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Small, lightweight full-frame digital SLR with a 12.8 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and superb image quality.

The EOS 5D's full-frame CMOS sensor records 4,368 x 2,912 pixels-that's 12.8 Megapixels, larger than many other companies' top-of-the-line sensors. The same size as a 35mm image on a traditional camera, the sensor operates without a conversion factor. This is perfect for taking advantage of the spectacular optics in Canon's L-series, and will be a joy for wide-angle enthusiasts who can make the most of their wide-angle lenses. This new CMOS sensor, designed in-house by Canon, provides smooth, high-resolution images similar to the EOS-1Ds Mark II but in a more compact body. Two automatic noise reduction features maximize the effectiveness of the EOS 5D's on-chip noise reduction. Noise reduction can be activated when noise is detected or it will simply come into play on any exposure of 1 second or longer.

* As of August 2005.

DIGIC II Image Processor for outstanding image quality and performance - 3.0 fps for up to 60 consecutive JPEG or 17 RAW frames in a burst.

The EOS 5D's new 12.8 Megapixel sensor is driven by the revolutionary DIGIC II Image Processor for unprecedented performance and image quality. Thanks to the DIGIC II Image Processor, the EOS 5D is capable of shooting up to 3 frames-per-second for up to 60 JPEG or 17 RAW images. The information captured by the sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional clarity and resolution. Photographers can expect precise, natural colors, spot-on white balance and speed in any number of lighting situations. By handling larger volumes of image data, the DIGIC II Image Processor also contributes to lower power consumption: photographers will discover that they can shoot all day with the EOS 5D without having to change the battery!

New larger 2.5 inch LCD screen can be viewed even at extreme angles up to 170&deg.

The EOS 5D has been designed to provide the photographer with instant feedback, saving valuable time when reviewing images. A new 2.5 inch LCD screen with approximately 230,000 pixels not only displays more information, it can be viewed at a far greater angle (170°) than many other conventional LCD screens. The full-featured shot information screen not only provides an RGB histogram, it displays the AF frames used. Magnification to check exposure and critical focus has never been faster. It is also simple to jump quickly in image intervals up to 100. Menus are accessed at the touch of a button, and feature larger, easier to read text than previous models. Whether changing color parameters, setting up custom functions, organizing folders, setting white balance, or any other feature, the new screen is designed with the professional in mind. Photographers get to their information quickly, so they never lose a shot.

New "Picture Style" function for superior command of in-camera color, contrast and sharpness.

"Picture Style" settings simulate the characteristics of different film styles, including Snapshot mode, for punchy, print-from-the-camera color, Portrait mode, for softer, more natural skin tones; Landscape, for vivid blues and greens and overall sharpness, plus Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, which can be customized to emulate color filters with black and white film.

High-precision 9-point AF with 6 additional Supplemental points surrounding the center point for superior focus tracking.

In addition to 9 different AF points for locking focus on subjects, even if they are not in the center of the composition, the EOS 5D features 6 Supplemental points around the center AF point which help to ensure an even greater degree of focus accuracy when tracking a moving subject. This feature is significant for sports photographers, as well as anyone who needs to keep focus locked on an unpredictable subject. The Supplemental AF points are not displayed in the viewfinder, and they cannot be manually selected. However, they are used in AI Servo AF mode when the EOS 5D is set for automatic focusing point selection, and also when the center focusing point is selected together with Custom Function 17-1.

Strong and light magnesium-alloy body with new shutter durability-tested to 100,000 exposures.

The EOS 5D has a solid and substantial feel that complements its compact dimensions. The camera body is constructed of a magnesium-alloy known for its lightweight and ultra-rigid strength. The EOS 5D also boasts a newly developed, high-speed and durable shutter unit that was designed to meet the demanding requirements of a full frame sensor in a relatively compact body. With a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. and with a remarkable 100,000-cycle shutter life, it truly is a camera built to professional standards.

Compatible with over 50 Canon EF lenses and most EOS System accessories.

EF Lenses
The EOS 5D is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup (except EF-S lenses), ranging from 14mm Ultra-Wide to 600mm Super Telephoto lenses. The EF lineup employs advanced optical know-how and sub-micron precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Aspherical optics and Fluorite elements, for example, are featured in the universally acclaimed L-series Lenses while Canon's Image Stabilization feature minimizes the effect of camera shake.

Flash Photography
The EOS 5D features Canon's E-TTL II flash metering system introduced with the EOS-1D Mark II. E-TTL II provides consistently accurate flash exposure from shot to shot. Canon's Speedlite 580EX and 430EX are perfectly suited to the EOS 5D. They include an AF-assist Beam, which works in conjunction with the EOS 5D's focusing system, and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, for more accurate color rendition with flash photography.

Additional Accessories
In addition to Canon's EF lenses and EX Speedlites, several other accessories are designed to work specifically with the EOS 5D. The Battery Grip BG-E4 adds a vertical shutter release, and is compatible with up to two of Canon's Lithium-ion battery packs, or alternatively a set of six AA-size batteries, for increased shooting capacity and greater convenience when traveling.

Data Verification Kit DVK-E2
Canon's Data Verification DVK-E2 is an option for the EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS 5D and EOS 20D. Like its predecessor, this kit can verify whether or not a photo is an untouched original. Its use of a Secure Mobile (SM) card reader, instead of an IC card reader, makes it more compact and affordable than the previous version.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1A
This accessory allows photographers to transmit images from their cameras directly to a computer over a local area network (LAN). It is compatible with the EOS-1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, and 5D, with the EOS 20D through firmware upgrades. It includes a mini-antenna and IEEE1394 cable.




