Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
|With Deal:||$2,299.00 & FREE Shipping. Details & FREE Returns|
|You Save:||$200.00 (8%)|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF, Canon EF-S|
About this item
- Make sure this fits by entering your model number.
- New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100-32000; expandable up to 50-102400 (equivalent ISO).
- 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 a full touchscreen 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.
- Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your Canon camera into a high-quality webcam, or do the same using a clean HDMI output.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Your question might be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who bought this product.
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Please enter a question.
From the manufacturer
The EOS 5D Mark IV delivers high-resolution still and 4K video files with incredible clarity and detail. It pairs a 30.4 Megapixel full-frame sensor with a 61-point AF system and more operational enhancements. See legendary with inspiring performance you can rely on for your most important ideas.
Compare with similar items
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body, Wi-Fi Enabled
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Digital SLR Camera Bundle (Body Only) + Professional Accessory Bundle (14 Items)
|Sold By||Amazon.com||Wholesale Photo||RitzCamera||BuyDirect & Save!!!||PAGING ZONE|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 frames_per_second||4000.00||14||6||7.00|
|Screen Size||3.2 inches||3 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches||3.2 inches|
|Focus Type||manual-and-auto||—||Auto; Manual; Continuous Auto||Automatic with Manual||automatic|
|ISO Range||32000 ISO||40000 ISO||Auto, 100-51200||Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option||100-32000|
|Item Dimensions||3.00 x 5.90 x 4.60 inches||2.90 x 5.70 x 4.40 inches||7.72 x 6.20 x 6.60 inches||5.98 x 2.99 x 4.57 inches||—|
|Item Weight||1.76 lbs||3.45 lbs||0.66 lbs||2.09 lbs||1.76 lbs|
|Max Resolution||30.4 megapixels||26.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||22.1||30.40 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||30.4 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||0 megapixels||—||22.3 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)||Full Frame (35mm)|
|Style||Body Only||Body||Body||Body Only||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||2160p||1080p||1080p||1080p||1080p|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Wi-Fi||BuiltIn; 802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth||Wi-Fi||yes||Wi-Fi, NFC|
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera builds on the powerful legacy of the 5D series, offering amazing refinements in image quality, performance and versatility. Canon’s commitment to imaging excellence is the soul of the EOS 5D Mark IV. Wedding and portrait photographers, nature and landscape shooters, as well as creative videographers will appreciate the brilliance and power that the EOS 5D Mark IV delivers.
From the Manufacturer
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera builds on the powerful legacy of the 5D series, offering amazing refinements in image quality, performance and versatility. Canon’s commitment to imaging excellence is the soul of the EOS 5D Mark IV. Wedding and portrait photographers, nature and landscape shooters, as well as creative videographers will appreciate the brilliance and power that the EOS 5D Mark IV delivers. Superb image quality is achieved with Canon’s all-new 30.4 Megapixel full-frame sensor, and highly-detailed 4K video is captured with ease. Focus accuracy has been improved with a refined 61-point AF system and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick, smooth AF for both video and Live View shooting. Fast operation is enhanced with Canon’s DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, which provides continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps*. Built-in Wi-Fi**, GPS*** and an easy-to-navigate touch-panel LCD allow the camera to become an extension of you. When quality matters, the EOS 5D Mark IV helps deliver results to inspire even the most discerning imagemaker.
* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.
** Compatible with iOSÂ versionsÂ 8.0/8.1/8.2/8.3/8.4/9.0/9.1/9.2/9.3, Android™Â smartphone and tablet versionsÂ 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0.Â Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
*** In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32000; expandable up to 50–102400 (equivalent ISO).
30.4 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera boasts a full-frame, high-speed CMOS sensor that’s ideal for a broad range of applications with its remarkable high-resolution abilities. Measuring approximately 36.0mm x 24.0mm, the same size and ratio as a 35mm film frame, it records 30.4 effective Megapixels at normal ISOs of up to 32000. It also captures incredible still and 4K video clips suitable for significant post-processing, retouching and cropping. Versatile in virtually all kinds of light and any shooting situation from print and wedding to full-bleed magazine spreads and other commercial or fine art use, the EOS 5D Mark IV consistently produces high-resolution 4K video and image files that are easily compatible with any number of diverse workflows.
