Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is one of Canon’s well-rounded, complete and well-equipped DSLR cameras with lots of high-end features. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review shows that then you have a DSLR with 30MP and full-frame CMOS sensor, coupled with an advanced AF system, then it is well-rounded. Usable for any situation and photography field.

Below is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

Little wonder it does not come cheap mainly because of the 30.4MP and full-frame CMOS sensor. You are buying a camera capable of shooting high-quality images.

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• The touchscreen is responsive and fast
• Full-frame sensor
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• Advanced AF system
• 4k video shooting and
• Impressive 7fps burst speed.


• Expensive
• Limited 4K video capture options
• Quite heavy
• No improvement in the ISO range

Canon has been in the business of improving on a similar camera. Quite notably, one of the first in this series was the Canon EOS 5D; full-frame DSLR from Canon was improved with the coming of the 5D Mark II, Canon’s premier Full HD video DSLR. Then came the 5D Mark III unique for its advanced AF system.

When it seemed that Canon was abandoning the Mark project with the 5Ds and 5Ds R camera unique for their high resolution (they had a massive 50.6MP). Then came the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, an improvement on the Mark III features especially the AF system, Dual Pixel autofocus, and high-resolution sensor and specially designed to suit enthusiast and professional alike.


Key Features Include:

• 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor
• 7fps burst shooting speed with silent shutter mode
• Touchscreen 3.2-inch with 1,620,000 dots
• 61-point AF system
• Dual Digic 6/6+ processors
• 4K video capture
• Wi-Fi and NFC built-in connectivity
• Built-in GPS
• Battery life of 900 shots
• 100% optical VF
• Weighs 800g.

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A quick perusal of the key features, you would notice the significant improvement on the resolution of this camera from the previous Mark II and Mark III which had 21MP and 22MP resolution.

The Mark IV has a 30.4MP resolution. This is quite lower than the 50.6MP of the 5Ds and 5Ds R and competitive cameras like the Sony A7R II. Nevertheless, images are still top quality at 6720 x 4480 pixels.

This Mark IV 30.4MP is significantly higher than previously Canon EOS cameras. There’s been no previous full-frame sensor with this resolution.

Other notable improvements on the Mark IV is the Dual Pixel Raw technology for fine-tuning sharpness. It shifts focus a little bit after taking a shot and you can save the image finally. There is also the on-chip digital-analog conversion for better noise performance and a broad dynamic range.

How the DPR technology works is this, each of the pixel has two diodes which create a file with two images having different focus points. Using the Digital Photo Professional software to open this file, you can then shift focus a little bit with the help of the Image Micro-adjustment.

Body-build, Design, and Handling:

In body and design, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a body and design similar to the 5D Mark III. It has magnesium alloy and polycarbonate construction. It is well designed and arranged, toughly built to withstand difficulties and pressure. It is big and about 5.9 x 4.6 x 3 inches.

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This was done to get Canon users to easily adapt to this camera, without having to get to terms with its features and buttons.


Also like its predecessors, it is well protected from dust and weather and weighs 800g, lighter than the Mark III by approx. 50g. This is a bit surprising considering the array of features and technology in this camera. In terms of handling, the hand grip is larger and deeper. You can hold it safely without any problem and difficulty. Also, there is the built-in flash for users, a locking mode dial with nine options at the very top of the camera.

Other Design Features:

There is another notable adjustment, the pentaprism close to the optical viewfinder which has been made a bit larger, with this space now occupied by the built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity.

As part of the design, a new button has been added close to the rear of the camera. With it, you can now perform many functions together with the front command dial. Usually, the best option would be to control ISO and to toggle sensitivity, but you could choose various options in the main menu.

There is a button for every setting since photographers are more likely to change settings while shooting. There is the main menu which contains whatever you are looking for.

The Q button helps you alter whatever is highlighted on the display, while the Rate button another new addition is for rating your images in playback. This would assist the user when going through previous shots and to easily identify images on editing software after they have been transferred to the computer.

The next notable feature is the optical viewfinder, a fixed 3.2-inch LCD screen for Live View, playback. The monitor is touch-sensitive for better control over your features. There is also a dual-slot compartment at the right for your CompactFlash and SD card. Users were expecting some more improvement such as the XQD card support seen on top Nikon cameras or the CFast 2.0 0on the flagship 1D X Mark II. In addition to the Wi-Fi and GPS is the NFC for connection with a smartphone.

The AF System:

Features of the AF system of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is identical to the flagship 1D X Mark II AF configuration. It has a 61-point AF system and 41 of them are cross-type AF points, five are dual cross-type for a greater accuracy.

