We Have Tried the Canon EOS 5 D Mark IV

Camera & photo, as the first Swedish newspaper publish a hands-on on Canon’s new camera 5 d Mark IV. Here you can read the editor Calle Rose enqvist’s first impressions, and how good “Dual Pixel RAW” really is.

It is a long-awaited new – and an important one for the Canon. Speculation and rumors have been around how the successor to the 5 d Mark III would look like. 4 k and wifi seemed like a matter of course, and also where the speculators succeeded letter right.

Then it became more difficult. Guesses about the resolution and features went in difference on various forums. Maybe it was “what you wanted” that came out of all the posts and speculation, rather than what it probably would be.

Now when it’s released, we see that Canon tried to make small improvements in many different places. We see a technical legacy of the flagship 1 d X Mark II, with the same autofokusegenskaper and the same image processor, DIGIC 6 +.

In the article, you can download full sized images in JPG format by clicking on the image and then choose “view image”, or by pressing the link below the image to download the image in Canon RAW formats. CR2. An image is also in the new format “Dual Pixel RAW”, which also have file extension. CR2, and can be opened with the DPP v 4.5.

Softer forms

But design wise, we see that the Canon EOS 5 d Mark IV inherited near exactly the same design as the Mark III. This move is smart of Canon, because many feel at home in the design and arrangement of buttons. It can easily be outcry if too much is changed (such as was done for Nikon when they changed the site to “zoom in” and “zoom out” which led to problems for those with two camera bodies of various models).

Generally, it feels as if Canon made a few improvements worth mentioning. The camera feels snabbanvänd, quality built and a worthy successor to the Mark III. Canon kept the design but still added a new slider feels good – I know many who think so just to use a real camera like other camera bodies, at an update, something like the Canon so clearly had in mind when they figured out the design.

Here, we note that the shapes of the sequel has become something, something a little softer and rounder than that of the Mark III. For the benefit of feeling, I have to say – there is really no need to sides and edges are hard, it only becomes more comfortable to keep if these are softer, as is the case with Mark IV, especially at thumb buttons in the top right corner at the back. Rounder and softer. Good!

The grip on the camera is really good, and the who have a 5 d Mark III and is satisfied with it, will not feel any difference, in addition to the aforementioned changes.

Here we see also that the AF-ON button now has a better slope inward toward the camera, and it is also thumbprint better. As I mentioned in the news of the Mark IV also has the joystick had a different structure, which I think gives a more balanced and better grip than its predecessor, which felt a bit more “better” to deal with.

The new thumb button on the back to adjust the focus position feels really good – it’s snabbanvänd, comfortable to use and complete a splendid feature in situations where you need to make adjustments quickly, something button allows its function can be adjusted.

The camera’s page with contacts, however, has been rebuilding. Here we see that the doors now opened separately depending on function, which improves the properties of weather seal. The sync for external Flash are somewhat better, and has its own door. Is planning something better than its predecessor.

On the topic of “soft”, I have also noticed a reasonable difference in the sound of the shutter in the 5 d Mark IV vs. Mark III. The sound is softer and quieter, and I experienced the Mark III’s sound more metallic and tinny. This change in sound is due to the new mirror movement that actively suppressed, leading to lower noise and less vibration.

Really positive!

 Smarter screen

The screen has been improved on its predecessor and it shows in many ways. The resolution has been increased from 1.04 million pixels to 1.62.Nothing revolutionary, you might think, but the quality of the screen is so much better that the technology itself affects more than the resolution, according to my snippet.

The screen has now also become pressure-sensitive, and it works really nicely, with quick and good response – and above all the opportunity to use it for many of the camera’s features and browse around in the menus. Really touch on a pro camera can be really useful if it is properly done, and it looks as if Canon meant to here, which I like. Then there are those photographers who do not want or need a printable screen. Nice so – but if you want to be faster in stressful shooting situations so you can usefully take in all that the camera offers.

