The Canon EOS 5D Mark II
is a 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS digital single-lens reflex camera capable of recording video at full HD at 1920 × 1080 and SDTV at 640 × 480 resolution. The 5D Mark II is capable of recording in low-light situations and can shoot at 30 fps in NTSC format and 25 fps in PAL format. The Mark II has a full-frame 35mm-format (24x36mm) CMOS sensor capturing image files with incredible quality as either JPEG, RAW or RAW+JPEG files. The camera also incorporates Canon’s acclaimed DIGIC 4 imaging processor that works in concert with a high-speed DDR-SDRAM buffer to ensure quick performance and fast image processing times. Performance enhancements enabled by the DIGIC 4 processor include noticeably improved image quality at all ISO sensitivities, fast start-up and reaction times, improved battery life, and improved noise suppression at ISO sensitivities ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 6400
Notable film and television productions that used the Canon 5D Mark II include the House episode “Help Me”, broadcast by Fox on 17 May 2010, which was shot entirely on the Canon 5D Mark II, replacing the drama’s usual 35mm film format; and the Hawaii Five-0 TV series was shot using Canon 5DmkII.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III
is a 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS digital single-lens reflex camera. The Mark III builds on the reputation of the Mark II, with a range of new features. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by film-makers, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting.