Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2020)


The Canon EOS 5D series is arguably one of the most recognizable camera lines of the digital age. However, Mark IV is designed to appeal to the same wide range of enthusiasts and professionals. Nearly identical-looking to its predecessor, it receives substantial upgrades under the hood. Including a higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in WiFi/NFC, an interval timer, and GPS. As a result, this advanced development in Canon EOS 5D Mark IV makes to fit in Canon’s product line-up nicely as the all-around full-frame option.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Specifications

Body Design

The body was made a minimal upgrade to its design from its predecessors. Now, the number of seals and gaskets has been increased for better weather or environmental sealing for better usage. Also, the camera weight has been reduced as compared to 5D Mark III makes it easy for handling. Anew AF area selection button has been added directly below the AF joystick, which also received a new more ‘toothy’ finish.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 360 Degree View

  • Body type – Digital SLR
  • Camera Format – FX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 800 g
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 890 g
  • Dimensions – Width 150.7 mm x Height 116.4 mm x Diagonal 75.9 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85%
  • Lens Mount – Canon EF Mount
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 1,50,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – Yes
  • Memory Card Slots – CF cards (Type I, UDMA Mode 7 supported), SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards
  • Battery description – Rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6N / LP-E6 Battery
  • Battery Life – Stills: 900 shots at room temperature (23°C / 73°F), 850 shots at low temperatures (0°C / 32°F), Movies: Total 1h 30 min at room temperature (23°C / 73°F), Total 1h 20 min at low temperatures (0°C / 32°F)
  • Charging AC adapter – LC-E6E Battery Charger
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4 in

Sensor and Processor

The Canon’s best-selling full-frame EOS 5D Mark IV comes equipped with 30.4megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with advanced processor makes this camera suitable for all kind of usage with impressive image quality and performance.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Effective Pixels – 30.4 million
  • Sensor size – 36.0 mm x 24.0 mm
  • Max resolution – 6720 x 4480
  • Other resolutions – L (Large): Approx. 30.1megapixel (6720 x 4480), M (Medium): Approx. 13.3megapixel (4464 x 2976), S1 (Small 1): Approx. 7.5megapixel (3360 x 2240), S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.5megapixel (1920 x 1280), S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.35megapixel (720 x 480), RAW: Approx. 30.1megapixel (6720 x 4480), M-RAW: Approx. 16.9megapixel (5040 x 3360), S-RAW: Approx. 7.5megapixel (3360 x 2240)
  • Processor – Digic 6+
  • Bit Depth – 14bit RAW Canon original
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – High-speed continuous shooting: Maximum 7.0 shots/s, Low-speed continuous shooting: Maximum 3.0 shots/s, Silent continuous shooting: Maximum 3.0 shots/s


The 5D Mark IV has an advanced imaging system that has a very low noise floor which can capture a large amount of dynamic range. Since it adds very little noise to the detail captured in the shadow regions of the image. Thus, provides an alternate way of working in situations that would traditionally demand higher ISO settings.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100 – 32000
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 102400
  • White Balance presets – 6
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided
  • File format – JPEG, RAW (14bit Canon original), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible
  • Picture Styles – Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1 – 3

Optics and Focus

The EOS 5D Mark IV inherits a very similar autofocus system to its big brother, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which is itself very similar to the older 1D X Mark I and 5D Mark III. Moreover, the camera is equipped with the highly sought-after Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for high speed and high-precision AF functionality. Significantly, the 5D Mark IV is the first full-frame Canon DSLR to be able to shoot continuously while using Live View servo autofocus. The focus tracking also performs well on many occasions helping in handy.

  • Focus Mode – Single-point Spot AF (manual selection), Single-point AF (manual selection), AF point expansion (manual selection: above, below, left, and right), AF point expansion (manual selection: surround), Zone AF (manual selection of zone), Large Zone AF (manual selection of zone), Automatic selection AF
  • Lens mount – Canon EF Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1x

Auto Focus

  • Number of focus points – Maximum 61 points
  • Cross-type – Maximum 61 points (Cross-type AF point: Max. 41 points)
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -3 to +18 EV
  • AF Mode – One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
  • AI Servo AF characteristics – Tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, AF point auto switching
  • Live View AF Method – Face + Tracking, FlexiZone – Multi, FlexiZone – Single Manual focusing (5x and 10x magnification available for focus check)

Screen and Viewfinder

The viewfinder provides 0.71x magnification in combination with the touch-sensitive LCD monitor the photographic experience has made simple. Hence, the touch screen facilitates touch focus and tracking options in both stills and movies for accurate and speed focusing. As it delivers true-color with rich contrast with complete visibility even during high daylight.

