Review: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Convergence has finally reached the high-altitude hamlets of Pro-Camera Land. This magnesium-bodied beauty summons the powers of a full-frame 21-megapixel sensor and mighty Digic 4 processor to bang out stills that often kick its much pricier brother, the 1D Mark III, squarely in the behind. But the 5D will also sate your motion picture jones with lush 1080p video at 30 fps. Leveraging a full complement of large-aperture autofocus lenses, the resulting footage has a truly cinematic feel. And shifting from video to stills and back again is quick and seamless. The wide ISO range with improved noise reduction means you can shoot in near darkness without the usual pointillist effects.

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