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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Hands on Review


On this video our friends and colleagues Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from the Camera Store in Canada, took the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV for a spin and came back with some insights.

So we have played with the new 5D MK IV in Photokina 2016 just a few weeks ago and talked with Canon about the camera in our interview (see here) but it was far from a complete experience and no where near a review. Chris and Jordan on the other hand had the camera for testing for a while and they do have some more in-depth notes.

One interesting point which should give you some insight into the capabilities of the camera is the fact that this entire video was shot with the camera in AF mode – so this is a bit thumbs up for the Canon dual Pixel AF system.

The 1080p in video is much sharper than that of the 5D MK III on the other hand the 720p 120p is pretty bad looking so it isn’t that useful. It’s a shame you don’t get a swivel screen like some of the other lower Canon cameras.

the 4K codec makes huge files and the 1.6x crop factor in video is less than ideal. But Canon does want you to go to the Cinema series if you are a professional videographer (and pay accordingly of course).

In stills the camera really shine – the AF system is great, the Live view is relatively fast and accurately. The ISO is better and so is the dynamic range but this is still not to Nikon/Sony levels.

Quick reminder of the specs of the new Canon EOS 5D

  • Sensor: A new 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • Processor: Digic 6+.
  • Video: 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • AF: 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF – sensitive to -4EV.
  • Sensativity: ISO 100-32000 basic (expandable to 102400).
  • Shooting speed: 7 fps continuous shooting.
  • Advanced features – Dual Pixel Raw image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction, AF tracking in video (advanced face detection and more).
  • Light meter: 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.
  • LCD: 1.62M-dot 3.2″ touchscreen.
  • Connectivity: WIFI, NFC + GPS.
  • Timer: Built-in bulb timer.
  • Sealing: Improved weather-sealing compared to the EOS 5D MK III.
  • Price: $3500.

Bonus video – Chris and Jordan also recently published this funny video on surviving in the wild with only your photo gear – really worth a watch

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. You can find many of The Camera Store videos here on LensVid.

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