Canon EOS 5D Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Canon EOS 5D Digital Camera (Camera Body)

Canon EOS 5D Digital Camera (Camera Body)

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Product Highlights

  • 12.8 Megapixel
  • Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • Durable Shutter
  • 2.5" LCD Display
  • Uses Canon EF Lenses
  • Picture Style Settings
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Canon 5D Overview

  • 1Description

The Canon EOS 5D offers advanced photographers a lightweight, robust digital SLR that uses Canon's superlative EF lenses without a conversion factor. Its full-frame 12.8 Megapixel CMOS sensor combines with Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor, a high-precision 9-point AF system with 6 assist points, and "Picture Style" color control to deliver images of superior quality with enough resolution for any application. With its wide-angle capabilities, 2.5 inch LCD and magnesium-alloy body, the Canon EOS 5D is designed to serve the needs and interests of serious enthusiasts as well as professionals.

12.8 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
Developed by Canon, this high-resolution, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor sets the standard for its class, featuring a remarkable 12.8 million effective pixels for a maximum recorded resolution of 4,368 x 2,912 pixels. Second-generation on-chip noise reduction is enhanced for easier use with a choice of two modes: "Auto", to engage auto noise reduction when noise is detected; "ON", to engage noise reduction for all exposures of 1 sec. or longer. From smooth gradations and wide ISO speed range to effective suppression of false colors and ultra-precise white balance, this sensor matches the image quality found in the flagship model of Canon's EOS digital SLR lineup, EOS-1Ds Mark II.
High Speed DIGIC II Imaging Engine
DIGIC II is Canon's advanced imaging technology that processes massive data from the large CMOS sensor at extremely high speed for photos of exceptional quality and definition. This accelerated performance contributes to highly responsive, user-friendly operation, including a fast continuous shooting speed. Color reproduction is extremely natural and details are incredibly precise, especially with gradations in the highlight areas. Such processing efficiency also keeps power consumption minimal.
Picture Style Settings
Like choosing film for a film camera, users can choose a style from Picture Styles that is ideally suited to the subject or shooting objective. Picture Styles replace the Processing Parameters and Color Matrix features of previous EOS DIGITAL cameras, bringing a uniform standard to EOS DIGITAL cameras that incorporate Picture Styles. Users can select from 6 preset image style settings (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome) and 3 user-defined styles, depending on their particular subject, shooting conditions and photographic intentions.
High Performance Functionality
The new EOS 5D has an array of premier functions often demanded by photographers who want hands-on creative control and comfort in a camera. Accurate focusing, enhanced durability, and quick, reliable response will make inspired ideas come true. Look through the viewfinder or 2.5-inch LCD to see how bright and wide your vision can be. With the EOS 5D, Canon frees your hands as well as your imagination by simplifying shooting operations.
Expanded Sensor Array for More Precise Composition
The newly developed 9-point AF sensor with 6 Assist AF points provides speedy and precise focus detection plus enlarged subject coverage. With an extra 6 AF assist points added to the spot metering circle, the EOS 5D enables highly detailed focusing around the center of an image in AI Servo AF mode. Of the 9 primary AF points, the high-precision cross-type center AF point is compatible with f/2.8 and f/5.6 lenses, while 8 sensors are sensitive to f/5.6. Upper and lower central points, 2 of the 6 Assist AF points, are also f/2.8 and f/5.6 compatible. All focusing points are configured for quick focus in any shooting situation.
Improved Shutter Durability