ISO 100–32000 (expandable to 50–102400)
Featuring an ISO range of 100–32000 (expandable to 50–102400), the EOS 5D Mark IV camera is incredibly well-suited for low-light photography. Its sensor has an improved S/N ratio plus an improved noise-processing algorithm to help deliver high-level light sensitivity along with its high resolution, with virtually no compromise in image quality. Whether working in a dimly lit auditorium, trying to capture the action at night, photographing at the fastest possible shutter speed or simply suppressing camera shake blur, the EOS 5D Mark IV has an extended ISO range that contributes to its ability to excel in nearly every situation it faces.
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.
The EOS 5D Mark IV is a remarkably capable video camera. Thanks to its impressive CMOS sensor and its high-speed DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, it can transition from taking still photographs to shooting videos in a near instant, capturing Digital Cinema (DCI) standard 4K (Motion JPEG) videos of 4096 x 2160 pixels at up to 30 or 24 fps. Adding to its versatility, it also supports the 4K broadcasting standard of 3840 x 2160 pixels with slight trimming on the left and right sides. Featuring advanced Live View operation and brilliantly responsive Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS 5D Mark IV has a touch panel display with focus points that can easily be selected during operation, and quickly confirmed by selecting and saving an 8.8-Megapixel image with in-camera 4K still frame grab*. Along with capturing beautiful 4K videos, the EOS 5D Mark IV is equally able to shoot Full HD video at up to 60p plus HD at frame rates as high as 120p, ideal for smooth slow-motion video. It also supports both MOV and MP4 formats for a variety of applications right out of the camera.
Video Recording Size and Format
|Video Recording Size||Frame Rate||Video Recording Method/ |
|MOV||4K 4096 x 2160||29.97 fps||Motion JPEG|
|Full HD 1920 x 1080||59.94 fps||ALL-I|
|HD 1280 x 720||119.9 fps||ALL-I|
|MP4||Full HD 1920 x 1080||59.94 fps||IPB|
* Saving a still image from a single movie frame may not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.
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.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Adding to its powerful and portable design, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera utilizes Canon’s smooth, fast and intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Featuring two photodiodes per pixel and each pixel capable of phase-difference detection autofocus, the CMOS sensor can deliver fast and accurate AF throughout approximately 80% of the image plane. Able to detect shifts in movement at the pixel level, Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables continuous automatic AF and AF tracking that enhances overall camera operation for sharp still images and smooth, accurate focus transitions in movies. Working with the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 3.2" touch panel LCD screen, Dual Pixel CMOS AF lets photographers select focus points throughout the frame with the touch of a finger, and confirm focus by zooming in on the image or enlarging stills grabbed from video recordings.
3.2" Touch Panel LCD
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera features a 1.62 million dot, low-reflection 3.2-inch Clear View LCD II monitor for bright, sharp display in a wide variety of shooting situations. The LCD’s touch panel surface facilitates fast, intuitive operation, including AF frame switching, menu and setting changes plus image magnification during Live View shooting and movie shooting. Still photographs can also be captured quickly with the touch panel’s shutter release function. A customizable Quick Control screen adds flexibility and convenience for specific users’ preferences. Image review and playback are also enhanced with the EOS 5D Mark IV camera’s Clear View LCD II Monitor. Not only does the EOS 5D Mark IV’s LCD provide a high-precision image for composition and playback, but it also remains visible even when the photographer is wearing polarized sunglasses! In numerous situations in the studio and in the field, the EOS 5D Mark IV’s LCD panel is an ideal complement to its amazing TTL viewfinder.
