canon EOS 5D Mark IVThe long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is getting ready to hit retailers later this month. And, as expected, it is a worthy successor to one of Canon's most popular DSLRs, the 5D Mark III. At least based on specs. It features a massive 30.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Digic 6+ processor and, perhaps most importantly, 4K video at 23.98, 24, 25 and 30 fps. Additionally, the 5D Mark IV comes with a 61-point autofocus system, an ISO range of 100-32,000 a built-in digital lens optimizer, NFC and WiFi.


The 5D Mark III was announced in 2013 so in camera terms is beginning to look a little old. That’s not to say that it isn’t still hugely popular – in fact, more World Press Photo winners use the 5D Mark III than any other camera on the market.


1. The grip is now a little deeper to offer better handling, and there’s a new customisable button on the back that provides quick access to a setting of your choice. The bump on the top of the camera is also slightly larger than that of its predecessor to accommodate the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS unit: a first for the 5D range.

Weatherproofing has also been improved, making the camera more durable. Despite this it’s actually 50g lighter than the previous model, thanks to a redesigned mirror box and mechanism that’s constructed from aluminium rather than stainless steel.


2. Super focusing – The 5D Mark IV has been equipped with a 61-point AF system, which is very similar to that of the 1DX Mark II – Canon’s flagship professional camera. All points are sensitive down to f/8, which is good news for those using very long lenses with converters – wildlife and sports photographers, for example.

Of the 61 points, 41 are of the more sensitive cross-type, which can focus down to -3EV (or -4EV when shooting in Live View), giving you the capability to get the subject in focus even if the only light source is the moon.

Furthermore, it has a 150K RGB+IR metering sensor that’s equipped with its own Digic 6 processor. This should mean even more accurate exposures and precise subject detection and tracking.

3. Dual Pixel Raw – Dual Pixel Raw allows you to make micro-adjustments to sharpness and focus after you’ve taken the shot by using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

4. 4K Video Recording – Canon broke new ground by introducing Full HD to the DSLR market. Now, using DSLRs and CSCs to capture video is common place and 4K is starting to become the industry standard.

The 5D Mark IV has DCI 4K, also known as “true 4K” because of its 4,096 x 2,160 resolution. 4K is available at 30, 25 and 24fps. There’s also Full HD at frame rates up to 60p.

Not only that, but Dual Pixel CMOS AF results in faster focusing during video recording, and there are microphone and headphone sockets.

5. It has Touch-sensitive screen – The 5D Mark IV brings a touchscreen to the range for the first time. It allows you to set the AF point and fire off the shutter release in Live View, to make certain adjustments and to use it during playback for helpful shortcuts such as pinch to zoom and swipe to move to the next shot.

6. There's a great sensor for low light – The 5D Mark IV has a 30.4-megapixel full-frame sensor. While it’s true that there are higher pixel counts on the market (including Canon’s own 5DS/R cameras), by sticking with a mid-range number such as this, it’s likely that low-light performance will be excellent.


All in all, though, the EOS Mark IV promises to be a juggernaut for professional photographers and videographers alike. Canon’s 5D range is arguably the company’s most important offering. It’s long been the model where new innovations from the company make their debut and it’s a camera owned by both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike.


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