Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

October 20, 2016 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 30.4 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 31.7 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 6+

LENS

Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S / EF-M lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type TTL-secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with dedicated AF sensor
AF System/ Points
  • 61 Point / max of 41 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points at f/8 (1)
  • The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF working range EV -3 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes
  • One Shot
  • AI Focus
  • AI Servo AF
AF Point Selection
  • Automatic selection: All 61 point AF (based on EOS iTR AF setting)
  • Manual selection: Single point AF (selectable points 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)
  • Manual selection: Single point Spot AF
  • Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
  • Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
  • Manual selection: Zone AF (all AF points divided into 9 focusing zones)
  • Manual selection: Large Zone AF (all AF points divided into 3 focusing zones)
  • AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF point display Transparent LCD in viewfinder and shown on Quick Control screen
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode. Using customised button set to AF stop in AI servo
AF Assist Beam Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens
AF Microadjustment
  • Manual: Enter adjustment +/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for zoom lenses)
  • Adjust all lenses by same amount
  • Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
  • Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes
  • Approx. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering. EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis system
  • (1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
  • (2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of viewfinder at centre)
  • (3) Spot metering: Center spot metering (approx. 1.3% viewfinder at centre)
  • AF point-linked spot metering not provided
  • (4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Brightness Range EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C, ISO100, with evaluative metering)
AE Lock
  • Auto: In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved
  • Manual: By AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes
Exposure Compensation +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Anti-flicker shooting Yes. Flicker detected at a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz. Maximum continuous shooting speed may decrease
ISO Sensitivity (1)
  • Auto 100-32000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
  • ISO can be expanded to L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400,

SHUTTER

Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings
  • AWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting
  • White balance compensation:
  • 1. Blue/Amber +/-9
  • 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing
  • +/-3 levels in single level increments
  • 3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release
  • Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias

VIEWFINDER

Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x(4)
Eyepoint Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Fixed, with information Transparent LCD overlay
Mirror Quick-return half mirror
Viewfinder Information
  • AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
  • Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode
  • Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light
  • Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+), JPEG/RAW indicator, Dual Pixel RAW, Digital Lens Optimizer.
  • Composition information: Grid, Electronic level
  • Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance
Depth of field preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button
Eyepiece shutter On strap

LCD MONITOR

Type 8.10cm (3.2") Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically) Approx 170° vertically and horizontally
Coating Anti-reflection and Anti-smudge. Reinforced glass incorporated
Brightness Adjustment
  • Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
  • Color Tone Adjument: 4 settings
Touch-screen operations Capacitive method with menu functions, Quick Control settings, playback operations, and magnified display. AF point selection in Live View and Movies, touch shutter is possible in Live View still photo shooting.
Display Options
  • (1) Quick Control Screen
  • (2) Camera settings
  • (3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
  • (4) Custom Quick Control Screen

FLASH

Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-sync 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC terminal Yes/ Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb and Custom (x3)
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing
  • Highlight Tone Priority
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
  • Long exposure noise reduction
  • High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
  • Lens optical correction (1)
  • - Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction (during/after still photo shooting, during Video only)
  • - Distortion correction, Diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer (during/after still photo shooting)
  • Resize to M, S1, S2 or S3 (2)
  • Cropping: JPEG images can be cropped (Aspect ratios 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1)
  • - 45 cropping sizes selectable, from 11% to 95% (diagonal)
  • - Switch between vertical and horizontal cropping orientation
  • - Cropping frame can be moved using touch screen operation
  • RAW image processing (3)
  • Multiple exposure
Drive modes Single, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Silent Single, Silent Continuous, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote)
Continuous Shooting
  • Max. Approx. 7fps. with full AF / AE tracking, speed maintained for up to unlimited number of JPEGs or 21 RAW images (1) (2) (3)
  • Max. 4.3fps in Live View mode with AF Tracking
Interval timer Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited (Selectable interval time - 1sec to 99hr 59mins 59sec). Bulb timer possible (Selectable time - 1sec to 99hr 59mins 59sec)

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 29.97 fps (may increase when AF is performed)
Focusing
  • Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
  • Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone - Single, FlexiZone - Multi), available with all EF lenses and Touch shutter
Metering
  • Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor (315-zone)
  • Partial metering (approx. 6.3% of Live View screen)
  • Spot metering (approx. 2.7% of Live View screen)
  • Center-weighted average metering
  • Active metering timer can be changed
Display Options
  • 4 levels available through INFO. button: No information, Basic shooting information, Advanced shooting information and Advanced shooting information with Histogram
  • Multiple Exposure status also avaible in Multiple Exposure mode

FILE TYPE - STILLS

Still Image Type
  • JPEG: 3 compression options
  • RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
  • Complies with Exif 2.30 and Design rule for Camera File system 2.0
  • Complies with Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible including Dual Pixel RAW +JPEG
Image Size
  • JPEG:
  • 3:2 ratio (L) 6720x4480, (M1) 4464x2976, (S1) 3360x2240 , (S2) 1696x1280 , (S3) 640x480
  • 4:3 ratio (L) 5952x4480, (M1) 3968x2976, (S1) 2976x2240 , (S2) 1920x1280 , (S3) 720x480
  • 16:9 ratio (L) 6720x3776, (M1) 4464x2512, (S1) 3360x1888 , (S2) 1920x1080 , (S3) 720x408
  • 1:1 ratio (L) 4480x4480, (M1) 2976x2976, (S1) 2240x2240 , (S2) 1280x1280 , (S3) 480x480
  • RAW:
  • (RAW) 6720x4480, (M-RAW) 5040x3360, (S-RAW) 3360x2240
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering
  • (1) Consecutive numbering
  • (2) Auto reset
  • (3) Manual reset

EOS MOVIE

Movie Type
  • MOV Video: 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 - Motion JPEG (internal recording only), (1) Full HD, HD - MPEG4 AVC / H.264 variable (average) bit rate, Audio: Linear PCM
  • MP4 Video: Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 - MPEG4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC
Movie Size
  • 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) Motion JPEG
  • Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame (1)
  • Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 HDR ( 29.97, 25 fps) inter frame (1)
  • Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter frame
  • HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intra frame
Colour Sampling (Internal recording)
  • 4K - YCbCr4:2:2 (8 bit)
  • Full HD/ HD - YCbCr4:2:0 (8 bit)
Movie Length 4K and Full HD - Max duration 29min 59sec. (excluding High Frame Rate movies). No 4GB file limit with exFAT CF card
High Frame Rate Movie
  • MOV Video: HD - 1280 x 720 at 100fps or 119.9fps
  • Recorded as 1/4-speed slow motion movie
  • Single scene maximum recording up to 7min 29sec.
4K Frame Grab 8.8 megapixel JPEG still image frame grab from 4K movie possible
Bitrate / Mbps
  • MOV:
  • 4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): Approx. 500 Mbps
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/ALL-I: Approx. 180 Mbps
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/IPB Approx. 60 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/ALL-I: Approx. 90 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 30 Mbps
  • HD (119.9p/100.0p)/ALL-I: Approx. 160 Mbps
  • MP4:
  • Full HD (59.94p/50.00p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 60 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p)/IPB (Standard): Approx. 30 Mbps
  • Full HD (29.97p/25.00p)/IPB (Light): Approx. 12 Mbps
Microphone Built-in monaural microphone (48Khz, 16 bit x 2 ch)
HDMI Display External monitor only, External Monitor only without information display or Simultaneous on camera and external monitor
HDMI Output Full HD recording only, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit, sound output via HDMI is also possible
Focusing
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection and Tracking AF, Movie Servo AF
  • Manual Focus
ISO
  • 4K - Auto: 100-12800, H: 25600, H: 32000, H1: 51200, H2: 102400,
  • Full HD / HD - Auto: 100-25600, H: 32000, H1: 51200, H2:102400

BUILT-IN GPS

Geotag Information Longitude, Latitude, Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time
Positioning Modes
  • Mode 1: Camera continues to receive GPS signals at regular intervals when power is switched off
  • Mode 2: GPS is switched off when power is switched off
Position Update Timing Intervals of 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min. or 5 min.
Position Accuracy Within approx. 30 m/98.4 ft (Based on good GPS satellite reception conditions on a clear day with no surrounding obstructions)
Compatible Satellite Navigation Systems
  • • GPS satellites (USA)
  • • GLONASS satellites (Russia)
  • • Quasi-Zenith Satellite Michibiki (Japan)
Log Files Format NMEA Format. One log file per day based
Log File Usage
  • Transfer log data to memory card and copy it to a computer
  • Use Map Utility to append the log file to the images
Digital Compass Not provided

