The Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera is among the best cameras in the EOS Line. If you are a camera enthusiast who wants a camera with unique video and picture features, then this is the camera for you. The camera is among the first of its kind to offer both video and still capture. The camera therefore raises the standards of the EOS camera by providing new and unique functionalities foreign to other cameras in the same line. The Canon camera also boosts of having the most software and hardware upgrades introduced by the company on the Canon 50D models.
Canon 50D model upgrades are welcome, due to the fact that the model leads in terms of overall image quality according to many photographers. The Canon 50D model however lags behind in a number of areas which have been immensely improved in the Canon 5D Mark II. The 5D Mark II has an upgraded new 21.1 megapixel sensor that has been welcomed very well by professional photographers who were using the previous 12 megapixel 5D model. Even though Sony boasts of having the A900 which is the latest of its digital SLR camera models in terms of providing high end SLR digital performance, the Canon EOS 5D effortlessly outperforms the A900 in terms of having a higher ISO i.e. noise to detail ratio.
The Canon 50D camera also beats the Nikon D700 and D3 with its high resolution sensor. The Canon 5D Mark II boasts of having an expanded ISO range i.e. 50 to 25,600. Although the Nikon D700 and D3 achieve an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 they do so at 12.1 megapixels. This shows that the Canon 50D has a sensor that is way superior to the two Nikon camera models; D700 and D3.
The Canon camera also has a DIGIC 4 processor which is capable of handling extremely large RAW 14 bit images at higher speeds i.e. 3.9 frames per second. The Canon 50D also has a 920,000 dot LCD screen that is more superior to any other 50D models in the market. The 5D Canon Mark II also has live view features similar to those in the 50D model complete with silent shutter modes and a contrast detect autofocus. The 5D Mark II has a high end SLR video capture that can be able to capture 1920 by 1080 pixel movies at the rate of 30 frames/second. The Nikon D90 camera can make a 720p movie which is better than the 5D however the D90 has an inferior sensor.
The 5D Canon Mark II camera is quite an extraordinary camera given the fact that it combines the other full frame digital SLR cameras price ranges. The camera retails at approximately $2,699 which is approximately $300 cheaper than the Nikon D700 and the Sony A900. The fact that the camera is reasonably priced yet it is more superior makes it more appealing. The EOS 5D Mark II camera can be bought with additional 24 and 105 Canon lenses at an average price of $3,500. This is really reasonable given the cost of buying the lenses separately. The camera is definitely a must have for camera enthusiasts who want value for their money.