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Canon finally releases the 5D Mark II DSLR! 21 MP of sheer greatness with HD video!

by Kristofor Lawson on September 17, 2008

Canon has today released the widely anticipated and long overdue update to it’s 5D full frame DSLR. The NEW 5D Mark II sports an amazing 21 megapixels, a full frame sensor, live view and FULL HD video!

The 5D Mark II mocks the original 5D which was popular with portrait and landscape photographers due to it’s full frame abilities and 12.8 megapixel sensor. The new camera has 60% more megapixels. While this statistic is not such a big deal, when you combine that with the new ISO ranges which allow up to ISO 25600, it becomes truly remarkable.

However the big feature of the new 5D Mark II is the ability to shoot FULL HD video! Yes that’s right I said FULL HD! You can shoot videos which are up to 4GB in file size. This equates to around 12 minutes in 1080p at 30fps. Canon has labelled this an industry first. In Canons words:

The EOS 5D Mark II features Live View movies and boasts an industry first with Full HD recording quality. Canon incorporated this feature in response to photographer’s demands for a camera that could shoot both stills and video in High Definition. In any shooting mode users can capture still photos and movies in Full HD quality or standard TV quality (VGA), making this the ideal camera for photographers who need to efficiently capture stills and movies without compromising on quality.

If I had the cash to shell out on a new camera right now I would spend it on the 5D Mark II. Canon is once again proving their leadership of the DSLR arena. Let’s hope the camera stands up to it’s super impressive specs!

I have included some test shots below because the Canon site is running slow. Click to get the large versions of the photos!

Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) has a full list of the specs HERE

[via Gizmodo,  Crunchgear, Photography Bay, Digital Photography School and Canon]

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