Canon has updated its three-year old EOS 5D digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera with a new model, the EOS 5D Mark II, that features the ability to record high-definition video.
The EOS 5D Mark II will hit stores in late November in Japan and the U.S., where it will cost $2,699. The camera packaged with a 24-105 millimeter lens will cost $3,499. European launch plans have not been announced. Canon has pegged monthly production at 40,000 units.
Behind the lens sits a full-frame 21.1 megapixel sensor. A full-frame sensor is the same size as a 35mm film frame and is about double the size of the sensors used in most other digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.
Images from the sensor are processed using Canon’s Digic 4 image processor, which can manage continuous shooting of 3.9 full-resolution pictures per second until the memory card is full or burst shooting of up to 310 shots, according to Canon’s tests.
The screen on the rear of the camera has been updated and at 3-inches and 920,000 pixels, is both larger and higher resolution.
With the new camera Canon is launching a wireless file transmitter that can transfer images to a server via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The WFT-E4 will cost ¥100,000.
The camera will compete with other recently launched digital SLRs including Nikon’s D90 and Sony’s Alpha 900.