5D Mark IV First Impressions

Billy Nguyen/Photo Editor

Recently, Canon announced the much anticipated Canon 5D Mark IV along with two new updated L-lenses. Canon’s line of 5D cameras have been regarded as some of the best DSLRs ever made thanks to their reliability, performance, and price. However, it has been well over four years since Canon introduced the 5D Mark III and since then, companies like Nikon, Sony, and even Panasonic, have been pushing out even better cameras at a fraction of the cost. Can the Mark IV live up to the hype it has generated?

When compared to its little-brother, the Mark IV brings with it much needed features found on other DSLRs currently offered on the market. According to B&H, the 5D Mark IV will have the ability to record full 4K video at 500Mbps, connect to devices with either WiFi or NFC, and feature Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus system first introduced on Canon’s 70D in 2013. Other improvements from the Mark III include a new DIGIC 6+ processor which has a megapixel count of 30.4MP and a higher “native” ISO of 32,000, though still expandable to 102,400 according to Canon’s website.

One of my favorite additions to the 5D line-up is the addition of a built-in intervalometer, or bulb timer, for shooting time-lapses and long exposures. Most Canon users will agree that this feature is incredibly long overdue since it is found on most Nikon and Sony cameras. But none the less, I’m glad they added it in the first place.

What surprises me is the fact that the Mark IV costs the same as the Mark III when it first came out: $3,500 body only. Canon could’ve potentially priced the Mark IV higher, but that would’ve conflicted with their 1DX Mark II which sits at around $6,000.

This forces some photographers to carry two different types of cameras with them to complete an assignment or job, which can be very expensive and cumbersome to manage.

I think the 5D Mark IV solves this issue in its own way: The Mark IV borrows the best bits and pieces from other cameras to create something that’s worth owning and using. Much like the 5DR and 5DS, the Mark IV offers a higher megapixel count than cameras currently offer by Canon. The Mark IV’s continuous auto-focus and touch screen are features found on Canon’s EOS Rebel line of cameras. And, the 4K recording is a feature borrowed from the 1DX Mark II.

Now, this isn’t to say the Mark IV doesn’t come with its fair share of problems because it does. Videographers and cinematographers alike are not pleased with the 1.75x crop-factor while filming, how the Mark IV records 4K video in MJPEG, or how pronounced rolling shutter is at 4K.

With that said, I think the Canon 5D Mark IV is a welcomed addition to the 5D line-up, though it is a few years past due. While I have no need to go out and purchase a Mark IV since I recently just got the Mark III, for those of you looking to upgrade, I don’t think you can go wrong with the Mark IV. If you somehow don’t like it, I think the next best option is just to go with a Sony A7 Mark II and get a Metabones adapter to use Canon EF lenses.

Photo Courtesy: Cannon

Photo Courtesy: Cannon