Canon unveils 21-megapixel DSLR with HD video

Canon has shaken up the enthusiast-level digital SLR camera market with the release of the successor to the EOS 5D.

Canon unveils 21-megapixel DSLR with HD video

The advent of the 5D Mark II is no shock to followers of the Canon range, with the 5D’s replacement speculated for well over a year.

The surprise part is the specification. Industry pundits were predicting a 15 or 16-megapixel sensor, but Canon has raised the stakes by fitting a full-frame 21.1-megapixel CMOS unit to the new body. This matches the resolution of its ultra-high-end EOS 1Ds Mk III, in a body around half the price at a suggested retail price of £2,299.

Canon has also snatched the brief lead that Nikon established after its release of the D90 two weeks ago. The D90 was the first DSLR to offer video-recording capabilities. The 5D Mark II raises the game with full 1080p, 30fps (frames per second) video to the D90’s 720p, 24fps capability, albeit in a camera costing more than twice the D90’s £900.

Also on the feature list is a 3.9fps second burst mode and sensitivity expandable to an impressive 25,600 ISO.

The new model holds on to the 5D’s peculiar market niche, being the only semi-professional DSLR – Canon labels the model “compact” – to feature a full-frame sensor.

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