Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / MK 4 DSLR Camera

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / MK 4 DSLR Camera (Body Only) | eBay series is arguably one of the most recognizable camera lines of the digital age and the 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 Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon’s product line nicely as the all-around full-frame option.

It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III. The center point is sensitive to -3EV in One Shot (AF-S) mode (in Live View the sensor is sensitive to -4EV with a fast lens).

4K video capture is a welcome addition to this camera and users can record in either 24 or 30p, albeit with a 1.64x crop. All footage is captured as Motion JPEG. Additionally, the camera allows for 4K Frame Grabs, effectively giving users 30 fps stills shooting with (Dual Pixel) AF. We’ve seen that the camera suffers from some rolling shutter , but it may still have some merit for capturing the decisive moment when 7fps just isn’t enough.

While developing the IV, Canon says it sought feedback from 5D-series users and found that dynamic range, resolution, AF precision and AF speed were the four most important areas improvements were requested. On paper, the Mark IV seems to address these aspects nicely. Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV) Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400) 7 fps continuous shooting Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction) 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor 1.62M-dot 3.2″ full-time touchscreen Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS Built-in bulb timer interval timers Improved weather-sealing

In terms of AF, the increased coverage area is part of what makes the upgrade a big deal: after all, it’s the same AF system found in the company’s flagship sports camera. The 150,000-pixel RGB-IR metering sensor, which feeds scene information to the AF system, is borrowed from the original 1D X, bringing enhanced subject identification (including faces) and tracking (‘iTR’), as well as improved metering and flicker detection.

The 5D Mark IV is Canon’s first full-framer that can continuously focus in Live View during stills capture, and because of the way Dual Pixel AF works, focus is generally very accurate, even with fast lenses. It’s surprisingly good at sticking to the original subject (or face) you initiated focus on, and it’s easy to specify your subject by tappping on it on the touchscreen in ‘Face Detect+Tracking’ mode.

The 5D Mark IV also has some new tricks up its sleeve including Dual Pixel Raw, a nifty option that can prove useful in specific shooting scenarios. It works by recording two 30MP images, one from each of the ‘left-looking’ and ‘right-looking’ photodiodes at each pixel. Previous Canons have combined these two signals at each pixel, but Dual Pixel Raw gives you the option of keeping them separate. This results in a file that’s twice as large, but one that allows for ‘image micro-adjustment,’ ‘bokeh shift’ and ghosting reduction (more on this on our Features page) in Canon’s supplied Digital Photo Professional software. Compared to its peers

Canon now offers a range of full-frame models. On the high end you have the Canon’s sports and action-oriented 1D X Mark II, with its 20.2MP sensor and 14 fps continuous shooting (with AF). The 5DS (and ‘R’ variant), with their 50.6MP sensors, are the company’s high resolution options. The 5D Mark IV splits the difference in terms of resolution and is positioned as Canon’s all-rounder. For those on a budget, the EOS 6D soldiers on, four years after its introduction.

So how does the 5D Mark IV stack up against its closest sibling and predecessor? Take a look for yourself: Canon EOS 5D IV
Canon EOS 5D III
Canon EOS 5DS
MSRP $3499 $3499 $3699 Sensor 30.4MP 22.3MP 50.6MP ISO range
(expanded) 100 – 32000
(expandable 50-102400) 100 – 25600
(expandable 50-102400) 100 – 6400
(expandable 50-12800) AF points 61 (41 cross-type)
over expanded region 61 (41 cross-type) 61 (41 cross-type)

Live view/video AF ‘Dual Pixel’ phase detection Contrast detection Contrast detection RGB metering sensor resolution 150k pixels 63-zone dual-layer 150k pixels LCD 3.2″ 1.62M-dot touchscreen 3.2″ 1.04M-dot 3.2″ 1.04M-dot Burst rate 7 fps 6 fps 5 fps

Video DCI 4K/30/24p 1080/30p 1080/30p Headphone socket Yes Yes No Card format 1x Compact Flash
1x SD

