Canon Announces EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon Announces EOS 5D Mark IV

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2016 has been a bitter-sweet year for the photography industry, on the one hand we have witnessed groundbreaking camera releases, with the likes of the Canon 1D X Mark II, Nikon D5, Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-t2 wowing shooters and (mostly) exceeding industry expectation. On the other we have witnessed the industry we love facing record low sales, delays and uncertainty in the wake of the terrible earthquake that struck the Kumamoto region of Japan in April.

Throughout the course of what can only be described as a polarising year for the photography industry, the prospect of the arrival of one very special camera has never strayed far from the front pages of camera and photography enthusiast media. No single release this year has been the cause of so much rumor and counter rumor, so much excitement and speculation. It is coming and it isn’t, it will be this and will not be that, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV certainly has a lot to live up too.

Well folks, the wait is finally over, and it is time for us to put the rumor-mongering and speculation to bed, because today Canon have officially announced the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The EOS 5D Mark IV features a full frame 30.4 MP, dual pixel CMOS sensor mated to the DIGIC 6+ image processing system from the 1DX Mark II. The Camera deploys 61 AF Points (41 crosstype) all of which, much like the 1D X Mark II are available up to f/8. Canon’s Dual Pixel video autofocus technology, as seen in the EOS 70D and the EOS 1DX Mark II is also present. Shutter speed is 1/8,000 to 30 seconds with a maximum flash synchro speed 1/200 sec, and ISO range is 100-3200 native and 100-102400 in extended mode. Continuous shooting is possible at a handy 7fps, the RAW buffer however is limited to just 21 shots, so 3 seconds is all you get if you are trying to capture that tricky moving subject. file sizes are are as follows:

RAW: 6270 x 4480 about 36.8MB
DPRAW: 6270 x 4480 about 66.9MB
M-RAW: 5040 x 3360 about 27.7MB
S-RAW: 3360 x 2240 about 18.9MB

The 5D Mark IV finally brings 4K video recording the EOS 5D family, at 30fps (8bit 500mbps mjpeg) with a 4.2.2 color sampling rate, allowing sampling of 8.8MP images from 4K video (at the expense of huge file sizes). Canon have gone with the DCI standard for 4k here, the mark IV capturing video at a 4096 x 2160 rather than the more widely used 6:9, UHD standard (3840 x 2160). The advantage of the DCI is a slightly higher aspect ratio than 16:9, so videographers will be getting slightly higher quality video, but at a crop factor of 1.64. Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus technology really shines during video capture, allowing sensor based phase detect autofocus and eliminating the need for data to be sent to a separate dedicated AF sensor. Super fast, accurate autofocus in video and live view is the name of the game here, and the system really is powerful when mated with one of Canon’s STM lenses. The Mark IV is also capable of capturing super slow-motion in full HD at 120fps, matching the flagship 1D X Mark II, another first for the 5D line and huge boon for sports shooters. The 5D Mark IV was in fact spotted in testing with pro-windsurfer Levi Siver, an indication that Canon were taking the video features of their new camera very seriously, which brings us neatly onto our next feature of the new 5D, storage. The 5D Mark IV features SDXC / SDHC / SD and CompactFlash Type II compatibility, no CFast, and the SD card compatibility is only UHS-1. This really has us scratching our heads, the 5D Mark III was released in 2012, and the Mark IV will no doubt be expected to have a similar shelf life. Off the bat, the lack of CFast or UHS-II means that the 4K 30fps frame limit at release is here to stay (8bit 500mbps mjpeg translates to 62.5 MB/s), anyone hoping for a firmware bump to 60fps in the future can forget about it, the hardware to support (memory card wise at least) it isn’t there. The Mark IV does receive USB 3.0 (5gbps), and technically if tethered to a computer, or some form of fast external storage (CFast adaptor anyone?) increases could be possible, but at the cost of being wired to something external to the camera. Short sighted, and more than a little future shy from Canon here, the current specs will keep those looking to exploit the 5D’s video capabilities happy for now, but 2 from now we can’t help thinking that in video performance at least, the 5D Mark IV will be feeling a little left behind. Luckily Canon haven’t (entirely) dropped the ball when it comes to video connectivity, The Mark IV features both mic and headphone ports, and an HDMI 1.3 port for external video recording and viewing, If only it was HDMI 1.4 or 2.0, no external 4K here! On top of all the video features mentioned above Canon have also packed in a new time-lapse mode which is able to stitch together up to 3600 still images into a fullHD movie of 2 minuets in length (see video at bottom of post).

Physically the Mark IV Is housed in a dust and weather sealed magnesium alloy body, measuring in at 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm and weighing 800g for the body only. The addition of WiF and NFC is good to see, the world is an extremely connected place these days, and Canon are obviously keen to keep up. Physical connectivity is taken care of via super fast USB 3.0 and HDMI connections and for the first time on a Canon DSLR the shutter release cable port has been moved to the front of the camera. Viewing duties are handled by 100% coverage and 0.71x magnification viewfinder, and a 1.62 million dot 3.2″ touchscreen LCD, similar to that found on the 1D X Mark II, but featuring expanded touch capabilities Touch to focus is present as is full menu navigation, very handy for tripod mounted shooting and quickly accessing settings on the fly.

