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  • 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers 3,504 x 2,336 pixel images
  • 8.5 frames-per-second for up to 48 frames in one burst
  • SD/MMC and CompactFlash (Type I and II) compatibility
  • New larger 2.5 inch LCD screen can be viewed even at extreme angles up to 170 degrees
  • Many new user-requested features, including RAW + JPEG recording on separate memory cards, easy switching between memory cards and user-set file prefixes

(From company literature) Canon's new EOS-1D Mark II N can record 8.5 frames-per-second for up to 48 frames in one burst. It features Canon's proven 8.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with a 1.3x conversion factor, combined with the speed and intelligence of the DIGIC II Image Processor, all in a rock-solid, metal body. Adding the ability to record RAW and JPEG images on different memory cards, a larger 2.5 inch LCD, Canon's "Picture Style" technology and more, the 1D Mark II N's formidable combination of speed and resolution makes it the choice of pros everywhere.

With its continuous shooting speed of approximately 8.5 frames-per-second, the EOS-1D Mark II N is the world's fastest Digital SLR camera*. This record-breaking speed is achieved even when recording in the Large JPEG setting (approx. 3,504 x 2,336 pixels) - a major triumph. 8.5 fps are maintained during maximum bursts of 48 shots (22 shots in RAW). Bursts are first recorded to the cameras internal memory to ensure maximum speed and then transferred to memory cards for storage. The number of shots remaining during a burst is displayed on the right side of the viewfinder.

Photographers can expect an exceptional degree of performance and reliability on par with any film camera they've ever used. Speedy shooting is achieved with lightning-fast 45-point AF, sophisticated tracking and predictive AF technology combined with precise, instant metering, no matter the setting. Shutter lag is a paltry 55 milliseconds. Starting up in 0.2 sec., the EOS-1D Mark II N demonstrates its speed immediately.

Canon's in-house designed single-plate CMOS sensor with 8-channel reading technology delivers exceptional image quality and accelerated continuous shooting. Large and extremely sensitive, with approximately 8.2 million effective pixels (8.5 million total pixels) and a generous 28.7 x 19.1mm image size, it faithfully captures every nuance of your scene from highlights to shadows. Moreover, extensive noise reduction ensures an extremely high S/N ratio. Framing is natural because the sensor's 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as in 35mm cameras, and the sensor's large size realizes an effective angle of view that's just 1.3 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses.

The revolutionary DIGIC II Image Processor complements the EOS-1D Mark II N 's speed in capturing images by processing and saving them with similar speed and precision. Compatible with DDR SDRAM, the DIGIC II processor achieves super high speed processing that results not only in fast shooting, but also accurate processing. This single-chip image processor employs original Canon algorithms to accurately convert signals from the CMOS sensor into crisp, high-quality images with natural colour and rich gradation. By handling larger volumes of image data, DIGIC II even contributes to lower power consumption: approximately 1,200 shots can be taken on a full battery at 68° F/20° C, or around 800 shots at 32° F/0° C.

Designed as a serious tool for professionals, the EOS-1D Mark II N performs reliably in the most demanding shooting conditions. Its handsome body offers the same high durability as the EOS-1Ds Mark II, thanks to rigid magnesium alloy in the chassis and external covers (top, front, rear and memory card slot cover). The magnesium alloy also contributes to effective electromagnetic shielding, a long-lasting luxurious finish, and extremely low body weight that photographers will surely appreciate.

Exceptional durability extends to the inner mechanisms as well, which are shielded from dust and water by protective sealing on all exposed moving parts. Shutter durability of up to 200,000 shutter cycles, ensures the 1D Mark II N will survive almost any situation, for years to come.

The EOS-1D Mark II N features a newly-designed 230,000 pixel, 2.5 inch LCD screen which provides a bigger image for playback and can be viewed 170° from all angles. Advances in playback include zooming from any AF point, an improved magnified view, and more shot information in the display.

The EOS-1D Mark II N incorporates a number of user-requested improvements such as an interchangeable matte focusing screen for critical focus in low light. ISO values can now be changed in the viewfinder, allowing the photographer to change settings without taking the camera from their eye. The 1D Mark II N has two memory card slots, one for CompactFlash (CF) and one for Secure Digital (SD) memory, and has the ability to record JPEG and RAW images on different memory cards, simultaneously. These improvements, plus all the shooting modes of the EOS 1 line and shutter speeds from 1/8000 to 30 sec. and bulb make it clear that the1D Mark II N is an incredibly adaptable photographic tool.

The EOS-1D Mark II N is one of the easiest cameras to customize to a photographer's personal style of shooting. Six "Picture Style" settings simulate the characteristics of different film styles, including Snapshot mode, for punchy, print-from-the-camera colour, Portrait mode, for softer, more natural skin tones; Landscape, for vivid blues and greens and overall sharpness, plus Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome, which can be customized to emulate colour filters with black and white film.

By selecting different sharpening parameters, photographers can further ensure that their images will look exactly as they like, right out of the camera, expediting time-sensitive projects where post-processing is unnecessary or inconvenient.

* As of August 2005.

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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 13
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N review by Rover
Review Date: 1/3/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: fast, responsive, solid build, great image quality, what's not to like here???
Cons: controls puzzling at first

After spending years with a 30D, I knew what I was going to need. As I had neither money nor real wish to save for a newer body, I went for this one (used but almost pristine).

This is a perfect tool. If there's something wrong with pictures I get, it's me. The 30D was by no means bad, but heck, this one is just a class above everything and anything.

I know just slapping 10/10 on everything is sorta newbie-ish, but I do this wholeheartedly. I would have given it a 20/10.

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 12
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N review by sivrajbm
Review Date: 6/20/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $3,299.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, speed, proformance, IQ, the black box, viewfinder
Cons: what???

Man, coming from the DC290, F828, 20D, 30D, 1D this camera is the BOMB. It is so much better than I expected. I thought I was happy when I opened the box, when I saw the first pictures from the "N" I knew this is where I was supposed to be.
I like the bigger screen and the new features for the dual cards. This camera tracks so much better then the 1D or the 30D, my sports keeper rate went up 25%. The buffer on the "N" is great the 1D just didn't have enough room.
I was amazed at the AF speed and the FPS, the 30D is no slouch but this is it. I'm plannig on buying a second one and just using 1-series cameras from here on. I don't have a problem with the size or the weight of this camera it fits me perfectly even with large lenses it's perfectly balanced.
I debate about a MkIII but after hereing about all the AF problems I'm glad I got this one. This is the best camera I've ever owned bar none. Don't try it unless you are ready to buy it, it's just that good.


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