Canon Announces EOS 5D, EOS 1D Mark II N

Besides the digital SLRs, Canon also announced new compact cameras, photo printers, lenses, and a flash unit.



After over a week of intense rumors, Canon announced two new DSLRs Monday, along with new compact cameras, photo printers, lenses, and a flash unit. The hottest news was the 12.8MP full-frame EOS 5D DSLR ($3,299 estimated street price), which is expected to hit stores in October. The magnesium alloy body houses a 35.8x23.9mm CMOS sensor, 2.5-inch LCD with 230,000-pixel resolution, and a newly designed pentaprism, in a unit that measures 6x4.4x3-inches and weighs 31.5 ounces with battery installed.

The camera's focal plane shutter is rated to 100,000 shots and covers speeds from 30-1/8000 sec. with a sync speed of 1/200 sec. Image processing is courtesy Canon's Digic II processor, which helps the 5D achieve a top continuous shooting speed of 3 frames per second for up to 17 RAW images or 60 full-resolution JPEGs in one burst. The 5D also includes some the same features as the Canon 1Ds Mark II, such as white balance bracketing and ISO expansion, which widens the available ISO from its normal 100-1600 range to 50-3200.

According to Chuck Westfall, Canon's director of media and customer relations, the 5D represents an ongoing expansion to Canon's line of DSLRs. "We think we'll see a lot of advanced amateurs buying the 5D, as well as pros. It can fill a lot of roles, from newspaper and industrial photographers, to wedding and portrait photographers. It's certainly a strong backup camera for anyone who shoots with the 1Ds Mark II."

For more info on the 5D, please see our hands-on first look in Popular Photography's November 2005 issue.

Canon's other DSLR announcement was the EOS 1D Mark II N, which replaces the EOS 1D Mark II. It should be available in September at an expected street price of $3,999. The new version of this 8.2MP camera boasts 8.5 frame per second continuous shooting for up to 22 RAW or 48 full-resolution JPEGs in a single burst. The LCD has also been bumped up to 2.5-inches.