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Canon EOS 5D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1378 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and screen. The image quality and sensor also get good comments. The control panel and flash get critical opinions, and the image stabilizer and value for money get mixed comments.

performance, sensor, image quality, screen, usability

flash, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS 5D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EOS 5D


Look into the viewfinder of a consumer-grade digital SLR and you'll notice a startling difference compared with a film camera and the same lens: Your view is cropped, in much the same way black bars crop a widescreen movie to fit an older TV.

Butter-smooth images in low light, no crop factor, and a huge LCD

Soft-touch shutter release feels mush; skimpy viewfinder info

Still, hold the 5D up to your eyeball, and you’ll have a hard time looking through the viewfinder of a cropped camera again.


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Canon EOS 5D


Let's get it right on the table. The Canon EOS 5D is ridiculously expensive when compared to the 200-plus digital cameras currently available. At $3,299 for the body only, this D-SLR is for Porsche drivers who don't mind being weighed down by a 2-pound...

First "affordable" full frame D-SLR

Definition of "affordable" is for Bill Gates

The EOS 5D is a bruiser and there's no mistaking it for anything than what it is

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Canon EOS 5D SLR


The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels of resolution at an affordable price of $3,299 USD. It is the world's smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR and features Canon's proprietary DIGIC II Image Processor

Canon has produced an outstanding addition to its dSLR product line in the 5D, but its total cost of ownership may place it beyond the means of the average enthusiast. As a professional camera, the 5D may be a cost-effective alternative to the 1DS Mark II


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Canon EOS 5D


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the DigitalPhotography Glossary before diving into this article (it may helpyou understand some of the terms used).

Excellent resolution, a real upgrade for eight megapixel Canon owners (EOS 20D) ; Full frame 35 mm size sensor delivers film-like shooting experience, real wide angle ; Very large, bright viewfinder really fills your vision ; Very low noise even at...

Edge softness / falloff / chromatic aberrations, needs good lenses ; AI Servo (continuous AF) interference banding issue (certain lenses, high sensitivities) ; Same old 'CF compartment door shuts camera down' issue ; Picture Style differences between...

A lower-priced full-frame digital SLR was a logical step for Canon, the only thing we weren't sure of was how that camera would look when it arrived. Up until now if you wanted a Canon mount full frame camera you would go for the EOS-1Ds / Mark II or...

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Canon EOS 5D (Body Only)


Top-notch, high-resolution images; 35mm-size sensor obviates focal-length conversions; big 2.5-inch LCD; unmatched low-noise images at ISO 1,600 and 3,200.

Overall build quality and performance typical of much cheaper cameras; no constant ISO display; images show occasional red fringing around highlight transitions; automatic white balance occasionally inconsistent.

A decent midrange digital SLR camera built around a superb sensor, the Canon EOS 5D delivers great images and the familiar 35mm-film-format shooting experience for a comparatively low (though still hefty) price.

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Making an entry into the increasingly competitive Digital SLR market, Canon's new EOS 5D takes its place beside their 1Ds Mark II as one of only two full-frame models currently available. The 5D's 35.8mm x 23.9mm 12.8 megapixel single-plate CMOS...

Full-frame sensor preserves original optical perspective of EF lenses ; Produces sharp images with low noise ; Rendered colors were incredibly accurate ; Interchangeable focusing screens ; Comfortable grip (improved from 20D) ; 2.5-inch LCD screen...

Consumer-grade exterior ; Limited protection from elements ; LCD washes out easily in bright light ; Max burst speed of 3 frames per second ; X-Sync is just 1/200 (1/500 would have been nice) ; Too many useful features thrown into the custom functions...

Following our period of evaluation with the Canon EOS 5D, we can fully confirm that the camera is indeed all it's slated to be. Images produced with the camera's 35.8mm x 23.9mm 12.8 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor were sharp and contained low noise....

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Canon EOS 5D reviewed


If you're ready to upgrade from the Digital Rebel to a full-frame, pro-quality digicam, the 12.8 megapixel Canon EOS 5D may just be the right way to go. DigitalCameraInfo tried out the $3,300 camera, and found its "blend of prosumer design and...

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Canon EOS 5D


Want to create a new Digital SLR category? Take a Canon 20D, enlarge the mirror box, viewfinder, sensor and price - and you have a Canon EOS 5D - the smallest, lightest, full-frame Digital SLR available today. And with 12.8 megapixels of Canon CMOS...

For more information on and more pictures of the Canon EOS 5D, I highly recommend downloading Canon's white paper (in the more reviews section below).

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Canon EOS-5D Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Full-frame sensor gives 1:1 crop factor, true wide angle with 35mm lenses, Very compact and relatively lightweight for a full-frame d-SLR, Dramatically less expensive than the only other full-frame d-SLR currently on the market, Canon's own 1Ds Mark...

Full-frame, high resolution sensor is very demanding of lenses, even high-end lenses can have trouble in the corners (Plan on spending serious $$ on lenses to keep up with this body!), Color is generally good, but reds are significantly oversaturated,...

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Canon EOS-5D


If you're ready to learn more about this high-end D-SLR then I'm ready to tell you. Our review of the EOS-5D starts now

Excellent photo quality (with the right lenses) ; Very low noise, even at high ISOs ; Full-frame sensor means no more focal length conversion to worry about ; Built like a tank ; Large 2.5" LCD display ; Full manual controls ; Robust performance,...

Expensive ; Requires nice lenses for best results; EF-S lenses not supported ; Slower continuous shooting mode than EOS-20D ; No built-in flash ; No AF-assist lamp

It's hard not to like the EOS-5D. It offers amazing performance and photo quality and a full-frame sensor in a body that doesn't weigh almost three pounds (like the 1Ds Mk II). If you want a camera that lets your lenses be used as intended (without any...

Product Specifications

When you want unmatched clarity and precision shooting from a digital SLR, Canon's EOS 5D gives you just what you're aiming for - and more. This latest addition to the EOS lineup has the superior imaging, fast response, and elegant design to serve the needs and interests of serious enthusiasts as well as professionals. Premier performance and convenient features start with a remarkable 12.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, refined DIGIC II imaging engine, and responsive 3fps continuous shooting. Distinct advantages like highly customizable settings, direct printing, and wireless/wired LAN compatibility prove that Canon continues to earn its reputation for reliability and comfort. The EOS 5D is the model to choose for simple, sophisticated performance and accessible image processing of remarkably high quality. Enhancing all aspects of image capture by the full-frame CMOS sensor, the exclusive DIGIC II imaging engine delivers a superior tonal range for precise and faithful photos. Satisfying results also come from the all-new Picture Style function. With a choice of six Picture Styles, you can easily control sharpness, contrast, color saturation, color tone and more for greater image variety. The EOS 5D is especially configured for truly creative photographers who naturally demand practical ease with uncompromising performance. Originally developed by Canon, a 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. These refinements are the result of sophisticated DIGIC II imaging engine technology. 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. 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. As for post-processing, expanded PictBridge functionality not only saves printing time but offers new ways to shape the world you see.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-511A

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode/Portrait mode / Landscape


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:23.9 x 35.8mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):23.9 x 35.8 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:12.8Megapixel

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

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto (100-400) / ISO 3200 / ISO 50/ISO 100-1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO 50 / ISO auto (100-400)
Special Effects:Black & White / Faithful / Neutral / Sepia/Faithful / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical