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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
alaScore 93

2563 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2563 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the manual image adjustments and flash.

image quality, usability, screen, performance, build quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Focusing screen falls apart on EOS 5D Mark II


Focusing screen falls loose on EOS 5D Mark II! I have owned: EOS 30D, 40D, 50D, EOS 5, EOS 1D Mark III. I am a semi-professional photografer and I have published 8 books with more than 2000 pictures taken with these cameras. I am not a new beginner. - I worked with the camera with no problem a couple of months ago, stored it about two weeks without taking the lens off, when I took it out again I could not use the camera. When I took the lens off both the focusing screen and the superimpose plate fell out of the camera house. This has happened on numerous occasions for several users even on brand nes cameras, see: - Canon Sweden does not acknowledge this problem and do not accept that this is a construction fault or a guarantee matter. I had to pay fully for the "repair", even though they "found nothing wrong with the camera house". This is obviously a bad construction! I do not recommend this camera house! Very unprofessional behaviour of Canon Corp!

Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Easy to use

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II


When Canon announced the 5D back in 2005, it was a game-changer. The camera was the first full-frame DSLR--meaning that its CMOS sensor is the same size as a frame of 35mm film, about 60 percent larger than the sensors in most DSLRs--in a standard...

Incredible image quality. High resolution. Low image noise at high ISOs. Jaw-dropping video capability. Live view. AF adjust

Video can be cumbersome to control and is limited by short duration clips

For those with big ambitions--and a budget to match--it's hard to go wrong with the 5D. It offers professional features and image quality in a prosumer body, and as an added bonus, you get incredible, if sometimes tricky-to-use 1080p video capability.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with 24-105mm lens)


On the 25th anniversary of its EOS system, Canon finally announced the long-awaited update to its full-frame 5D Mark II dSLR. The 5D Mark III is packed with capabilities for both still and video shooters, but at a much steeper price. As you'd expect,...

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a more streamlined shooting design, significantly updated feature set with more configurability, plus better performance over its predecessor. It maintains its excellent photo and video quality as well.

JPEG photos at low ISO sensitivities don't match the generally excellent level of quality that you can otherwise get out of this camera.

While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.


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Sleek Canon a Convergence of Bangin' Stills and Lu...


With the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon has figured out how to seamlessly meld video and stills. A mighty Digic 4 processor and full-frame 21-megapixel sensor are only two if this beautys superior qualities.

Simple user interface. Self-cleaning sensor. Terrific high-ISO images. Peripheral-illumination correction eliminates vignetting to keep brightness consistent across the entire image. Auto lighting optimizer boosts shadow detail. Full manual control...

Autofocus system is not as fast as, say, Nikon's

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Expanded ISO range ; HD video ; Great image quality ; Great interface

New RAW modes have a slight color shift ; Cheaper cameras available with larger feature set

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Canon's update to the wildly popular full-frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400, plus EOS technologies like...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera Review


The full-frame, 21.1-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II aced our color accuracy and dynamic range tests, and captures 1080p movies with extraordinary quality. But it's not the perfect all-in-one still and video camera: there are still too many quirks.

The full-frame, 21.1-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II is in many ways an exceptional camera, and truly groundbreaking when it comes to video recording, where it not only holds sway as the first SLR to offer full 1080p movies, but delivers exceptionally...

Editor's Choice!

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Body Only)


Three years is a long time for any product to hang around, especially when the technology changes as rapidly as it does for digital cameras. Though it's always had a big fan base, Canon EOS 5D users have nonetheless been itching for more. The successor...

Excellent performance and photo quality; good video capture capabilities and quality

No built-in wireless controller; large spot meter; no built-in flash; more direct controls would be nice; AF system could use an update

A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR


"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...


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review


This video-recording D-SLR is a true breakthrough, with quality that's far better than the Nikon D90.

First full-frame 21.1MP D-SLR to also record HD video ; Nice-looking LCD ; Takes good stills and videos

Expensive ; No flash ; Poor mono mic

Here’s a shocker: gives this Canon EOS 5D Mark II an Editor’s Choice award, even with the drawbacks enumerated. Going to the top line: This video-recording D-SLR is a true breakthrough with quality that’s far better than the Nikon...

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II


The Canon EOS 5D Mark II was quite possibly Canon's most highly anticipated Digital SLR ever, and the scramble to get in a preorder line insured that very few 5D IIs would be found in stock any time near their first availability date in early December...

Product Specifications

Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor, a vast ISO range of 100-6400, plus EOS technologies like auto lighting optimizer and peripheral illumination correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD and a rugged build.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon LP-E6

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode


Model:5D Mark II
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/4.0
Lens for SD:Body only/Canon EF 24-105mm IS lens
Max Focal Length:105mm
Min Focal Length:24mm
Optical Zoom:4.3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:24 x 36mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):24 x 36 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:21.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):25600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-6400 / ISO 12800 / ISO 25600 / ISO 50 / ISO auto (100-3200)
Special Effects:Faithful / Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical