By Treazah Singh in Blog

Jun 6, 2019


The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a new professional digital DLR camera. The 5D Mark IV features a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, internal 4K movie recording (4096 x 2160pixels) at 30/25/24 fps and 8.8 megapixel in-camera 4K still frame grab, an expandable ISO range of 50-102400, 61 focusing points with 41 cross-type AF points plus the ability to use extenders with all telephoto lenses for f/8 AF with all 61 points ( including 21 cross type), focusing in light as low as -3 EV or -4 EV in Live View mode, 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 3.2-inch touchscreen with 1,620k dots, a new AF ‘Area Selection’ button, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, secure file transfer (FTPS/FTP) and GPS. The 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to offer the Dual Pixel RAW file format, which allows you to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.


The EOS 5D MARK IV is a great EOS model, however lacking a lot of the easy operation modes of the basic models, it can be a complex camera on which to learn photography. It has a mode, Auto+ that will allow you to shoot some subjects with the settings remaining under the camera control. This gives you chance to become familiar with your lenses and what they do and understanding the lighting that will give you the best images, before you need to start understanding some of the setting used within photography.

The EOS 5D MARK IV is one of the more advanced models within the canon EOS range. It has a lot less automation, than the models below it and therefore requires the user to move onto the creative models much earlier than we would normally be recommending on the models that feature a much wider range of the fully automated models. Photography has always had a steep learning curve, and in the modern digital age this has become steeper, as there are now far more controls on the camera. On this model it is going to be necessary to take control early on, as the camera was designed assuming the users were going to have a good knowledge of photography.


Like other semi-pro cameras, the 5D MARK IV offers two control wheels, a small one on the top of the handgrip, and a large spinning dial on the back of the camera. This rear quick control dial is characteristic to all high-end Canon EOS cameras, used to apply rapid exposure adjustments. It’s a bit of an acquired taste compared to more conventional control dials, but you quickly get used to it and it is easy to spin.

The 5D MARK IV is the latest EOS camera to feature a touch screen. It supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping, for choosing shooting modes, changing settings, tracking faces, selecting auto-focus points, focusing and taking pictures in live view mode. In playback you can swipe to move from image to image and pinch the zoom in and out.

On the top-right of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, positioned above the large monochrome status LCD display, are three buttons, each of which has two functions. You press a button and then turn either the top dial or the rear dial to change the corresponding setting. It does take a little while to memorize which button does what, and which dial you need to turn. The 5D Mark IV also shows the settings on the main LCD screen as well as the status LCD. There's a smaller fourth button which activates the status LCD display light so that you can use it in the dark.


The EOS 5D Mark IV features the latest DIGIC 6 image processor, which produces noticeably faster image processing, start-up and image review times than the previous 5D Mark III camera and better noise reduction in high-ISO images. DIGIC 6 also allows the 5D Mark IV to shoot slightly faster than the previous model, obtaining a speed of 7fps for up to unlimited number of JPEGs or 21 RAW images. 14-bit A/D conversion, in-camera HDR processing, multiple exposure function and in-camera RAW processing are also enabled by the Digic 6 processor. Battery life is rated to CIPA standards at 900 shots using the viewfinder, or 200 shots in live view mode. This can be doubled by using the optional BG-E20 battery grip which takes two LP-E6/LP-E6N batteries.

The 5D Mark IV has an identical Live View system to its predecessor. If you're new to DSLRs and don't understand the terminology, basically Live View allows you to view the scene in front of you live on the LCD screen, rather than through the traditional optical viewfinder. This is an obvious attraction for compact camera users, who are familiar with holding the camera at arm's length and composing via the LCD screen. It's also appealing to macro shooters, for example, as it's often easier to view the screen than look through the viewfinder when the camera is mounted on a tripod at an awkward angle.

Live View is easy to turn on via a dedicated switch on the back of the camera which toggles between Live View and Movie recording and a self-explanatory Start/Stop button. A grid line display, dual-axis electronic level and very useful live histogram can be enabled to help with composition and exposure, and you can zoom in by up to 10x magnification of the image displayed on the LCD screen. Focusing is achieved via the AF-On button, or you can half-press the shutter-button. Live View can also be controlled remotely using the supplied EOS utility software, which allows you to adjust settings and capture the image from a PC.

There are three types of focusing system on offer during Live View shooting. The first, Quick AF, works by physically flipping the camera mirror to engage the auto-focus sensor, which then momentarily blanks the LCD screen and causes a physical sound, before the image is displayed after about 1 second. The other methods, Live AF and Live AF with Face Detection, use an image contrast auto-focus system, much like that used by point-and shoot compacts, the main benefits being the complete lack of noise during operation, and no LCD blackout. Unfortunately, these are much slower than the Quick AF mode, taking over 3 seconds to focus on a clearly-defined subject in bright light, which will put off most users that are attracted by the promised point-and-shoot experience. On a more positive note, you can move the AF point around the screen, and the 5D Mark IV successfully detected faces in most situations.