1x Compact Flash
1x SD 1x Compact Flash
1x SD Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC Yes No No GPS Yes No No

Obviously if you need the resolution, the Canon EOS 5DS is the more sensible choice. But in just about every other regard, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the far more versatile camera and a worthy upgrade from the 5D Mark III. Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV ships this September and will cost $3499 body only, $4399 with the 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens and $4599 with the 24-105mm F4L IS II USM lens. Tags: review, canon, canon-aug24-launch, photokina-2016 Next page TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 Introduction 2 Specifications 3 Body and Handling 4 Controls and Operation 5 Features 6 In-Depth: Image Microadjustment 7 Performance and Autofocus 8 Autofocus Tracking 9 Image Quality 10 Exposure Latitude 11 ISO Invariance 12 Video 13 Video: Rolling Shutter Examination 14 First Impressions 15 Conclusion Gear in this storyCanon EOS 5D Mark IV1266I own it585I want it218I had itDiscuss in the forums Support DPReview. Shop withCanon EOS 5D Mark IV results on Amazon.deCanon EOS 5D Mark IV SLR-Digitalkamera (30,4 MP, 8,1cm Touchscreen-LCD, DIGIC 6+, Dual Pixel RAW, 4K Video, WLAN, NFC, GPS) Gehäuse, schwarz2.669,00 € Shop nowCanon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body Ohrstöpsel, 6 cm, Black2.578,17 € Shop nowCanon EOS 5D Mark II SLR-Digitalkamera (21 MP) Gehäuse469,90 € Shop now View Comments (2167) CommentsAll (2167)Most popular (15)Editors’ picks (1)DPR staff (116)Oldest first tcphoto1

After thirteen years of 1Series bodies, I just sold my 1Dx and ordered a 5D MarkIV. I’m looking forward to a lighter load and higher resolution. Who knows, I may sell my 1Ds3 and buy another for backup.Like0Sep 11, 2018 permalink tcphoto1

I’ve been impressed with the 5D MarkIV, so much so that I sold the 1Ds MarkIII and bought another. It produces nice files, does it quickly and in a lighter package compared to the 1Series I’ve owned over the past fourteen years.Like3Oct 13, 2018 permalink don nieman

I like my 5D Mark IV but, when will Canon make a viewfinder that you can actual read in the daylight? It is so limiting and no one seems to mention it. Am I the only one with this viewfinder issue?Like0Aug 19, 2018 permalink Chip62

Try a Hoodman Viewfinder Loop, it works great in daylight or anytime.Like1Jan 23, 2019 permalink TkP-Photography

I just thought I would give a review of my 5D Mark 4.
I shoot pro sports 4 to 5 days a week. I bought this camera 6 months ago and while at work it quit working. Wouldn’t do anything. I tried every lens and battery to make sure it wasn’t that.
So the next day I sent it to Canon. They replaced the entire motherboard in a brand new camera.
When I got it back it worked for 5 frames. I sent it back again and they replaced everything else.
I now can not trust this camera. I have asked for it to be replaced but have not heard back.
When I do I will let you all know.Like0Jul 25, 2018 permalink (unknown member)

Didn’t you just say Canon replaced “everything else”? What else needs replacing now? Sounds like they worked really hard at fixing your problem which is much less than other makers can claim.Like0May 30, 2019 permalink Camphoneguy

I had similar issues with a 7d MkII I got on ‘opening day’, first day available. All kinds of lens errors. Took a third return (while I was hoping they’d just replace it!) but it’s been fine now for…how many years has that one been out?
Any updates on your situation?Like0Jan 28, 2020 permalink Reservoir_Dog

Outstanding cameraLike2Jan 8, 2018 permalink Michael Ma

Dear DPREVIEW,

On Page 9 (Image Preview), it looks like the RAW preview was exported with the Adobe Standard profile instead of the usual Camera Standard profile, which explains the faded red color. I’ve verified this by downloading the CR2 file and opening it up in ACR.Like0Nov 14, 2017 permalinkRichard Butler

