Tech Review: Canon 5D Mark II DSLR


Posted March 24, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Canon 5D Mark II DSLR Review »

If you're looking for a serious SLR upgrade, you'll want to check out the new Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR with its 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video capture, a 3" LCD, and 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting. It might be the mother of all SLRs.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • Canon gave it a more weather-resistant body that makes it weigh about 2 lbs.
  • The big body helps to space out all of the dedicated function buttons
  • To record video on it, first you’ve got to go into the menu and find the right page to enable video mode
  • Then, tell it if you want full HD resolution or lower
  • Finally, press the "set" button to record
  • Overall, the manual will be your friend because you're not going to know how to use all of its features right out of the box
  • The video looks unbelievable. Details are sharp and colors are vivid and it reminds us of the Canon HF11 video camera's quality
  • Live view mode is the best we've seen yet. There's no jittering or loss in resolution on the LCD
  • Continuous shooting is a little slower than we would have wanted at four frames a second
  • It has more manual controls than you'd ever need
  • Outdoor and normal light shots look fantastic. Exposure, colors, and focus are superb, resulting in some of the best photos we've ever
  • Low light shots also looks great. There's some blur with a lot of movement, but there's very little grain even at high ISOs
  • 21 megapixels gives you a resolution of up to 5616 x 3744 pixels, which is flat out amazing


  • $3,200
  • It's worth every penny
  • Comparable cameras like the Nikon D700 are the same price, but have a much lower resolution


Overall Rating

Tech Review: Canon 5D Mark II DSLR


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