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Canon EOS 5D Black 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera - Body Only

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  • CMOS 12.8 MP
  • 2.5" 230K LCD
  • Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200
  • Canon EF Mount

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The Canon EOS-5D is unlike any other offering in its class, with a full-frame, 12.8 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a relatively compact body. For quite awhile, photographers have looked forward to a camera body with a full-frame sensor which would make the complete transition of 35mm photography to the digital format. Well, here it is!

Sized and featured between the EOS-20D and EOS-1Ds Mk II, the EOS 5D is a fantastic tool capable of producing outstanding results. Meant primarily for professionals and advanced amateurs, you can get the most out of this versatile camera with a solid knowledge of the features of the available lenses. The range of automatic “Picture Styles” achieves results like changing film stock, and the range of in-camera image parameters is more than impressive.

The camera’s buffer alone holds 60 consecutive JPEG or 17 RAW images in a burst, before resorting to the (not included) memory card. The image stabilizer and DIGIC II image processor provide you with the clearest pictures you can take! With its wide-angle capabilities, 2.5 inch LCD and magnesium-alloy body, the 5D is the perfect addition to the Digital EOS line

  • newegg 12.8 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor The EOS 5D's full-frame CMOS sensor records12.8 megapixels (4,368 x 2,912), the same size as a 35mm image on a traditional camera. The Canon in-house designed CMOS sensor produces smooth, high-resolution images. Two automatic noise reduction features maximize the EOS 5D's on-chip noise reduction effectiveness.
  • newegg DIGIC II Image Processor The EOS 5D's new 12.8 Megapixel CMOS sensor is driven by the revolutionary DIGIC II Image Processor for unprecedented performance and image quality. The DIGIC II Image Processor captures up to 3 frames-per-second for up to 60 JPEG or 17 RAW images in a burst.
  • newegg Large 2.5 inch LCD Monitor The EOS 5D provides instant feedback to save you time when reviewing images. The new 230K pixel 2.5 inch LCD provides more information and far greater viewing angles (170°) than many other conventional units. The full-featured shot information screen displays the AF frames in use with an RGB histogram feature.
  • newegg Advanced 9-point AF 9 different AF points and 6 Supplemental points around the central AF greatly enhance focus accuracy when tracking a moving subject. This feature is perfect for sports photographers and anyone who needs to keep focus on an unpredictable subject.
  • newegg PictBridge Support The EOS 5D makes photograph printing easier than ever. Simply connect your EOS 5D to any PictBridge-compatible printer, select your image and print settings, and press the Direct Print button to start printing.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface The EOS 5D supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard for the highest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 compatible computer.

Learn more about the Canon EOS 5D




Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
1.41" x 0.94" / 35.8 x 23.9mm
Gross Pixels
Approx. 13.3 megapixels
Effective Pixels
12.8 MP
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Image Processor
4368 x 2912

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Manual (Custom, Color Temperature)


Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Approx. 96% horizontally and vertically (coverage against JPEG Large)
0.71x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Dioptric Adjustment
-3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f/4 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (shutter speed, aperture, spot metering circle, exposure level, AE lock, exposure compensation, AEB level), Flash (flash ready, red-eye reduction lamp on, high-speed sync, FE lock, FEB shooting, flash exposure compensation, insufficient flash warning during FE lock), White balance correction, Maximum burst, CF card full warning, CF card error warning, No CF card warning
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with Speedlite 580EX, 550EX, 430EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX, pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)

LCD Monitor

2.5" 230K
LCD Coverage
100% for JPEG images
Brightness Adjustment
5 levels provided


Focus Type
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor
Focusing Modes
Autofocus, (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (automatic switching between One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF)), Manual Focus (MF)
AF Points
9 AF points (plus 6 invisible Supplemental AF points)
AF-assist Beam
Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite
Focusing Point Selection
Manual selection, Automatic selection


Exposure Control
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Full Auto, E-TTL II autoflash program AE, Manual exposure
Metering System
Max. aperture TTL metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (link to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
ISO Sensitivity
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button


Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/200 sec.
10 sec. delay
Remote Control Support
Remote control with N3 type terminal

