Review of the Canon EOS 5D

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 5D

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:95%


  • Well built, good features, speed of use, images


  • Some fiddly controls, very faint edge fringing


Canon EOS 5D Review


Price as reviewed:



This is a superb camera, with only minor niggles, mainly ones that can be levelled at any Canon c’s face it: they’re unlikely to dissuade people from investing. In terms of performance and image quality, there’s not much this camera can’t do and it should win many fans.

Images are good and, more important, big, allowing large prints to made, plenty of detail to be captured and will satisfy publishers, stock libraries and many other potential clients. On the professional side, I can see this being popular with wedding, landscape, fine art photographers and others who may not always have £6000 to invenst in a 1DS.

For semi pros and enthusiasts, however, that investment is still substantial at £2500 and this isn’t a mainstream camera. But it does show us where cameras are going to be in the not-too-distant future. Canon leads the way in consumer DSLRs, first with the EOS D30 and latterly the 8MP 350D. Others have followed since but Canon continues to advance faster and often better. If Canon can, why can?t anyone else?


Cable Release:Yes
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Built-in Flash:No
PC Socket:Yes
Focusing Modes:9-point AF: One shot, AI Servo, AI Focus, M
Connectivity:USB 2.0, A
Field of View:96% coverage
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Memory Card:CF I/II, M,
Metering System:Evaluative, partial, spot, centre-weighted
Drive Mode:Single, continuous 3fps for 60 Jpegs/17 RAW
White Balance:A, 6 preset, custom, colour temperature, bracketing
Exposure Modes:A, AP, M, P, SP, Custom
File Format:Jpeg, RAW
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000 sec, Bulb
Lens Mount:Canon EF
Focal Length Mag:1:1
LCD:2.5-inch TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels
Output Size:21.84x14.56-inch at 200dpi
Sensor:35.8x23.9mm CMOS 12.8 MP effective/13.3MP total
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design And Build Quality
  4. 4. Handling
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Verdict
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