Following years of rumors and speculation, the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera is finally official. It is here with numerous improvements over the previous generation, including built-in WiFi and 4K video recording.
Well, that’s it. It’s done. The rumor mill will have to find another favorite camera to talk about, as Canon has just introduced the EOS 5D Mark IV. It has been a long struggle, but one that will be forgotten soon enough, as the device will become available for purchase within a few weeks.
Its predecessor, called 5D Mark III, was launched in the first quarter of 2012. Yes, four and a half years have passed, albeit this is a statement to the longevity of these cameras. As for the new model, it is a major evolution of its forerunner and offers features which have been demanded by users for a long time.
Canon 5D Mark IV has 30.4MP sensor and records 4K videos
The 5D Mark IV continues the legacy of the 5D series with a brand new 30.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor powered by a DIGIC 6+ processor. The combination allows the camera to shoot videos at 4K resolution at 30fps.
As many predicted, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology made its way into the camera. It allows the device to focus quickly and to track subjects with accuracy in Live View mode.
Moreover, this is a new version of DPAF and it is the first time it captures information from a pixel’s both photodiodes. This way, users will be able to reduce many optical flaws in post-processing.
The native ISO sensitivity of the sensor stands between 100 and 32000. It can be expanded between 60 and 102400. Getting back to 4K video recording, unfortunately we have to say that it is recorded in Motion JPEG format.
If users enjoy a frame from their 4K videos, then they will be able to extract 8.8-megapixel stills from a movie file. As for speed, the new Canon 5D Mark IV is capable of shooting up to 7fps in burst mode.
WiFi, NFC, and GPS are all built-in, while the LCD is waiting for your touch
The camera’s autofocus system has 61 focus points and 41 of them are cross-type. The company is claiming that the full-frame DSLR will be capable of autofocusing at f/8 with all points even when being used in combination with a super-telephoto lens and focal length extender.
A 150K-pixel RBG+IR metering sensor sits at users’ disposal. It comes with anti-flicker technology by detecting flickering lights and providing consistent exposures in continuous mode. The metering sensor includes face recognition and supports autofocusing even in -4 EV conditions.
As no single camera should be released without these features in 2016, the Canon 5D Mark IV employs WiFi, NFC, and GPS. Photographers can connect to mobile devices, while also adding geo-tagging information to their files without the need of extra accessories.
On the back of the DSLR, there is a 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD with a 1.62-million resolution, which can be used for selecting the focusing area. Composing shots can also be done via the built-in optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage.
There is no built-in flash, but there is a hot-shoe for mounting such accessories with an X sync speed of 1/200th of a second. As for the shutter speed, it offers a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 1/8000th of a second.
Expected price tag and before-Photokina release date
Canon 5D Mark IV comes with Compact Flash and SD card slots. Both microphone and speaker are mono, but users can attach external mic and headphones via the camera’s ports. The DSLR also offers HDMI and USB 3.0 ports.
This device is environmentally sealed, so it is resistant to dust, moisture and low temperatures. It has a battery life of up to 900 shots on a single charge. The shooter weighs 890 grams with the battery included and it measures 151 x 116 x 76 mm.
All these features will come your way in early September, ahead of the start of the Photokina 2016 event, when the camera is expected to become available at a price of $3,499.
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM announced
The Japanese company also announced two lenses. Both have been mentioned within the rumor mill. Without further ado, behold the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM optics.
The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM wide-angle zoom lens employs dual-surface glass-molded aspherical elements and provides improved image quality compared to its predecessor. Furthermore, you can now create proper sunstars, which have 18 rays.
On the other hand, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM standard zoom lens offers up to 4 f-stops of image stabilization. An air sphere coating has been added, too, in order to cut down flare and ghosting.
Canon will release the wide-angle optic for $2,199 this October and, respectively, the standard zoom unit for $1,099 within the same timeframe.