Manual Exposure for Canon EOS 5D Mark II Video

May 27, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | 6 Comments |
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Canon have announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera that will enable manual exposure control when shooting video. Available for download from 2nd June 2009, the 5D Mark II firmware update will include the following manual controls when shooting video:

- Full aperture selection
- ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
- Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second

Manual exposure control while shooting video on the EOS 5D Mark II is expected to make a big impact with cinematographers and videographers using the 5D Mark II for high-end HD video production.

Canon UK Press Release

Canon Enables Manual Exposure in Video on EOS 5D Mark II

United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland , 27th May 2009: Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new firmware will be available for download from 2 June 2009 on Canon Europe’s support web site.

Following the launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008, Canon’s Research and Development team has listened closely to customer feedback to develop additions to the camera’s movie recording functionality. 

Allowing EOS 5D Mark II owners to achieve even more stunning video results with the camera, the firmware update will include the following manual controls when shooting video:
Full aperture selection
ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second

The EOS 5D Mark II integrates full HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera; opening a multitude of new possibilities for photo-journalists and news photographers. Since its launch the camera has proved its appeal to professionals working in diverse fields, from studio and wedding to nature and travel. Now, following customer feedback, Canon has improved functionality for professional video users, further unleashing the potential of the EOS 5D Mark II for cinematographers and photographers alike.



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#1 Jesse

Could someone explain how a shutter speed can be used in video. Does that really mean you can adjust the frames per second? Otherwise, I don't get how you can integrate shutter speeds with video.

5:37 pm - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

#2 Yay

Still 30fps but each frame may be up to 1/4000th second. So no motion blur in frames.

4:19 am - Thursday, May 28, 2009

#3 Akiilesh

This is an amazing treat for the 5D 2 Users.
Thank you So Much!

5:44 am - Thursday, May 28, 2009

#4 Nathan Yan

Video is really no different from still images, except many of them are recorded and played back in quick succession. Thus, a sequence of video just consists of individual still frames, so you'll have to deal with the exact same aperture, shutter speed, and ISO attributes as you would with a still image.

9:01 am - Friday, May 29, 2009

#5 John Mathews

I'm having difficulty getting a high quality still frame from my 5D video footage. Does anyone have any suggestions I could try please?

10:00 am - Saturday, May 30, 2009

#6 denford

superb staff i need a manual of the Canon EOS 5D MarkII HD Video please

5:09 pm - Wednesday, June 10, 2009