What started as rumor has now finally come true, as Canon introduced its latest professional DSLR camera model, the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera. It might have taken Canon three years to update its highly popular EOS 5D released sometime in 2005, but it looks like the three long years of wait may be well worth it. Improving on its predecessor’s features, the 5D Mark II features a full-frame CMOS sensor coupled with HD video capture. This may not be the DSLR industry’s first camera to have this feature since Nikon has introduced it with their recently announced D90 DSLR, but it is certainly the first Canon DSLR camera to have it.
Aside from the HD video capture, the EOS 5D Mark II is packed with great features and functionality that would certainly please professional camera users. These include; a 21.1 megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and an ISO sensitivity range of 50 to a whopping 25,600. In addition, the 5D Mark II also has a 3.9 fps continuous shooting capability, 15-point Autofocus with nine selectable AF points, a 3-inch clear view LCD, optical viewfinder with 98 percent coverage and a 150,000-cycle shutter durability.
Want to know some more features? Well, the EOS 5D Mark II also features peripheral illumination correction, a function which was previously done through post-image processing. This corrects brightness across image field and provides for a well-toned picture quality and reduces light fall-off at the image edges. It also has auto lighting optimizer, creative auto mode, silent shooting in live view mode and of course Canon DSLR’s popular EOS Integrated Cleaning System.
HD video capture is the one feature which received some not so good remarks for Nikon’s D90 coming from digital camera purists who thought that videos have no place in the DSLR market. Either you despise this feature or you embrace it as the new direction where DSLRs are heading. For those who wouldn’t mind having this feature in the 5D Mark II, it allows 16:9 full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps.
Canon promises to ship the EOS 5D Mark II by the end of November. The body-only configuration will have an SRP of $2,699 while the kit version, which includes an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens, will retail for $3,499.
Read [Canon Press Release]