Canon EOS 5D review

Review Date : Mon, 5 Dec 2005

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Review of the Canon EOS 5D

Pros: Well built, good features, speed of use, images
Cons: Some fiddly controls, very faint edge fringing

Yes, you saw it right in the headline, the new Canon EOS 5D has 13million pixels spread out in a lovely rectangular grid in a full-frame sensor. For those who don't know, full frame is digi-speak for an imaging area the same size as a frame of 35mm film, or 24x36mm. For a time, this was the holy grail for digital SLRs, with only a handful of cameras in the past three years achieving it. Canon was one of that handful, with the 1DS, while Kodak and, oddly, Contax, being the only other operators in the field. Sadly, Canon is the only company now producing full-frame cameras, and this is the latest one.

Other cameras with this sized sensor have been aimed squarely at the professional, or very rich enthusiast, and have commanded a high price tag. The EOS 5D differs because Canon is aiming it at the enthusiast - although again, the fairly well-heeled enthusiast.

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Design 17/20
Image Quality 19/20
Performance 18/20
Value 18/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 91%