recommended Canon digital cameras
Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 22 August, 2005 -
full frame, compact EOS 5D defines new D-SLR category
a leader in photographic and imaging technology, announces
the 12.8 Megapixel EOS 5D, creating a new D-SLR
category combining a full frame CMOS sensor with a lightweight,
compact magnesium alloy body. Weighing just 810 grams,
it features a second generation 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor,
3 frame per second, 60 Large JPEG frame burst and 0.2
second start up time operation.
discreet full frame EOS 5D is the camera many photojournalists
and agencies have been asking us for,” said Mogens
Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “It
will be an indispensable piece of equipment for a wide
range of professionals – from contemporary wedding
to reportage photographers.”
five years since Canon’s first CMOS image sensor
appeared in the EOS D30, the release represents Canon’s
fifth new CMOS sensor to be released since April 2004.
“CMOS sensors are a critical technology advantage
driving Canon’s rapid digital SLR development,”
in size to a frame of 35mm film, the camera’s 35.8
x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor gives photographers a full angle
of view without magnification or cropping effect. It provides
tighter control over depth of field and improves image
quality by capturing more light with its large pixels.
Canon EOS D5 digital camera, seen from the front.
responsive, the EOS 5D is driven by the same DIGIC II
processor found in Canon’s EOS-1D professional range
with a rugged yet lightweight magnesium alloy exterior,
the camera also features new Picture Style pre-sets, a
new hi-resolution 2.5” LCD monitor, 9-point auto
focus with 6 invisible Assist AF points to improve tracking
performance, compatibility with Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E1, custom mode for fast recall of user defined camera
set-ups, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for fast downloads
and 1/8000 – 30 second shutter speed with X-sync
five years of in-house CMOS development since the original
EOS D30, Canon’s latest CMOS sensor features 12.8
Megapixels, and the same second-generation on-chip noise
reduction circuitry used on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. This
effectively suppresses random noise and eliminates fixed-pattern
noise for extremely clean, hi-fidelity images. Wide 100-1600
ISO speed range is extendable to L:50 and H:3200. Large
8.2 ?m pixels allow the capture of a superior dynamic
range, enabling the reproduction of subtle tonal gradations
in shadow, midtone and highlight areas.
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over
image quality. Delivering more immediately usable JPEG
images straight out of the camera without need for post-production,
Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film
types – each one offering a different colour response.
Within each easily selectable pre-set, photographers have
control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation.
– for crisp, vivid images that don’t require
Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation
and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones;
Landscape – for deep greens and blues with stronger
sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and
Neutral – ideal for post-processing;
Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour
when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K;
Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a
range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green)
and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green)
Additionally, 3 user-defined entries allow the possibility
to create additional variations on the in-camera styles
or install additional custom Picture Style files. Additional
custom Picture Style files may be downloaded from Canon’s
Style replaces internal image processing previously controlled
by setting processing parameters and colour matrix. Picture
Style is also supported by the supplied Digital Photo
Professional and RAW Image Task software.
improved image review and menu readability, the EOS 5D
is fitted with a new large-size high-resolution 2.5”
230K pixel poly-silicon TFT LCD monitor. The improved
screen retains brightness and visibility throughout a
wide 170° angle of view, both vertically and horizontally,
making it easy to view images when the camera is mounted
in a fixed position.
Canon EOS D5 digital camera, seen from the back showing
the improved LCD monitor.
newly developed 9-point auto focus system features 6 additional
invisible Assist AF points located inside the spot-metering
circle. These points come into effect when the camera
is switched to AI SERVO AF with the centre focus point
selected and are automatically used to improve the camera’s
subject tracking performance.
‘Premium EOS’ design features a magnesium
alloy exterior with rubberized grip surfaces. The discreet
and lightweight compact body measures just 152 x 113 x
75 mm and weighs only 810 g making it two thirds the volume
and weight of the EOS-1Ds Mark II.
a handy new feature, current camera settings can be stored
and assigned to the C (camera settings) position on the
Mode Dial. This allows photographers to switch quickly
between two completely different camera set-ups without
having to switch bodies – ideal for photographers
who need to rapidly switch their cameras from an indoor
to outdoor shooting condition, for example. Exposure mode,
ISO speed, AF mode, drive mode, Picture Style, white balance
and custom functions are all stored in the custom setting.
