Canon upgrades EOS digital SLR cameras for multimedia use

Digital still imagery and full motion HD video — long separate pursuits by distinct operators — are now merging in the era of multimedia. Canon ( has responded by upgrading its EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR to capture 1080p HD video.

Now capable of 24p (23.976fps) and 30p (29.97fps) image capture (with a free download of firmware version 2.0.4), the camera has ushered in the era of multimedia by providing image-makers a versatile HD camera designed for creative, high-quality production work.

Featuring a 21.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm CMOS sensor for 1920 x 1080 HD capture, the camera offers a sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25600, low-light performance, accurate color reproduction, a shallow depth-of-field and HD image quality.

The new camera features full HD capture and manual exposure control, and selectable frame rates on an all-new APS-H-sized image sensor that's similar in size to a Super 35mm motion picture film frame. The camera allows for three video recording resolutions: 1080p, 720p and standard definition. The camera will record at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976fps), 25p, or 30p (29.97fps); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94fps).