The Canon EOS 5D series is probably one of the most identifiable series of cameras since the advent of digital cameras came about for professionals. This time the Mark IV is intended to appeal to the similar wide range of both photo buffs and professionals. It looks almost identical to its predecessor, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? The camera receives substantial upgrades on the inside, counting: a higher-res sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video, an advanced AF system, a touchscreen, better-quality weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an intervalometre and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon's product line suitably as the versatile full-frame choice.
It is constructed around the new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is straight from the flagship 1D X Mark II and embraces a whopping 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% extended vertical coverage when compared to the Mark III. The centre point is also sensitive to -3EV in One Shot mode, plus in live view, it’s sensitive to -4EV if you have a fast lens handy.
4K video capture is a very welcome and very wanted extra and operators can capture in either 24 or 30p, although with a 1.64x crop. All footage is captured as Motion JPEG too. Furthermore, the camera lets you take 4K Frame Grabs, which basically gives you 30 fps stills shooting with (Dual Pixel) AF. The helpfulness of this may be contingent on how well-controlled the camera's rolling shutter is, and how satisfied you are with 8.8MP JPEGs in the 17:9 ratio, but it’s really remarkable how effective 4K/60p video capture is on the 1D X II for getting that critical moment captured.
While conjuring up the Mark IV, Canon says it trawled forums and professional opinions from 5D-series operators and found that dynamic range, resolution, auto-focus precision and speed were at the top of the request list. On paper anyway, the Mark IV seems to address these users’ needs quite nicely:
Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specs
- New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
- DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (centre point sensitive to -3 EV)
- Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
- ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- Dual Pixel Raw (with image micro adjustment, bokeh shift, and ghosting reduction)
- 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
- 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
- Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
- Built-in bulb timer interval timers