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It's not any one particular feature or capability that makes the EOS 5D Mark II revolutionary, rather it's the combination of them in one body. It's the 21-megapixel resolution combined with the full-frame sensor, the high ISO sensitivity with low noise, the Live View mode with exposure simulation, the full HD 1080p video mode with its ability to capture video using any one of the hundreds of EOS and EOS compatible lenses including macro, ultra-wide, tilt-shift, Lensbabies, telephoto, and super telephoto. It's the large 35mm image sensor and availability of fast lenses, allowing videographer's to record with very shallow depth of field, helping them to control where the viewer looks by using shift-focus techniques. And finally, it's the price. While $2699 is not inexpensive, the camera is a bargain for those that can afford to spend that kind of money. Canon could have probably priced it at $4499 and still had a winner, especially considering where Nikon priced their new D3x.
New Battery Intelligence:
The new LP-E6 (1800mAh) Li-ion battery is no ordinary battery. Not only does it outlast the Energizer® Bunny, but its packed with intelligence that allows it to remember remaining shot capacity, shutter count, and recharge performance. According to Canon the battery will communicate the remaining capacity in one of six levels via the battery-check icon and in 1% increments using the Battery Info menu. All this information is stored in the battery, so that this information won't be lost when the battery is removed. A unique serial number within each Battery Pack allows you to register multiple batteries within the camera and display information about those batteries, including the last time each was used and its most recent level of charge at that time. This technology will also help to insure that you don't install a nearly depleted battery at the wrong time.
3.9 fps Continuous Shooting
While the EOS 5D Mark II isn't a machine gun when it comes to capture rates, it is an improvement over the original 5D (3fps) and plenty fast enough for most shooting situations. To increase resolution from 12-megapixel (original 5D) to 21-megapixel while also improving the speed of capture is quite impressive. It would have been even better if Canon had provided a faster frame-rate at lower resolution settings.
UDMA Memory Card Support
While the camera can shoot at 3.9 frames-per-second, the amount of frames it can capture before the buffer gets filled up is really dependent on the speed of the memory card. The EOS 5D Mark II supports "UDMA," which stands for Ultra Direct Memory Access. When using UDMA compliant memory cards the camera can transfer data to the card at up to 133MB/sec. This rate exceeds the current crop of UDMA cards that currently top out at 45MB/Sec.
I don't want to misrepresent things by making you believe the camera is flawless, it isn't and nothing is. There are a few areas where improvements could have been made and most likely will be made in future models, but like I mentioned earlier, this is just the beginning of a whole new world of photography.
Below is a list of some of the changes or additions I would make in future models:
I won't bother listing all of the features that I love about the camera because I have already mentioned them in the review and there are quite a few. I will mention the ones that really stand out in my mind as I finish this review.
For additional in-depth information, download or view the EOS 5D Mark II white paper, published by Canon.
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