality

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Would that be your hands then Dave When is the credit card coming out
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