  • Screen Type – TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
  • The Screen size – 3.2in
  • Screen dots – 1,620,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Eye-level pentaprism
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 21 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.71x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -3 to +1 m -1

Photography Features

The 5D Mark IV shows significant improvements in exposure latitude with rich color tones and high dynamic range. Therefore, the 30.4megapixel sensor provides great image quality with exact highlight and shadow with huge ISO compatibility which manages low noise even at the low light condition.

  • Exposure modes – Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure, Custom shooting modes (C1 / C2 / C3)
  • Drive modes – Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10s self-timer / remote control, 2s self-timer / remote control)
  • Metering modes – Evaluative, Partial metering, Spot, Center-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3, 1/2 steps)
  • Metering Range – 0 to +20 EV
  • Live View AF system – Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – X=1/200 s
  • Flash Metering – E-TTL II autoflash
  • Moreover, Flash Compensation – ±3 (at 1/3, 1/2 steps)

Video or Movie Features

The 5D Mark IV is capable of shooting 4K movies, making way for pro-level footage mush easier and handy. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes precise, speedy Live View shooting AF. As comparable to viewfinder shooting AF, reliably assisting 4K movie shooting where focusing precision is paramount. Also, Canon Log is made available for users who are looking to shoot serious video footage. Alongwith this firmware upgrade, the dynamic range increases 800 percent, providing 12 stops of dynamic range, even in low light. Thereupon, the 30.4megapixel image resolution, ensuring detailed depictions and beautiful tones that will satisfy pro photographers with more functionality.

  • Video Compression – Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
  • Videography Format – MOV, MP4
  • Movie Recording Size – 4K (4096 x 2160), Full HD (1920 x 1080), HD (1280 x 720: High Frame Rate movie)
  • Frame Rate – NTSC: 119.9p / 59.94p / 29.97p / 24.00p / 23.98p, PAL: 100.0p / 50.00p / 25.00p / 24.00p
  • Audio File Format – Linear PCM, AAC
  • Audio Recording – Built-in monaural microphone, external stereo microphone terminal provided, Sound-recording level adjustable, wind filter provided, attenuator provided
  • Furthermore, Audio Input / Output – 3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack

Other Special Features of Canon 5D Mark IV

The creative photography has taken to the next level with the multiple exposure facility. Now, the camera supports the touch screen operation of AF points for enhanced accuracy, as well as recording in the Dual Pixel RAW (DPRAW) format. Moreover, it contains information about the subject depth to aid precise micro-adjustment of captured images like bokeh shift and ghosting reduction for enhanced sharpness and resolution.

However, this is the first time Dual Pixel AF has made its way to a full-frame sensor while offering Servo AF for stills, now promising to bring significantly improved – and accurate – autofocus in both live view video and stills shooting. Thus, the Mark IV works with the Canon Connect app and can be used in many ways. In addition to pushing images to a smart device, the Mark IV can also transmit images via Wi-Fi directly to a computer, between cameras, to DLNA device or a printer. The camera also works with EOS Utility for remote capture from a computer.

  • HDR Effects – Natural, Art standard, Art vivid, Art bold, Art embossed
  • Dust delete feature – Auto / Manual, Appending Dust Delete Data
  • Automatic image brightness correction – Auto Lighting Optimizer provided
  • Lens aberration correction – Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, Digital Lens Optimizer, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Multiple Exposure – Available
  • Highlight Alert – Overexposed highlights blink
  • In-camera RAW image processing – Brightness adjustment, White balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality, Color space, Lens aberration correction (Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, Digital lens optimizer, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction)
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • GPS – Built-in
  • Storage types – 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + 1 XQD
  • USB Connectivity – SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)
  • HDMI mini OUT terminal – Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – Available

Best Lenses for Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The camera is made for using it on any occasion for great functionality. As the camera is capable of delivering high precise AF with all lens types, ranging from large aperture lenses to super telephotos attached to teleconverters, to produce sharp and crisp photographs. Therefore, there is a wide variety of lens line-up which can be combined with 5D Mark IV for creating wonderful and dramatic photography and videography.

List of Best Common Lenses for Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Best All-in-one Lens

  • EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • EF35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF50mm f/1.8 STM
  • EF85mm f/1.8 USM

Best Macro Lenses

  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • EF11-24mm f/4L USM
  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF17-40mm f/4L USM

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF35mm f/1.4L II USM

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
  • EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
  • EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF600mm f/4L IS III USM
  • EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Best Portrait Lenses

  • EF50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Rating

As per the reviews and features of 5D IV, the ratings for this camera stand 4.7/5. Professional Photographers consider this camera is best for wildlife, Sports, and Adventure because of its high megapixel and resolution. It is also very versatile to use it for wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography also wildlife, etc., as well. Since it delivers high dynamic range and great performance it can be used by both amateurs and professionals. Also, it will be more useful for videography because of its 4K output at high speed with true colors and delivers accurate sharpness by using the advanced AF-system. Further, this rating is given to Canon 5D IV as per the survey of creative huts.


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