Digital AF/AE SLR

Recording Media

CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I and II

Image Format

1.41 x 0.94 in./35.8 x 23.9mm

Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)

Lens Mount

Canon EF mount

Image Sensor


High-sensitivity, High-resolution, Single-plate CMOS Sensor


Approx. 12.8 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 13.3 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)

Color Filter System

RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter

Fixed position in front of the image sensor

Recording System

Recording Format

JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. Backup image recording enabled (Same image recordable on CF card standards)

Image Format


File Size

(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 4.6MB (4,368 x 2,912) (2) Large/Normal 2.3MB (4,368 x 2,912) (3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.7MB (3,168 x 2,112) (4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.4MB (3,168 x 2,112) (5) Small/Fine: Approx. 2.0MB (2,496 x 1,664) (6) Small/Normal: Approx. 1.0MB (2,496 x 1,664) (7) RAW: Approx. 12.9MB (4,368 x 2,912)


Folder creation/selection enabled

File Numbering

(1) Continuous numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset

Color Space

Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB

Picture Style

Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1, 2, 3


Hi-Speed USB (Print/PTP/PC connect, selectable)
Video output (NTSC/PAL)

White Balance


Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, Color Temperature)

Auto White Balance

Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation

White balance bracketing: +/-3 stops in full-stop increments
White Balance Correction: Blue/Amber bias +/- 9 levels
Magenta/Green bias +/- 9 levels

Blue/Amber bias and Magenta/Green bias cannot be set together during White Balance Bracketing

Color Temperature Information Transmission




Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism


Approx. 96% horizontally and vertically (coverage against JPEG Large)


0.71x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)

Eye Point


Dioptric Adjustment Correction

-3.0 to +1.0 diopter

Focusing Screen

Standard focusing screen: Ee-A


Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter lens)

Viewfinder Information

AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning

Depth Of Field Preview

Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with Speedlite 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX, pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)

Eyepiece Shutter

None (eyepiece cover provided on strap)



TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor

AF Points

9 AF points (plus 6 invisible Supplemental AF points)

AF Working Range

EV -0.5-18 (at ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Focusing Modes

Autofocus, (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF)), Manual Focus (MF)

AF Point Selection

Manual selection, Automatic selection

Selected AF Point Display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD screen

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite

Exposure Control

Metering Modes

Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (link to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 68°F/20°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)

ISO Speed Range

Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200

Exposure Compensation

(1) Manual, (2) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing)Bracketing range: ±2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments

AE Lock

Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button


Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/200 sec. Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10 sec. delay Remote control with N3 type terminal


Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled

Shutter Speeds

1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), 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

Zooming to Match Focal Length


Flash Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

FE Lock


PC Terminal


Drive System

Drive Modes

Single, Continuous (approx. 3 fps), Self-timer

Continuous Shooting Speed

Approx. 3 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster for all recording quality settings)

Maximum Burst

JPEG: Approx. 60 frames (JPEG/Large)
RAW: Approx. 17 frames
RAW+JPEG: Approx. 12 frames

LCD Monitor


TFT color liquid-crystal monitor

Monitor Size

2.5 in.


Approx. 230,000


100% for JPEG images

Brightness Control

5 levels provided

Interface Languages



Display Format

Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting, Rotated, Jump

Highlight Alert

In the single image (INFO) mode, the highlight portions containing no image information will blink

AF Point Display



Brightness, RGB

Image Protection and Erase


A single image can be protected or unprotected


A single image or all images stored in a CF card can be erased if they are unprotected

Direct Printing

Compatible Printers

CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers

Printable Images

JPEG images (DPOF printing possible)

Easy Print feature


DPOF: Digital Print Order Format


Version 1.1 compatible


Custom Functions

21 Custom Functions with 57 settings

Register Basic Camera Settings

Under Mode Dial's setting

Sound Recording

Recording Methods


File Format


Recording Time


Power Source


One Battery Pack BP-511A/BP-514/BP-511/BP-512

Battery Life

Approx. 800 (68°F/20°C), approx. 400 (32°F/0°C)
* The above figures comply with CIPA standard and apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used.

Battery Check


Power Saving

Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.

Date/Time Battery

One CR2016 Lithium Battery

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

6.0 x 4.4 x 3.0 in./152 x 113 x 75mm


28.6 oz./810g (Body only. Battery: 2.9 oz./82g)

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range


Working Humidity Range

85% or less

Battery Pack


For BP-511A
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Rated Voltage

7.4 V DC

Battery Capacity

1390 mAh

Dimensions (W x H x D)

38 x 21 x 55mm/1.5 x 0.8 x 2.2 in.


Approx. 82g/2.9 oz.

Battery Charger


For CG-580

Compatible Battery

Battery pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512

Recharging Time

BP-511A, BP-514: Approx. 100 min.
BP-511, BP-512: Approx. 90 min.

Rated Input

100 - 240 V AC

Rated Output

8.4 V DC

Working Temperature Range

0°C - 40°C/32°F - 104°C

Working Humidity Range

85% or less

Dimensions (W x H x D)

91 x 67 x 31mm/3.6 x 2.6 x 1.2 in.


Approx. 115/4.0 oz.

EOS 5D Kit Contents

EOS 5D Kit Contents EOS 5D Body (A) Eyecup Eb (not shown) Wide Neck Strap EW-100 DGR (C) Video Cable VC-100 (D) USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (E) Battery Pack BP-511A (F) Battery Charger CG-580 (G) EOS Digital Solution Disc (H) Software Instruction Manual (not shown)

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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