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Review: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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Reviews, by Mark White
August 14, 2017

It’s the newest member of the EOS 5D family, but is it the best?

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV was introduced by Canon to replace the popular Mark III and is packed with a range of new and improved features, which really impress and it feels like one of the most versatile EOS models yet.

The 36x24mm CMOS sensor has been booted up from 22.3MP in the Mark III to an impressive 30.4MP in the EOS 5D Mark IV, and the new full-frame sensor delivers images that are jam-packed with detail – even in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows. The EOS 5D Mark IV houses a Digic 6+ processor as well as a Digic 6 processor. It is the first time that a camera of this level has two processors at launch.

The ISO ranges from 100 to 32000 – which is expandable from 50 to 102400 – and in our tests we were able to capture great-quality images in almost any lighting condition without noise being hugely problematic. This is due to the enhanced noise-processing algorithm that improves low-light shooting. We were careful to ensure we tested the camera both in bright sunlight and dark indoor environments, and were very impressed with the ISO performance.

The new camera can shoot 7fps full- resolution images with full AF/AE tracking, which is impressively fast and responsive. We never felt the camera having to hunt for focus and there was little to no lag while shooting. It can also capture up to 21 RAW files in one burst or an unlimited number of JPEGS, plus in Live View the EOS 5D Mark IV can capture 4fps, which is more than its predecessor.

The 61-point wide-area reticular AF system makes tracking subjects incredibly easy – we were really impressed with the AF when we did some street photography with it, as we were able to lock onto and focus on moving subjects. The 61-points/41 cross-type AF points cover an expanded sensor area and provide the ability to focus even under moonlight at EV -3 in viewfinder shooting mode, or EV -4 in Live View mode, which is really impressive.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, which enables photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting, which is really great for making changes once the shot has been taken. Not only that, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV can record in 4K and provides the ability to extract 8.8MP JPEG images from the 4K videos.

In appearance it is fairly similar to the EOS 5D Mark III; however, it has a deeper grip as well as a lighter weight thanks to a redesigned mirror box, and we felt the 50-gram weight difference between the 5D Mark III and the Mark IV made a great deal of difference. Fifty grams might not seem like much, but it does really improve overall handling, and the deepened grip made holding it feel very comfortable and intuitive. There is also a customisable button on the back that gives the user more flexibility and makes changing some settings easier. In addition to the design differences, the Mark IV has improved weather proofing and durability, so we were never overly worried about dust or moisture during testing.

The touchscreen capabilities make using the camera really easy. The Mark IV boasts enhanced connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi that will enable remote operation and secure file transfer via smart devices using the Canon Camera Connect app. NFC provides instant connections between compatible devices, which is great for sharing imagery easily online as well as helping to streamline the workflow. The smartphone app is quick to connect and image transfer is also speedy.

Additionally, for the first time, photographers will be able to enter IPTC metadata in-camera that will be automatically embedded into their images. It may not be the flashiest addition, but it will greatly speed up the workflow for many photographers.

The Verdict

9/10 – This camera impresses. It is durable, comfortable and gives stunning images. Autofocus is extremely responsive and low-light performance is fantastic.