Meet Canon’s new 5D Mark IV 4K DSLR, It’s pricey but very powerful

by on August 26, 2016

Stephan Jukic – August 26, 2016

Canon has now launched its fourth generation version of their very popular 5D DSLR cameras which were originally unveiled all the way back in 2005 and this latest model, the Mark IV, is very definitely  major update to the last model to come from this line, mainly because we’re now looking at the first DLSR in the 5D line to also offer WiFi connectivity, 4K video shooting and a touchscreen. On the other hand, for these nw extras, fans of the 5D Canon cameras will have to fork over a few pretty pennies. At an expected retail price of $3,499, the camera certainly won’t be one of the cheaper 4K cameras on the shelves when it reaches them in September.

When we say that the Mark IV is a major update from its predecessor the Mark III, we mean it. Canon has pretty much upgraded every major component inside this newest model and this should be welcome news indeed to fans of the series given that the Mark III has been getting badly out of date as a 2012 shooter.

Thus, the Mark IV comes equipped with shiny cutting-edge DSLR features like a powerful new 30.4 megapixel sensor, a wide native ISO range of 100 to 32,000 which can be further expanded to 102,400 and even a 7fps shooting speed which is a slight boost from the 6fps of the Mark III.

Canon has also given the Mark IV one of their powerful Digic 6+ image sensors and the cool new addition of a 3.2 inch LCD touch screen that is the same size as the screen on the previous 5D camera but now gets extra quality thanks to a 1.62 million dot resolution and touch sensitivity for much easier shooting control. Users can now simply taps the screen to select a focus point and either pinch or spread their fingers to zoom in on images when reviewing them in the little display.


In addition to its WiFi connectivity, the new 5D Mark IV also comes with a built-in NFC system and includes GPS. These are both fairly basic features in many 4K-capable DSLR and mirrorless shooters today but they were all lacking in previous versions of this camera.

Going back to the Mrk IV’s shooting chops, this compact DSLR features Canon’s Dual Pixel Autofocus system, which enables each individual pixel in the camera’s hefty sensor to both capture light and focus on an object at the same time. The result is a speedier autofocus that takes up less time on hunting for a clear directed shot when you need to capture something extremely transient in a hurry. Given the Mark IV’s powerful ISO count and large sensor, this camera is also one very good shooter for low light conditions, something we more often see in 4K mirrorless shooters like the also much more affordable a6300 from brands like Sony.

Additionally, the Mark IV comes with Canon’s first ever inclusion of 4K video recording capacity, which it can manage at 24 and 30fps in both 3840 x 2160p 4K UHD resolution and in Digital Cinema 4K resolution at 4096 x 2160 pixels. Full HD recording can be done at 60fps and there is a setting for shooting 720p HD video at 120fps, which is decent if not as spectacular as the 240fps 720p video recording capacities we’ve seen in some 4K mirrorless models before. However, with the [email protected] recording, the Mark IV is capable of slow motion HD video recording and can also deliver footage at 5x normal speed, which is a first for the 5D line of cameras. Canon has even added in the capacity to record video in high dynamic range, which is a first for Canon’s DSLR cameras.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV goes on sale in early September for an MSRP of $3,499 and here is a video from Canon which underlines some of its key features

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