The test scene is based on the use of Adobe Standard for all cameras to minimize the colour differences (the colour differences between brands are covered in the JPEG mode). Like0Nov 15, 2017 permalink Michael Ma

I see. Then it looks like Adobe Standard Color profile for the 5D Mark IV is the issue as it doesn’t match the reds in the previous Canon cameras when using the Adobe Standard profile.Like0Nov 16, 2017 permalink anaobiols

Is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens compatible with the 5D mark IV?Like0Oct 4, 2017 permalinkA Haikal Ruslan

All EF lenses work on Canon Full Frame bodies.Like1Oct 8, 2017 permalink uuj

I bought Canon 5D Mark-IV on 10th April 2017 and on 21st of August 2017, IT DIED.

I was in the middle of a project and all of a sudden my camera stopped working. It just wouldn’t turn on.

I sent the camera to the shop where I bought it from.
After a day I came to know that one of the boards of Canon 5D Mark-IV is dead.

This situation was very shocking and alarming for me because:
I was on a project and relied completely on my 5D Mark-IV as I never imagined this brand new camera would betray me yet IT DID and i was helpless at that moment.

I highly recommend to everyone out there if you have this camera and you work as a professional please have another backup camera in your gear bag.

Another painful thing is now I need to wait at least 45 days as the warranty claim process requires this much time .Like0Aug 27, 2017 permalinkcbphoto123

Seems you were very unlucky… since it’s extremely rare for a Canon to have manufacturing fault. U have 2 bodies (I assume the Mark III worked fine as your backup) and 3 L lenses so in the US & Europe you have enough equipment for CPS membership.Like3Sep 3, 2017 permalink TkP-Photography

I just posted about the same thing. Did they replace yours?Like1Jul 25, 2018 permalinkCalaverasgrande

I do not own either, but when I’ve played with both the 5D MKIII and 5D MKIV at Adorama and B&H. The MKIV actually seems slower in burst mode.
This is strange since it is listed at 7 fps vs 6fps.
Perhaps it is because the floor models do not have SD cards fitted?Like0Jul 7, 2017 permalinkDale Baskin

Most likely, someone enabled the Digital Lens Optimizer feature on the 5D IV. It can provide additional correction for lens aberration and diffraction, but it really slows down the camera. I ran into this on a shoot with the 5D IV when we first got it, but once I realized the cause it was a simple menu toggle to change it. Like10Jul 7, 2017* permalink Arca45Swiss

I’d still buy a D810 over thisLike5Jun 29, 2017 permalink grammieb14

Who cares? I love my 5DlV. Loved my 5Dlll. I am crazy about my 11 L lenses and my 1 Sigma Art. Until you use something, your opinion is irrelevant.Like18Jul 23, 2017 permalink Michael Ma

Anyone pay for the C-Log upgrade? I’m curious to see how it looks.Like2Jun 22, 2017 permalink Henrik NJ

I will get the upgrade as a part of the price i payed for the camera earlier this week. I have a C100 mk. II allready (with an Atomos recorder), so it will match the footage from that. I will primarily use the 5D4 as B-cam for the C100 and mostly use 1080 (where i don’t know if the c-log will work), and as a great stills camera.
I upgraded from a 5D2 – skipping the 5D3. The 1080 out of the 5D4 is so much cleaner than what i’ve seen from the 5D3. And i can use a (now pretty cheap) Atomos to get 4.2.2 in 1080 – 8bit (i know) as my C100 II.Like0Aug 13, 2017 permalink davidkidd

what is the price of Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA compare to Canon 85 1.8??Like0Apr 29, 2017 permalink GiovanniB

I guess one might rather compare the Sony 85mm f1.8 to the equally spec’d Canon. However, the Canon was introduced approx. 25 years ago, and the Sony just recently. Guess the Canon wouldn’t be that inexpensive if being an equally new design. That said, the Canon EF 85 f1.8 remains one of the best bargains around (I find the bokeh a bit harsh, but the lens is still quite good esp. for the price). And the Canon works just as great on a Sony body.Like1May 30, 2017* permalink uxl

Does somebody know the behaviour of very long processing after rg. 12 JPG shots? Red light is blinking, control image preview does not appear at all – even after blinking ended. That happens sometimes.Like0Apr 16, 2017 permalink Dweb823

Looking to upgrade to Mark iv after long usage of workhorse 7D. One problem with that camera when shooting video was audio mike attenuation ….when conversation or scene noise stopped or lowered, the background hiss would noticeably increase. Had to get around that by feeding camera audio through a BeachTek box.

