Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, we have tested it


Canon has released the latest version of its EOS 5D series, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV , with which it has intensified all the good we could expect from a high resolution digital SLR. We passed on this DSLR  22,3 megapixel camera that had the Mark III before 30 megapixels that will certainly do their job very well. We have been able to test the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV together with two fancy guests, the EF 16-35mm f / 2.8L II USM wide-angle   lens and the EF 24-105mm f / 4 L IS USM lens .

If you want to know what our impressions and results have been with this team, don't worry because we are going to tell you everything below.


Layout and controls

In terms of size and physical appearance this camera does not differ too much from its predecessor , the Canon EOS Mark III. Its body is perfectly sealed and its magnesium alloy manufacture gives the camera the perfect robustness and resistance to carry out any photojournalism task. The 3.2-inch screen has 1,620,000 dots and is functionally tactile like the one we found on the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. However, on the 1D X Mark II the touch screen was only activated while Live View was used, while the touch screen interface on the 5D Mark IV is active at all times allowing us to review the results or easily access the menu. .

The camera controls are very intuitive, with the ability to make adjustments from the top without having to take your eyes off the viewfinder. And speaking of the viewfinder, it is a pentaprism with a coverage of approximately 100% like the one we already found in the previous model.


Image sensor and processor

As we said at the beginning of the review, the sensor of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III had 20.3 megapixels , which left him well behind its direct competitors like the   Nikon D810 which features 36.3 megapixels or Sony A7 RII with its sensor 42 megapixels . However, the EOS 5D Mark IV delights us with a CMOS of 30.4 megapixels full frame moving between 100 and 32,000 native ISO , and reaches to the forcing 50-102400 ISO.


Although this expanded range is actually the same as the 5D Mark III's,   Canon has improved the noise processing algorithm giving better results at higher sensitivities. Regarding the image processor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV uses a DIGIC un 6+ , which incorporates an AF system of 61 points, 41 of them cross (5 points of which are dual cross type with f / 2.8 ) . The 5D Mark IV also incorporates the t echnology Canon Dual Pixel AF which provides a yield as fast as the best mirrorless of the market.


Results in images

In tests with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV we were able to conclude that the color pick-up is excellent. It is a perfect camera for portraits or landscapes, in general in those shots where color is the protagonist, since the camera is capable of producing highly satisfactory results. The exposure is fairly reliable, and the dynamic range is good. Regarding ISO sensitivity, the noise level is quite contained between sensitivities ISO 100 to ISO6400. From ISO25600 it starts to be really annoying and at ISO102400 it is totally unsustainable. Let's see below some of the tests performed with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV under different conditions.


1/125 sec | f / 3.2 | 70.0 mm | ISO 5000


1/125 sec | f / 3.2 | 70.0 mm | ISO 4200


0.8 sec | f / 7.1 | 70.0 mm | ISO 50


1/80 sec | f / 4.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 100


1/60 sec | f / 2.8 | 70.0 mm | ISO 640


1.3 sec | f / 8.0 | 44.0 mm | ISO 100


4 sec | f / 5.6 | 70.0 mm | ISO 200


0.4 sec | f / 5.6 | 70.0 mm | ISO 200


0.4 sec | f / 5.6 | 70.0 mm | ISO 200


1/80 sec | f / 4.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 100


1/200 f / 3.5 ISO: 100 70.0 mm


0.3 sec | f / 8.0 | 44.0 mm | ISO 100


1/125 sec | f / 3.2 | 70.0 mm | ISO 5000


1/80 sec | f / 4.0 | 50.0 mm | ISO 100

Connections and autonomy

The 5D Mark IV features a rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6 battery  with a range of up to 900 shots. In terms of connections, the 5D Mark IV incorporates a microphone and headphone input in addition to  HDMI and Mini USB 3.0. It also incorporates two dual SD card slots and UDMA CompactFlash and offers both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to transfer images to a compatible device.



We must always start from the basis that it is a camera for professional use. For those who are happy with the Canon EOS Mark III it is really a step forward to get this equipment, especially since the quality of the sensor gives us better results. The fact of having added touch technology to the camera screen is a plus to take into account since it really facilitates its use and in general the only thing that we could highlight in a negative way is its size and weight but as we indicated, it is a professional camera that needs to be sturdy and consequently heavy. If you are a professional photographer and still do not want to make the leap to lighter cameras but with powerful sensors such asSony Alpha , without a doubt this is one of the best reflexes that you can find on the market today.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has been available on the market since last September and its price is around 3,000 euros (only the body).


