Canon has announced the EOS 5D, which includes a 12.8-megapixel, full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor. The company has also debuted an improved version of the EOS-1D Mark II, which gains an N suffix.
The SLR can capture 60 large JPEG files at three frames per second, and has a 0.2 second start-up time, according to Canon. It features a 2.5-inch 230,000-pixel LCD monitor, which has a 170-degree field of view, says the company.
The camera features a new 9-point autofocus system that features six additional invisible Assist AF points located inside the spot-metering circle.
For photographers in a hurry, the EOS 5D includes a series of presets similar to those found in comsumer compact cameras. These include Portrait for optimized skin tones; Landscape for deep greens and blues; and Monochrome for black-&-white shooting - plus three user settings.
The SLR is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses, including the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lightweight image-stabilized lens, which was announced at the same time. The camera connects to computers using USB 2.0, or by the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, which connects to any Wi-Fi network.
The EOS 5D costs £2,159 plus VAT, with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens costing £739 plus VAT.