Is this still a problem in the 5D family?Like0Apr 11, 2017 permalink Henrik NJ

Set the mic-gain to manual. Set for the highest pitched audio you gonna record, and you don’t get the hiss when volume lowers. Use another microphone than the inbuild, as it picks up the IS and the handeling noice.Like2Aug 13, 2017 permalinkentoman

One feature not mentioned in reviews, but selectable from the menu, is the Digital Lens Optimiser. This is claimed (among other things) to cancel the effects of the AA filter and yield sharper images. I selected it when I first set up the camera, and then went into panic, thinking that I had a faulty camera, because it renders continuous drive unusable. Reading the manual indicated that when this feature is selected, the buffer will be slower to clear. Canon are not kidding – it takes at least 2-3 seconds to clear after a single JPEG taken with DLO selected!

Canon – you need to fix this pronto. Firmware update????Like3Mar 6, 2017* permalinkentoman

continued… Quotes from p210 of 5DMkiv user manual:

(with DLO enabled) “The image will be recorded with the following being corrected: lens aberrations, diffraction phenomenon, and the deterioration of resolution caused by the low pass filter”.

“If Digital Lens Optimiser is set to Enable, the continuous shooting speed will greatly decrease”.

***Continuous shooting speed actually reduces to about one shot every 3 seconds, with JPEG or RAW***.

***FIX IT please Canon***.Like4Mar 6, 2017* permalinkentoman

continued… as usual, I have notified Canon directly of this issue, and await their response.Like0Mar 6, 2017 permalinkentoman

Reply from Canon UK –
“In regards to your enquiry about the Digital Lens Optimizer on the EOS 5D MKIV, we can confirm that, depending on the lens used, the DLO will take longer to process. We will take your feedback into consideration, though we cannot confirm if or when this can be fixed by updating the camera firmware.
We advise to regularly check the website for the latest updates for the EOS 5D MKIV firmware.”Like0Mar 7, 2017 permalink GiovanniB

It’s also available for other cameras in their DPP software. And requires a great deal of processing obviously. So how should the camera do something 3 times per second or faster which requires huge amounts of time on a PC.Like0May 30, 2017 permalinkentoman

Giovanni – I didn’t know that. Does anyone actually use DPP? I find it pretty awful and most reviewers express similar opinions. I haven’t tried using it in DPP but it would be interesting to try it and see if there is any noticeable improvement in IQ. I suppose it’s easier than playing for several minutes with Lightroom sliders to try and achieve the same result…

No way would I utilise the in-camera DLO though – not with such a huge time penalty that could easily result in missing an important moment. I guess it’s real value would be for tripod-based photography, when time is not a major issue. Much like Dual-pixel RAW, it seems to have very limited value at its present stage of development, but when faster processors and new algorithms become available it could have real benefits.Like1May 30, 2017 permalinkGeorgeee

Looks like a great camera. It will slow down /stop some people moving to mirror-less like Sony A7rII. It will definitely buy some time for Canon to come up with a killer FF mirrorless camera for both stills and video.Like0Feb 24, 2017 permalink GiovanniB

Would almost be the case here, but then the A7rII has higher resolution, still even better dynamic range, and overall better video capabilities. A “killer FF mirrorless” wouldn’t appeal to me, because this is already available from Sony and because the only reason for me which might still convince me of Canon’s 5D Series is exactly that it is NOT mirrorless but has an optical viewfinder.Like2May 30, 2017 permalinktbcass

DPR said “As for us, we like it, and using speedy and accurate touch-to-focus on a rear screen instead of laying on our stomachs in the dirt for a low-angle shot is always an added plus.”

