The camera’s 30.4-megapixel full frame Canon CMOS sensor is said to offer stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ image processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.
In addition to the new full frame sensor, the new model includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.
The 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and colour especially during continuous burst shooting.
Following the video recording capabilities introduced in the 5D Mark II and Mark III, the 5D Mark IV adds DCI 4K video recording. Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, says the company, is Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera, notes Canon.
For the first time in a 5D series DSLR, the Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App. The 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This, says Canon, is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.
Other features: 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; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is currently scheduled to be available in early September for an estimated retail price of $4,499.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70 mm f/4L lens ($5,699.99, scheduled to be available early September) and the EF24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($5,949.99, scheduled to be available late October).