To move into the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s video recording mode, you need to push the switch near the viewfinder across to video recording and then press the Start/Stop button. To change the recording quality, you can press the Q button and switch between the 4K options and the full HD options. It’s worth noting that if you’re shooting in 4K you will be limited to a maximum ISO of 12800. You can shoot for a full 29 minutes and 59 seconds when using the EOS 5D Mark IV. This is down to a heat pipe which draws heat away from the camera's sensor and facilitates such long recording times. You also of course have full manual control. That’s not to say that the video options here are perfect it’s not possible to record 4K when outputting via the HDMI cable, so professional videographers may still be put off.


  Autofocusing is very swift in a wide range of different conditions, including lower light. It doesn’t seem to matter which lens is attached to it, but if you are using professional “L” lenses then you should find that focusing is near instant in good light, taking a touch longer in low light conditions. The sensitivity has been increased to -3EV, compared with the -2EV of the previous 5D model, which makes it more responsive in darker conditions. Further good news is that all 61 of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV's AF points can focus at f/8, which is useful for wildlife photographers who are using long lenses and/or extenders.

The menu system is the same as on most EOS cameras, utilizing a simplified tab structure that does away completely with scrolling. There are 6 main menu options, each containing up to 5 individual tabs of options. You can also setup your own customized menu page for instant access to frequently used settings via the My Menu setting. Only the complex Custom Functions and AF menus detract a little from the overall usability. Thankfully the documentation that comes with the 5D Mark IV is clear enough, as it is with all Canon cameras, if a little light on detail. You do get a the manual in English throughout and you'll find most things that you need to know about the camera's operation in here, without the need to search through the supplied CDs for an 'electronic' manual.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in wi-fi connectivity, which allows you to share images during playback via the Wi-Fi menu option. Enable the Wi-Fi menu option and the Wi-Fi Function option appears underneath, which contains six icons. The 5D Mark IV can connect to another camera, a smartphone, a computer, a printer, the internet and a DNLA device respectively. Setup is long-winded but relatively straight-forward for each scenario, although you'll need a basic understanding of the protocols involved (or consult the supplied User Guide). Note that you need to install the dedicated and free EOS Remote app to connect the 5D Mark IV to the world's most popular smartphone, or the Apple iPad and iPod Touch, or an Android device. You can then use your smartphone or tablet to remotely control almost every aspect of the camera's operation, review images on a larger, more detailed screen and to transfer images between devices.

The 5D Mark IV can tag your images with GPS data (latitude, longitude, altitude and shooting time) just like many of the company's compact cameras. We prefer having GPS built into the camera rather than having to sync it with an additional device, although it does consequently suffer from the issue of negatively affecting battery life. The EOS 5D Mark IV also has built-in NFC, which allows you to quickly transfer images to a compatible smart device by simply tapping them together.


  •  30.4 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  •  7 fps continuous shooting and silent shutter mode
  •  4k 30fps video with 8.8 mp still frame grab, Full 1080p HD 60 fps, HD 720p mode at 120 fps
  •  Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting
  •  Dual Pixel RAW
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in WiFi, NFC (Near-Field Communication)
  • 3.2" (81.1mm), approximately 1,620,000 dot Clear View II LCD monitor with full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area
  • DIGIC 6+ image processor
  • 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system (like 1D X Mark II) including up to 41 cross-type AF sensors, with EOS iTR, f/8 AF
  •  EV -3 AF sensitivity, EV -4 when in Live View mode
  •  150,000-pixel RGB+IR, 252 zone metering sensor for improved AE and AF precision
  •  Zone, Spot and AF Point Expansion focusing modes
  • ISO 100-32000 with expansion up to 102400, down to 50
  •  Short 58ms shutter lag
  •  Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
  •  Dual Memory Card Slots supporting one CF (UDMA Mode 7) and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) memory card • Upgraded Transparent LCD viewfinder with 100% coverage
  •  Dual-Axis Electronic Level with dedicated viewfinder display
  •  Time-lapse Movie function
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
  •  Peripheral Illumination, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion and Diffraction Corrections in-camera along with DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer)
  •  Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 150,000 cycles, improved dust and weather resistance
  • Mirror Vibration Control System to reduce mirror vibration-caused blur
  •  Customizable Quick Control screen
  •  +/- 5 stops of exposure compensation
  •  Super Speed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer
  •  In-camera Multiple Exposure and HDR modes, HDR 30 fps video
  • Improved custom controls with built-in intervalometer and bulb timer

Well, hopefully this post gives photographers further understanding on how their cameras work. The more you know, the better you will be able to choose the right setting for any shooting situation you find yourself in. if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below or get to interact with different photographers on our social media platforms at: Facebook- Luminate Store and Instagram at Luminate Camera Store.