In addition, Canon has improved menu system visually from the Mark III, which is been – now it’s almost pleasant to browse between the different departments, and at the same time, understand where you are in kamerns Interior.


We look back in time, we know that Canon did a pretty hefty improvement of 5 d Mark III autofocus in force, compared with his predecessor, the 5 d Mark II. In addition to the menu system, and the settings were now gathered in one place, Canon also managed to work up the accuracy on the focus, something that is always welcomed.

When I tested the Canon 5 d Mark IV with the EF 35 mm/1, 4 l II USM as I discovered that it feels fast and rapp in their focus, even in low light conditions in the Stockholm Metro. But on the other hand, I also think the 5 d Mark III performed well when I tested it. But technically speaking, so it bodes well for a small improvement since the 5 d Mark IV inherited technology from flagship 1 d X Mark II, with the ability to focus with teleconverter for such as telephoto lens, stopped down to aperture f/8 – and still get 61 AF points, of which 21 are crossed.

It will be interesting to test the camera more in harder situations to see how it performs then.

Image quality

I have not yet had the opportunity to analyze the pictures more closely, but what I can say is that the Canon 5 d Mark IV is good at adjusting the white balance in low light environments, as well as to the images feel sharp and fine straight out of the camera. According to Anders Sävås, product specialist of Canon, the Canon 5 d Mark IV fitted with an AA-filter that is weaker than the one that sits in the 5 d Mark III, which in turn would give something sharper images directly from the camera.

Also the slightly higher resolution helps to increase the sharpness of the images from the Canon 5 d Mark III.

Also tests for the dynamic range required to get a more detailed view of what the camera sensor can handle.

Dual Pixel RAW

The new feature “Dual Pixel RAW allows you as the photographer asking if the sharpness in hindsight – but how is that possible? I have tested the technology to see how it works.

The sensor is built up through a “double fotodiods-design”, which means that the sensor can receive light from an object and detect the difference in phase between the incoming light at each photodiode, which together form a pixel. It is precisely this that makes the camera can focus (fas focus by Dual Pixel AF) sensor. Combined create this bright picture that is stored down in conventional RAW.

In the Dual Pixel RAW is divided hence the incoming light up to two image files, which in turn is stored in the same RAW file, a DP-RAW. One of the embedded files contains the combined data from the two images (i.e. a “regular” image in raw form created from the incident light on the two photodiodes), and the other embedded file contains image data generated by the incident light from only one side of the pixel – one photo diode.

This means that both the original image (as it was thought that it would be) is saved, along with any parallax-information, which in turn can be used to extrapolate forward data that can be adjusted.

It is the difference in angle between the two images that are written down as “make magic”, and how much one can adjust the depends on the focal length of the lens, the focal length determines how much difference you get at the retrofit.

In a first attempt, I have taken a picture of people walking on the streets of Stockholm. By using the DPP can I retrospectively adjust the focus. And actually – it is impressive how well it works with the purpose to adjust precisely the focus on an image like this sample image below.

Here I have focused on from the woman in the foreground of the picture, to the woman in the background, using the slider in the DPP. The picture then goes to export.

In this case, the conditions are good for the retrofit of the image (tyligen) because I personally think that the result was above expectations, although I had no expectations … future tests may show the required tolerances for a good end result, but the feature can be very useful in certain situations, if one can use the changed workflow required (setting for the shoot , conditions and after treatment).

For best results, the Canon use a focal length of at least 50 mm and an aperture of f/5.6 or less, and an ISO value at 1600 ISO or lower. For example, photographs a portrait with a 50 mm lens, the shooting stand 1-10 meters from the camera, at 100 mm 2-20 metres and at 200 mm 4-40 meters from the camera.

Although the first impressions are positive, it is still a lot to test – autofocus, dynamic range and ISO performance. It is also when there is the possibility to see which points are improved, and the shortcomings that come with the new successor.