Canon EOS 5D

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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D.jpg
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
ReleasedOctober 2005
LensInterchangeable (EF)
Sensor35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS (full-frame)
Maximum resolution4,368 × 2,912
(12.7 effective megapixels)
Film speed100-1600 expandable to 50 (L) and 3200 (H)
Storage mediaCompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II)
Focus modesOne-shot, AI Servo, AI-Focus, Manual
Focus areas9 user points + 6 assist points
Exposure modesFull auto, programmed, shutter-priority, aperture priority, manual
Exposure meteringTTL, full aperture, 35 zones
Metering modesEvaluative,, Spot, C/Wgt Average
Shutterelectronic focal-plane
Shutter speed range30 to 1/8000 s and Bulb
Continuous shootingup to 3 frame/s.
ViewfinderOptical, pentaprism
LCD screen2.5 in (63 mm), 230,000 pixels
BatteryLi-Ion BP-511A Rechargeable
Optional battery packsBP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, BP-512.
BG-E4 grip allows use of AA cells.
Dimensions152×113×75 mm (6.0×4.4×3.0 in)
Weight810 g (body only)
Made inJapan
SuccessorCanon EOS 5D Mark II[1]

The Canon EOS 5D is a 12.8 megapixel digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera body produced by Canon. The EOS 5D was announced by Canon on 22 August 2005,[2] and at the time was priced above the EOS 20D but below the EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II in Canon's EOS digital SLR series. The camera accepts EF lens mount lenses.

The EOS 5D is notable for being the first full-frame DSLR camera with a standard body size (as opposed to the taller, double-grip "professional" camera body style). It is also notable for its price, suggested at US$3299 without lens,[2] which set a significant new low price point for full-frame DSLRs; its only full-frame competition at the time was the Canon 1Ds Mark II, which cost more than twice as much.[3]

On 17 September 2008, Canon announced the camera's successor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.[4]


Sensor and image processing[edit]

The 5D has a DIGIC II processor and a 35.8 x 23.9 mm full-frame CMOS sensor with 13.3 million pixels (12.7 megapixel effective) and a pixel density of 1.5 megapixels per square centimetre. ISO speeds from 100 to 1600 are provided, adjustable in 1/3 steps (ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 with a menu function). The ISO 50 setting reduces dynamic range by a stop in the highlights.

Autofocus and metering[edit]

The 5D has nine autofocus points (plus six "invisible assist AF points" available only during continuous-focus tracking) arranged in a horizontal diamond pattern. The AF system was a minor upgrade to the one on the 20D.[citation needed] The camera uses TTL 35-zone SPC metering with four variations (evaluative, center-weighted, partial, spot) and exposure compensation of −2 EV to +2 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.E-TTL II flash metering is provided.


The shutter is rated to 100,000 shots,[5] and is capable of speeds up to 1/8000 sec, with a flash sync speed of 1/200 sec.


Back of the Canon EOS 5D camera

The 5D is very similar in design to the 20D, and most of the controls are identical or nearly so. Differences include:

  • A much larger and brighter pentaprism viewfinder with approx. 96% coverage. This arrangement, borrowed from the 1D range, omits the pop-up flash of the consumer range.
  • A larger, 230,000 pixel, 2.5" (63 mm) colour TFT liquid-crystal monitor


The 5D can shoot up to 3 frames per second, with a buffer that can store up to 60 frames in large JPEG mode, and up to 17 frames in RAW.

Physical dimensions[edit]

  • Size (LxHxW): 152 x 113 x 75 mm (6.0 x 4.4 x 2.9 in)
  • Weight (body only w/battery): 895 g

File numbering[edit]

The 5D is the first prosumer Canon DSLR where 9,999 images are stored to one folder (which was exclusive to the EOS-1D series), unlike its predecessors where 100 images are stored.


The package includes the following software:[6]

The EOS 5D is compatible with Magic Lantern firmware (old versions only).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EOS 5D Mark II". Canon Camera Museum.
  2. ^ a b "NEW CANON EOS 5D IS A PREMIUM DIGITAL SLR AT AN AFFORDABLE..." (Press release). Canon. 22 August 2005. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  3. ^ Askey, Phil (November 2005). "Canon EOS 5D Review". p. 32. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  4. ^ "CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EOS 5D MARK II DSLR..." (Press release). Canon. 17 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  5. ^ Canon's Official Website: Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR Archived 8 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "EOS 5D Support – Download drivers, software & manuals". Canon Europe.

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