Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Review

06 Dec
2016

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV boasts a tremendous selection of high-end features, including a 30-megapixel full frame CMOS imaging sensor and Canon’s latest AF system, for a lower cost than Canon’s present 1 Series model. Versatility and this value, as with all EOS 5-Series models before it, found the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to a solid demand and also great fanfare.

The initial Canon EOS 5D DSLR was the first affordable full frame DSLR. It was a very successful and highly regarded version. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with its superb 21.1 MP full frame sensor, launched to immediate success 3 years after. The image quality to price ratio of the model was extraordinary, particularly from a video standpoint. The 5D II was Canon’s first video-able DSLR and it attained great popularity for its video image quality that is impressive for the cost.

About three and also a half years following the 5D II’s coming, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was declared. While the 5D III brought another image quality upgrade, the development, particularly in resolution, was minimal relative to the progress brought by variation “II”. The 5D III had many updated attributes that are wonderful, but the standout was its new AF system that is incredible.

Operation for nearly every kind of shooting

When there is something you’ll be able to count on from a pro or an enthusiast -degree Canon SLR, it’s exceptional responsiveness, as well as the 5D Mark IV will not disappoint. It simply does everything quickly. As an example, I am aware that it can’t actually shoot at the precise instant that it is turned on, but the slowdown is so brief it can’t be detected by me – electricity on to first shot appears instantaneous. Control and every other camera operation are likewise fast. When I am shooting, I regularly shoot 3-photo bracketed sequences and the 5D Mark IV tears through these in a 1/3 of a second. During my time with the 5D Mark IV, I never found myself waiting for the camera, which is, obviously, just as it should be for a pro-level tool.

Characteristics

The 22.3MP detector in the 5D Mark III was beginning to appear a little dated compared to some of the contest – it was really only a small bump up in resolution from the 5D Mark II – so it’s fine to see a remarkable leap to 30.4MP here.

That is not quite matching the 36.3MP Nikon D810 or 42MP Sony Alpha 7R II, but files still come out at 6720 x 4480 pixels, meaning that if you need to print at 300dpi the natural size is just under A2 at 56.9 x 37.9cm (22.4 x 14.9 inches), while those looking for even more pixels have the choice of the 50.6MP 5DS.

The 5D Mark IV is also using the same latest-generation sensor technology that we’ve seen in both the 1D X Mark II and 80D, with on-chip digital-to-analogue conversion, which ought to provide improved noise operation in addition to the wider dynamic range.

Image Quality

We anticipated no less than superb image quality from the 5D Mark IV, and Canon produces.
Pictures are sharp, and colors are nicely saturated. This camera appears to show somewhat cooler pictures than we’d normally expect from a Canon camera in overcast conditions, but this is something that may very quickly be changed by shifting the white balance setting.

You can achieve impressively noise-free images all the way to the upper echelons of the 5D Mark IV’s ISO capability. Those picture at ISO 25,600 is functional, with only a touch of noise detectable if you examine the pictures carefully at 100%.

You might want to stay away from the very highest ISO settings of, though, 51,200 and 102,400 — but even then, if you a pinch chance then you can be confident the and need to get that the resultant picture won’t be a blurry mess.
Exposures which are weighted to the active AF point, even when shooting in all-purpose metering mode, are usually good. This weighting is not as notable than we’ve found in previous versions, except if you’re shooting in rather high-contrast states – something that can throw out pretty much any camera, with an adequate total appearance.
The new Double Pixel RAW attribute is an intriguing one that we’ve fought to completely use to any great effect. The great news is the fact that they open in Adobe Camera Raw, although you can just correct these files in Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional.

Unfortunately, Canon’s applications aren’t the easiest to use, and there’s nothing here that’s totally transformed a picture, although we have been able to adjust some shots somewhat. Whether it’s worth ending up with enormous file sizes and firing in this mode is debatable, but it’s definitely worth testing, especially where any movement of the subject could cause an issue if you’ve longer lenses.

Verdict

While the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV may look underwhelmingly recognizable to the version in supersedes, at first sight, do not be misled – the engineers at Canon have not stood still.
When compared with the 5D Mark III every component was tweaked and enhanced. The 30.4MP detector mightn’t quite grab the headlines like those of some competitors, but it is still a welcome increase in resolution compared to the 22.3MP of the 5D Mark III, while the improved sound and dynamic range operation make it an even more tempting proposition for those users thinking of updating.