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

The Economic Times - - Personal Technology -


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

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