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

ModelEOS 5D Mark IV
TypologyAdvanced reflex


Type36 x 24mm CMOS (APS-C)

30.4 megapixels

3: 2 format

Low-pass filter with fluorine coating

EOS Integrated Cleaning System


MountEF (excluding EF-S / EF-M lenses)
Focal lengthEquivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens



TTL secondary imaging, phase difference detection with dedicated AF sensor

System / AF Points45 cross-type AF points

(45 f / 5.6 cross-type AF points, 27 f / 8 points [9 cross-type points], the center point is f / 2.8 and f / 5.6 dual cross-type) (11) "

Exposure control

Measurement modesApprox. RGB + IR measurement sensor of approx. 150,000 pixels; measurement of 252 zones. EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis System

(1) Evaluative metering (related to all AF points)

(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% viewfinder at center)

(3) Spot metering: metering in the center (approx. 1.3% of the viewfinder in the center)

Spot metering related to AF point not included

(4) Center-weighted averaged measurement

ISO sensitivityAuto 100-32,000 (1/3 stop or 1 stop increments)

ISO sensitivity expandable to L: 50, H1: 51,200, H2 102,400


TypeElectronically controlled focal plane shutter
Speed30-1 / 8,000 s (in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), ”B” (long exposure) (Full range of shutter speeds. Available range varies depending on shooting mode)

White balance

TypeAutomatic white balance (AWB) with the image sensor
Personal target settingsYes, 1 setting can be saved

Screen and viewfinder

screen7.7 cm (3.0 ″) 3: 2 Vari-angle Clear View II TFT touchscreen, approx. 1,040,000 pixels

Approximate 100% coverage

Magnification Approx. 0.71x

Transmitting LCD focus screen

Depth of field preview


Guide number
Modes and FeaturesE-TTL II autoflash, manual metering

X-sync 1/200 s

CompatibilityE-TTL II with EX-series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash capability


ModesScene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual (Photos, Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)
Continuous shooting speedMax. Approx. 7 fps. with AF / AE tracking, speed held up to limited number of JPEGS or 21 RAW 789 images

Max. 4.3 fps Live View with AF tracking

File format

Still imageJPEG:

3: 2 format (L) 6,720 × 4,480, (M1) 4,464 × 2,976, (S1) 3,360 × 2,240, (S2) 1,696 × 1,280, (S3) 640 × 480

4: 3 format (L) 5,952 × 4,480, (M1) 3,968 × 2,976, (S1) 2,976 × 2,240, (S2) 1,920 × 1,280, (S3) 720 × 480

16: 9 Format (L) 6,720 × 3,776, (M1) 4,464 × 2,512, (S1) 3,360 × 1,888, (S2) 1,920 × 1,080, (S3) 720 × 408

1: 1 format (L) 4,480 × 4,480, (M1) 2,976 × 2,976, (S1) 2,240 × 2,240, (S2) 1,280 × 1,280, (S3) 480 × 480


(RAW) 6,720 × 4,480, (M-RAW) 5,040 × 3,360, (S-RAW) 3,360 × 2,240

Video 4K (17: 9) 4,096 x 2,160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) Motion JPEG

Full HD (16: 9) 1,920 x 1,080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter-frame

Full HD (16: 9) 1,920 x 1,080 HDR (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame

Full HD (16: 9) 1,920 x 1,080 (29.97, 25) lite inter-frame

HD (16: 9) 1,280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intra-frame

Length of videos4K and Full HD: maximum duration 29 minutes and 59 seconds. (not including high speed videos). Unlimited 4GB with exFAT CF cards

Connections and autonomy

Memory cardSD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) cards
Wired connections HDMI mini output (type C, HDMI-CEC compliant), external microphone / line input (stereo mini plug), headphone jack (stereo mini plug), type N3 terminal (remote control terminal)
Wireless connectionsWireless LAN (IEEE802.11b / g / n), (2.4 GHz only), with Active NFC Supported functions: FTP / FTPS, EOS Utility, SmartPhone, web upload, wireless printing
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), built-in for date and settings

Battery duration

Approx. 900 shots (at 23 ° C)

Approx. 850 (at 0 ° C)

Physical specifications

Dimensions139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5 mm
Weight730 grams (body only)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Focal length18-135 mm

29-216mm 35mm film equivalent

characteristicsMinimum focus distance: 390mm

4-stop optical stabilizer

AF Nano USM motor

Dimensions77.4 x 96 mm

Filter diameter 67 mm

Weight 515 grams

Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Compatible lensesEF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM
Remote controlPossible with Wi-Fi compliant EOS bodies1 and smart devices using Canon Camera Connect application or PC / Macintosh computers with EOS Utility software
Dimensions and weight150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9 mm

Approximate weight 800 grams

 + info

Release dateseptember 2016
Manufacturer's websiteCanyon

EOS 80D price (body):  3,000 euros (body only)