Crippled 5D Mark II

Here’s a nice theory why Canon crippled the 5D.

IMHO, 24p wasn’t included in the package because of fear that Canon would eat up its own sales on their prosumer and pro camcorder equipment. It would be the same reason why we don’t have any manual control and haven’t officially heard from Canon about a potential firmware update that would provide such features. The same thing happened when the HDV prosumers camcorders came out. Sony crippled the FX1 in a very similar matter (no 24p support anywhere, no 50i/25p on NTSC and no 60i/30p on PAL even though the hardware was exactly the same, except for the little “E” at the end of the model number). Only the higher-end model had customizeable framerate support and was slapped with a price tag double that of the FX1 for very little added value othewise. And even after 5 years, Sony didn’t put a firmware update to add multiple framerate support on the FX1, even though I’m pretty certain the hardware could have handled it.

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(Thanks to ericjut for the post)

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3 Responses to “Crippled 5D Mark II”


  1. 1 Photographer / Videographer February 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Now, I wonder what would happen if Nikon releases a DSLR with Full manual control in Movie mode? Nikon has nothing to loose, they don’t build videocameras like Canon.

    If they do that, then Canon could suffer pressure in that respect from customers and future customers who would choose Nikon over Canon to get ful manual controls in movie/video mode…

    So, let’s hope Nikon do a good job.
    The more competition, the faster and better features we can get (and prices too)

  2. 2 5dfix February 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    That’s a good thought! Let Nikon show what Canon should do.

  3. 3 Gerfried February 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Thats exactly what I thought! Therefore I’m afraid Canon won’t release a firmware with the specs we’d like to see. So keep on hacking 🙂


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