Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Launched With 4K Video Recording Capabilities and Higher 30-MP Sensor

Four years after Canon introduced the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, arguably the most popular professional camera till date, the camera manufacturer has upgraded it. The new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is upgraded to include a new camera sensor, up from 22MP to 30.4MP. The body-only variant of the camera is priced at $3,499 and will go on sale in September.

The new Canon 5D Mark IV looks quite similar to its predecessor. It now includes a 3.2-inch touchscreen with 1.62 million dots resolution, and improved weather sealing as well, which indicates that you can shoot in the harshest of conditions without worrying about damage to your camera. Talking about the technical specifications of the Canon 5D Mark IV, the 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor combines the Digic 6+ processing engine to shoot 4K videos albeit with a 1.64x crop of the frame. The camera can shoot in the ISO points from 50 going all the way up to 102,400.

Despite the increase in resolution size, Canon has also increased the continuous shooting speed to seven frames per second (fps). It is also the first camera in the 5D-series that includes native support for Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS. The new camera also includes 61-autofocus points and a Dual Pixel autofocus (AF) mechanism.

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The 4K video has a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, which is a marginally wider aspect ratio than regular Ultra HD content or television. This aspect ratio is bound to capture the fancy of professional videographers. The 4K video can be captured at 30 fps or 24 fps. Moreover, the camera can also shoot 1080p video at 60 fps and 720p video at 120 fps. Thanks to the presence of Dual Pixel AF, shooting videos will be faster and more accurate using the Live mode.

Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon U.S.A.’s chief operating officer and president, spoke about the camera, “Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”

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Popular camera reviews website DPreview is already out with their first impressions of the Canon 5D Mark IV. It reads as follows.

“Canon has addressed many of the concerns of 5D-owning stills and video shooters. We expect significant, though not class-leading, improvements in dynamic range that narrow the gap in shadow recoverability between Canon and Sony sensors. Resolution has taken a reasonable step forward as well. If it isn’t already apparent, we love Dual Pixel AF and are very happy to see its capability extended to stills shooting of moving subjects. Our largest concerns are around whether or not the 5D IV will be seen as a serious video tool for years to come, due to its Motion JPEG limitation and lack of Clean HDMI output in 4K (not to mention its 1.64x crop), as well as its lack of video support tools like zebras and Log gamma. But none of this detracts from the solid improvements and innovative features this iteration brings, one that will surely be a workhorse camera for many in the years to come.”

Apart from the Canon 5D Mark IV, the company also introduced two new lenses: the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II. Both these lenses will be available separately in October, with the 24-105mm going for $1,099 and the 16-35mm for $2,199. The 24-105 will also be available in a kit with the camera for $4,599, for which you will have to wait till October. Another kit will include the EF 24-70mm f/4L lens for $4,399.

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