Technical tests of Canon EOS 5D camera

These tests mirror those that I have done on the Nikon D3 here, except that they are done on my two year old Canon 5D.

Much of the methodology for these tests is based on work by astronomer Christian Buil and space scientist Roger Clark. I am grateful to Roger Clark, Mike Unsold (creator of ImagesPlus software) and Dave Coffin (creator of dcraw software) for useful email correspondence. They are not however responsible for any mistakes I may have made.

  1. Technical comparison between Nikon D3 and Canon EOS 5D
  2. 5D read noise and offset as a function of ISO
  3. 5D response to light at ISO 100
  4. 5D signal to noise ratio at ISO 100
  5. 5D gain and full well capacity at ISO 100
  6. 5D gretagmacbeth ColorChecker™ analysed by Imatest (contains PNG files up to 700KB each))
  7. D3 versus 5D servo autofocus test

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