The New EOS 5D Mark IV Shipping September 8, 2016 « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

The New EOS 5D Mark IV Shipping September 8, 2016

EOS 5D Mark IV Shipping 8 September

I learned five minutes ago that the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR will begin shipping from B&H on September 8, 2016. If you have been hot to get one, please be sure to use my product-specific B&H link (in this paragraph) or the to click on the logo link above. Once you get to the B&H product page, please click on Pre-order. Please do NOT click on Request stock alert (as that option will not track to me).

I do not know much about the camera. 30.4mp files, 7 frames per second, and the best in-the-camera video ever sounds pretty impressive, not to mention the fact that the 5D IV will cost you $2,500 less than the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR.

The 5D IV sounds like the perfect body for those who do serious landscape, travel, Urbex, nature, and wildlife photography, including and especially birds. I will be borrowing one to test on the DeSoto IPT. Each participant will get one hour to play with the new body.

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If you have any questions on the 5D IV please leave a comment; I will do my best to get you an answer asap.

The Spiel

EOS 5D Mark IV

Continuing on in their legacy of powerful workhorse cameras, Canon has released the 5D Mark IV DSLR which is an outstanding still photography option and an able 4K-capable video machine. This multimedia maven offers a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with the DIGIC 6+ image processor in order to balance fine detail and resolution with low-light performance and sensitivity. It is able to work within a native range of ISO 100-32000, which can then be expanded to an impressive ISO 50-102400, for sharp, low-noise images in a variety of conditions. Along with these improvements to image quality, users will enjoy a performance boost across the board with an enhanced AF system, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS, and much more.

In order to deliver detailed images quickly and effectively the 5D Mark IV leverages the power of the DIGIC 6+ image processor, which can handle up to 7 frames per second during continuous shooting. It also uses a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor to evaluate the scene and subjects for accurate exposures under a variety of different lighting conditions. An improved 61-point High Density Reticular AF furthers the camera’s speed by tracking and locking onto subjects quickly and accurately for tack sharp photos. A new AF area select button is now available as well for near immediate access to this setting.

Video benefits from the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF to smoothly rack focus during a shot. Shooters can even make use of the 3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD to simply tap to adjust the focus point. Furthermore, now that the camera has DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at up to 30 fps, users can snag 8.8MP stills from the video for an even faster capture option. Tied into the Dual Pixel sensor architecture is a brand new feature for Canon: Dual Pixel RAW, which allows for fine tuning of certain image parameters, including bokeh shift and focus micro adjustment, after the image is taken. The body has been further refined for comfort and ease of access, as well as durability and weather resistance. The Canon N3 remote port has been relocated to the front of the camera body and they have added both GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC to make this model a connected camera.

30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6+ Image Processor

In line with previous members of the main 5D series, the Mark IV attempts to balance high resolution with low-light performance with a newly developed 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor. This provides a beneficial increase in overall resolution without compromising on sensitivity. Additionally, thanks to the DIGIC 6+ image processor it is paired with, it offers impressive performance within a native range of ISO 100-32000, which can be expanded to ISO 50-102400.

Versatility is key with the 5D, as it needs to be able to tackle landscapes and weddings with equal ease. By using a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor shooters will be able to more comfortably rely on the camera to capture difficult scenes. This sensor also has face detection as well as flicker detection which can ensure proper exposure in less-than-ideal lighting situations. Along with this, the camera offers an improved continuous shooting rate of 7 fps, making it a great option for events and action.

High Density Reticular AF and Dual Pixel CMOS AF Systems

Ensuring your subject is tack sharp, the 5D Mark IV incorporates an enhanced High Density Reticular AF system, which offers 61 phase-detect points, with all points sensitive to f/8 and 41 of which are cross-type. The center point can function down to -3 EV for working in extremely dim lighting. Compared to previous versions, this sensor has expanded vertical coverage of 24% on the peripherals and 8% in the center in order to better track and locate subjects in the frame.

In addition to advanced tracking and focusing while using the optical finder for stills, Live View and video can now use Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the actual imaging sensor. This offers about 80% coverage of phase-detection autofocus for faster and more accurate focusing in these modes. It is ideal for video as users will enjoy smoother rack focusing without the downsides normally encountered with contrast-based systems. Also, this works well with the touchscreen functions, allowing shooters to just tap to adjust focus.

