Onwards & Upwards
After a gap of four years, the EOS 5D gets several upgrades including 4K video, touch LCD, WiFi, NFC & a new AF system
Canon’s 5D series of DSLRs occupy a sweet spot: they’ve got the performance that any professional or enthusiast needs, a manageable size, weather sealing and a price that, although expensive, is still affordable compared to the flagship pro DSLRs. It’s been over a decade since Canon launched thefirstEOS5D—it’sfullframesensor offering enormous versatility while the body itself was compatible with a wide range of lenses. That legacy has continued with newer versions, each one bringing improved performance and features to the table.
The outgoing 5D Mark III, launched in 2012, was often described as the gold standard, one of the world’s best DSLRs. Notably, the Mark II and III were so good with video, that a quick search will pull up several Hollywood blockbusters that were shot using this small (compared to traditional movie) cameras. This new camera has big shoes to fill. Coming to the differences between the Mk IV and III, there are actually quite a few. Enough to warrant an upgrade, particularly if you’re going to be using it professionally for video. The most obvious upgrades are the increased resolution (30.4MP vs 22MP), faster continuous shooting speed (7 vs 6fps), improved autofocus system and the new 4K video resolution. Some of the others may not matter to you: things like the built in wireless options (more on this in a bit), a 60 gram reduction in weight, GPS (to tag location in photos), a slightly larger screen with touch sensitivity (slightly higher resolution too; 1.62 million dots vs 1.04 million) and the ability to grab stills from 4K video. The wireless options include Bluetooth (for smartphone control), WiFi(fortransferof data)andNFC(for easier pairing). These are features normally found in consumer models so if it’s something you need, this is good. As far as performance goes, it has staggeringly low noise at high ISO, a super fast AF system, superb subject tracking with video, excellent battery life (900+ shots on a charge without using live view), loads of customization options and great new additions like the touchscreen. All this while keeping the feel, layout and size the same as previous iterations. For the professional who needs a single grip design or the studio that needs a mount anywhere 4K camera, the 5D Mark IV is still in a league of its own.
Canon’s 5D Mark IV offers many improvements compared to the now four year old 5D Mark III