Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Obligatory Canon 5D Mark II post

This guy talks funny...don't think he's from around here...

But this YouTube video actually does a pretty good job of showing some of the features of the Canon 5D Mark II.

I learned a couple of new things about the camera, and it confirmed some things I had heard.

  • The camera has two auto-focus systems. It has the standard phase-detection AF system that meters off the mirror. There's also a contrast-detection system that's used during movie mode. It's a little slower than the phase-detection system, but does give auto-focus in movie mode. Note:There continues to be discussion about the AF system in the Mark II, and whether it has been improved over the original 5D. It appears that it has not (this video doesn't really confirm one way or the other); and while it was a capable system three years ago, the feeling is that it's not quite cutting edge today.

  • He confirms it's a 4GB file size (just confirming that AGAIN!)

  • 640 x 480 is the SD movie mode

  • Finder is brighter than the original version

  • At the end it shows how in Live View and Movie mode you can zoom in on the center of the image either 5 or 10 times (on the LCD at the back) to check focus.

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