There are 21 custom functions with 57 user-definable settings
to enable photographers to configure the camera for their
preferred way of working.
the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, photographers
can work cable-free as full-frame image files can be transferred
automatically through a wireless LAN to a computer in
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface allows rapid transfer of images
from camera to computer, ideal for shooting straight-to-hard-drive
with the camera tethered to a computer in a studio environment,
thus providing full screen previews of images as they
are shot. The EOS 5D also has a Video out interface to
allow playback and review on a TV monitor, and is PictBridge
compliant to support direct printing to any compatible
photo printer without the need for a computer. It takes
both CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, including
cards of 2 Gb capacity and larger.
EOS 5D offers complete compatibility with all Canon EF
lenses , providing photographers with access to a vast
range of lenses with focal lengths from 14 to 600 mm.
camera’s launch coincides with the release of the
high performance EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM a lightweight
Image Stabilizer lens. Completing Canon’s f/4L-series
zoom lens range, the new lens complements the EF17-40mm
f/4L USM and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lenses. An ideal match
for the lightweight EOS 5D, these lenses are designed
for professional photographers requiring high quality
lightweight lenses with a fixed aperture throughout the
compatible with EX series Speedlites and other EOS accessories,
the camera provides photographers with a highly adaptable
and flexible camera system. Canon’s E-TTL II flash
metering ensures accurate flash exposures by taking into
account such factors as lens distance information, ambient
light readings and the detection of reflective objects
in order to calculate flash output.
BG-E4 is a new battery grip designed especially for the
EOS 5D. Constructed with the same magnesium alloy as the
camera’s exterior, it has a solid and comfortable
hold. The grip can accommodate two BP-511A/514/512/511
battery packs or six AA batteries . The Battery Grip BG-E4
features a shutter release button, AE/FE lock button,
AF point selector and main dial to enable comfortable
use of the camera when held vertically.
camera’s focussing screens are interchangeable:
in addition to the “Standard Precision Matte”
(Ee-A) focussing screen supplied with the camera, “Precision
Matte with Grid” (Ee-D) and Super Precision Matte
(Ee-S) screens are available.
EOS 5D supports the optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2
v2.2, which verifies the authenticity of images taken
with the camera.
EOS 5D is supplied with the EOS Digital Solution Disk
v11, which includes a new version of Canon’s Digital
Photo Professional (DPP) RAW processing software –
now at version 2.0. DPP now supports RAW images shot on
all EOS digital cameras from the EOS D30 onwards, and
includes support for Picture Styles. Improvements and
additions are aimed at improving functionality and workflow
efficiency for professionals, and include: easy image
selection with three levels of check marks; real-time
adjustment of sharpness; improved image correction (Copy
Stamp); enhanced image transfer function –single
image transfer to PhotoShop is possible; extended colour
space support, now including Apple RGB and ColorMatch
RGB; and improved usability of the CMYK simulation function.
provided is on the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11 is ZoomBrowser
EX (PC) and ImageBrowser (MAC) v5.5 for managing images,
EOS Capture v1.5 for remote shooting, PhotoStitch v3.1,
PhotoRecord v2.2 (PC) and RAW ImageTask v2.2. The EOS
5D is compatible with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY , which provides
a 100 MB online photo album.
new category camera adds to Canon’s already comprehensive
D-SLR range. In terms of speed and resolution, Canon has
the leading performance camera in every D-SLR segment,
all launched since April last year:
Mark II – 16.7 Megapixel full frame 35 mm sensor,
EOS-1D Mark II N – 8.2 Megapixel APS-H size sensor,
EOS 5D – 12.8 Megapixel full frame sensor, 3 fps
EOS 20D – 8.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor, 5 fps
EOS 350D Digital – 8.0 Megapixel APS-C size sensor,