Excellent performance – up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high-performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
Up to 7.0 fps** Continuous Shooting
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera is designed to keep up with the action. Its remarkable shutter, advanced AF and exposure and image processing systems help ensure virtually instantaneous response and performance at up to 7.0 fps**, even at full resolution. Whether searching for a joyous expression on a bride’s face or capturing an athlete in action, the EOS 5D Mark IV doesn’t let file size compromise the speed of capture even when bracketing exposures of a complex lighting situation, helping photographers and moviemakers attain consistently high performance in many situations.
** Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.
DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
The powerful DIGIC 6+ Image Processor increases the EOS 5D Mark IV camera’s in-camera capabilities, enabling fast operation across the board and helping to ensure that high-quality still image and 4K video recording is achieved no matter the shooting environment. It has a noise-processing algorithm that helps reduce noise at high ISO settings, and features a Digital Lens Optimizer that can automatically apply a variety of aberration and diffraction corrections as well as other corrective measures specific to the lens in use. The EOS 5D Mark IV’s power to perform numerous operations with ease is made possible in large part thanks to the amazing DIGIC 6+ Image Processor.
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.
To complement its stellar CMOS sensor and powerful processing abilities, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera incorporates a 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system. It features up to 41 cross-type points and an extensive AF area that extends well into the top and bottom of the peripheral frame. It also has a wide subject tracking area that enhances the AF system with consistent focus tracking to capture the action at hand and includes Canon’s AI Servo AF III, which remembers the AF path and helps refine precision shot-to-shot. Low-light performance is phenomenal – the AF system’s low-intensity limit is EV -3 at the center AF point and all 61 AF points are compatible down to f/8 for excellent low-light performance, even with lens extenders attached. To help ensure that AF points and other shooting information are visible at a glance, the EOS 5D Mark IV also features Canon’s Intelligent Viewfinder II for a bright, customizable view. Whether choosing individual AF points manually or using one of the camera’s automatic AF selection modes, the EOS 5D Mark IV’s AF system is a significant part of its overall excellence.
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.
To help deliver nearly fool-proof performance, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera employs a powerful and instant subject and light analysis system. The iSA Intelligent Scene Analysis system uses its own RGB+IR light sensor with an approximately 150,000-pixel resolution to provide the camera with immense image analysis in an instant, making necessary corrections along the way. The sensor enables Canon’s anti-flicker function, which detects the frequency and phase of a light source’s flicker (such as a fluorescent light) and captures images near the point of peak brightness when the subject is most likely to be well-illuminated. The EOS 5D Mark IV also incorporates Canon’s Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking. Using tracking algorithms tailored to recognize faces and colors, this system not only helps to quickly and automatically select the ideal capture settings, but also serves as a brilliant foundation to the EOS 5D Mark IV’s AF system.
Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
The EOS 5D Mark IV camera is equipped with a number of advanced features designed to combat image degradation from lens aberration, focus and other characteristics that can adversely affect the quality of the final image. The EOS 5D Mark IV’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system enables capture of Dual Pixel Raw (DPRAW) files***. Images shot as DPRAWs have additional adjustment possibilities when processed with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional image processing software, which enables pixel-level adjustment and refinement for still photographs and includes Image Micro-adjustment to help maximize sharpness in detail areas, Bokeh Shift for more pleasing soft focus areas and Ghosting Reduction to help reduce aberrations and flare. The EOS 5D Mark IV camera is also equipped with a number of in-camera optical correction functions previously available only using Digital Photo Professional. It comes preloaded with aberration data particular to specific lenses, helping to eliminate the need to register lens data on previously released lenses and correcting images with virtually no delay in-camera. The EOS 5D Mark IV not only fixes peripheral brightness and chromatic aberration, but also features distortion correction and diffraction correction. Distortion correction helps resolve barrel and pincushion distortions, while diffraction correction helps to eliminate the blurring effects from diffraction that can be created when capturing an image at a small aperture. The EOS 5D Mark IV’s in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer works with the camera’s DIGIC 6+ Image Processor to help ensure these corrections can be made with virtually no effect on operational speed, even when shooting numerous successions of JPEG images, speeding up the photographer’s workflow and delivering gorgeous images right from the camera.