DCI 4K Video Recording

Designed for both professional stills shooting and video recording, the 5D Mark IV supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 30 fps at 500 Mbps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 60 fps and HD 720p at 120 fps for slow motion playback. When recording in-camera, 4K video has 4:2:2 sampling and 8-bit color depth, while Full HD 1080p footage has 4:2:0 sampling. Uncompressed Full HD 1080p video can also be saved via HDMI to an optional external recorder with 4:2:2 color sampling. 4K video is recorded using a central 4096 x 2160 area of the sensor at a 1.74x crop in order to record video with an ideal 1:1 pixel sampling ratio, while Full HD recording makes use of the entire full frame.

Audio can be recorded using the on-board stereo microphone or an optional external mic can also be used via the 3.5mm mic jack. Real time audio monitoring is possible, too, via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 4K video recording also avails the ability to take 8.8MP still frame grabs during playback on the rear touchscreen and save them as single images.

Dual Pixel RAW

First implemented here on the 5D Mark IV, Dual Pixel RAW allows photographers to record all the information the sensor’s unique pixel architecture can deliver, providing a way for fine adjustments to be made after the image is taken. These adjustments include focus fine tuning that can help you ever-so-slightly adjust the focus point to bring out extra details, shift bokeh around for improved composition, and reduce the impact of ghosting on your photos. This requires the use of Canon’s Digital Photo Professional 4.5 software.

Body Design

A large 3.2″ 1.62m-dot Clear View II LCD monitor is available and features an anti-reflective design for bright, vivid image playback and live view shooting, and its touchscreen interface can be used for intuitive touch-to-focus control and adjusting settings in the menus. A dedicated AF mode selection button located beneath the rear joystick offers another avenue for accessing settings, allowing for fast, intuitive access to commonly changed options.

Dual CompactFlash and SD memory card slots allow you to extend your file saving capabilities by permitting overflow recording or in-camera file type separation while shooting. An Intelligent Viewfinder II uses a pentaprism design and offers a bright means for viewing. When using the viewfinder, AF points are highlighted in red for greater visibility in low-light conditions, and the finder can also be configured to display a range of other shooting aids, such as an electronic level, grid, flicker detection, white balance, metering mode, AF information, and other settings.

A Mirror Vibration Control System helps to minimize mechanical vibrations in order to better ensure sharpness during long exposures or fast continuous shooting bursts. A robust magnesium alloy body design is both dust- and weather-sealed to permit working in harsh environments.

Other Camera Features

A built-in GPS module allows you to geotag imagery in-camera as well as auto time sync with the Universal Time Code via satellites. This module is compatible with American GPS, Russian GLONASS, and Japanese quasi-zenith Michibiki satellites for a wide coverage of support. Digital Lens Optimizer technology compensates for a range of optical defects from various lenses, including chromatic aberration, distortion, peripheral brightness, and diffraction, and the camera can store lens data in order to avoid having to re-register lenses prior to each use. The camera can handle this process in real time, delivering JPEGs with the corrections already applied.

A built-in intervalometer permits the creation of time lapse imagery and supports recording 1-99 consecutive frames in pre-selected intervals from 1 second to 99 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Users can also choose to set the camera to unlimited frames. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity enable wireless sharing, control, and image transfer with a compatible smart device as well as the CS100 Connect Station.


Fort DeSoto in fall is rife with tame birds. All of the images in this card were created at Fort DeSoto in either late September or early October. I hope that you can join me there this fall one way or another. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

BIRDS AS ART Fort DeSoto In-the-Field Meet-up Workshop (ITFW): $99. Limit 12/Openings: 10)

Join me on the morning of October 2, 2016 for 3-hours of photographic instruction at Fort DeSoto Park. Beginners are welcome. Lenses of 300mm or longer are recommended but even those with 70-200s should get to make some nice images, especially with a 7D Mark II. Teleconverters are always a plus.

You will learn the basics of digital exposure and image design, autofocus basics, and how to get close to free and wild birds. We should get to photograph a variety of wading birds, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. This inexpensive morning workshop is designed to give folks a taste of the level and the quality of instruction that is provided on BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-tours. I hope to meet you there.

To register please call Jim or Jennifer during weekday business hours with a credit card in hand to pay the nominal registration fee. Your registration fee is non-refundable. You will receive a short e-mail with instructions, gear advice, and meeting place one week before the event.


