Canon 5D Mark IV Review 2016 - A buyer's Guide

Canon 5D Mark IV Review 2016 – A buyer’s Guide

The Canon EOS 5D series camera is one of the world’s most popular full-frame and digital camera. It is well loved by photographers around the world, who specialize in events, nature, and landscape photography, among others. With the arrival of next generation Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon has taken the 5D experience to another level. The camera’s revolutionary new features are expected to draw both amateurs and professionals to the product.

The Canon 5D Mark IV is expected to be at retail this month.


The Canon 5D Mark IV can be considered as an improved version of the Mark III. Its major improvements include a higher megapixel resolution at 30.4 with its new CMOS sensor and Digic 6+ processor. The camera’s speed is quite impressive as it can capture 7 frames per second continuous shooting. It has an AF system that covers up to 61 AF points with 41 cross types similar to the 1D X Mark II that lets it seize finer details. The 5D Mark IV also has an expanded dynamic range with increased ISO performance that reaches up to 32600. This element of the new camera allows users to take photos with less noise and better details than the Mark III.

The Mark IV Dual Pixel AF feature is its major upgrade. This means it can shoot images with both its right and left sensors with better-quality depth perception. With the Dual Pixel AF capability, the camera creates two raw files that enable users to make AF micro adjustments in post-production. It further allows users to enjoy a live view touch screen AF that has a face tracking capability and live shooting AF.

Minor improvements include Wi-Fi capability which aid users to control the camera and preview the images through a smartphone. It has a GPS functionality that lets users tag images in different locations.



Key Specs: 

  • New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (expanded focusing points vertically)
  • Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
  • Digic 6+ processor and In-Camera Lens Optimizer
  • Mirror vibration Control System
  • ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
  • Canon EF mount
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel Raw (image micro adjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 62M-dot 3.2″ fully active touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing
  • Dual card slots for CF and SD (UHS 1 supportive)

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Video Capability of the Canon 5D Mark IV:

The Canon 5D Mark III video specs are impressive. It can record videos at 4k p at 30 fps and 720 p at 120 fps. With the 4k video ability, users can grab an 8.8 megapixel still from any frame in the video and save it as images. It also has HDR and Time-lapse video capabilities which is not present in the 5D Mark III. With its Dual Pixel AF CMOS system, it can capture more vivid and realistic videos. It has a touch focus capability which allows users multiple focus while shooting the video. All recorded files are in Motion JPEG formats.

However, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has limitations for cinema professionals and videographers who would like to use the camera. It has no focus peak, no multiple file formats, and no full-frame sensor with just a 1.7 sensor crop for a 4k video. It also just limits the user to motion JPEGs which takes a lot of storage space.

Comparison to EOS 5D Mark III:

Canon EOS Mar III Canon EOS Mark IV
Price Point 2,599 USD (refurbished 2,099 USD) 3,500 USD
MegaPixels 22.3 MP 30.4 MP
Processor Digic 5+ Digic 6+
ISO Range 100-25600 100-32000
Card Format Compact Flash Card and SD Card Slot Compact Flash Card and SD Card Slot (UHS 1 Supportive)
fps 6 fps 7 fps
Max Storage with CF and SD 18 max burst with CF card

12 max burst with SD card

21 max burst with CF card

19 max burst with SD card

Screen 3.2 in Fully Active 3.2 in Touch Screen

(60% higher resolution)

AF System  61 AF Points

41 Cross types

61 AF Points

41 Cross types

(expanded focusing points vertically)

Wi-Fi Built-in None Wi-Fi, NFS, GPS
Dual Pixel Raw None Allows micro-adjustment for AF
Weight 860 grams 800 grams
Ergonomics Joystick at the back Joystick, AF Area Select button, AF Servo to Single focus button
USB 2.0 3.0
Mirror system No Yes
Viewfinder 2 No Yes
Video Specs 1080 p at 30 fps

720 p at 60 fps

4k at 30 fps

720 p at 120 fps

AF for video None Dual Pixel AF
HDR and Time-lapse Video None Capables

Price Range:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is priced at $3499 body only. With the 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens it is priced at $4399 and $4599 with the 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens.

Is this camera for you?

If you are an amateur photographer, this camera is ideal for you if you focus on still photos and high-quality images. It will also push down prices of its 5D predecessors that may give an advantage and more options for full-frame cameras. If you are a professional photographer and you have maximized the use of your 5D Mark III to its full capability, then the Mark IV’s improved features is a worthy upgrade for you. For videographers and cinema professionals, this Canon 5D Mark IV camera may not have the adequate capabilities for your needs and specifications.

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