An extremely fast, highly durable shutter unit has been especially developed to match the EOS 5D's full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor. The high-torque shutter-cocking mechanism is rated to 100,000 shots, attaining speeds from 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec. and bulb. The unit's flash synchronization (X-sync) function uses an optically detected, contactless switch instead of a mechanical one, which contributes to high durability and reliability when a Speedlite is used and yields an X-sync shutter speed of 1/200 sec.
2.5-inch LCD Screen - Quality Viewing from Any Angle
This 2.5-inch, polysilicon TFT LCD color monitor with 230,000 pixels maintains the same picture quality and brightness (5 levels) from almost any viewing angle (170-degree), whether front and center or upward angle. With the EOS 5D as your eyes on the world, you get an unimpeded view with a display area nearly double that of the EOS 20D. Other features to inform your perspective include easy-to-read menus, a full-featured info screen complete with RGB histogram and AF frame displays, and enlargeable reviewing images right after shooting.
3 Frames Per Second (fps) Shooting
Driven by the advanced DIGIC II imaging engine, the EOS 5D achieves a remarkable 3fps consecutive shooting speed during maximum bursts of 60 shots (17 in RAW) even for Large/Fine JPEG shots (with a Canon 512MB CF card). For rare shutter opportunities, the amazingly quick startup (approx. 0.2 sec.) and short shutter release time lag (75 milliseconds) will also help you capture the moment without delay. Another efficient use of your time is the fast transfer of data enabled by EOS 5D's compatibility with USB 2.0 High-Speed.
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
New enhancements of the viewfinder include an improved standard focusing screen interchangeable with two others (sold separately) for highly customized viewing. The Ee-S Super Precision Matte for easier manual focus and the Ee-D Precision Matte with grid have different metering characteristics for variable shooting conditions. The choice of three Precision Matte screens is a feature valued by professionals for added flexibility and greater precision.
Better Collaboration with PictBridge-compatible Printers
The EOS 5D helps optimize every shot with expanded PictBridge functionality. Printing beautiful photos is still done with minimum time and effort: connect to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB port, select your image and print settings, and press the Direct Print button. But now you can choose Bordered prints with Exif shooting information, 35-up contact prints with photo number or date, 20-up prints with shooting information, or Prints with shooting information. These new functions can be enjoyed with the latest Canon PictBridge-compatible printers (released from second half of 2005). With extras like new paper sizes and the PC-less printing effect of Face Brightener, getting tangible results from your camera has never been faster or easier.
Solid Construction and Sophisticated Design
Highly durable yet elegantly refined, the body of the EOS 5D can be handled with remarkable ease. It features a highly rigid magnesium alloy exterior (including the Battery Grip BG-E4), a solid stainless steel internal chassis, and a mirror box of high-strength engineering plastic. Balance is effortlessly maintained from the redesigned grip to the top of a Speedlite flash unit. With a front groove on the grip for the middle finger to the enhanced metallic feel of the Mode Dial, this camera assures greater stability at every point.
Compatible with Over 50 Canon EF Lenses
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.
Flash Photography Features
The EOS 5D features Canon's E-TTL II flash metering system, which 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.
Optional 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). It is compatible with the EOS-1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, and 5D, with the EOS 20D through firmware upgrades.
In the Box
Canon EOS 5D, 12.8 Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (Camera Body)
  • BP-511A Lithium-Ion Battery (7.4v 1390mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Neck Strap
  • EOS Digital Solutions CD-ROM
  • User's Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Canon 5D Specs