*** When lens diaphragm setting is fully open, adjustment volume and compensation effect are emphasized. Sufficient adjustment volume and compensation effect may not be achieved, depending on lens in use and shooting conditions. Adjustment volume and compensation effect vary depending on camera position (landscape or portrait).
Built-in Wi-Fi^ and NFC^^ connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
Built-in Wi-Fi Technology
For a useful and quick workflow in a variety of locations, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera’s built-in Wi-Fi^ feature can help streamline camera operations across the board. Using the free Canon Camera Connect app^ on a compatible iOS or Android™ device, the EOS 5D Mark IV can easily be set up to shoot remotely from a distance, even in Live View mode, with complete control of settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and shutter release. Image review and transfer are similarly fast and easy without ever having to take the camera out of its bag. Full DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility means easy sharing between the EOS 5D Mark IV and other DLNA products, such as HDTVs and compatible smartphones. Still images can even be transferred between two wireless-enabled Canon cameras over a Local Area Network (LAN). Images and video can also be uploaded instantly to CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for easy sharing on social networking sites, and photos can even be printed on a wireless PictBridge-certified printer without the need for a PC. For more robust Wi-Fi connections, the EOS 5D Mark IV is also compatible with Canon’s optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7, which supports 2.4GHz/5GHz frequency bands, multiple camera sync and can extend the EOS 5D Mark IV’s operating range up to 10 times that of the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi.
^ Compatible with iOS versions 8.0/8.1/8.2/8.3/8.4/9.0/9.1/9.2/9.3, Android™smartphone and tablet versions 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
Built-in NFC Technology
Built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) technology helps provide the EOS 5D Mark IV camera with a virtually seamless connection to compatible Android™ devices^^. Simply tap to connect and transfer images and videos. It’s also compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device, which makes it simple for photographers and moviemakers to view and organize all their photos and videos from one connected device.
^^ Compatible with Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0.
Built-in GPS^^^ provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.
For news photographers capturing hundreds or even thousands of images while moving around throughout the day, landscape photographers on location and even photographers on vacation, GPS has become an indispensable part of a daily workflow. The EOS 5D Mark IV camera’s built-in GPS helps photographers and filmmakers both tag their images with critical location data, and also adjust the time and timestamp on the camera automatically. Featuring both built-in GPS^^^ and Wi-Fi^ technology, the EOS 5D Mark IV can use GPS and WFT (Wireless File Transfer) together, making it easy to upload numerous images and movies both quickly and from increasingly distant locales. Compatible with American GPS satellites, Russian GLONASS satellites and Japanese quasi-zenith satellites Michibiki, the EOS 5D Mark IV’s GPS information stays reliably accurate in many locations.
^^^ In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
^ Compatible with iOS versions 8.0/8.1/8.2/8.3/8.4/9.0/9.1/9.2/9.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Camera Body comes included with a Body Cap and Battery Charger. The camera is used but shows only minimal signs of wear, please check all our photos. We ship on the same Business Day if the order comes in before 3 PM West Coast Time. All orders are shipped safely with USPS Priority or FedEx. Estimated delivery time is 4-8 working days. (( Body Serial # 102055002040 - For Insurance & Security Purposes )). We take actual photos of every item we sell. Please ask us about our detailed Return-Refund-Claim Policy if you have questions. Returns are accepted up to 2 days after delivery with a 10% restocking fee and non-refundable shipping costs, or 3-14 days after delivery with a 20% restocking fee, no refunds after 14 days. If the item arrives damaged, we accept a return within 48 hours after confirmed delivery. We ship from our WA or BC stores.