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single, Continuous (approx. 3 fps), Self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 3 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster for all recording quality settings)
Maximum Burst
JPEG: Approx. 60 frames (JPEG/Large)
RAW: Approx. 17 frames
RAW+JPEG: Approx. 12 frames


Single image, 9-image index, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Auto play, Auto play right after shooting, Rotated, Jump
21 Custom Functions with 57 settings

Recording System

File Format
JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. Backup image recording enabled (Same image recordable on CF card standards)
Image Type
Color Space
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB


Compatible Lenses
1.41 x 0.94 in./35.8 x 23.9mm
Lens Mount
Canon EF Mount



Power Source

Battery Pack BP-511A

Dimensions & Weight

6.0" x 4.4" x 3.0"/152 x 113 x 75mm
28.6 oz./810g (Body only. Battery: 2.9 oz./82g)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Canon EOS 5D

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  • Joseph B.
  • 6/23/2008 9:09:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood service

Pros: Product arrived in a timely manner, and packaging was very good considering the high value of the product.

Cons: Added the rush order option, and although it was not rush ordered, they still charged the rush order fee which contradicted what their policy stated.

Other Thoughts: Would order from again considering the low price and quick responses. Won't go for rush ordering option again, however.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 12/18/2007 10:41:00 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera, minor flaws

Pros: This is a great camera that I've owned for more than two years. I worked in film and other digital for more than 40 years. This was the breakthrough digital camera for me, even more than the 20D.

There are exceptions in circumstance, but the 5D consistently produces better images than 35mm. I travel with a laptop and the days of image uncertainty are over. Up to a point, there is also more room for error.

The 5D let me get back to full frame 35mm lenses that work with it. There are smaller sensor lenses, e.g. the 10-22, that are very, very good. But I lose most of what I want with my 15mm fisheye with smaller sensors and it's pointless to spend the money (as I did) on 16-35 and 24-70 L lenses when the crop factor makes them a lot less wideangle than designed.

There are very good, maybe great cameas with smaller sensors. But full frame is not a myth. The sensor is less noisy and especially when you dial down the ISO to 50-100, there is a creaminess of image.

Cons: 35mm cameras started putting on weight years ago and while the 5D is smaller and lighter than the other higher end full frames or the old pro 35mms, it's a chunk.

You won't notice it so much with a lens of two, but pack up a kit with just one camera, some lenses and related items, you'll be surprised at how heave it can be.

The price has been stiff, but is dropping now that Canon has a replacement in the works. The 5D doesn't have a lot of sins, but for better dust sealing and sensor cleaning, it might be worth a wait for Mark II if you have the bucks.

Real Con: the camera will not properly format any card larger than 8 GB. It will shoot okay, but if you wipe with format, you've reduced your 16GB to 8. There are workarounds, but too complicated. Canon is not holding up its end on this.

Other Thoughts: There are people who think picture style settings are irrelevant in RAW. That's becae Adobe, Aperture and the rest use a generic RAW processing.

Canon has some proprietary data in its RAW. The result is that in Adobe Camera Raw, you'll get a color image even thought you shot it with a B&W setting with Red filter. You can mimic this in Photoshop or Aperture, but personally I find it a lot simpler to experiment with the RAW file in Canon software. You can convert that B&W image to a JPG or TIF, change the filtration or try the color modes.

I just wish that Canon would offer slightly better editing tools to go with what is generally a good program. I hate having to save a file and reopen it in Photoshop to make a minor edit.

Another wish That Canon would do something about the dismal updating system for software.

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  • Laura W.
  • 8/24/2006 2:37:26 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsCanon rocks

Pros: Just got this today after spending a month unsuccessfully trying to get my other digital slr to get 'color' and exposure right. Took a 'hit' in taking it back, but I knew that if there was any digital out there that could get color, detail, exposure right, this would be it. Based on the few pics I took today, this Canon is very advanced and accurate.

I started with canon in the mid '70s and From what I have seen so far, this Canon trashes Nxxxn digital IMO.

