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Canon EOS 5D Specifications

by Bob Atkins, 2005

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Canon EOS 5D Specifications

Type 35.8 x 23.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.8M
Total Pixels Approx. 13.3M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Viewfinder Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 96%
Magnification 0.71x  [note 1]
Eyepoint 20mm
Low-Pass Filter Built in/Fixed
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (3 types). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ee-A
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level, partial metering
circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash
ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length 1.0x Multiplication with EF lens fitted
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/Points 9-point AF (plus 6 invisible Assist AF points)
Depth of Field Preview YES
AF Working Range EV -0.5 -18 (at 20?C & ISO 100)
AF Modes One Shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
Predictive AF YES
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode
AF Assist Beam Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens
Monitor 2.5" TFT, approx. 230k pixel
Coverage Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
HotShoe/PC Terminal YES/YES
X-sync 1/200 sec
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 35 zone SPC
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments with
Flash Exposure Bracketing YES
Flash Exposure Lock YES
Second Curtain Synchronisation YES
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Metering modes (1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering: Center spot metering (approx. 3.5% viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 20?C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button except in Full Auto modeModes
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments  (can be combined with AEB)
ISO Speed Equivalent 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 (selected in Custom Function)
+/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments 1/2-stop increments selectable with C.Fn-06
Modes Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom
Photo Effects
Monochrome (selected from the "Picture Style" menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects
Drive Modes Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting
3 fps (speed maintained for up to 60 images (JPEG)/17 images (RAW)) 
Type Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 - 1/8,000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release
Image Size (LF) 4368 x 2912, (LN) 4368 x 2912,
(MF) 3168 x 2112, (MN) 3168 x 2112,
(SF) 2496 x 1664, (SN) 2496 x 1664,
(RAW) 4368 x 2912
Compression Fine, Normal, RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting.White balance compensation: (1) Blue/Amber +/-9 (2) Magenta/Green +/-9
Personal White Balance NO
WB Bracketing
+/-3 stops in full stop increments, 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias
Still Image Format JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant)/Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous
Folders Folder creation & selection is possible
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing Parameters 6 Preset 'Picture Styles' with 3 User defined settings
Type Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98/2000), WIA (Windows Me/XP)
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional (Windows 2000/XP)
PictBridge YES
Other PhotoStitch, Remote Capture
Water/Dust Resistance NO
Sound Memo NO
Intelligent Orientation Sensor YES
Custom Functions 21 Custom Functions with 57 settings
Histogram Brightness: YES
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination YES
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 mins
Display Formats (1) Single image with information
(2) Single image
(3) 9 image index
(4) Magnified view
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase Single image, All
Self Timer Approx. 10 sec
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Menu Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Russian Traditional Chinese, Korean
Menu Categories
(1) Shooting Menu
(2) Playback Menu
(3) Setup Menu
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy/Plastic
Dimensions (W x H x D) 152mm x 113mm x 75mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 810g
Operating Environment 0° to 40°C, 85% or less humidity
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other Video output (PAL/NTSC)
Type CompactFlash Type I/II (Microdrive compatible) 
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511/BP-511A or BP-512/BP-514 (BP-511A battery supplied), 1xCR2016 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 800 (at 20°C), Approx. 400 (at 0°C) 
Battery Check Automatic
A/C Power Supply Optional, Power adapter ACK-E2
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E4
Remote Controller/Switch Remote control with N3 type contact
CA-PS400, Battery charger CB-5L, Battery charger CG-570, Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560, BP-511A
Power Supply & Battery AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, Compact power adapter
PC Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP
Macintosh OS X v10.2 to 10.4

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