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Canon’s 5D series of DSLRs has been a cult favorite, serving full-frame photographer to a larger, wider audience while transforming the video market with Full HD video capture. Building on the features and performance of the Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV is really quite special. Here’s how it matches up with the Mark III.










1. Sensor

There wasn’t much of a difference in terms of resolution between the Mark II and the Mark III – from 21.1MP to 22.3MP – but the IV boasts a 31.7MP sensor that outputs images at an effective 30.4MP; and according to Canon, it’s a brand new design.

Worth the upgrade? Yes.

2. Expanded Sensitivity

With a new sensor, the Mark IV has a slightly broader native ISO range, now reaching 32,000 as compared to the Mark III’s 25,600 limit. The base ISO remains at 100. With expanded settings, the IV and III are pretty much the same, covering a total range equivalent to ISO 50-102,400.

Worth the upgrade? No.

3. New Processor

The Mark IV features a new DIGIC 6+ engine instead of the previous DIGIC 5+ processor. This offers enhanced noise reduction and works with higher readout speeds from the sensor, delivering faster burst shooting than the Mark III.

Worth the upgrade? Yes.

4. Dual Pixel Raw Format

A feature that has not been seen before on any EOS model is Dual Pixel Raw, which allows the photographer to select a slightly different point at where the image is sharpest after the photo has been captured (similar to the tech used in Lytro and select Panasonic models). Canon says that this offers two things: out of focus highlights can be shifted horizontally and reduction over ghosting effects such as flare.

Worth the upgrade? Yes.

5. 4K Video

The Mark IV offers 4K video recording vs the Mark III’s Full HD video. This is recorded in the same DCI 4K format as that found inside the recent EOS-1D X Mark II, with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and a choice of 30/25/24fps frame rates. As with many other 4K models, the Mark IV offers 120fps shooting when recording in Full HD, with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling in 4K and 4:2:0 subsampling when recording in one of the HD options.

Worth the upgrade? Yes.

“This is the one that gave me everything I needed in one camera, and made me not feel the need to shoot both systems anymore. As a photographer who has had the privilege of testing just about any camera I’ve wanted for the past 3 years, this is the most impressive one I’ve shot to date.” – ShotKit


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