4K video is creeping its way into more cameras from the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4, Reports are stating alread that the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV might be the second Canon camera to shoot quadruple HD resolution footage. Canon Watch has picked up on a rumor suggesting the EOS 5D Mark III successor will be announced at the beginning of 2015.
Adding 4K could effectively bump up the video resolution on the 5D from 1920 x 1080 to 4096 x 2160—just enough pixels to resolve the faces of every audience member at the World Cup games. There’s no word of what frame rate video the Canon 5D Mark IV will be able to produce but it will most likely be the same or lower than the Mark III’s 30fps at Full-HD.
Supposedly Canon plans to implement 4K video as a way of pushing the 5D further into the videographer category. More likely though it’s to get keep up with the technology race to dissuade shooters from jumping ship to Sony, Panasonic, or any other brands to implement 4K video.
This is the second time we’ve heard rumors of Canon’s plans to include 4K video in a DSLR. Earlier this March an EOS 3D popped up as a higher-end and resolution, 4K capable model to slot in between the 5D and 1D X. Early reports posited a camera with practically the same capabilities as the 5D Mark III with a much higher resolution sensor to produce extremely detailed prints and quad-HD footage. However, the 3D and 5D Mark IV might be one and the same camera just with different codenames.