CANON DELIVERS ON MK.4 EOS 5D
lists are showing a lot of ticks after Canon took the wraps off its much-anticipated fourth-generation EOS 5D which had its first public showing in Cologne, generating healthy crowds on the Canon stand.
Not surprisingly the Mark IV model inherits quite a bit from the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, but there’s also some new features to make this camera actually much more of an all-rounder for both photographers and film-makers.
The Mark IV’s styling and size is very similar to those of its predecessor, although it’s a little lighter and smoother looking overall. Incidentally, in Australia at least, the Mark III model continues at least until the middle of 2017. The Mark IV’s pricing is closer to that of the EOS 5DS so the market for the Mark III is likely to remain strong for the time being.
The Mark IV has a new full-35mm CMOS sensor with a total pixel count of 31.7 million (30.4 MP effective) and an imaging area of 36.0x24.0 mm (giving a pixel size of 5.36 microns). The native sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 32,000 with expansions either side to ISO 50 and 102,400. There are two processors – a DiG!C 6+ chip which does most of the heavy lifting and a DiG!C 6 chip which is devoted to exposure control duties. The Mark IV has two memory card slots; one for SD types (but, curiously, only UHS-1 speed compatible) and one for CF types with UDMA-7 support. The maximum continuous shooting speed at full resolution is 7.0 fps so the EOS 5 family is getting steadily faster.
The LCD monitor screen is fixed and has a resolution of 1.62 megadots plus a new colour tone adjustment with four settings. It also offers touchscreen controls which are now available in all the camera’s operating modes. The 5D IV also has a built-in GPS receiver and WiFi with NFC connectivity. It can be fitted with a new optional battery grip called the BG-E20. The good news is that it continues with the BP-E6 lithiumion battery pack (albeit in a higher capacity form) so continuity is maintained with the previous models and the 5DS duo… as well as compatibility with a number of third-party accessories such as video lights.
The autofocusing system is the same as that of the EOS-1DX Mark II and so employs 61 measuring points (41 of them cross-type arrays). A total of 21 cross-type arrays are still operating at a lens speed of f8.0 and low-light sensitivity extends down to EV -3.0 (at ISO 100). Compared to the -1DX II, however, the AF has been increased by up to 24 percent at the sides and 8.6 percent in the centre. Autofocusing in live view or when shooting video is performed via phasedetection measurements using the latest version of Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ system. Here, the EOS 5D Mark IV offers an interesting derivative function called ‘Dual Pixel RAW’ which uses the image data from each of the dual-pixel points to deliver a number of post-camera processing options. DPRAW files are obviously twice the size of the standard files (as twice the data is captured) and the processing options are ‘Image Micro-Adjustment’, ‘Bokeh Shift’ and ‘Ghosting Reduction’.
The metering system employs a 153,000 pixels ‘RGB+IR’ sensor which gives 252 zones as well as selective area, spot and centre-weighted average measurements. The white balance controls include a new ‘Ambience Priority’ auto correction mode. The ‘Digital Lens Optimiser’ corrections are now applied in-camera to both RAW and JPEG files while the lens aberration corrections are expanded to include diffraction and distortion.
On the video side, the various upgrades start with – not surprisingly – 4K recording which, as on the 1DX II, is in the Cinema 4K format of 4096x2160 pixels, but at either 25 (PAL standard) or 30 fps (NTSC). Full HD video can be recorded at 50 or 60 fps and HD at either 100 or 120 fps for slow-mo effects. Again, Canon is providing a ‘4K Frame Grab’ mode which allows for the extraction of 8.3 MP stills (like Panasonic’s ‘4K Photo’ modes). The new camera has built-in stereo microphones, but is also equipped with stereo audio connectors (input and output) and can deliver an uncompressed 4K/2K output (8-bit, 4:2:2 colour) to its Type C HDMI terminal. FHD and HD footage can be recorded in either the MOV or MP4 formats and there are both HDR and time-lapse movie modes.
Two new lenses have been introduced with the 5D IV; a long-awaited Mark II version of the staple EF24-105mm f4.0L IS zoom and a Mark III version of the EF16-35mm f2.8 USM wide-angle zoom. Both have weatherised design (including fluorine coatings on the exposed element surfaces), new low-speed USM focusing motors (primarily for reduced noise when shooting video) and a new multi-coating technology called ‘Air Sphere Coating’ (ASC) which is designed to more effectively counter ghosting and flare.
Unlike the wait for the 1DX II to finally go on sale, Canon has filled its supply channels so, as you read this, the EOS 5D Mark IV is already available, although demand is expected to be high so it may not take long for a back-order situation to be reached.
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