    Camera Type Interchangeable Lens SLR Digital Camera (AF/AE)
    Image Quality
    Image Sensor Full Frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) 13.3 Megapixel Single-plate CMOS Sensor with RGB primary color filters and Low-pass Filter
    Effective Resolution 12.7 million pixels
    Color Depth 36-Bit RGB
    Color Modes sRGB, Adobe RGB, Monochrome
    Six preset Picture Style settings plus three user-defined custom Picture Style function with individual adjustments for sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone
    Image File Formats JPEG (Fine, Normal)
    RAW+JPEG simultaneous
    Recorded Resolution Large (4368 x 2912)
    Medium (3168 x 2112)
    Small (2496 x 1664)
    Video Recording No
    Audio Recording No
    Lens Mount Canon EF Mount (except EF-S lenses)
    Focal Length Multiplier 1.0x
    Optical Image Stabilization Possible with Canon IS Lenses
    Focus Control
    Focus Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor AF System with 9 AF points (plus 6 invisible Supplemental AF points) and AF-assist Beam (with Speedlite 580EX and 430EX)
    Focus 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 or Automatic selection)
    Exposure Control
    Sensitivity ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments)
    ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200
    Shutter Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with Soft-touch electromagnetic release
    Shutter Speed 30 - 1/8000 seconds (1/3-stop increments)
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Exposure Metering TTL metering with 35-zone SPC; Evaluative metering (link to all AF points), Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder), Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder), Center-weighted average metering
    Exposure Modes Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Full Auto, E-TTL II autoflash program AE, Manual exposure, Exposure Compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments), AEB - Auto Exposure Bracketing (+/-2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments), AE Lock
    White Balance Modes Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, Color Temperature), White balance bracketing (+/-3 stops in full-stop increments), White Balance Correction (Blue/Amber bias +/- 9 levels or Magenta/Green bias +/- 9 levels)
    Scene Modes Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (1, 2, 3)
    Built-in Flash No
    Effective Flash Range Not Applicable
    External Flash Connection Dedicated Hot Shoe, PC terminal
    External Flash Control E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
    Maximum Flash Synchronization Speed 1/200 second
    Start-Up Time 0.2 seconds
    Shutter Lag 0.075 seconds
    Time Between Shots Less than 0.4 seconds
    Burst Capability 3 fps Continuous Up to 60 frames (JPEG/Large), 17 frames (RAW), 12 frames (RAW + JPEG)
    Self Timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds delay
    Interval Recording Possible with optional timer/remote
    Date & Time Stamp No (Simultaneous recording onto image data)
    Memory & Power
    Built-in Memory No
    Compatible Memory Cards CompactFlash (CF) Card (Type I & II)
    File Size
    RAW JPEG (Fine) JPEG (Normal) RAW + JPEG
    Large 12.9MB 4.6MB 2.3MB 17.5MB
    Medium - 2.7MB 1.4MB -
    Small - 2.0MB 1.0MB -
    Battery Type BP-511A Lithium-Ion Battery or compatible
    Power Adapter CA-570 Compact Power Adapter (optional)
    Computer Interface USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
    Direct Print Capable Yes (CP Direct, Inkjet direct, PictBridge)
    Remote Control N3 type terminal
    Video Output Yes (NTSC & PAL)
    System & Software Requirements Windows 98SE, 2000, XP
    Mac OS X (10.1 or later)
    Viewfinder Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism with dioptric adjust (-3.0 to +1.0 diopter) and interchangeable focusing screen (Ee-A included)
    Viewfinder Info 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 Yes
    LCD Display 2.5" TFT color liquid-crystal monitor (230,000 pixels) with brightness adjust (5 levels)
    Information Display Metering mode, Shooting mode, Aperature, AF mode, AF point, Shutter speed, ISO, Shots remainig, Drive mode, Battery level, Exposure compensation setting, Flash compensation setting, AEB, Exposure level scale
    Language Options English, German, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
    Playback Options Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting, Rotated, Jump, Highlight Alert, Image Protect, Image Erase
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.4" x 6.0" x 3.0" (113 x 152 x 75 mm)
    without battery or lens
    Weight 28.6 oz. (810g)
    without lens