Since the screen is fixed you will still have to lay on your stomach for a low angle shot.Like4Feb 17, 2017 permalinkCarey Rose

It doesn’t allow for as much flexibility as a tilting screen, but it’s still worlds better from a ‘don’t have to lay on my stomach’ perspective than an optical viewfinder. The viewing angle is pretty good. Like3Mar 2, 2017 permalinktbcass

I can appreciate that but why did you criticize the articulating screen of the A99ii while praising the fixed screen of the Canon. Seems pretty inconsistent to me.Like3Mar 2, 2017 permalinkCarey Rose

I think it’s probably been stated throughout the (many) comments on the a99 II, but the Sony’s screen isn’t touch-enabled while Canon’s touch interface is one of the most polished on the market, the Sony’s screen is a magnet for fingerprints even without touch sensitivity, the protective coating degrades quickly and requires replacement for best visibility sooner than you might think, and a majority (though not all) of the staff finds the Sony’s tilting mechanism to be fiddly in actual use, especially with the camera on a tripod.

But especially for the above quote you’ve selected, we find touch functionality to be generally as useful if not more so than tilting functionality. Having both, of course, would be ideal. Like7Mar 2, 2017 permalinktbcass

Then we’ll have to disagree on this because I find an articulating non touch screen way, way a thousand times more useful than a fixed touch screen. You let too much of your personal prejudices and opinions influence you on this. I would have to say that at a minimum a flip screen is an absolute necessity on anything but a pocket camera these days making the 5D IV about an 80 rating in my book. A touch screen is just a nice feature and nothing more. I believe that most people agree with me on this as a recent DPR poll pointed out.

BTW, I have owned various Sony cameras since 2008 and have never had the coating disintegrate. I simply don’t understand the idea that Sony’s articulating screen is fiddly since I find it really easy to manipulate including for tripod use. I wish I lived in Seattle so I could show you how to use the darn thing.Like5Mar 2, 2017* permalinkCarey Rose

I suppose we will have to agree to disagree, then unfortunately, but I do respect and understand your opinion. As for the screen coatings, that’s interesting – about half of ours have that problem, as well as a fellow coworker who has an original a99, and they don’t see much abuse (we try to be very careful with our loaner gear). That said, you can simply peel off the protective layer and apply another one, so it’s not a deal breaker, really, just an observation. Like4Mar 2, 2017 permalinkentoman

tbcass – I think both are equally valuable.

The touch screen on the 5DMkiv (yes I finally bought one) is extremely good, far better than using the AF toggle to make selections in Quick view, and for reviewing pics, swiping and pinching is much better than using buttons and dials to chimp or rate pics. It really does make a big improvement to handling, compared to 5DMkiii and 5DS.

As Carey says, it would also be very nice to have a tilting screen, and I’d certainly find plenty of use for one. I’d prefer a tilting screen to a fully articulated one, simply because the latter would involve yet another unwanted rearrangement of back of camera buttons.

I’m a little puzzled by Carey’s condemnation of the a99ii screen though, as surely it is too early yet to pass judgement on the longevity of the screen coating?Like1Mar 6, 2017* permalinktbcass

Entoman
There have been some people who have had problems with the anti reflective coating pealing off. I have not because I keep the screen turned into the camera flipping it down only when I want to use it or, on the RX100 fixed screen and RX10iii which is tilting only, I purchased inexpensive stick on protectors. My RX 100 is 4 1/2 years old and I have had no problems.Like0Mar 6, 2017 permalinkentoman

Yes, I realise that, the point I was making is that this hasn’t been proven to be applicable to the a99ii model. It is quite possible that Sony have taken this issue on board, and fixed it on the a99ii. I’m sure potential purchasers would like to know whether Sony has sorted this potential problem.

I certainly agree that it is wise with ANY camera, to fit a screen protector. It’s the very first thing I do when I buy a new camera, and doesn’t affect touch-screen usability (at least, not with the 5DMkiv or 80D, I can’t vouch for other touch screens).Like1Mar 6, 2017* permalink EDWARD ARTISTE

@tbcass “A touch screen is just a nice feature and nothing more.”

