Some original sketches for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
In September 2005, the original EOS 5D was heralded as the first advanced amateur DSLR to house a full-frame CMOS imaging sensor. A second version, the EOS 5D Mark II, appeared in November 2008, enabling movie-makers to make use of Canon’s wide range of EF lenses. The third incarnation, the EOS 5D Mark III was launched in March 2012, followed nearly three years later by the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R.
28 May 2015 – Canon today celebrates the 10th anniversary of its iconic EOS 5D series. Originally launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D transformed the DSLR market being the first advanced amateur DSLR to incorporate a full frame CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9 mm). Available at a competitive price, the camera enabled enthusiast photographers to utilise the camera’s impressive image quality and creative photographic tools that traditionally had been unique to professional DSLRs with 35mm sensors, contributing to the widespread adoption and success of the full frame sensor cameras.
In November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series – the renowned EOS 5D Mark II, which paved the way for movie making. The camera revolutionised Full HD video capture for photographers, and facilitated the widespread adoption of DSLRs as a tool for capturing movies. The EOS 5D Mark II made big waves in the motion picture and video production industries by again delivering large sensor video performance at a competitive price. Coupled with exceptional image quality and greater control over depth of field, it also allowed filmmakers to take advantage of Canon’s diverse interchangeable EF lens line-up spanning over 64 models at the time, enabling a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.
In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, which boasted significant improvements over its predecessors still and video capabilities, as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. Since its launch, the EOS 5D Mark III has garnered high acclaim in the market and, as one of the company’s flagship DSLRs, has come to serve as a driving force for the continued innovation of the EOS series.
Most recently, in February 2015, Canon launched the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R – transforming the EOS system, with a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs. Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors, the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6 MP.
Through the in-house production of all key parts for its EOS series digital cameras, Canon has created a highly robust line-up. Every model within the series, including EOS 5D models, is equipped to deliver the very best image performance, thanks to the evolution of innovative technology. To support the diverse needs of photographers, Canon will continue to strengthen its EOS DSLR line-up, which enjoys widespread support from professionals and consumers alike.