Recently, I sacrificed room in my luggage normally allocated to several pairs of shoes to accommodate the 3 cameras I decided to tote on a vacation to Rangamati, a beautiful place in Bangladesh. My husband thought I was nuts, but I was determined to capture breathtaking pictures. I wanted an opportunity to snap landscapes with several cameras so not to arrive back home disappointed at the way the photos turned out. The crazy lady with 3 cameras lugged a Nikon D700 , Nikon D3 and a Canon 5D camera with the intention of returning the 2 that underperformed. As it turned out, I found the Canon 5D was best for landscape and travel shooting due to its sharpness and detail. Nikon D3 did turn out to be the fastest of the 3 cameras but I wasn’t in hurry; my concern was quality. I didn’t miss any of the fascinating detail of nature as the camera was helpful in low light shooting.
What impressed me most
From a technical perspective, I can appreciate that the 5D creates considerably lower noise at all ISO sensitivities than other cameras. The camera provides ISO speeds (from 100 to 1600. ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 which is very helpful at low light shooting.
The 5D’s full-frame CMOS sensor boasts 13.3 million pixels. Its pixel density is low, at just 1.5 megapixels in square centimeter and it has a restructured DIGIC II image processor.
Its numerous auto-focus points and 6 invisible assist AF points improve your chances of getting a clear image. Its shutter speed goes up to 1/8000 sec, with a flash sync speed of 1/200 sec. You can easily shoot a fast-flying bird with it.
It can shoot up to 3 frames per second. Some features of the camera help the users because it has exceptional balance in image quality; it provides advance video, with direct feed.
What makes Canon 5D Mark II better
Canon has improved maximum features in Canon 5D Mark II. Canon 5D uses the DIGIC II image processor but Mark II uses DIGIC 4 image processor. DIGIC 4 image processor works with a high-speed DDR-SDRAM buffer to confirm fast performance and image processing. The Mark II has larger ( .5-inch) LCD display than the Canon 5D.
The MARK II has a fast shutter speed (30 to 1/8000 s) and a high resolution (21.1 megapixels).
The 5D Mark II is one of the first DLSRs consists of full 1080P video recording capabilities. You know it is extensively used in Hollywood over the past few years in films. It was used in the film Iron Man 2 and Captain America.
The 5D Mark II has a full frame sensor ready to grab highest available light for crisp images also in low-light conditions and you can push its ISO all the way to 6400 with negligible noise in dark conditions.
Why I’m Keeping It
Canon advanced everything about the 5D in making the new Mark III. It has faster and more sensitive auto-focus, a more consistent control layout. A Quick Menu is added as well as faster burst speeds (6 fps, up from 3.9 fps). It has a dual card slots and better ergonomics. A firmware update will permit the Mark III to feed uncompressed HD video to a recording device.
Aside from all the technical things that are sure to delight any professional photographer, there is no doubt that the 5D rendered magazine quality photos of my most breathtaking vacation photos. If you’d like to read more details about this camera, see this review.