12.8 Megapixel full-frame CMOS Sensor
The EOS 5D's full-frame CMOS sensor records 4,368 x 2,912 pixels-that's 12.8 Megapixels, larger than many other companies' top-of-the-line sensors. The same size as a 35mm image on a traditional camera, the sensor operates without a conversion factor. This is perfect for taking advantage of the spectacular optics in Canon's L-series, and will be a joy for wide-angle enthusiasts who can make the most of their wide-angle lenses. This new CMOS sensor, designed in-house by Canon, provides smooth, high-resolution images similar to the EOS-1Ds Mark II but in a more compact body. Two automatic noise reduction features maximize the effectiveness of the EOS 5D's on-chip noise reduction. Noise reduction can be activated when noise is detected or it will simply come into play on any exposure of 1 second or longer.
Unprecedented performance and image quality.
The EOS 5D's new 12.8 Megapixel sensor is driven by the revolutionary DIGIC II Image Processor for unprecedented performance and image quality. Thanks to the DIGIC II Image Processor, the EOS 5D is capable of shooting up to 3 frames-per-second for up to 60 JPEG or 17 RAW images. The information captured by the sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional clarity and resolution. Photographers can expect precise, natural colors, spot-on white balance and speed in any number of lighting situations. By handling larger volumes of image data, the DIGIC II Image Processor also contributes to lower power consumption: photographers will discover that they can shoot all day with the EOS 5D without having to change the battery!
More information, view from almost any angle on a bigger LCD screen.
The EOS 5D has been designed to provide the photographer with instant feedback, saving valuable time when reviewing images. A new 2.5 inch LCD screen with approximately 230,000 pixels not only displays more information, it can be viewed at a far greater angle (170 degrees) than many other conventional LCD screens. The full-featured shot information screen not only provides an RGB histogram, it displays the AF frames used. Magnification to check exposure and critical focus has never been faster. It is also simple to jump quickly in image intervals up to 100. Menus are accessed at the touch of a button, and feature larger, easier to read text than previous models. Whether changing color parameters, setting up custom functions, organizing folders, setting white balance, or any other feature, the new screen is designed with the professional in mind. Photographers get to their information quickly, so they never lose a shot.
"Picture Style" settings simulate the characteristics of different film styles, including Snapshot mode, for punchy, print-from-the-camera color, Portrait mode, for softer, more natural skin tones; Landscape, for vivid blues and greens and overall sharpness, plus Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, which can be customized to emulate color filters with black and white film.
Advanced 9-point AF with extra.
In addition to 9 different AF points for locking focus on subjects, even if they are not in the center of the composition, the EOS 5D features 6 Supplemental points around the center AF point which help to ensure an even greater degree of focus accuracy when tracking a moving subject. This feature is significant for sports photographers, as well as anyone who needs to keep focus locked on an unpredictable subject. The Supplemental AF points are not displayed in the viewfinder, and they cannot be manually selected. However, they are used in AI Servo AF mode when the EOS 5D is set for automatic focusing point selection, and also when the center focusing point is selected together with Custom Function 17-1.
Strength and durability.
The EOS 5D has a solid and substantial feel that complements its compact dimensions. The camera body is constructed of a magnesium-alloy known for its lightweight and ultra-rigid strength. The EOS 5D also boasts a newly developed, high-speed and durable shutter unit that was designed to meet the demanding requirements of a full frame sensor in a relatively compact body. With a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. and with a remarkable 100,000-cycle shutter life, it truly is a camera built to professional standards.
Lenses, Speedlites and other accessories ensure the finest in photographic performance.
The EOS 5D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup (except EF-S lenses), ranging from 14mm Ultra-Wide to 600mm Super Telephoto lenses. The EF lineup employs advanced optical know-how and sub-micron precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Aspherical optics and Fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series Lenses while Canon's Image Stabilization feature minimizes the effect of camera shake.
The EOS 5D features Canon's E-TTL II flash metering system introduced with the EOS-1D Mark II. E-TTL II provides consistently accurate flash exposure from shot to shot. Canon's Speedlite 580EX and 430EX are perfectly suited to the EOS 5D. They include an AF-assist Beam, which works in conjunction with the EOS 5D's focusing system, and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, for more accurate color rendition with flash photography.
In addition to Canon's EF lenses and EX Speedlites, several other accessories are designed to work specifically with the EOS 5D. The Battery Grip BG-E4 adds a vertical shutter release, and is compatible with up to two of Canon's Lithium-ion battery packs, or alternatively a set of six AA-size batteries, for increased shooting capacity and greater convenience when traveling.
Data Verification Kit DVK-E2
Canon's optional Data Verification DVK-E2 can verify whether or not a photo is an untouched original. Its use of a Secure Mobile (SM) card reader, instead of an IC card reader, makes it more compact and affordable than the previous version.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1A
This accessory allows photographers to transmit images from their cameras directly to a computer over a local area network (LAN).
Type: Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium: CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I and II
Image Format: 1.41 x 0.94 in./35.8 x 23.9mm
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses (NOT compatible with EF-S series lenses )
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.0x
Type: High-sensitivity, High-resolution, Single-plate CMOS Sensor
Pixels: Approx. 12.8 megapixels
Total Pixels: Approx. 13.3 megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter: Fixed position in front of the image sensor
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. Backup image recording enabled (Same image recordable on CF card standards)
Image Format: JPEG and RAW
1. Large/Fine: Approx. 4.6MB (4,368 x 2,912)
2. Large/Normal 2.3MB (4,368 x 2,912)
3. Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.7MB (3,168 x 2,112)
4. Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.4MB (3,168 x 2,112)
5. Small/Fine: Approx. 2.0MB (2,496 x 1,664)
6. Small/Normal: Approx. 1.0MB (2,496 x 1,664)
7. RAW: Approx. 12.9MB (4,368 x 2,912)
Folders: Folder creation/selection enabled
File Numbering: (1) Continuous numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset
Color Space: Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image-processing Parameters: Six preset Picture Style settings plus three user-defined custom Picture Style function with individual adjustments for sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone
Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL for video output
Settings: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, Color Temperature)
Auto White Balance: Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation: White balance bracketing: +/-3 stops in full-stop increments; White Balance Correction: Blue/Amber bias +/- 9 levels; Magenta/Green bias +/- 9 levels; Blue/Amber bias and Magenta/Green bias cannot be set together during White Balance Bracketing
Type: Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Coverage: Approx. 96% horizontally and vertically (coverage against JPEG Large)
Magnification: 0.71x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction: -3.0 - +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen: Standard focusing screen: Ee-A
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter lens)
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning
Depth-of-Field Preview: Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with Speedlite 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX, pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)
Eyepiece Shutter: None (eyepiece cover provided on strap)
Type: TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor
AF Points: 9 AF points (plus 6 invisible Supplemental AF points)
Focusing Modes: Autofocus, (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF)), Manual Focus (MF)
AF Point Selection: Manual selection, Automatic selection
Selected AF Point Display: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD screen
AF-assist Beam: Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite
Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (link to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1-20 (at 68 degrees F/20 degrees C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems:
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Full Auto, E-TTL II autoflash program AE, Manual exposure
Creative Zone Modes: Equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and ISO 3200 with ISO speed extension
Exposure Compensation: (1) Manual, (2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) Bracketing range: ??2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments
AE Lock: Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved Manual: By AE lock button
Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Shutter Release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer: 10 sec. or 2 sec. delay
Remote Control: Remote control with N3 type terminal
EOS External Flash or Dedicated Speedlites: E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
PC Terminal: Provided
Drive Modes: Single, Continuous (approx. 3 fps), Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed: Approx. 3 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster for all recording quality settings)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting:
JPEG: Approx. 60 frames (JPEG/Large)
RAW: Approx. 17 frames
RAW+JPEG: Approx. 12 frames
Type: TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size: 2.5 in.
Pixel: Approx. 230,000 pixels
Coverage: Approx. 100% for JPEG images
Brightness Control: 5 levels
Image Display Format: Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting, Rotated, Jump
Highlight Alert: In the single image (INFO) mode, the highlight portions containing no image information will blink
Image Protection and Erase
Protection: Single images can be protected or unprotected
Erase: A single image or all images stored in a CF card can be erased if they are unprotected
Direct Printing from the Camera: Enabled
Compatible Printers: CP Direct, Inkjet direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Settings: Printable images: JPEG images (Print ordering enabled with DPOF version 1.1)
Recording Method: None
File Format: N/A
Recording Time: N/A
Power Saving: Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.0 x 4.4 x 3.0 in./152 x 113 x 75mm
Weight: 28.6 oz./810g (Body only. Battery: 2.9 oz./82g)
All the specifications above are based on Canon's testing standards. The camera's specifications and physical appearance are subject to change without notice.