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
A 5DIII user or a 7DII user will find the controls very familiar; I was able for the most part to start using it without referring to the manual and all that muscle memory I'd built remained useful. As a practical matter, having the controls and even most of the customizations be similar between different Canon bodies is a great convenience if you happen to be using two different cameras during a shoot, particularly one where you don't control when the action happens. The shutter feels softer and quieter, a design carried over from the 5DS/R to reduce vibration. The viewfinder phase detect AF is everything you expect from a camera like this - I had no problems with my 24-70 II, 70-200 II, 135 or 85 1.8 at maximum apertures. After using this camera for seven months, I can say that tracking is improved over the III. The new metering sensor enables face detection and tracking through viewfinder AF. Combined with Zone AF and using a fast prime like the 135L or a zoom like the 70-200 II, it is excellent for candids and for tracking action. The 135L, in particular, is an absolute joy to use for candids. Light, fast, and precise, the effect is one of the camera virtually disappearing, leaving your eye and the unconscious reflex of your finger to capture one precious moment after another. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the touchscreen. I find myself using it more and more in preference to the joystick when navigating the menu. Dual Pixel Autofocus is as as fast as advertised - certainly as fast as viewfinder AF. What I found pleasantly surprising was that I seem to be able to get sharp shots at exposure times well over 1/focal length seconds using this method. You do have to get past the ergonomic considerations of shooting with a heavy camera held at arms length though, and it is probably better used with smaller lenses versus something like a 70-200.
In terms of image quality - you will certainly notice the extra resolution. For the times you don't need it or are not able to use it effectively, the camera helpfully offers lower resolution RAW modes. I find the 17 MPix MRAW mode is very useful for run of the mill shooting needs giving something reasonably close to the resolution of a 6D or 5D III, generally preferring to use the full resolution mode only for landscape shots using a tripod or portraits in good lighting. The camera's JPG engine is clearly improved over the 5D III. The fine detail mode is a nice addition. I gave up on shooting JPG with the III due to the soft detail and very aggressive NR even at base ISO. On the IV, you can probably shoot JPG in a fairly broad range of conditions.
The dynamic range - which was the main reason I upgraded - is certainly better than the III. The early fall morning shots I took with the camera clearly showed it capturing a greater range of tones than my old III. Shadows are much cleaner - at base ISO, the IV has less than half the read noise of the III. The complete absence of banding or pattern noise makes this an even bigger advantage, and this is easily seen and much appreciated when you work on RAW files. The camera does appear, for the most part, to be ISOless. What I mean by this is that once you know your aperture and shutter speed, you are better off shooting (in RAW) at low ISO and then boosting in post. I've taken shots at ISO 400 and boosted by 3.2 stops in Lightroom (the equivalent of ISO 3675) and get very clean images. The benefit of this is that you preserve the greater dynamic range available at low ISO versus throwing away the highlights during in camera amplification. One application I've found this useful for is when shooting in challenging and changing light conditions such as stage events. I've taken to setting my aperture and shutter speed for DOF and movement and simply shooting at low ISO, with confidence that I will not overexpose highlights, and can easily recover a 3+ stop underamplification of darker regions in post with no noise penalty. This makes me less reliant on metering accuracy gives me more time to focus on composition and timing. I do find this to be a significant advantage versus the Mark III, and one I have come to appreciate very much as I have spent more time with the camera.
At high ISOs, it is the upstream read noise of the sensor, as opposed to the noise from A/D conversion that dominates. Scaled for pixel size, the 5D IV has lower upstream read noise than the III. This lower upstream read noise of the 5D IV over the 5D Mark III does seem to translate into better high ISO performance. Overall, for the same viewing sizes, I find myself using less noise reduction at high ISO than I was used to before, and color and detail is well retained even at ISOs like 12,800. This performance suggests that the 5D Mark IV is a good camera for astrophotography, because a lower read noise should translate to better signal to noise ratio across the board, but especially importantly for the low photon flux from deep sky objects. After over a year of astrophotography, I can say that it is a remarkable camera for this purpose, with noise levels and detail captured noticeably superior to that of a 6D that I also tried for a time. The low conversion noise makes it possible to make use of the dynamic range available at low ISOs. I recently shot the Pleiades cluster using ISO 400 - two stops lower than what would be used on an older camera. This enabled me to capture the very faint inner nebulosity at the center of the cluster while not overexposing the main stars.
