Canon EOS 5D MkII

Here’s our concise review of the Canon EOS 5D MkII full-frame DSLR camera…

Canon EOS 5D MkII

Canon EOS 5D MkII

One of the most influential cameras ever made, 2008’s 5D MkII is a pro-level full-frame that introduced Full HD video to its class. It set a benchmark in its day, and can still be found in use around the globe. Though it may sound dated, the 21.1MP sensor still produces excellent images, while the Digic IV processor offers a 3.9fps burst mode. The rear features a fixed 3in screen, with a 920k-dot resolution, which also features Live View – a huge innovation at the time.

On the down side, the 9-point AF system will likely be less than you’re used to, though it does work well. Likewise, the ISO range of 100-6400 is a bit on the low side when facing off against today’s offerings. It also lacks native Wi-Fi transfer. That said, the body features a brilliantly robust magnesium alloy chassis and weather sealing, making it a beast in bad conditions.

While the Mark III is a superior camera, the fact you can pick up a Mark II from £300 on the secondhand market makes it an excellent first full-frame for the budget conscious.

Find out more at the Canon website.

Pros
Solid construction
Image quality
Amazing lens range

Cons
Limited AF
Low ISO range
No Wi-Fi

Spec
Weight: 810g
WxHxD: 152x114x75mm
Battery: 850 shots
Card type: CompactFlash
AF: 9-point