    Canon 5D Reviews

    EOS 5D Digital Camera (Camera Body) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 150.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you try it, you will buy it When I decided to buy this camera, I had a lot of doubts, I was not sure whether full frame would make a real difference or not. Once I tried it, I was completely amazed, the image quality is wonderful, and for the price is almost incredible! I could never go back! Super sharp, wonderful colors and great high iso performance. I had a eos 30D before, it worked very well, but this is another world. The only complain I have is about the LCD screen: it can be used to check the framing and read hystograms, not much more. It is not as fast as the Eos 30D (and the new 40D), but I am completely satisfied with 3fps. In conclusion: I love this camera.
    Date published: 2008-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Camera I do lots of dance photography in lowlight and with no flash. The 5D is remarkable under those conditions. I don't hesitate to use ISO 1600.I hesitated buying the 5D as rumors of a new 5D abound, but in hindsight, I wish I had made the purchase several years ago. The camera feels so much more solid in my hands and is larger than the 30D. Autofocus seems better in lowlight than my 30D and the pictures are noticeably sharper. The larger file size allows my to crop more of the picture and still have a good print.The sensor came very clean upon arrival and I have easily removed dust since with the rocket blower.Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase and plan many year of good picture-taking. ...
    Date published: 2008-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOT a sports camera! This body would be a great body except for two things... 1)the flash sync is only advertised at 1/200th. but in realityit is more like 1/160th. 2) 3 fps is much slower than firstexpected by switching from the 20d's 5fps. I love the fullframe. Overall if you are not doing sports, then this camerawill suit you quite well for most applications. If you aredoing sports, stick with the 20d or 30d, or if you want toupgrade, look at the Mark III, the 5d just doesn't do it. Problems Encountered: The sync speed for a strobe is more like 1/160. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: 20D, 30D, D60
    Date published: 2007-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one Purchased in Oct 2006. I have been using this camera since. weddings, portaits, sports. My 20D is in the shelf nowas a backup camera. When the 6D FF camera is out, willsell the 20D. It's much quiet than the 20D. 3 frames persecond, perfect for non-sports events. This camera beentravelling around the world, no problem so far. It's notweather sealed but it's working ok. If you want a FFcamera, this is it. Problems Encountered: You become addicted to it. Once you go FF, never cropped again. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Too many 50 1.0 851.2, 200 1.8 300 2.8 28-300IS 24 1.4 8mm more Items I Recommend: 6D
    Date published: 2007-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't think, just Buy! I bought this camera when it first came out for $1.000 more than it is now. If you are serious about photography and cannot afford the EOS 1D Mark III and ARE NOT a sports photographer, Don't Think, just buy. (If you ARE a sports photographer, buy the EOS 1 Mark III) This camera is worth it's weight in gold, especially if you are trying to make a living from photography. It's a workhorse and the batteries last forever! Expertise: 20-Year Professional Photographer Problems Encountered: None.I'd like to see more water sealing, like the pro cameras have, on the next model. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: EOS 10D Items I Recommend: Battery Grip and Second Battery
    Date published: 2007-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right product for shift from tapes I am not profesional photografer. Advanced amateur I would say. So my comments and recomendations probably would be easy to argue. The camera was my long hesitated shift to digital photography world. Until now I was very happy about my beloved Canon EOS 5E, which I have intention to use for black and white shots. Canon 5D is not bulky, not a remnant as many try to say. Happy about wide angle posibilities and about the fact that the camera is not so expensive as othe full frame digital products. Layout and content of functional keys is easy to learn and rememeber already during first hour of opreations. I had little worry about absence of build in flash, but now it is gone.
    Date published: 2008-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 years old, still the best I bought my 5D almost exactly one year ago. Since that time I have shot at least 50,000 images with it. It has stood up to loads of abuse, every weather condition I can think of (including SE Asia rainy season), drops, bumps, bangs, everything. It is an awesome camera that continues to deliver jaw dropping image quality at every ISO up to 1600. I particularly love the look of 1600 B&W images from this camera, very film like. I took this camera on a 6 month trip across the world. From the streets and country sides of 7 different European countries, to the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, even to the Moroccan Sahara desert, the 5D never wavered. It performed, and continues to perform, flawlessly. I have printed stunning 20x30 inch prints from the files it produces and I am confident that it can easily go bigger. I saw a print from a Canon inkjet printer at PhotoPlus last year from a 5D, 40x60 inches-could have sworn it was from a camera with twice the resolution. I will never sell this camera, I have developed a love for it that is very reminiscent of the love I have for my M6. The only downsides are the dust that inevitably creeps onto the sensor and the less-than-awe-inspiring performance of the outer focus points in low light situations. Other than that, I have almost no gripes about this camera, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I only hope its successor can live up to its heritage...
    Date published: 2008-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from my second 5D I've had a 5D for over 2 years and love it! Reasons: It's full frame, fast enough (fps) for what I do (weddings, families, my son), and it fits in my little hands (I had the original 1Ds for a year and was just never comfortable with it). Even though with the grip it's pretty big, but still feels just right. The one thing I really miss is more focus points, like my EOS 3 has, 45 - it seems to just work better for me. As much as I like this camera, I am really hoping for a 3D to come out soon (I'd hoped to buy that instead of another 5D), with 45 focus points, roundabout 16 MP, and some technological updates that I don't know too much about (latest sensor technology and such)
    Date published: 2008-04-10
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