Meet the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, the company’s latest mainstream SLR that is clearly targeted for professionals in the field of photography (or for those who have a large amount of cash to burn). One look at it, you might be mistaken to find it to be its predecessor, the 5D Mark III. However, looking at what’s on paper, you now get a 30-megapixel imaging sensor in which uses the company’s own Dual Pixel AF technology, 7-frames-per-second continuous shooting, and an improved imaging processor. There is now also a video engine that allows the camera to record videos of up to 4K resolution in quality.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Advances by Leaps and Bounds
When you’re already a prime user of the 5D Mark III, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will feel very familiar. It still has a moderately-sized body that packs a full-frame sensor within. For its dimensions, it comes with measurements of 4.6 x 5.9 x 3.0-inches, and it weighs 1.8-pounds. With these figures, it is a bit smaller and lighter with some other DSLRs that have an integrated vertical shooting grip. If you prefer a beefier looking camera, then you can purchase a battery grip for this particular DSLR.
Like many, if not all DSLRs on the market, you will make use of an optical viewfinder. However, the one on the 5D Mark IV is brighter and clearer than most. Furthermore, it is able to cover 100-percent of the frame. In other words, what you see is what you get. There’s no worry about some cropping done when you take press the shutter button and take the photo. The viewfinder is also quite large as it is able to deliver a 0.71x magnification rating.
Not all about this newer DSLR should be celebrated, however, because the battery life is better on its predecessor. It is rated that a fully-charged battery will give you approximately 900 shots and 300 when you’re using the rear LCD for live view. In comparison, the 5D Mark III is rated to have a battery life of approximately 950 shots, but using live view on the Mark III will only net you 200 shots.
But how does the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV perform? In short, it is nothing lesser than spectacular. When starting up the camera and shooting your first image once it turns on, the lag time to do that is just 0.5-seconds. It makes use of a 61-point auto-focusing system, which is quite similar to the one in the 1D X Mark II. Using Live View is just as fast as when you’re focusing using the viewfinder, which is a definite plus. Images shot now have more detail in them, which is thanks to the new imaging sensor. Overall, if you have the cash and you definitely want to upgrade, spare this DSLR no second thought.
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