New Teaser Ad for Canon 5D Mark II, 50D compared.

Update! Release info and specs available here:

More buzz about the Canon 5D Mark II (definitely my next camera) from CNET News…


Rumors of a successor to the Canon 5D have been circulating for a while and now the digital-imaging blogsphere is churning again–this time with a brooding ad Canon has posted on some of its Web sites featuring the murky outline of mysterious dSLR and the phrase “Destined Evolution.” Everybody thinks its the Canon 5D Mark II because it appears to lack a pop-up mount and has some design features that harken to Canon’s other high-end EOS dSLRs.

A next-gen 5D–the current model retails for about $2,300 (body only)–has been a long time coming, and advanced amateur shutterbugs (and some professionals) have been waiting not so patiently for the rumored 5D Mark II to arrive–so much so that they barely batted an eye at the just-announced $1,400 EOS 50D.


Here are the stats for the 50D and 5D Mark II, respectively:


Canon EOS 50D:

  • 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6.3fps continuous shooting, max. burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800
  • 9-point wide area AF
  • 3.0” Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode & Face Detection Live AF
  • Magnesium alloy body, with environmental protection
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • HDMI connection for high quality viewing and playback on a High Definition TV
  • Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites


Canon EOS 5D Mark II:

  • 15.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor (vastly improved light-gathering capacity per pixel: improved micro lenses; miniaturized micro circuitry; enhanced signal/noise ratio)
  • Weather sealing same as 1Ds Mark III
  • Dual Digic III with all-new “CXR” NR system reported to best 3rd party NR software. Available as a C.F with 4 levels of customizable parameters.
    14 bit A/D conversion
  • ISO 12800 (C.F. up to 25600)
  • Reported 1 2/3 stop sensitivity improvement
  • All-new 29-point TTL CMOS sensor
    with 12 cross-type for F/2.8 or faster lens (35% faster than 40D)
  • Micro lens fine adjustment for up to 14 lenses
  • 300,000 exposure shutter durability
  • 6.0 / 3.0 fps
  • 3.0″ LCD (922,000 pixels)
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Live View (improved from 450D; latest generation)
  • 6/3 fps continuous shooting for up to 68 frames
  • MSRP $3499, available June 2


What do you think? 50D or 5D Mark II? (Or Nikon, I know, I know…)


  1. Anthony says:

    Here’s my question. If the 50D is already announced and it has the Digic IV Processer, wouldn’t they put that into the 5D MK II? and also being a full frame vs the APS-C Shouldn’t the 5D get much more of a megapixel. I mean at 15 already you don’t need much more. but just the size of the sensor should boost it.

  2. willwm says:

    Good question. I think that the reason the megapixel count isn’t much higher is because higher pixel density increases noise, which is part of the reason their SLRs (with the exception of the 1D) have trailed in megapixel count behind their point-and-shoots. Have you seen what ISO 1600 looks like on a 10MP point-and-shoot? Horrible. I think that the ISO 12800 on the 5D will look pretty good, even better than the 50D.

    However, why they’re not putting Digic 4 in their newest professional camera, I don’t understand.

  3. Anthony says:

    That’s true. Instead of working towards quanity of megapixels there going to refine the quality of 15 mp. I think that the 5D is going to blow the 50 out of the water. and the D700.

    I think the Full frame will help too. I shoot with a 30D now so the 5Dmkii is almost doubling the megapixels.

  4. willwm says:

    I agree; the Digic 4 processor and the price had me seriously considering a 50D, but I really think that the 5D is the best Canon’s got (and in some ways, better than the 1D series), especially with the full-frame sensor.

    I have a 30D myself, and I love it to death, but I’d love to take the next step forward. =)

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