The Canon 5D Mk IV is a Photographer’s Workhorse Camera

We’ve been waiting for a very long time for a replacement for the Canon 5D Mk III; and today we’re getting its successor in the form of the Canon 5D Mk IV. The replacement was well worth the wait and if you look at the grand scheme of things and what Canon is trying to do, it simply makes a lot of sense. The camera isn’t being positioned as high as the Canon 5Ds (which is a spectacular camera) but instead is going to continue to target the photographer that needs a workhorse camera, great video and a balance of both resolution and high ISO output.


The specs on the new Canon 5D Mk IV are prominently featured around the 30.4MP full frame sensor. This is a brand new Canon developed sensor that sports an ISO range of 100-32,000. To support that sensor, there is a new Digic 6+ processor. Even further, there are 61 AF points with 41 being cross type and with all of them being sensitive down to f8. This is a feature taken from the 1Dx Mk II’s autofocus system and brought to the new Canon 5D Mk IV.


One of the new features is called Dual Pixel RAW. There were rumors online that cited that you can fine tune the focus after shooting using Canon’s software. But that isn’t true.

According to Canon, this is the explanation of Dual Pixel Raw:

“Dual Pixel Raw functionality has 3 adjustments possible. One is “Image Micro Adjustment”. This allows for post processing of the image, in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, to adjust the plane of sharpness and resolution forward or backward in small increments using depth information recorded by the sensor leveraging Dual Pixel data.”

That’s still kind of confusing overall though. According to our notes in a phone call with Canon the resulting file will be twice the size of a standard RAW file and while it’s not moving the focus, what it will result in is an overall sharper photo.


Canon 5D Mk IV From Canon


  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.

Extra Notes From Our Meeting

  • Full touch screen LCD screen
  • EOS ITR: facial data and color recognition data tracking
  • Autofocus abilities EV -3 AF and -4 in Live view
  • built in digital lens optimizer while shooting
  • Built in WiFi NFC and GPS. The camera also has FTP and FTPS built into it in case you need more advanced network
  • Built in bulb and intervalometer for time lapse shooting
  • 4K video at 30p, 25p, 24p and 29.98. The user can also do 4K still frame grabs
  • Dust and weather resistance are now equal to the 7D Mk II
  • Some controls have been moved
  • New AF area select button
  • HDR movies, same as in the 80D 1080 30p
  • 120p video at 720
  • 7 fps still shooting
  • Intelligent viewfinder II
  • Upgraded mirror vibration control. This is just like what you’ll find in the Canon 5Ds that will help prevent the effects of subtle camera shake on the final image because there are so many pixels on the sensor.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Servo focusing in live view at 3 and 3.4 fps
  • Memory card: CF and SD

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September) †† and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4599.00, scheduled to be available late October) ††.


Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.