Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has been announced and is expected to hit the streets in early September! This review page will be updated as more information becomes available/is clarified and, when my camera arrives, a full review will be completed at a high priority:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV boasts a huge array of high end features, including a 30 megapixel full frame CMOS imaging sensor and Canon’s best AF system, for a significantly lower price than Canon’s current 1-Series model. This value and versatility, as with all EOS 5-Series models before it, launched the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to great fanfare and a strong demand.

The original Canon EOS 5D DSLR was the first affordable full frame DSLR. It was a highly regarded and very successful model. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with its excellent 21.1 MP full frame sensor, launched to instant success 3 years later. The image quality to price ratio of this model was exceptional, especially from a video perspective. The 5D II was Canon’s first video-capable DSLR and it achieved great fame for its amazing video image quality for the price.

About three and a half years after the 5D II’s arrival, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was announced. While the 5D III brought another image quality upgrade, the improvement, especially in resolution, was minimal relative to the improvement brought by version “II”. The 5D III had many great upgraded features, but the standout was its amazing new AF system.

The 5Ds and 5Ds R models, not replacing the “Mark” series, took us back to a very significant resolution increase being the primary upgrade feature as we last saw with the 5D II. While many made the jump to the 5Ds models, there were also many holdouts waiting for something different in their upgrade path. The IV appears to be what many of them were looking for, with a nice bump in resolution over the III, an improved AF system, improved video capabilities and much more.

The 5-Series cameras have been my primary bodies since the 5D Mark III (though a 1-Series model takes care of my sports and fast-action needs) with the 5Ds R bodies being the current model I’m using at 5D IV announcement time. The best-available in many respects, these are feature-filled cameras that are easy to use, feel great in hand and reliably deliver very impressive image quality. Let’s take a look at what we get with the “IV”.

Summary of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Features

  • 30.4 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 7 fps continuous shooting and silent shutter mode
  • 4k 30fps video with 8.8 mp still frame grab, Full 1080p HD 60 fps, HD 720p mode at 120 fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting
  • Dual Pixel RAW
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in WiFi, NFC (Near-Field Communication)
  • 3.2″ (81.1mm), approximately 1,620,000 dot Clear View II LCD monitor with full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area
  • DIGIC 6+ image processor
  • 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system (like 1D X Mark II) including up to 41 cross-type AF sensors, with EOS iTR, f/8 AF
  • EV -3 AF sensitivity, EV -4 when in Live View mode
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR, 252 zone metering sensor for improved AE and AF precision
  • Zone, Spot and AF Point Expansion focusing modes
  • ISO 100-32000 with expansion up to 102400, down to 50
  • Short 58ms shutter lag
  • Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
  • Dual Memory Card Slots supporting one CF (UDMA Mode 7) and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory card
  • Upgraded Transparent LCD viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • Dual-Axis Electronic Level with dedicated viewfinder display
  • Time-lapse Movie function
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
  • Peripheral Illumination, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion and Diffraction Corrections in-camera along with DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer)
  • Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 150,000 cycles, improved dust and weather resistance
  • Mirror Vibration Control System to reduce mirror vibration-caused blur
  • Customizable Quick Control screen
  • +/- 5 stops of exposure compensation
  • Super Speed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer
  • In-camera Multiple Exposure and HDR modes, HDR 30 fps video
  • Improved custom controls with built-in intervalometer and bulb timer


Sensor and Image Quality

As mentioned, one of the EOS 5D Mark II’s great upgrade features was its huge resolution increase, going 12.8 to 21.1 megapixels. A resolution increase was not a headlining upgrade for the next model, with the EOS 5D Mark III receiving a bump to 22.3 megapixels. While that was a positive feature, it was far from dramatic and, alone, likely drove no upgrades. That is changed again with the EOS 5D Mark IV (disregarding the side-stepping 5Ds models), with this camera getting upgraded to 30.4 megapixels, a very noticeable and welcomed increase.

Model
FOVCF
Sensor
Pixel Size
Pixels/Megapixels
Viewfinder
DLA*
Canon EOS 80D
1.6x
22.5 x 15.0mm
3.7µm
6000 x 4000
24.2
 .95x
100%
f/5.9
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1.6x
22.4 x 15.0mm
4.1µm
5472 x 3648
20.2
 1.0x
100%
f/6.6
Canon EOS 6D
1.0x
35.8 x 23.9mm
6.54µm
5472 x 3648
20.2
 .71x
97%
f/10.5
Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R
1.0x
36.0 x 24.0mm
4.14µm
8688 x 5792
50.6
 .71x
100%
f/6.7
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1.0x
36.0 x 24.0mm
5.36µm
6720 x 4480
30.4
 .71x
100%
f/8.6
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1.0x
36.0 x 24.0mm
6.25µm
5760 x 3840
22.3
 .71x
100%
f/10.1
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1.0x
35.8 x 23.9mm
6.4µm
5616 x 3744
21.1
 .71x
98%
f/10.2
Canon EOS 5D
1.0x
35.8 x 23.9mm
8.2µm
4368 x 2912
12.8
 .71x
96%
f/13.2
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
1.0x
36.0 x 24.0mm
6.6µm
5472 x 3648
20.2
 .76x
100%
f/10.6