“PERIOD!” – Sean “Spicy” Spicer

I agree on the fully articulating screen…should have one on EVERY camera. I miss my g12 dearly, and while I’d love an 80d, going back to a almost full size crop body….errr….not exactly what i wanted to do….ah well.Like2Mar 21, 2017 permalinkvscd

@tbcass+EdwardArtiste
I don’t like tilting screens at all… I’m really hating it, it needs more space to get build, is prone to get broken and is sometimes really badly protected against dust or water. I think the Tiltscreen-idea is outdated since the current bodies have WLAN and a smartphone is *WAY* more practical in every angle. There are nice solutions to clip it to the flashsocket if you want it tilted. It’s even larger.Like2Mar 25, 2017* permalink EDWARD ARTISTE

@vscd

I could not disagree with you more, on ALL of your points.

Just admit you dont know how to use it properly, at least that we can believe. Sorry.Like0Mar 25, 2017 permalinktbcass

vscd

We all have our own likes and dislikes but I disagree with every one of your points.Like0Mar 25, 2017 permalinkvscd

On which points do you disagree? I can show you broken TiltScreens, only broken because the Tripod felt. And I don’t like to use them, that’s a personal taste… and therefor nothing to discuss about. Like and Dislikes are of course personal taste, but I’m really glad that the Pro-bodies don’t include those selfie-tools since years.Like1Mar 26, 2017 permalink olddog99

The 5D IV is my preferred hitter, uses the current lens stable and I like the results. After an early foray in digital, I moved 20D (still have it) 5D1, 5D2 and 5D3.

The 5D IV shutter slap is sweet, distinctive in the way the film Leicas were, the M9 is okay, not the same. (I’m collect Screw and RF Leicas). A substantial investments in lense says Canon. I was looking at the same question on the 80D you mention.

I bought the 80D as my sorta Canon lite. It’s not a lot smaller, but it is lighter as are the smaller format lenses. I shoot most when I travel. At home and retired, it’s with18-200 Tamron, mostly for my 7yo and 16wk old German Shepherds.

I use it with a long FF 70-300 DO and a Sigma Bigma (50-300) for wildlife in suburbia or the lighter weight 18/200. I would prefer the 5D IV but the 80D is there without breathing hard. I love my film cameras, but — that really gets involved and digital does things film doesn’t – or makes it much easier.Like0Apr 1, 2017 permalink olddog99

There’s always the angle finder which does a fine job.Like0Apr 1, 2017 permalink naththo

If you want tilt/flip LCD screen, that makes the camera non weather sealing Im afraid. It traps the moisture and dust/sand into it.Like19 months ago permalinkvscd

Correctly. But it seems some people disagree. That’s perfectly fine for me. That’s life. But I think it’s important to know that flappy tilt screens are not “the future” or “better”. It’s just a taste. I hate them and the engineeringteams from Canon/Nikon and others have *SURELY* a good view why they don’t include them. I give them more knowledge than most people in the dpreview-comments-section. Myself included.Like09 months ago permalinktbcass

It’s gotten to the point that fixed LCD screens are rare and the vast majority of users want one. Even the Pentax K-1 II, a camera known for ruggedness and weather sealing, has one. As video has become more important movable LCD screens have as well. As for Canon and Nikon (who are the others?) they don’t include them in their high end cameras because the older conservative users who make up most of the high end customers are leary of flip screens, not because they “know something”. Your reasons for not liking them are more seated in emotion than facts.Like19 months ago permalinkentoman

naththo – Canon’s new R5 has a fully articulating screen. Nikon’s rugged D780 and D850 have a tilting screen, as does the Z7. Pentax’s K1ii has an articulated screen. The Olympus EM1Mkiii has a fully articulating screen. The Panasonic S1 series all have articulating screens. All of these are high end cameras used by professionals and semi-pros.

