The Canon 5D Mark IV ranks as Canon’s latest advanced level DSLR. For the most part, it looks and handles like its predecessor, the 5D Mark III. This advanced camera is a plus for veteran photographers who know their cameras by heart. Inside there’s a brand new 30MP sensor that utilizes Canon’s Dual Pixel AF tech.

With the EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon has further refined its semi-professional full-frame all-rounder. With a solid build and improved weather sealing, faster burst speed, increased resolution, increased dynamic range, updated autofocus system, and Dual Pixel live view functionality, the Mark IV will be as much camera as many people need, even if it doesn’t revolutionize the 5D-line the way its predecessors have.

Canon 5D Mark IV comes with an improved image processor that supports 7fps capture. The video engine for this camera for advanced photographers can record footage at 4K quality.

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Canon 5D Mark IV: Design and Build

It’s a moderately-sized full-frame body advanced level camera measuring 4.6 by 5.9 by 3.0 inches. Canon 5D Mark IV weighs 1.8 pounds. It’s smaller than bodies with an integrated vertical shooting grip, like the Nikon D5.  An option of adding the BG-E20 battery grip will make it a beefier camera.

The grip lets you use two batteries intended for powering the best-advanced user’s camera. CIPA rates it at a net 900 shots through the viewfinder when the battery is fully charged. It offers 300 shots when you resolve to use its rear LCD. The battery lifespan is not quite good as that of the 5D Mark III when using the optical viewfinder with 950 shots.

Canon 5D Mark IV: Performance

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a new 30MP image sensor. It’s the first time we’ve seen this particular resolution on a full-frame camera. It delivers on its promise of balancing resolution and high ISO performance. The native ISO ranges from 100 through 32000, with ISO 51200 and ISO 102400 available as extended settings.

Canon 5D Mark IV: Viewfinder

The optical viewfinder is bright and clear. It covers 100 percent of the frame. What you see is what you shoot. Canon 5D Mark IV is quite bright due to its glass pentaprism design. It’s also large, delivering a 0.71x magnification rating.

There’s a lot of information which you can see in the viewfinder. Exposure settings and the number of shots left in the shooting buffer are displayed in green at the bottom. It is found in the frame area. The outline for the autofocus area is shown in black, together with the focus points. They light up in red when active for better visibility.

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Canon 5D Mark IV: Images

The Canon 5D Mark IV is a fine tool for capturing quick and candid moments. It starts, focuses, and captures an image in about 0.5-second. The autofocus is likewise speedy. The Canon 5D Mark IV locks onto your targets in less than 0.1-second.

It happens when in bright light and framing shots with the optical viewfinder. The focus system works slower a bit, to about 0.5-second. It occurs when you are shooting in extremely dim conditions. Live View focus with the Canon 5D is speedy. Locking on IS is done in about 0.15-second in bright conditions and 0.8-second in dim light.

Canon 5D Mark IV: Specifications

MSRPBody only: $3499, €3299, £2999 with 24-105mm: $4299
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution5760 x 3840
Other resolutions3840 x 2560, 2880 x 1920, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels22 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors23 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5+
Color spacesRGB,Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
  • RAW: RAW, sRAW1, sRAW2 (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampby optional dedicated Speedlite
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto+
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Custom (x3)
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage typesCompact Flash Type I (UDMA compatible), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notesWireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
Remote controlYes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)950
Weight (inc. batteries)950 g (2.09 lb / 33.51 oz)
Dimensions152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)
GPS notesWith optional GP-E2 unit

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Conclusion

If at first glance the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV looks underwhelmingly similar to the model it supersedes, don’t be fooled-engineers Canon’s have not stood still.

Compared to the EOS 5D Mark III, it has tweaked and enhanced almost every feature. The full-frame 30.4MP sensor does not exactly catch the headlines like that of other competitors, but relative to the 22.3MP of the EOS 5D Mark III, it is still a nice improvement in resolution, whilst the increased noise and dynamic range efficiency make it an even more enticing proposition for those consumers dreaming of upgrading.

And if you update, you’ll get a camera you can immediately feel at home with, while enjoying a range of improvements-the AF system is better for instance, with a major leap forward with the Dual Pixel AF in Live View. The touchscreen functionality greatly increases handling, though performance is also much higher.

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