To much relief for anxious fans, Canon on August 25, unveiled the 5D Mark IV, the fourth edition of the company’s popular full-frame DSLR camera which was originally launched in 11 years ago. The previous edition, 5D Mark III was launched in 2012, and Canon has upgraded everything inside in the Mark IV. The new camera doesn’t look remarkably different than the previous version but is 60 gms lighter. The second generation of the brand, 5D Mark II was Canon’s first DSLR with video capabilities, and it was revolutionary in the world of filmmaking as it blended video abilities in a compact format. Even with the absence of features like the flip-out screen which are present in the Canon 70D and 80D, the 5D Mark IV is better equipped for video than any other variant.
Apart from Mark IV, Canon also announced two new variants of lenses. The first is the 16-35mm f2.8L III, a super wide zoom lens, with added features like edge sharpness and better weatherproofing, was always popular with photojournalists and at the same time, the event photographers. The other lens is a new variant of Canon’s 24-105mm f4L zoom. From being the first Canon DSLR to be able to shoot in 4K and also being the first 5D to come with Wi-Fi connectivity, here are the key things to know about the new Canon 5D Mark IV:
The Mark IV captures DCI Cinema type 4K (4096 x 2160) video at 720p at 120 frames per second and 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second. The speed makes it the company’s first full-frame DSLR with the ability to shoot slow motion full-HD video and also HDR video. It is also the first, which can shoot videos at 5 times the speed.
Along with and ISO ranging from 100-32,000 expandable up to 50-102, 400, the resolution can go up to 30.4 megapixels. But the notable feature in Mark IV is the Dual Pixel Raw. An intelligent technology which can be used by the photographer to choose a different point at which the image is expected to be the sharpest after being captured.
The 5D Mark IV is Wi-Fi enabled, with the option for both remote operation and secure file transfer in all devices by using the “Canon Camera Connect” app. There’s also Near Field Communication (NFC) which is used for an instant connection. It also is GPS-enabled which helps in geotagging images in the EXIF data along with automatic time updates. The interesting new feature is that the camera also supports photo metadata, which enables the photographer to enter details of a shoot, which gets embedded in the photographs.
The pricing looks to be the only drawback as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is quoted with a body-only price of $3,499 (approx Rs 2,34,610), which is almost near to the price of Canon’s flagship 1D-series DSLRs. As a kit the camera will be sold either with the EF 24-70mm f/4L lens, priced at $4,399 (approx Rs 2,95,000) or the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens $4,599 (approx Rs 3,08,365) .