The long awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark II has finally been announced officially yesterday. If you have not read about it yet, here is a list of sites you can visit to find out more:-
4. EOS 5D Special Site (in Japanese)
As a follow up to the 3 years old EOS 5D, Canon has made quite a few improvements and added new features. The sensor resolution has increased from 12MP to 21MP. It is also claimed to be a new generation CMOS sensor with much improved high ISO image noise, which allows a native ISO range from 100-6400 abd expanded range to ISO 50, 12800 and 25600. There is a new DIGIC IV processor, a new 3″ VGA resolution LCD display, new battery. Canon has also added a full HD video capture mode, a first for any DSLR. Other new features compared to the old 5D include standard features on most new DSLR like Live view, anti-dust etc.
However, the responses to the 5D Mark II has not been overwhelmingly positive so far. There are many people who seemed to be happy with the EOS 5D Mark II specs, but there are also many voices of discontent. The main complaint seemed to be levied against the autofocus system, which was basically just carried over from the old 5D. Many people have expected a new autofocus system. There is also worrying sign about the high ISO image quality. Although Canon has claimed that the 5D Mark II should have very good high ISO performance, but the few high ISO samples floating around the web has not been too impressive so far. However, it should be remembered that these samples were all taken with pre-production cameras and the image quality from full production cameras may or may not be better.
On another note, it has always amazed me how Canon chose photos for samples on their web-sites. They are often of dubious or sometimes rather frighteningly terrible image qualities that might simple scare away potential buyers. However, it seems that the actual image qualities of most Canon DSLR are actually way better than those “official samples”. I was talking to a Canon insider earlier today and he reminded me that the early official samples of the old EOS 5D were all quite shockingly horrible as well and it turned out that the production camera has arguably the best image quality amongst DSLR when it was released. He seemed quite confident that the image quality of the production 5D Mark II would be much better and will be something to look forward to. Well, I certainly hope he is right.
I will certainly consider getting a 5D Mark II if the final image quality lives up to all the hype that Canon has built up. If I do get one, I will defintiely write a review and post it here. The exact date of delievry is unknown, but my sources at Canon Hong Kong told me that the estimated delivery date should be around end of November to early December.