I decided to update the section on video based on eight months of using this camera plus recent announcements by Canon. Much has been said about the 1.74x crop factor and large file sizes for 4K video, so I won't go over that here. What I will say is that I have been able to take better 1080p videos with far less effort using the 5D IV than my old 5D Mark III. Comparing videos taken in similar lighting conditions and the same lens, the IV's videos seem to show better color rendition and highlight detail. I certainly do not mean to suggest that the III is incapable of making excellent videos - there are plenty of great videos taken using that camera that are publicly available, and Magic Lantern firmware allows shooting of RAW 24 fps 1080p video, something currently unavailable on the IV - only that for a relative novice like me, it is a lot easier to do so on the IV. I've found the autofocus and face tracking in movie mode to work very well; so long as you have a reasonable number of faces (4-5), it has no trouble locking on to a specific face, even from the side, and will easily reacquire focus after a temporary obstruction. What this means is that you can use your fast lenses, particularly those having IS, for grab and go shooting and come away with great videos; you will have no trouble using them wide open. One of the complaints I had when I initially wrote this review was the absence of C-LOG. As of July 2017, this will no longer be the case, since C-LOG will be available as a paid firmware update and is implemented for both 4K and 1080p video. This means that much more of the dynamic range of the sensor will be available for those who don't mind spending time grading and processing their videos. Yes, ideally the firmware update would have been free, but the cost does not seem exorbitant, and quite simply, I would far rather have it than not. Based on my actual experience with using the camera for video, and the recent announcement of C-LOG implementation, there simply is not a reason for me any more to dock a star here.
Since I have spent so much time talking about IQ, I want to add an experience that speaks to a different attribute. Recently, I was shooting the Rosette nebula in -4 F weather. After two and a half hours, my phone had shut down from the cold, my remote timer was barely functioning, and I had no sensation in my toes. This camera though did not skip a beat. Functionally, it was as if I was shooting on a sunny spring day. The buttons, the responsiveness, and even the touchscreen behaved exactly as they would in much warmer weather. This toughness is an under rated aspect of a pro grade camera like this. It is built to take with you with confidence wherever you go.
A final word about Canon's customer service - recently I started seeing a minor sensor issue. This didn't affect normal photographs, but was noticeable in astrophotography which require stretching of shadows. Canon replaced the sensor - a year out of warranty - for nothing more than a $200 evaluation fee. Given the actual full cost of the sensor, I was very appreciative of the courtesy.
I will admit to being initially underwhelmed by the 5D Mark IV, initially rating it 4 stars, but that impression has undergone a radical change as I have spent more time using it. The 5D Mark III's improvements over its predecessor in the form of autofocus were almost immediately evident upon use; the 5D IV's improvements in the form of tracking, high ISO capability, dynamic range, and video features take time with the camera to manifest themselves, but are no less real and no less meaningful; they make it easier to get better images in tougher conditions than is possible with the 5D Mark III. Quite simply, the more I have pushed this camera, the more it has delivered, and the more it impresses. Even features such as WiFi and the intervalometer, which were non factors in my decision to upgrade, have proven themselves very useful. And while we can debate whether this is an evolutionary or revolutionary upgrade, that debate does not take away from the fact that this is a great camera.
Image notes: The Christmas photograph is a 3 stop push, a marked improvement in shadow recovery over the 5D Mark III. The street photograph was taken with a 35LII, and shows the level of detail that a sharp lens can deliver. The third image is a panorama of the Milky Way over the Yosemite valley, each individual image being an untracked 20 second exposure. The fourth image perhaps speaks most to the light gathering power and low read noise of the sensor. It is a photograph of the deep sky region of the Orion constellation showing the flame and horse head nebulae. It was taken with a 400mm f/5.6L, and represents a total of 40 minutes of exposure; however, each individual shot was only 15 seconds long due to tracking limitations. Stacking such short exposures to yield a meaningful image is only possible if the sensor has low read noise such that the low photon signal makes it past the read noise floor in each frame. The last image of the Pleiades was taken at ISO 400, an hour's worth of 90s exposures. The increased dynamic range allows capture of the very faint center nebulosity without overexposing the main stars; I find it a remarkable camera in actual use.
