|Key Features||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Image Processor||Digic 6+||Digic 5+|
|Sensor Size||Full Frame||Full Frame|
|Native ISO||100 to 32000||100 to 25600|
|Auto-focus||61 points||61 points|
|Video||4K 30p||HD 1080p|
|Continuous shooting||7 Frames per Second||6 Frames per Second|
|Chassis||Mag Alloy||Mag Alloy|
|Exposure Control||150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor||63 zone Dual Layer SPC|
|Processor/Storage||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Image Processor||Digic 6+||Digic 5+|
|Image Storage 1||CF Type I (UDMA 7 compatible)||CF Type I (UDMA 7 compatible)|
|Image Storage 2||SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Image Sensor||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Sensor Size||Full Frame, 36mm x 24mm||Full Frame, 36mm x 24mm|
|Native ISO||100 to 32000||100 to 25600|
|Extended ISO||50 to 102400||50 to 102400|
|Color Filter||Primary Color||Primary Color|
|Low Pass Filter||Yes||Yes|
|Auto-focus||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Total points||61 points||61 points|
|Cross points||41 points||41 points|
|Dual-Cross points (f2.8)||5 points||5 points|
|Light Range||EV -3 to 18||EV -2 to 18|
|Exposure||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Meter||150,000-pixel RGB+IR, 252-zone||63 zone Dual Layer SPC|
|Range||EV 0 - 20||EV 1 - 20|
|Compensation||+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments||+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments|
|Shutter||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Type||Electronic focal-plane||Electronic focal-plane|
|Shutter Speed||30 to 1/8000 Sec||30 to 1/8000 Sec|
|LCD||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Type||3.2" 1.62M dots||3.2" 1.04M dots|
|Viewfinder||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Type||Optical Pentaprism||Optical Pentaprism|
|Stills||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Lens optical correction||Peripheral illumination, Chromatic aberration, Distortion correction, Diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer||Peripheral illumination, Chromatic aberration, Distortion correction|
|Max Image Resolution||6720px x 4480px||5760px x 3840px|
|Aspect ratios||3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1||3:2|
|Video||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|4K Video||MOV 30p||NO|
|1080HD Video||MOV/MP4 60p||MOV 30p|
|720HD Video||MOV 120p||MOV 60p|
|4K Frame Grab||YES||NO|
|Flash||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Modes||E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual||E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual|
|Compensation||+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments||+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments|
|2nd Curtain Sync||Yes||Yes|
|HotShoe/ PC terminal||YES/YES||YES/YES|
|Connectivity||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Hardwired||SuperSpeed USB 3.0||Hi-Speed USB|
|HDMI||Mini out (Type C, HDMI-CEC)||Mini out (PAL/ NTSC)|
|Headphone||Stereo mini jack||Mini jack|
|External microphone||Stereo mini jack||Stereo mini jack|
|Wifi||Internal IEEE802.11b/g/n)(2.4 GHz only)||External WFT-E7|
|Power||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Battery Life||Approx. 900 shots||Approx. 950 shots|
|AC Adapter Kit||ACK-E6N||ACK-E6|
|Physical||5D Mark IV||5D Mark III|
|Construction||Magnesium Alloy||Magnesium Alloy|
|Environment||0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity||0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity|
|Size||150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm||152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm|
|Weight||Approx. 800g||Approx. 950g|
The Canon 5D Mark IV is their latest digital camera to bear the single digit 5 and here we will look at the key differences with the previous Canon 5D Mark III.
The camera sports a new 30.4M pixel sensor that sits well above the previous 22.3M pixels of the Mk III but doesn’t challenge the 5Ds 50.6M pixels. All are of course full-frame 36mm x 24mm in a 3:2 aspect ratio. So a good leap in resolution and it includes a low-pass filter.
The other major change for the sensor is that it is a Dual-Pixel type, proprietary to Canon, that enables fast Phase Detection Auto-focus during live-view or video recording. When the mirror is up the camera cannot use the standard 61 point focus array so this Dual-Pixel sensor enables the camera to keep track of the subject much better than alternative methods. Using the touch-screen the user can quickly select the desired point of focus during recording.
In ISO sensitivity terms the overall range remains the same at ISO 50-102,400 expanded. However, the top native setting goes up from ISO 25,600 to ISO 32,000.
Canon have promised that even given these upgrades the Dynamic Range is an improvement on the 5D Mk III. Example images are tending to support that claim.
Looking at the video breakdown of the 5D Mk IV it appears the camera has several processors, a Digic 6+ and Digic 6 are used to both control the camera and to process and store the images. Another chip is apparently used for the Digital Lens Optimizer. The 5D Mk III was feeling a little tardy in comparison to some newer models. The upgrade of the 5D Mk IV from a Digic 5+ to a Digic 6+ processor will improve speed as well as image quality and noise reduction. Frames per second improves from 6 to 7 fps.