Dual Pixel RAW

There has been plenty of speculation over exactly what Canon’s ‘DSLR first’ would be, and indeed plenty of speculation surrounding a mysterious, lost in translation feature called ‘Dual Pixel RAW’ that appeared in 5D rumor posts across the internet last week. Well now we know, Dual Pixel RAW seems to utilize both photodiodes present in each pixel of the dual-pixel CMOS sensor to capture two separate images at the same exposure. The vertical offset between the two photodiodes causes there to be a slight parallax shift between the resultant images which can be used in post processing to make very fine focus adjustments, shift out of focus areas slightly, and reduce the impact of unwanted ghosting in images. Right now the use of Dual Pixel RAW is limited to Canon’s Digital Photo Professional 4.5 software, but if it proves a hit you may see some of the big software players joining the party at a later date. Our verdict? Whilst any new use of new technology is great news, Dual Pixel RAW seems a little gimmicky, professional shooters know how to achieve the shot they want, and many will not want to sacrifice the memory required to capture two images simultaneously, equally many of those looking to purchase the 5D Mark IV wont be using Digital Photo Professional, and therefore won’t be able to make use of the feature without adding another step into their workflow. Let’s hope we see some more creative use of Canon’s Dual Pixel sensor technology in the future, such as Mr. Whites idea for capturing HDR images.

BG-E20 Battery Grip


Alongside the EOS 5D Mark IV, canon have also announced the Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip. The BG-E20 is designed specifically for use with the 5D Mark IV and can hold two extra LP-E6/LP-E6N Batteries. No ground breaking features here, just a good old fashioned extended grip, like the 5D Mark IV the BG-E20 is weather and dust sealed.

The BG-E20 is available for pre-order now for $349 at the following links:


The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is available in two lens kits from launch; Firstly the camera is available bundled with the newly announced EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II for a price of $…., and secondly bundled with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for a price of $… The new EF 24-105mm kit is likely to be the runaway success here, a classic lens updated and mated to a powerful new camera will be too much for many shooters looking to purchase the 5D Mark IV to ignore.

So there we have it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV certainly looks to be an extremely impressive camera, and other than the unfortunate lack of CFast card compatibility, Canon seem to have the core specification and performance features nailed down. The 5D Mark IV is due to start shipping on September 8th, pre-orders are live for the various body and kit options at the following links. Grab yours now, this one is going to be in extremely high demand!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Video Content

From Canon

Developed for Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Nature/Wildlife Photographers as well as Filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark IV Delivers Excellent Image Quality and 4K Video Recording

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes. The camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.

In addition, Canon is also introducing two new L-series EF lenses – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens– offering fantastic edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.

“Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV– the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”

“Outdoor photographers will really appreciate the new EOS 5D Mark IV, as it offers more resolution, better detail in the shadows, and improved speeds in autofocus and frame rate,” reported acclaimed nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp. “With the fabulous resolution of 4K video and the ability to make beautiful prints from a frame of that video as an added bonus, this camera sets a new mid-range standard for nature photography.”

EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications:

  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.

“I have owned every camera in the 5D line, so the new EOS 5D Mark IV feels like an old friend in my hands, only better” exclaimed renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore. “It has everything a professional photographer needs to create outstanding, quality images every time. Between its ability with still images and video capture, it is the complete package and—in my opinion—the best wedding camera on the planet.”

“When working with macro beauty photography, I need fast and precise autofocus. With each breath of the subject I need to be able to check the exact placement of focus, whether on the tips of the eyelashes, the pupils or other detail of her face. The EOS 5D Mark IV gave me exactly the speed and precision required to capture the detail and stunning color that is a signature of my beauty work,” remarked celebrated fashion and beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. “I’m always looking for ways to create visuals that help me stand out from the competition. Cinemagraphs, also known as ‘living images,’ allow me to combine still frames and video to create captivating images. Because of the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 4K and slow motion capabilities, I now have the ability to create high quality and visually compelling cinemagraphs without having to invest in an expensive cinema camera!”

The Next Generation of EOS 5D Cameras

In addition to the new Full Frame sensor, the new EOS 5D Mark IV includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.

The EOS 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

Following the groundbreaking video recording capabilities introduced in the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV takes the next leap forward offering DCI 4K video recording. Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera.

Mobile Connectivity

For the first time in an EOS 5D series DSLR camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near-Field Communication (NFC)™1 providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App2. The EOS 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS3 receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September)†† and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4599.00, scheduled to be available late October)††.

For an exclusive, hands-on preview, the camera will be available at the customer support centers shown below. Visitors can experience the camera firsthand while Canon technical experts demonstrate new product features, answer questions, and spotlight the benefits of Canon products and service.


1Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

2Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

3In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

* Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.

** Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

*** When lens diaphragm setting is fully open, adjustment volume and compensation effect are emphasized. Sufficient adjustment volume and compensation effect may not be achieved, depending on lens in use and shooting conditions. Adjustment volume and compensation effect vary depending on camera position (landscape or portrait). Sufficient adjustment volume and compensation effect may not be achieved depending on the shooting conditions.

††Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.


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