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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon EOS 5D Mk. II.

Canon EOS 5D

We've given the 5D a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

This camera has been replaced by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which we highly recommend. Here's what we had to say about this product when it was released in August 2005:

The Canon EOS 5D features a 'full frame' sensor, yielding a field of view identical to that of 35mm film cameras. The 5D uses the full span of your lenses to capture larger, more detailed photographs. The astounding 12.8 megapixels make this camera great for large scale reproductions and extremely detailed shots.


  • 12.8 megapixels
  • Canon EF lens mount
  • auto and manual focus
  • manual and program exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • lithium ion battery
  • Part Number: EOS5DKIT24105
  • UPC: 013803056853
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

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Canon EOS 5D Reviews

Canon EOS 5D Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sturdy and reliable (Kristin Herout — 02/13/2009)

Over five years old and this camera still impresses amateurs and pros alike. Very stable camera, definitely a great buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic DSLR camera! (Jerry Saige — 05/05/2008)

I have been using my 5D for the last 6 months on a variety of assignments and have been completely satisfied with every aspect of this fine camera! It takes awesome pictures and is able to excell at any job!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just one word: Excellent (Hamza Aytac — 05/05/2007)

This camera is incredible I think. With right lenses, picture quality, color range and sharpness are excellent. I use a L series 24-105 f4 L IS USM and I had some wonderful shots at monochrome mode. The IS is useful for low light conditions. Yes I confess that a little vignetting occurs on some shots. But I love them, too. I clearly offer that camera for semi-pro or pros. Excellent.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is what I have been Waiting for! (angelo caminiti — 01/20/2007)

I have had the 10d and 20d and found them to be great cameras. but I have wanted to see a full frame camera for some time and yes the price is high but so is the images you get. camera works fast great detail and nice to a 24mm be a 24mm lens. because of the full format the view finder is brighter. camera handles like all canons clean and fast just as good a film camera and a great screen to see the results on(but don't use it for editing) if you are not an old film guy the full frame might not mean as much to you but for us it is a dream come true. will not get rid of my 20d because of the multiplier (1.6) it is great for long lens making them a little longer but now with both bodies i have a near perfect system. might go for the 30d to replace the 20d like the spot meter. but in short this is a Great Great Camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Have I bought a duff lens? (Gordon Faulks — 10/19/2006)

Camera found to be excellent in all aspects using a 24-105mm lens. I have recently purchased the 70-300mm IS DO USM Lens and whilst it performs perfectly picture-wise the zoom feels very stiff towards the larger apertures. It frees zooming out but goes stiff when zooming in to the lower magnifications - has anyone else had this problem?

  • 5.0 out of 5
ONE OF THE BEST !!!!!!!!! (Fernando Salas — 10/13/2006)

I own this camera for 2 months, and is one of the best cameras in the take pictures in ISO 1600 almost nothing NOISE ! great colors, easy to use. a lot of funtions. amazing !!!!!!! It����s of the best !

  • 5.0 out of 5
omg (john — 10/03/2006)

This camera has to be the best on the market, if your lookin at cameras of this price range by this one! We have to of these in my family now and there are of the greatest quality. If youve only just started thinking about buying it or are not sure about, trust me this is the best - get it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Plastic... (Hans Nygaard — 09/09/2006)

It is the same plastic as in 1D, and it focuses properly with all my Canon lenses, and it is good enough for pro use, even a pro have to carry the camera...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Superb and Great ! (Kevin K Kayani — 08/12/2006)

