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Canon Intros EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLRs

Feature Digic II Image Processor

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Canon has introduced its latest professional digital SLR cameras"?EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N. Both cameras feature Picture Style setting simulation controls for in-camera modifications to color, contrast, sharpness, and more; Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor; and a 2.5-in. LCD screen, viewable at angles up to 170"?.

The 12.8-Mpxl EOS 5D boast a fullframe CMOS sensor (no conversion is necessary) and shoots up to 3 frames/sec in bursts up to 60 JPEG or 17 RAW images. It also features a nine-point auto-focus (AF) system with six assist points to help ensure an even greater degree of focus accuracy. The camera can record JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images on Compact- Flash cards (type I and II), and file sizes can reach 4.6 MB (large/fine, 4368 x 2912 pixels). The CMOS sensor provides two noise-reduction features and a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec.

The camera body is constructed of a magnesium alloy; total weight: 28.6 oz (body only). The EOS 5D is compatible with more than 50 Canon EF lenses. Price: EOS 5D: $3299.

Canon is billing its new EOS-1D Mark II N as "the world's fastest digital SLR camera." Designed to replace the EOS-1D Mark II, the 8.2-Mpxl Mark II N features a shooting rate of 8.5 frames/sec for bursts up to 48 JPEG images, a start-up time of 0.2 sec, and a shutter lag time of 55 milliseconds.

The camera also offers: a CMOS sensor with a 1.3x conversion factor; a 2.5-in. LCD; and two memory slots"?one for a CompactFlash (CF) and one for SecureDigital (SD)"?so photographers can record the same RAW+JPEG image on separate memory cards. File formats include DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21), JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG, with file sizes reaching 3.2 MB. In addition, the EOS-1D Mark II N offers shutter speeds from 1/8000 to 30 sec, plus bulb.

The Camera is compatible with Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses) and features an all-metal body and chassis (43.2 oz) with weather-resistant construction. Price: $3999.


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