Such designs are clearly slightly more fragile and prone to wear and tear than battle-tanks like the Nikon D6 or Canon 1Dxiii, but few people need that level of extreme ruggedness.

It’s no more difficult to weather-seal a tilting/articulated screen than it is to weather-seal a battery door or a card door.

My cameras both have fixed screens, but I don’t think Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus or Panasonic would fit them to their high-end models unless they were fully satisfied that they were adequately sealed.Like39 months ago* permalinkvscd

@tbclass
Fixed LCD screens are not rare. They are only rare on amateur cams or semi-pro ones because young people like to make selfies or vlogging. But it’s nice that you “know” what the majority wants, some companies pay a lot of money to get a survey started. I have *both* kind of cameras and I really like the fixed screen more. Nothing emotional, pure fact. Live with it.
Fun fact: quite the majority of my colleagues have the same opinion. But I admit, they have no interest in videotaking whatsoever. People who film have more interest in flappy screens. Naturally. Which I totally understand… my videocam has a flippyscreen, too. On filming an event I like it.Like09 months ago* permalinktbcass

vscd
I say your opinion is based on emotion because there is no logical reason to be against and avoid cameras with a movable screen. If it’s there you simply don’t have to use it, simple as that.Like19 months ago permalinkvscd

There were a lot of logical reasons written, you only decline to understand them. Dirt between screen and body, broken screens, thicker bodies… on which point are oyu not able to understand it? I won’t explain it to you on a 3,5 years old thread. If you didn’t get it until now you probably won’t ever. Have a nice day.Like19 months ago permalinktbcass

Those aren’t logical because they won’t happen unless you are very careless. I’ve had cameras with movable screens (and fixed as well) over a period of 17 1/2 years and never had one failLike19 months ago permalinkentoman

The important thing is that there is a choice. Luckily there are plenty of cameras with tilting screens, plenty of cameras with fully articulating screens and plenty of cameras with fixed screens.

Both of my current cameras are pro DSLRs with fixed screens, but my next camera will be a pro MILC and I’m spoilt for choice between models with tilting screens and models with fully articulated screens.

Even if I keep all my existing lenses and use them via adaptors on the MILC bodies, I have a choice between tilting screens (Sony) and fully articulating screens (Canon, Panasonic).

I prefer a tilting screen for stills. I don’t shoot video. I don’t like Sony ergonomics. I don’t like Panasonic DFD wobble. So right now I don’t know what brand or model I’ll choose. Either way, I’ll be keeping my fixed screen 5DMkiv and will probably also keep my ageing and very battered 5DS too.Like09 months ago* permalinkvscd

@tbcass
Those things don’t happen to retired people like you, correct. To people working with their gear it can happen very easily in a crowdy scene or a reportage.Like19 months ago permalinktbcass

vscd
The fact that I’m retired is irrelevant. I was using cameras at work before I retired and I use my cameras more now and in more varied conditions than when I was working because I have more time on my hands. When I am using my cameras in difficult conditions I leave the LCD against the camera with the screen turned toward the body where it’s safer and more protected than a fixed screen would be. Try again. ;-)Like19 months ago* permalinkvscd

I use my dslr with smartphone via WLAN, try harder. Apart from the fact that I never had this use case. Inventing is nice, eh?Like19 months ago* permalinktbcass

vscd
My example is the absolute truth. No inventing. I am sticking with facts. If you don’t want a camera with a fixed screen that is your decision but don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s based on any more than an emotional hang up on your part.Like09 months ago permalinkvscd

I fool myself if I don’t want a tilt screen. Yes, old man, I always fool myself to hide me from the real world. Then I go to the commentssection of known websites and try to convince other people with my “truth”. Hey. Just accept other people’s opinions. No fooling at all. I wand sturdy bodies without rotating plastic BS to get broken. Bye.Like09 months ago* permalink Leandros S

Waxy skin in this photo:

https://www.dpreview.com/files/p/articles/5054124389/1146688853.jpegLike0Feb 8, 2017 permalinkRichard Butler

I’ll tell him you said that. Like0Mar 8, 2017 permalink Leandros S

In the month since I wrote that comment, were you working on getting the timestamp to display correctly, or just jotting down ideas for the epic comeback you just delivered, a propos of nothing?Like0Mar 8, 2017 permalinkRichard Butler

The notification system gets a bit overwhelmed if you’re the author of an article (you get a single notification for all the activity that’s occurred since you last checked, and the system thinks I’ve authored 408 articles, so isn’t very good at notifying me).