Additional information: A buy/no-buy decision is yours to make; my goal was to give you enough information based on my experience so you can make an informed decision if this is the right camera for you. Nothing I've written changes the fact that the 5D III remains a very good camera, and an excellent value for your money especially if you are upgrading from crop frame or a 5D II and are on a budget. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to indicate "Yes" so below. This assures a more representative rating for the camera and also encourages us to keep contributing.
Lesson learned, don’t buy on Amazon.
Smoke & mirrors folks.
- Great low light performance. For me, easily acceptable images up to ISO 16000. Even ISO 25600, but it gets muddy.
- Dynamic range is very improved over my 7D Mark II & newer 760D; I can really boost those shadows several stops without added noise.
- 30MP sensor shows a lot of detail.
- Touch screen is awesome! I find my self missing it when I switch to the 7D Mark II.
- Focus speed is fast, but to be honest the 7D Mark II focus seems just as fast.
- Area focus zones, zone switch button, and general design carried over from the 7D Mark II - awesome!
- Focus point lights up in red.
- Exposure meter in manual mode at the bottom of the view finder, where it should be! 7D Mark II has this on the right side of the view finder.
- More customization of button functions, allows quick switch from One Shot to Servo
- GPS works, and works well, can leave on without battery drain. 7D Mark II took several min for it to begin logging.
- Over all build and sealing seems as good as the 7D Mark II.
- 1080p video @ 60p looks great! Does not overheat when shooting 4K.
- Takes same cards & batteries as the 7D Mark II.
- Focus points are not far enough out, my 7D Mark II has a better distribution. I found I do more focus and re-compose with the 5D Mark IV.
- Lack of articulating screen. I think this could of been added while still maintaining the tank build of the camera.
- 4K video MJPEG codec - it has some benefits, but honestly the file size is too big to work with quickly. Sony Vegas chokes, but will work.
- No HDMI 4K out.
- Some lenses need peripheral illumination correction turned off for jpeg. Since it's a global setting, I just left it off. I shoot raw anyway.
- Battery life seems to be on average around 500-600 shots, I thought it should be closer to 800.
Overall I'm very pleased with the camera. I love the canon controls & design, as well as the auto ISO setup compared to Nikon. I'm not heavy into video, but I plan on mostly shooting 1080p, and I'll leave the 4K to my lx-100, so the lack of better 4K capabilities is only a minor annoyance. My old 550D would overheat when shooting 1080p, and the Sony cameras also overheat on 4K, so far the 5D Mark IV has been working reliably. On the stills side, the camera performs great, the sensor provides sharp images with very nice details, even though there is a low pass AA filter - good glass helps; like the 85mm f1.8 from Tamron :)
Top reviews from other countries
So as I'm not getting any younger I threw caution to the wind and ordered a 5d4 from an Amazon marketplace trader. When it came I charged the battery and had a play. I put my EF 50mm f1.4 on it and pointed it at a lot of things and took pictures of them. One of the things I took a picture of was a bright star, in a black sky, with nothing else visible. The camera focused on it straight away so I pressed the shutter. Looking at the image I couldn't believe how many stars were in it, yet you couldn't see them with the naked eye but the camera did. Fantastic!
However, over the coming days it became apparent that my EF full frame lenses that I've had for a long time were not up to the standard that you need for a 5d4 to get the best results from it. I worked out that some of my EF lenses were over 30 years old................older than some countries. (It also explained why my EOS 3 photos were a bit 'off' when using the older lenses)
Apart from the 50mm 1.4 lens all my others were not really up to the accuracy I wanted so a new lens was ordered, a 24-105mm, which when attached and used with the 5d4 gave the clarity and definition I was hoping for from this camera.
So my advice would would be to get this camera, it's a fantastic piece of kit, but make sure you've got decent lenses to go with it, preferably 'L' series, but if you can't stretch to that then any recently introduced EF enthusiast lens as these will be designed and manufactured primarily for full frame digital Canons.