Folks attending the IPT will be in the field early and stay out late to take advantage of sunrise and sunset colors. The good news is that the days are relatively short in early fall. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Fort DeSoto Short Notice Fall IPT/September 28 (meet & greet at 2pm followed by our afternoon session) through the full day on October 1, 2016. 3 1/2 DAYs: $1549. Limit 10/Openings: 6. Sunday morning ITFW free to IPT registrants.

Fort DeSoto, located just south of St. Petersburg, FL, is a mecca for migrant shorebirds in fall. There they join dozens of egrets, herons, night-herons, gulls, and terns who winter on the T-shaped peninsula that serves as their wintering grounds. With any luck, we should get to photograph two of Florida’s most desirable shorebird species: Marbled Godwit and the spectacular Long-billed Curlew. Black-bellied Plover and Willet are easy, American Oystercatcher likely. Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, and Tricolored Heron are easy as well and we will almost surely come up with a tame Yellow-crowned Night-Heron or two. We should get to do some Brown Pelican flight photography. And Royal, Sandwich, Forster’s, and Caspian Terns will likely provide us with some good flight opportunities as well. Though not guaranteed, Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork would not be unexpected.

Folks who sign up for the IPT are welcome to join me as my guest on the ITFW on the Sunday morning following the workshop. See above for details on that.

On this and all other IPTs you will learn basics and fine points of digital exposure and to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, how to approach free and wild birds without disturbing them, to understand and predict bird behavior, to identify and age many species of shorebirds, to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, to, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. And you will learn learn how and why to work in Manual mode (even if you’re scared of it).

At brunch (included) we will review my images–folks learn a ton watching me edit–why keep this one and delete that one? If you opt to bring your laptop, we can take a look at a few of your images from the morning session. We will process a few of my images in Photoshop after converting them in DPP. That followed by Instructor Nap Time.

As I already have one signed up for this workshop, it is a go. Hotel info will be e-mailed when you register. The best airport is Tampa (TPA). It is always best if IPT folks stay in the same hotel so if you are interested it would be a good idea to register now and make your hotel reservations as soon as you hear from us. We can, however, coordinate with local folks who opt to stay at home.

Because of the relatively late date, payment is full is due upon registration either by check or credit card. If the former, please e-mail us immediately so that we can save you a spot. If the latter, please call Jim or Jennifer during weekday business hours at 863-692-0906 with a credit card in hand to register. Your registration fee is non-refundable unless the IPT sells out with eight so please check your plans carefully before committing. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with detailed instructions and gear & clothing advice a fairly soon.

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24 comments to The New EOS 5D Mark IV Shipping September 8, 2016

  • avatar Jay

    Thanks Artie. And at the risk of asking annoying questions… If you only had the money to buy a 500 II to go with a 7D II or to buy a 5D IV to go with the 100-400 II, what would the choice be? I’ve always heard go with the best glass, but the 100-400 II isn’t exactly bad glass.

    I’ve been doing photography for over a decade, mostly as a walk-around birder. I’m extremely interested in focusing on photography more and getting the extra reach of the 500. I also would like better performance in dark places.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      It sounds as if you need the reach. So the 500 II plus the 1.4X III TC. You do not need the 2X III TC with a 7D II. If you lived in Florida with tame birds it would be a different story. Head to BPN and check out the great work that Avian Moderator Dan Cadieux does with the 500 II and a 7D II.


      ps: You can start here and follow up with a search for more of Dan’s great images.

  • avatar Doug

    Almost as important as the frame rate is the buffer size. Any info about the Mk4 buffer?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Not for my style of shooting… But I have no clue. Maybe someone can find it in the fine print.


  • Can’t wait to see your review.
    It looks like the 5D Mk IV will be a great camera… just wondering about the 6 fps for bird photography ?
    I have the 7D MkII and I often need the 10fps. I also have the 5DS which is good for “still” birds but not for the flighty ones in dark habitat ! Lower fps and low ISO on the 5DS doesn’t hack it.
    I was thinking about getting the 1DX MkII for the great ISO and super fps (amongst other things) but I held back waiting to see what the 5D Mk IV offers.
    I would suppose the 1DX MkII was still the best Camera for bird photography, but I am hoping the 5D IV will come a very close 2nd being the cheaper and much lighter option.
    Oh and you don’t have to buy a separate Wifi unit either.
    Hmmmm .. all of a sudden, so many choices !