Cons: none

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/11/2006 2:06:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: It's an all-around excellent camera. However, the one thing that stands out most for me is it's abilities in low-light or fast-shutter speed shots. It has a very low-noise sensor. This is also true of the 20D and 30D but not of the 10D.

Cons: It's pretty expensive although obviously much cheaper than the 1's. It also intimidates my wife.

Other Thoughts: For me this was a major upgrade from an EOS-10D. Instead of upgrading to the 20D or 30D I went long and got this. I'm very happy I did. It addresses all the issues I had with the 10D such as speed and light sensitivity.

Since this camera has a high pixel count it produces very large files. Make sure you have or get a large CF card to store your pictures. Personally, I bought an 8GB card but even 2GB should give you a few hundred pictures.

Anyone looking at this camera likely already knows but make sure you also invest in good lenses. I have a couple Canon "L Series" lenses and they are also most excellent.

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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Camera

Pros: This camera will totally change your mind about photography and film. Having shot mostly medium and large format for the last 20 years, I would have never thought I would travel with "just" a digital camera. Yet, without a doubt, this is an amazing device which has surpassed my expectations in almost every way. The resolution is high, I wish it were higher but with the same quality of image. Canon's 16 mpxl model is higher resolution but the images from the 5d are better. The camera is faster, lighter (but still too heavy) and easily goes a whole day on one charge.

Cons: It's heavier than you might expect, it's subject to dust and must be cleaned with a special cleaning kit or you will damage the sensor. It is not built with seals and could potentially be damaged by rain, but so far there's been no problem.

Other Thoughts: I wish it could do double exposures which the Nikon D200 can do, but there's no comparison and not worth moving to Nikon for that. I also wish they would provide better software like Raw Shooter Premium which should be standard for everyone using this camera.

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  • Jason K.
  • 5/20/2006 9:50:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCamera and NewEgg rock...

Pros: Great camera. No lens cropping. The viewfinder is so big it is amazing. Pictures have more life to them than on the 10D or 20D.

Cons: Price is a little inhibitive, but NewEgg sells it for cheaper than most other reputable retailers.

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  • Dennis M.
  • 5/7/2006 4:45:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis camera hits the target

Pros: I have 4 digital camera all Canons D60, 10D, 1D Mark 2, and now the 5D. The 5D with the Full Frame stand's head and shoulder above the rest. The color is very good, the controls are well placed, the balance is good, it is just a great performing camera.

Cons: You will hear none from me.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/27/2006 1:25:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThe camera I've been waiting for...

Pros: This high-resolution full-frame DSLR surpasses every 35mm film camera I've ever had in terms of image quality and flexibility.

Cons: Only that all to soon this model will be upgraded by something that costs less and performs even better.

Other Thoughts: I expected this camera to surpass 35mm film but I am shocked to see the image quality is actually comparable to my medium format film scans!

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  • Kurt B.
  • 4/19/2006 3:50:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera but pricey

Pros: I used this in the rainforest for a month and it was a champ even with high heat and high humidity... 12.8 megapixels, DIGIC chip, Full Frame (like the Mark IDs), 3.5" screen and... it's a Canon (they offer very good support).

Cons: It's a bit heaviery than my EOS-20D so that was an adjustment. Avg. RAW images size is 12-13MB which means you'll taker fewer images (compared to the EOS-20D). Minor con: If you're upgrading from a Rebel or EOS-20D, this body can't use EF-S lenses - only uses EF lenses.

Other Thoughts: Great camera but the price point may not be worth it for many, the new EOS-30D (which is basically the EOS-20D with a bigger screen) takes more FPS (but at lower resolution).

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  • Ed M.
  • 4/3/2006 3:32:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs5D

Pros: Heft, FF (wide FOV, increased DR, shallow DOF), increased resolution, six invisible AF points, ISO in viewfinder, ISO in 1/3 increments, LCD, picture styles, bright viewfinder, interchangable focus screens, custom settings, increased buffer, shutter sound, ISO 50 to 3200, more cfn, outstanding optional battery grip

Cons: 3 fps, dust in viewfinder, no built-in flash, no mirror lock-up button (accessed via cfn), price

Other Thoughts: Outstanding DSLR worthy of Canon

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