At last Canon has upgraded the camera that first made full-frame digital photography possible for many enthusiasts. Will it enable the company to regain the top spot in the DSLR market? We review the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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The competition

The EOS 5D Mark II is a very important camera for Canon as it straddles the boundary between professional and enthusiast models. While most enthusiasts tend to remain committed to a particular system, we have seen how professional photographers will switch if a rival manufacturer produces a camera that better suits their needs.

Image: Sony Alpha 900

When the original EOS 5D arrived, it was the only (relatively) affordable full-frame DSLR. Unfortunately for Canon, the Sony Alpha 900 steals some of the EOS 5D Mark II’s thunder as an affordable, high-pixel-count DSLR. However, unlike the Alpha 900, the Canon camera has Live View technology, video capability and more extensive weatherproofing.

Also, for now at least, the Canon system is more extensive and this may make the EOS 5D Mark II more attractive. Although the Canon camera can’t quite match the best detail resolution of the Sony model, it has better noise control and a much wider sensitivity setting range.

Image: Nikon D3x

The Nikon D3x and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III also compete with the EOS 5D Mark II in terms of pixel count, but their street prices are astronomical in comparison. 
For most enthusiast photographers, that is the end of the argument.




  1. 1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. The competition
  11. 11. Our verdict
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