Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

Digital SLR Camera




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Marketed September 2005
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS 5D was developed to meet the needs of advanced amateurs seeking a high-performance 35 mm full-frame image-sensor-equipped digital SLR camera that is smaller and lighter than professional models. Featuring a full-frame 35 mm CMOS sensor boasting 12.8 million effective pixels, the EOS 5D realizes outstanding image resolution, rich color gradation, and a wide ISO sensitivity range (ISO 100-1600, L:50, H:3200). The 35 mm sensor size also allows users to fully utilize the angles of view offered by the entire range of Canon EF lenses*, permitting unrestricted lens performance for a shooting feel on par with film SLR cameras. Moreover, the new camera incorporates Canon’s proprietary DIGIC II imaging engine, providing detailed and natural color reproduction, and ultra high-speed image processing to meet the needs of advanced users.

The latest addition to Canon’s EOS digital lineup backs outstanding image quality with high responsiveness. The Canon EOS 5D achieves a continuous shooting speed of approximately 3 frames per second for up to around 60 consecutive frames (JPEG L, fine) in a sequence while also realizing an ultra-fast startup of just 0.2 seconds. The model offers high-response writing of images to CompactFlash card media, and includes a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, enabling high-speed transfer of image data to a PC. In addition, the EOS 5D sports a newly developed 9-point AF + 6 Assist AF point sensor (high precision AF at f/2.8 with three AF points).

Canon’s EOS 5D features a revolutionary new Picture Style function which consolidates and advances the processing parameters and color matrix settings. Users can achieve optimized images by simply selecting from six preset settings –Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, and Monochrome– to match their shooting objectives, just as they would select the type of film according to the desired effect. Compared with previous models, the new function offers approximately double the adjustment range for sharpness, contrast, color saturation and color tone. Picture Style will also be incorporated in future Canon digital SLR cameras to ensure unified and consistent image characteristics across the EOS Digital lineup.

Other high-end features supporting superior performance sure to please advanced amateur users include a large 2.5″ LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 dots and a wide 170-degree viewing angle, and interchangeable focusing screens. The new camera also features 21 Custom Functions with 57 settings. The new EOS 5D offers outstanding resilience, realizing a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second with shutter durability capable of withstanding 100,000 cycles.

With a plethora of advanced features, including contained in a stylish, compact, and lightweight body made of magnesium alloy, the Canon EOS 5D offers users luxury and reliability on par with professional-use cameras.

* Excludes EF-S lenses

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media Type I or II CF card

* Compatible with Microdrive and 2GB and larger CF cards

Image size 35.8 x 23.9mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 12.80 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 13.30 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image format JPEG, RAW (12bit)
simultaneous recording
File size Large/Fine Approx. 4.6MB (4368 x 2912 pixels)
Approx. 2.3MB (4368 x 2912 pixels)
Medium/Fine Approx. 2.7MB (3168 x 2112 pixels)
Approx. 1.4MB (3168 x 2112 pixels)
Small/Fine Approx. 2.0MB (2496 x 1664 pixels)
Approx. 1.0MB (2496 x 1664 pixels)
RAW Approx. 12.9MB (4368 x 2912 pixels)
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Folder setting Folder creation/selection enabled
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color space sRGB or Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1, 2, 3
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Print/PTP, PC connection selectable)
Video output (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting
Auto white balance Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments

* Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible

Color temperature information transmission Provided
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96%
Magnification 0.71x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 20mm
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Interchangeable (two types optional), Ee-A (Precision Matte) focusing screen provided
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter lenses)
Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor (TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
AF points 9 plus 6 Assist AF points
Metering range EV -0.5 – 18 (at 20°C/68°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Auto, manual
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF assist beam Emitted by the dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes 35-zone TTL full aperture metering
• Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
• Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at center)
• Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center)
• Center-weighted Average Metering
Metering range EV 1-20 (at 20°C/68°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100)
Exposure control Full auto, program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200.Full auto: ISO 100-400 set automatically
Exposure compensation Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3- and 1/2-stop increments), bulb X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec.delay
Remote control Remote control with N3 type terminal
External Speedlite
EOS-dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
Flash exposure compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
FE lock Provided
PC terminal Provided
Zooming to match lens focal length Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single, continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec.)
Continuous Max. 3 shots per sec.
Max. burst JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 60, RAW: Approx. 17

* With a Canon 512MB CF card.
* Varies depending on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, CF card, etc.

LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 2.5″
Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness adjustment Five levels provided
Interface languages 15
Image Playback
Image display format Single image, shooting information, 9-image index, magnified view (Approx. 1.5x – 10x), autoplay, image rotation, and Jump (by 10 or 100 images, by date, by folder)
Highlight warning In the shooting information mode, any overexposed highlight areas with no image information will blink.
Histogram Brightness, RGB
AF point display Enabled
Image Protection and Erase
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not.
Erase One image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images).
Direct Printing
Compatible printers CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images (DPOF printing possible)
Easy Print feature Provided
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Camera setting registration Under Mode Dial’s setting
Custom Functions 21 Custom Functions with 57 settings
Power Source
Battery One Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512.

* AC power can also be supplied with the DC Coupler.
* With Battery Grip BG-E4, size-AA batteries can be used.

Battery life At 20°C/68°F: Approx. 800 shots
At 0°C/32°F: Approx. 400 shots

* The above figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used.

Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Date/Time battery One CR2016 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 152 x 113 x 75 mm ( 6.0 x 4.4 x 3.0 in. )
Weight Approx. 810g (28.6 oz.) (body only)
Working Conditions
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C (32°F-104°F)
Working humidity 85% or less