Image storage is similar with dual-slot CompactFlash and SD cards although with the new processor this should see faster read/write times with faster cards.
One of the newest and interesting features to come with the new camera is the output of RAW data from the Dual Pixels. Effectively making 2 images that can be manipulated in post process to effect certain aspects of the image.
These aspects are:
Just how effective these are depends on the lens and shooting conditions so they may prove useful but we will have to wait to try it out. Adjustments can only be made in Canon DPP software supplied with the camera.
The Canon 5D Mark IV has a 61 point auto-focus system that is similar to that of the 5D Mark III. It still has 41 cross type points but the points now cover a larger vertical area. AF area can now be selected with a new button under the rear joystick control. Canon choosing not to go with the previous 7D MK II toggle switch around the joystick. This presumably requires less movement of the hand to control the switch.
The auto-focus now works down to -3EV, the Mk III was -2EV, making auto-focus in moonlight possible.
When using long lenses with extenders the widest aperture often goes out to f8 making most camera auto-focus systems unusable. This camera can now auto-focus at all 61 points at f8 with up to 21 points remaining cross-type with the right lenses. The Mark III could with the updated firmware use just the one central point at f8.
As well as being able to correct for peripheral brightness and chromatic aberrations the same as the previous cameras, the new MK IV can correct for lens distortion and lens diffraction. These in-camera corrections are lens specific for Canon lenses.
DCI 4K video is added at 30/25/24fps rates and recorded at 4096 x 2160 pixels 4K (Motion JPEG). The rates of Full HD and HD have improved to 60fps and 120fps whilst both MOV and MP4 recording formats can be used.
Fresh from the 760D is the HDR Movie mode but here it is in Full HD at 30i/25i. This records at x2 speed and then combines 2 frames to make a single HDR frame with better exposure/contrast. This could prove very popular for church weddings or any other high contrast scenes.
Using the new Frame Grab feature you can easily extract an 8.8M pixel still image from the 4K video whilst reviewing the video playback. These images are of course not going to match the quality of the full 30M pixel still images but can be very useful non the less.
A new meter similar to the 7D MKII with a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering. This replaces a 63 zone Dual Layer SPC of the Mark III.
The new AutoWhiteBalance (Ambience priority/White priority) selection is added from the 5Ds/r cameras that either takes its cue from the ambient light or tries to ensure the whites are kept white.
Also first introduced on the 7D MKII is the anti-flicker detection at both 100 and 120Hz to counter problems with shooting sequences in artificial lighting giving unwanted exposure and color variations. Warnings are visible in the viewfinder and shutter delayed until peak light conditions.
The 3.2 inch LCD size has been retained but the screen resolution is up from 1040K dots to 1620K dots for improved image review and analysis. The screen also incorporates ‘reinforced glass’.
At last the 5D gets a touchscreen. This can used for menu functions, quick control settings, image review and touch-shutter. All the features that make it so popular with users of the lower cost models. It also very useful for focus point selection in live-view and video shooting.
From the 5Ds/r there is included a Custom Quick Control Screen that the user can customize with building-block type settings to make the screen of their choice.
Another first for the 5D is the addition of internal Wifi that adds connectivity for remote control and image transfer. This is made possible by changing the construction to allow for a plastic top over the pentaprism area. This allows for both the Wi-fi and GPS modules to function efficiently.
Using Wi-fi the camera can connect to smartphones, tablets, printers, ftp server Canon Connect Station and Canon Image Gateway. It also allows the camera to be controlled from a remote computer using EOS Utility or Canon Camera Connect App on Apple iOS or Android.
USB3 socket is added for higher speed cable connection but as with the 7D Mk II and 5Ds/r the cable protector provided must be used with this to avoid any damage and warranty issues.
GPS can be used to keep track of your location and added to image file data for later identification on computer mapping software. The GPS unit can receive positioning information from US, Russian and Japanese services, unless the country you are in restricts such usage. A note you must be careful to observe when traveling in foreign countries.
The 5D Mk IV has all the normal out of frame shooting data in the viewfinder but also not includes some customizable in frame information about the cameras settings along with focus points and electronic level. Each available item can be enabled in the relevant menu settings page.
The International Press and Tele Communications specifies a broader range of metadata to add to images in-camera. This data includes 39 parameters such as descriptions for Image Content, Model Rights, Image Rights, Image Status, Contact Information along with Event and Location. This can now be set up in-camera and will no doubt be welcomed by the many press photographers.
The remote socket has been moved to the front right side (as viewed from front). This makes space for the other connections to be grouped together on that side.
So far we have been introduced to a camera that meets the expectation that photographers have of Canon and adds a little extra too. This camera will sell without question to those who can and want to meet the asking price. The second-hand camera shops are already filling up with 5D Mk III as people try to maximize their returns and get their hands on the Mark IV. Only Sony can spoil the Canon Party but that looks very unlikely given their weaker market position.