Emerging from a long line of well-loved DSLRs in the Canon 5D series, such as the original EOS 5D and the Mark II which introduced full HD video capture to DSLRs, the Mark IV certainly has a lot to live up to. Not to worry – it delivers! While not radically different in appearance from its predecessor (a strategic choice, as it allows photographers familiar with the other cameras in this line to be readily comfortable with it), it comes with amazing upgrades that make it one of the most complete DSLRs on the market. New features include a larger hand grip, 4k video capture, an upgrade AF system, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC and GPS, Dual Pixel autofocus, better weather-sealing and a 3.2 inch touchscreen. Another bonus – despite all the tech updates, Canon also managed to trim down the weight of the camera compared to the Mark III by 50 grams.
The addition of a customizable button underneath the joypad of the camera means the various functions can be programmed to work in tandem with the front command dial, allowing photographers to control ISO sensitivity without ever taking their eye from the viewfinder. Canon’s Intelligent Viewfinder II technology also gives helpful feedback when you’re shooting in the moment. The burst rate of the 5D IV has also increased to 7fps, giving room for around 20 good RAW shots before buffering becomes necessary. The 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors is sensitive to as far down as -3EV, which is darker than moonlight, so focusing in poor lighting is a breeze. Focusing with this new camera tech is lightning fast and the customization options for AF are as impressive as they are helpful.
Equipped with a 30.4MP sensor, the 5D Mark IV incorporates the latest sensor technology for the best shots possible. With sensitivity running from ISO100-32,000, and expandable to 50-102,400, Canon also boasts this model’s enhancements to the noise processing algorithm for improved higher sensitivity results. Perhaps the real kicker and game-changer in all of this though is the Dual Pixel Raw technology. Incredibly smart and handy, this new addition gives photographers a get-out-of-jail-free card in that, if a shot is slightly out of focus or not as sharp as it should be, a file with a pair of images from two very slightly different viewpoints can be created, which can then be tweaked back into perfection using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. In terms of video, this camera has upped its game to be on par with competitors, now including 4K video capture at 4096 x 2160 pixels, at 30/25/24fps. And if you need to, it also lets users extract 8.8MP JPEG images from their video content.
Overall, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a fantastic step up from the Mark III and in general a very solid new camera. Shipping this September, the body itself is priced at $3,499 with the 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens and 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens packages costing $4,399 and $4,599 respectively.