Celebrating 10 Years of the Canon EOS 5D Series Cameras

canon_5d_10year.jpgCanon announced today that it is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the EOS 5D Series.
When the Canon EOS 5D was first released in 2005, we were impressed that Canon was offering a Digital SLR using a larger 35mm Film Size Sensor that was the most affordable full frame camera model to date, while still including Professional Level features at a lower price point compared to other cameras using a sensor that large. Now, Canon is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of this camera, a model that many photographers still love and use.
Thumbnail image for canon_5d_450.jpgOver the years since its launch in 2005, Canon has continued to refine the camera, launching the EOS 5D Mark II in 2008, building upon the original design by including improved image quality, and full HD Video Recording with Live View for framing.

canon_5dm2_450.jpgThe EOS 5D Mark II also featured reduced noise compared to the original 5D, and it expanded the sensitivity of the CMOS sensor up to ISO 25600, which is three full stops higher than the ISO 3200 limit of the original EOS 5D camera. We were impressed by this camera (and we're still impressed by it today).


Then, in 2012, Canon launched yet another version of the popular and now legendary EOS 5D known as the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring a newly designed sensor, and premium features like you'll find in their higher end models like the EOS 1Dx.

The EOS 5D Mark III was fitted with a 22.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor with a high performance 61 point Autofocus Array that includes 41 cross points and 5 dual cross points for incredibly fast autofocus performance and tracking ability, helped out by the latest generation DIGIC 5 Imaging Processor.

Canon also improved the continuous shooting speed to allow 6fps, while reducing noise levels as well (giving it a 2 stop improvement over the Mark II). They also added new shooting modes and features related to both still images and videos. Then, to make it attractive for use in more shooting conditions, Canon also incorporated improved weather resistance. Again, we were impressed with Canon's efforts in continuing to build upon the original EOS 5D with each newer generation.

Canon_5DS_R_EF24-70_front_angles_1200.jpgNow, in 2015, Canon has announced yet another generation of the legendary EOS 5D, dubbed the EOS 5DS.

It has what Canon calls the world's highest resolution full frame (35mm film size) CMOS Image Sensor (as of February 2015), capturing an amazing 50.6 Megapixels.

Of course, in order to process that much data from the imaging sensor, Canon needed to upgrade the imaging processor, and they included not one, but two of the latest generation DIGIC 6 processors, allowing the robust performance we've come to expect from the EOS 5D line of cameras with each new generation.

Canon also improved the build quality by reinforcing the chassis, base plate and tripod lug to improve stability, while retaining the features from the previous generation like a robust shutter mechanism design and weather sealing. Of course, they've continued to refine image quality, too. We are looking forward to shooting with the EOS 5DS when it begins shipping this year.

Canon will also offer a version of it without an Anti-Aliasing Filter over the sensor that will be named the EOS 5DS R. That model should appeal to photographers wanting to squeeze every last bit of sharpness and sensitivity out of this new 50.6 Megapixel Sensor.

Please join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Canon EOS 5D Series. We look forward to Canon continuing to refine what is already a legendary product line in the years to come.

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See Canon's Press Release below:



MELVILLE, N.Y., May 28, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that, along with its parent company, Canon Inc., it will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Company's EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras. Launched in September 2005, the EOS 5D enabled advanced-amateur photographers to take advantage of the impressive high-image-quality performance and photographic expression unique to DSLR cameras equipped with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, which, at the time, primarily targeted only professional photographers.

In addition to being the first advanced-amateur DSLR camera to incorporate a sensor of this size, the EOS 5D was offered at a competitive price,1 contributing to the popularization of full-frame-sensor cameras.

Then, in November 2008, Canon launched the second-generation model in the series: the EOS 5D Mark II. This camera, which was the first in the EOS series to include a function enabling the capture of Full HD video, facilitated the widespread adoption of DSLR cameras as a tool for capturing video. The EOS 5D Mark II made big waves in the motion picture and video production industries by delivering the exceptional image quality and impressive background blur and other characteristics unique to DSLR cameras, while also allowing users to take advantage of Canon's vast interchangeable EF lens lineup spanning more than 64 models,2 enabling a wide spectrum of digital imaging creativity and possibilities.

In March 2012, Canon introduced the EOS 5D Mark III, featuring dramatic improvements in still-image and video quality as well as enhanced AF precision and a faster maximum continuous shooting speed. Since its launch, the EOS 5D Mark III has garnered high acclaim in the market and, as the Company's core advanced-amateur digital SLR camera, has come to serve as a driving force for the EOS series.

Canon, through the in-house production of all key parts for its EOS series digital cameras, has made possible a highly robust lineup, ensuring that each and every model within the series, including EOS 5D-series models, is equipped with the optimal sensor. To support the diverse needs of users, Canon will further strengthen its entire EOS-series interchangeable-lens camera lineup, including the EOS 5D series, which enjoys the widespread support of professional and advanced-amateur users alike, with the aim of contributing to expanding the photographic and video digital imaging culture.

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