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions 17 Custom Functions with 46 settings
Metadata Tag
  • User copyright information (can be set in camera)
  • Image rating (0-5 stars)
  • IPTC data (registered with EOS Utility)
  • Image transfer with caption (Caption registered with EOS Utility)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust resistance Yes
Voice Memo No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x in 15 steps
Display Formats
  • (1) Single image
  • (2) Single image with information (2 levels )
  • Basic - Shooting information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO and Image quality)
  • Detailed - Shooting information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering Image, quality and file size), Lens information , Brightness and RGB histogram, White balance, Picture Style, Color space and noise reduction, Lens optical correction, GPS information
  • (3) 4 image index
  • (4) 9 image index
  • (5) 36 image index
  • (6) 100 image index
  • (7) Jump Display (1, 10 or 100 images, Date, Folder, Movies, Stills, Protected images, Rating)
  • (8) Movie edit
  • (9) RAW processing
  • (10) Rating
Slide Show
  • Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Protected images or Rating
  • Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
  • Repeat: On/Off
Histogram
  • Brightness: Yes
  • RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase Single image, Selected images, Folder, Card
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of Single image, Folder or Card
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Categories
  • (1) Shooting menu 1 - 6
  • (2) AF Menu 1 - 5
  • (3) Playback menu 1 - 3
  • (4) Setup menu 1 - 5
  • (5) Custom Functions menu 1 - 5
  • (6) My Menu (1 - 5 user selectable)
Menu Languages
  • 25 Languages
  • English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user (Camera, Lens, WFT, External Speedlite)

INTERFACE

Computer SuperSpeed USB 3.0
WiFi
  • Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with Dynamic NFC support [1]
  • Features supported - FTP/FTPS, EOS Utility, SmartPhone, Upload to Web , Wireless printing
Other HDMI mini out (Type C, HDMI-CEC compatible), External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack), N3-type terminal (remote control terminal)

DIRECT PRINT

PictBridge Yes (Via Wireless LAN only)

STORAGE

Type
  • 1x CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible) (Incompatible with Type II and Microdrive)
  • 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh
  • Windows 7 (excl. Starter Edition) Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • OS X v10.7-10.11

SOFTWARE

Image Processing Digital Photo Professional 4.5 or later (RAW Image Processing)
Other EOS Utility 3.5 or later (inc. Remote Capture ), Picture Style Editor, Map Utility, EOS Lens Registration Tool, EOS Web Service Registration Tool, Canon Camera connect app (iOS/ Android)

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied) / LP-E6
Battery life
  • Approx. 900 shots (at 23°C) (1)
  • Approx. 850 (at 0°C)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery charger LC-E6E (supplied), Battery charger LC-E6, AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E6, AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6N/ACK-E6, Car Battery Charger CBC-E6

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body and polycarbonate with glass fiber Prism cover
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 890 g

ACCESSORIES

Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7B
Lenses All EF lenses (excluding EF-S / EF-M lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX-II-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5 and Speedlite 600EX-II-RT
Other BG-E20 battery grip, Hand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100

FOOTNOTES

Disclaimer
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.
AF System/ Points (1) The number of AF points, cross-type AF points, and dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used
ISO Sensitivity (1) Recommended Exposure Index
Magnification (1) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Image Processing
  • (1) Not possible with M-RAW and S-RAW
  • (2) Frame grab images from 4K movies and images shot in S3 quality cannot be resized
  • (3) RAW image processing during image Playback only with RAW and Dual Pixel RAW only
Continuous Shooting
  • (1) Large/Fine resolution
  • (2) Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings, light level, subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
  • (3) Figures quoted are when used with UDMA 7 Compact flash memory card
Movie Type (1) Minimum card write speed required for 4K 30p recording: CF – 100MB/sec
WiFi (1) Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions
Battery life (1) Viewfinder shooting. Based on the CIPA Standard and using the battery supplied with the camera, except where indicated