What's All the Excitement About? Canon's 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon has made a 21 megapixel still camera with 1080 HD video that challenges old school cinematography. Anyone can handle this camera, even if you have some shake (has smoothing options), low light, or low experience.

Everyone with a modicum of skill can shoot cinema quality material with just the camera and a laptop for easy editing. To some the $2,700 price tag is pocket change, others are grumbling it's too much. Whether you wait for the price to come down or not, try to get your hands on one for a test drive. Suddenly the price might not be so bad.

From Canon's website: "Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!"

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