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Far from just a more powerful power supply, this battery teams up with the camera in ways to give photographers a precise outlook on the remaining strength of a battery as well as managing multiple batteries.
The LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack is approximately 30% more powerful than the previous BP-511A with 1800mAh capacity, vs. 1390mAh for the previous-generation BP-511A. Even though the EOS 5D Mark II is a substantially higher-resolution camera than the previous EOS 5D, and in spite of the added performance of its DIGIC 4 processor, the LP-E6 powers the camera for 850 shots at normal temperatures (vs. 800 for the EOS 5D), based on CIPA-compliant tests performed at Canon Inc.
The EOS-5D Mark II requires this LP-E6 battery pack and cannot accept the older BP-511A or similar Canon batteries. Likewise, the LP-E6 cannot be used in the previous EOS 5D, or other EOS bodies which accept the BP-511A battery pack.