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      It will be a while. And yes, lots of great choices. Whatever you wind up going with please remember to use my B&H affiliate link. Your analyses are good; let me know if you have any specific questions. And remember, it ain’t the camera and it ain’t the lens.


  • avatar Frank Sheets

    I heard this earlier via Canon Rumors. In my mind, using this in combo with a 1DXII would represent a great package, assuming you did not need the resolution of the 5DSR. A little more flexibility with the 5DIV than the 5DSR, better focus (all AF points available at f/8 and a little faster frame rate). I am not too much into video, at least at this point. In a perfect world, a 5DIV on the tripod with the 600mm II and the 1dxII on your shoulder with a 400mmDOII, including extenders (1.4x plus 2X). Now that would be fun!!!!!!!!!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      More good analysis. But always tempting to use the 1DX II on the 600 II with the 2X III…

      It will be interesting to see if the 5D III is as slow as the others with the 600 and the 2X TC…

      later and love,


      ps: what everyone needs to remember is that it ain’t the camera and it ain’t the lens…

  • avatar Elizabeth M

    I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on the 5DM4, especially regarding low light/high ISO performance and how it compares to the 1DxM2 in that respect. I was blown away with the image quality of the 1DxM2 images you shared on the spring De Soto IPT with the high ISO values. If the 5DM4 is comparable, that would really be something.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Emac,

      Agree. I will use the body a bit at the end of September…

      later and love, a

  • All AF points active at f/8. Nice!

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie, and thanks. It seems as if it has some 1DXII features and some 5DS features, at least features in those directions; and it has some unique new features. The most interesting one to me is the idea that you can improve focus after you’ve taken the photograph, on the digital file. If this is real, then it’s a big breakthrough, although I’m not sure I understand exactly what the claim is. “…providing a way for fine adjustments to be made after the image is taken. These adjustments include focus fine tuning that can help you ever-so-slightly adjust the focus point to bring out extra details, shift bokeh around for improved composition, and reduce the impact of ghosting on your photos.”

  • avatar Ken Lui

    You are right. I misread it. Sorry.

  • avatar Ken Lui

    The new 5D MK IV costs $3,499 to be exact, not $2,500.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi Ken, You might try actually reading what I wrote which was this:

      the 5D IV will cost you $2,500 less than the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR.


  • avatar Marlo Casabar

    I’m looking forward to your field testing the 5D Mk IV. I would especially like to hear your opinions about this new camera vs my 7D Mk II.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Given the cost of each, I would hope that the 5D IV is vastly superior to the 7D Mark II and I am sure that it will be. That said the 7D II is still offers the greatest value of all digital camera bodies… The image quality will be far superior for sure. I will be comparing the 5D IV to the 5DS R and the 1DX Mark II.


      • avatar Marlo Casabar

        Going from the original 7D to the 7D II, I have been very happy. That is, until I start getting in to early morning light and have fought with the image quality when I have had to boost the ISO on the Mark II.

        The 5D IV would definitely give much better image quality. With 30.4 Mp vs the 7D II’s 20Mp, Would cropping on the 5D IM image in post yield about the same quality as a non-cropped image of the 7D II?

        The next consideration becomes the fps differences between the two bodies.

        As for the 1DX Mark II, I can’t wait to read your reviews between the bodies you mentioned above.

        • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

          Hi Marlo, Yes, those tiny pixels with the 7D II are not too good about ISO 800 and some folks refuse to go that high. As for the crop question, I am pretty sure that the 5D IV images would be of better quality, especially at the higher ISO settings.

          I am gonna try to get a loaner from the first batch but I may not get to use it much until the DeSoto IPT…


        • avatar Jay

          This was my question too. I have the 100-400 II with the 7D II. I’d love the better ISO performance of a full frame, but I’m terribly worried about the loss of reach, as I already wish for greater reach. If one takes the resolution of the new 5D (30.4 MP) and divides by the resolution of the 7D II (20.2), this is right at 1.5 times higher.

          So all other things being equal, this should allow you to crop back to 20MP on the new 5D and have almost the same effective image as shooting with the 7D II. I’m just not sure if all other things are equal. **I would love to know the answer to this very question.**

          If the buffer size and autofocus is sufficient, I can happily live with 7 FPS instead of 10.

          • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

            Buffer size is 21 RAWs. The AF will be great if the operator is great just like with every other Canon digital camera in the past 16 years. And the noise at higher ISOs will be far better. Thus, the cropped IQ will be better 🙂