Taking a look at the Live View, you would discover that everything about the autofocus has been upgraded. The Live View has a Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing for Live View.

When shooting especially still-life, the screen could be used to lock focus with speed and precision. The AF system is connected to the metering system and thus enable it to track colored subjects and even facial recognition. This has improved the AF performance in terms of speed and precision, sensitivity and motion of your subject.

As earlier stated, when shooting in Live View, the Dual Pixel autofocus is a major upgrade on the 5D Mark III. Also, the AF coverage is wider, up to 24% expanded vertical coverage the whole frame, and you may not need to always focus and recompose all the time when shooting features at the outer edge of the frame.

For video shooting, people working with the autofocus can now easily re-focus while video shooting thanks to the Movie Servo AF. It gives out a steady change as you re-focus.

The Processor:

When you have an AF system that is very sensitive, focusing as low as -3EV and -4EV in live view, then there is little to worry about when focusing in low light situations as the -3EV is even darker than moonlight. Thanks to its double processor (DIGIC 6 and DIGIC 6+ processor). While the DIGIC 6 is used mainly for metering system, the DIGIC 6+ processor (an improvement on the DIGIC 5+ on Mark III), is the main camera processor, even for the AF system.

A lens/teleconverter is found in this camera. You could also use a lens/teleconverter combination at max. aperture f/8 and still use all the 61-point; 21 cross-type. This is an attractive option for sports and wildlife photographers.

Performance and Image Quality:

Performance features include the 7fps burst speed and 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and ISO range of 100-32,000, an improvement on the 100-25,600 in the Mark III. Also, the 5D Mark IV has a 252-zone metering sensor for improved AE and AF precision. This is better than the iFCL as found on the 5D Mark III.

As the camera shoots at 7fps, tracking is easy and good (it can carry up to 21 Raw files and unlimited JPEG files). There is little worry when tracking moving subjects. The focus acquisition is very fast locking sharply in focusing bright light and a little delayed in low light situations.

Canon 5D Mark IV has a large and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage which displays shooting information at the bottom. There is the Intelligent Viewfinder II technology which allows you display electronic level along grid lines and other shooting information you need especially when the camera raised to eye-level. You are able to choose what is to be displayed in the set-up menu like the white balance, metering, AF, battery level, Flicker detection, and the DPR.

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The battery life is the same with the 5D Mark III having the same LP-E6N battery with a lifespan of 900 shots.

Image Quality:

Due to the ISO range of 100-32,000, expandable to 50-102,400 (H2) like the Mark III, hence noise is well controlled at high ISOs due to an improved noise-processing algorithm. Hence this makes the 5D Mark IV one of few cameras with studio-quality resolution. It is also very good for photography.

There is also a built-in low pass filter. In terms of image quality, Canon has finally delivered. This is reflected in the very sharp images it produces. Its 30.4 sensor delivers images with a great amount of detail, though this is not comparable to that of the 5Ds. When images were taken at ISOs of 800 and 2000, they were noise free.

ISO Performance:

At ISO 10,000 and up to 25,600, images were still good, though a little amount of noise (chroma and luminance noise) starts to creep in at a closer look.

Worthy of note though is that RAW files shot at very high ISO could be a bit free from these chroma and luminance noise by using Canon’s DPP software. Thanks to the on-chip digital-analog conversion for better noise performance and a broad dynamic range.

You could even underexpose your shot in order to preserve and save details for RAW files. These RAW files can be further processed, you are sure to get back lost shadow detail later but at the same time saving you from image noise. Also, the JPEG files are also great. You can shoot in Landscape mode to get some blue sky pictures, skin tones can be reproduced back.

Competition and Conclusion:

Finally, the 5D Mark IV comes at a price. It is easier to switch to this camera if you’ve used the previous versions, 5D Mark III or Mark II seeing there are a lot of significant improvement that comes with this camera. Almost every feature is an upgraded feature.

When you consider the 30.4MP sensor, it is not a motivator, but compared to the previous versions (22.3MP of 5D Mark III,) it is a major boost. Another improvement comes in the AF system, sensitive touchscreen, and improved noise performance.


While there are certainly better cameras like Nikon D810 which has a better battery life of 1200 shots, 36.3MP. Also, there is the Sony’s A7R Mark of 42.4MP. The coming of the Nikon D850 with 45.4MP resolution has taken the shine away from the most camera while still retaining the same price rate and a far better camera option.

Here is the Nikon D850 Review: Nikon D850 Review

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is valued at $3099.

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