I have used Canon D10, D20, 1Ds and now bought 5D and must say that this is the best of all. The ideal fact is the big view which I enjoyed on Canon 1N film camera. A person said that it has a focusing screen, I dont believe that as it focuses in almost dark areas. Try lens 24-105 4L to enjoy the most. I love it. Best of luck!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having traded in an EOS1n for a powershot G6 a year ago, Then getting the 5D a couple of weeks ago to persue getting images good enough to sell, I'm really pleased,the handling is superb, really responsive, and the pictures are awesome using 28-135 IS lens. I was going to keep the G6 for point and shoot usage but I haven't picked it back up yet....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera- My EOS1v is going into mothballs (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Don't understand the comment on the 100-400mm IS.
I've shot a ton of pictures with this lens and the 1.5 and 2x tele-extenders. Great results.
A bit heavy, but that's the price you pay for full frame and a fairly durable body. The 5D
exposure system is usually within 1/3 f stop of
my ridiculously expensive hand held meter.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AF perfect, fast, silent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a fantastic camera ! I own it along with the 100-400, and the 24-105, both are absolutely fabulous.
Images definition is sharp, not oversaturated (like on sony sensors) tones are subtle, construction is serious, and I am like a newborn with digital full frame ... I had almost forgotten how comfortable it is.
Viewfinder is exceptionnal.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Time to Take Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read about the 5D for several months before I took the plunge and bought it. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with my 20D and I just got it for Christmas. I took some test pictures with 5D and compared to 20D, I can't see why someone would go back to 20D. Price is a factor, but you can always sacrifice a few dinners and nights out to pay for it. You'll never get a change to take that 'shot' again. I'm keeping the 5D and selling the 20D.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Phenomenal Photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an expensive camera if you don't need full-frame images from your D-SLR. If you do, it's the best value anywhere! It is quick — no shutter lag compared to all those "consumer" cameras I have tried. The photos are amazingly free of noise in low light situations, and it can shoot at ISO up to 1600. Colors are accurate, even in AUTO white balance mode. I also got the Canon 24-105mm L lens to use with it. Together they make a great tool — I don't have to change lenses very often and the IS works great. I love it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Exciting Camera...great compliment to my 20D (Steve Allen — 04/16/2006)

I love this camera...The versatility is amazing! The ability to shoot at ISO64 shortens the time spent on sharpening photos. I get good crisp portraits using a straight 50mm F1.8 lens! Some of my 5D photos can be seen on

This camera is a must have for the wedding photographer who wants the max pixels...and the same feel as a 35mm film camera!

Love this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Doesn't focus properly! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I liked the camera in all but but the one most important part - it doesn't focus properly with either my 100-400L IS, or my 17-40L. These lenses are less than a year old, and work perfectly with my D60. I was about to buy this camera until my friend stopped by with his new one. Imagine the crestfallen look on his face after our tests hots printed out! Unacceptable.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beautiful Pictures! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an A+ camera. Sharp wonderful pictures. Love the full frame, light body, easy to handle.
Although the 20d is a good camera, it does not match the clarity of the 5d. Now I will not have to upgrade for quite awhile. This really not a camera for weekend hobbyists. A little high priced, but if you are a working photographer it is well worth the cost.

  • 3.0 out of 5
plastik is fantastik (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Feels like plastik in your hands...but takes nice pictures. I would not recomend it for full time professionals.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As an old film shooter, I can't express, in mere words, how happy I am to see full frame at the 5D's price point. Now, you don't need a MK II DS to shoot full frame! One look thru the viewfinder is all it'll take to hook most any photographer - especially those of us who cut our teeth shooting 35mm film cameras! What a camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
FIVE STARS, SUPERB! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera now sets the standards. The features and facilities are put together in such a user friendly way you would think you were using a 35mm standard, instead of one of the most advanced cameras on the market today.

  • 5.0 out of 5
FULL FRAME, WELCOME BACK (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Day one, I can't believe how much I love full frame. No longer doing the new math on lens selection. Looking through the view finder you notice how much you where missing with a smaller chip, the view is wide and spacious. The focusing points are easy to get to with the toggel. The display screen on the back is large enough so you can see detail without zooming, excellent screen resolution. At 12.8 MP's I don't need to go into detail on image data it's more detail than you would ever need. I took an image of my 9 year old face, took it to 100% in photoshop and was amazed to see all the fuzzy hairs on his face I never noticed before. If you have shot Canon before the learning curve is zero. This camera reminds me of the time I got my first medium formate film camera, with larger negatives or files you can get higher paying jobs. With 12.8 mp I wont have to upgrade every year, maybe I can skip a year or two.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ive only had lend this camera for two weeks now,the only thing i can say its good and ok in many aspects.Quiet ,fast ,strong easy going and takes wonderful pics ; its simply stuninng-and a 94% super camera.Very recomandable,BUT far Too expensive!i will keep my D20 -its better value,and i think the 20D is almost up there too.

christian ,Pro Photog