Canon EOS 5D Mk. II Brief Review

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  • 21.1 megapixels
  • Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • High-definition movie mode
  • ISO 100-6400
  • Canon DIGIC IV Image Processor
  • Live View LCD display
  • Release Date: 2008-10-15
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon EOS 5D Mk. II
21.1 megapixels; Full-frame CMOS sensor; High-definition movie mode; ISO 100-6400; Canon DIGIC IV Image Processor; Live View LCD display
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Canon has introduced a new variant on their popular 5D professional dSLR model, the Canon 5D Mk. II. The Mark II features an enormous 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor that allows for live-view previews on the LCD screen. The other marquee feature on the Mark II is the inclusion of a high-definition movie mode, allowing photographers to become videographers and capture full HD clips in 1920 x 1080 resolution. The ability to shoot HD video with interchangeable lenses opens up a whole new world to users.

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