Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

Written by Gina Stephens


The Canon EOS 5D series is arguably one of the sundry recognizable camera lines of the digital age and the Mark IV is designed to appeal to the same wide range of enthusiasts and professionals. Nearly identical-looking to its predecessor, it nets substantial upgrades under the hood, including: a higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, renovated weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon’s product line nicely as the all-around full-frame chance.

It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF substances (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III. The center point is sensitive to -3EV in One Nip (AF-S) mode (in Live View the sensor is sensitive to -4EV with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a fast lens).

4K video capture is a welcome addition to this camera and drugs can record in either 24 or 30p, albeit with a 1.64x crop. All footage is captured as Motion JPEG. Additionally, the camera allows for 4K Frame Seizes, effectively giving users 30 fps stills shooting with (Dual Pixel) AF. We’ve seen that the camera suffers from some relish unrolling shutter, but it may still have some merit for capturing the decisive moment when 7fps just isn’t enough.

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While developing the IV, Canon says it begged feedback from 5D-series users and found that dynamic range, resolution, AF precision and AF speed were the four most important tracts improvements were requested. On paper, the Mark IV seems to address these aspects nicely.

Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications

  • New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video reasoning Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF (excitable 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 (graven image microadjustment, bokeh shift, 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 pass interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing

In terms of AF, the increased coverage area is part of what makes the upgrade a big deal: after all, it’s the same AF methodology found in the company’s flagship sports camera. The 150,000-pixel RGB-IR metering sensor, which feeds scene information to the AF system, is adopted from the original 1D X, bringing enhanced subject identification (including faces) and tracking (‘iTR’), as well as improved metering and flicker detection.

The 5D Characteristic IV is Canon’s first full-framer that can continuously focus in Live View during stills capture, and because of the way Dual Pixel AF works, woolly is generally very accurate, even with fast lenses. It’s surprisingly good at sticking to the original subject (or face) you initiated focus on, and it’s steady to specify your subject by tappping on it on the touchscreen in ‘Face Detect+Tracking’ mode.

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The 5D Mark IV also has some new tricks up its sleeve including Dual Pixel Raw, a suitable option that can prove useful in specific shooting scenarios. It works by recording two 30MP images, one from each of the ‘left-looking’ and ‘right-looking’ photodiodes at each pixel. Preceding Canons have combined these two signals at each pixel, but Dual Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element Raw gives you the option of keeping them separate. This follows in a file that’s twice as large, but one that allows for ‘image micro-adjustment,’ ‘bokeh shift’ and ghosting reduction (more on this on our Mugs page) in Canon’s supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Compared to its peers

Canon now offers a range of full-frame models. On the high end you demand the Canon’s sports and action-oriented 1D X Mark II, with its 20.2MP sensor and 14 fps continuous shooting (with AF). The 5DS (and ‘R’ variant), with their 50.6MP sensors, are the players’s high resolution options. The 5D Mark IV splits the difference in terms of resolution and is positioned as Canon’s all-rounder. For those on a budget, the EOS 6D soldiers on, four years after its introduction.

So how does the 5D Smudge IV stack up against its closest sibling and predecessor? Take a look for yourself:

Canon may refer to EOS 5D IV
Canon EOS 5D III
Canon EOS 5DS
ISO range
100 – 32000
(expandable 50-102400)
100 – 25600
(expandable 50-102400)
100 – 6400
(expandable 50-12800)
AF matters61 (41 cross-type)
over expanded region
61 (41 cross-type)61 (41 cross-type)

Live view/video AF‘Dual Pixel’ phase detectionContrast detectionDistinction detection
RGB metering sensor resolution150k pixels63-zone dual-layer150k pixels
LCD3.2″ 1.62M-dot touchscreen3.2″ 1.04M-dot3.2″ 1.04M-dot
Burst rate7 fps6 fps5 fps

VideoDCI 4K/30/24p1080/30p1080/30p
Headphone socketYesYesNo
Use strategy act openly format1x Compact Flash
1x SD

1x Compact Flash
1x SD

1x Compact Flash
1x SD
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFCYesNoNo
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Obviously if you need the resolution, the Canon EOS 5DS is the more sensible superior. But in just about every other regard, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the far more versatile camera and a worthy upgrade from the 5D Mark III.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS 5D Reduce IV ships this September and will cost $3499 body only, $4399 with the 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens and $4599 with the 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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