Or, to put it another way: I only just saw your comment and didn’t check when it’d been posted. I probably should have added a smiley to make clear my intent. Like0Mar 8, 2017* permalink Leandros S

Alright – just to make sure that my intent is clear as well, what I meant was that the timestamps on these comments and replies are broken. I don’t know if this problem has been noted. Perhaps it’s related to the fallout from the Amazon S3 failure.

Specifically, whether logged in or out, when I mouse over the timestamps, rather than getting the exact time of posting displayed as it used to do, I get “Posted GMT”, with a date and time presumably missing between “Posted” and “GMT”. I trust you’ll know whose attention to bring this to. Cheers!Like0Mar 9, 2017 permalinkRichard Butler

Oh, no, I wasn’t aware of that error. I’ll report it.

Are times displayed themselves wrong or is it just that the mouseover is not showing information? Like0Mar 9, 2017* permalink Leandros S

The normally visible times are correct afaics, but as you know, they’re not very accurate. When an article is a month old, it just displays “1 month” without the mouseover, and after a year, it’s just “1 year”, so for older comments it becomes very unclear when something was said without the mouseover.Like0Mar 9, 2017 permalink jjstier

I have the 5D II and I”m seriously considering the IV. But I’m confused by the raw and jpg quality in the comparison to the II and III. Isn’t the purpose of a camera, esp a very expensive camera, to produce excellent images? Am I missing something? Better dynamic range, etc. yet it’s saying the image quality is less than my Mark II, I don’t understand. Appreciate any explanation.Like3Feb 5, 2017* permalinktreepop

While the 5D Mark 2 has excellent image quality, I have not read a single review that states the Mark 2 has better image quality than the 3, much less the 4. The 4 will have better dynamic range, more resolution and better low light capabilities. On top of that, the auto focus system is leaps and bounds better. Lastly, it has autofocus while shooting video, which, to me, is a really nice and needed feature. I hope this helps.Like2Feb 17, 2017 permalinktreepop

Oh. I see. You’re looking at the comparison tool on the conclusion page. To that, I have to imagine it is incorrect, or only applies to the camera in its own time. So in comparison, the 5D Mark 2, during it’s time, was more superior to its peers than the 5D Mark 4 is to its peers.

https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II___1106_483

This may help.Like2Feb 17, 2017* permalink Michael Ma

I know I’m replying to a 9 month old comment but I just discovered that their RAW preview sample on page 9 (for the 5D4) was exported with the wrong camera profile. It looks like it was exported with the Adobe standard camera profile instead of the usual Camera Standard (aka Canon Standard) that was used for Mark 1, 2, 3, 5DS, 5DS R but not the Mark IV. That’s why the colors look flatter with less dynamic range.Like0Nov 14, 2017 permalink stevo23

D750, A7R2, XT-2 etc. etc. rate with better raw and jpeg than this camera? That’s a bit unexpected. I’m sure Canon folks will love this fella, but I would have thought it should have better image quality than D750 and XT-2 at least.Like0Feb 3, 2017 permalink maximme

correct me if i am wrong.

in LIVEVIEW mode and using Dual Pixel AF
the MINUTE you start shooting, Dual Pixel will NOT TRACK.
ie, tracking only before the burst NOT during the burst.

is this correct?Like0Feb 2, 2017 permalink peter1957

I’m with Shifter
All that money for pretty average upgrade to a 5d4 .
Spent my money on 100-400 L is mk2 & 70-200 L is 2.8
I have a canon 5D3 & 7D2 OK paid a few extra dollars
but taking some awesome pictures.
Think i might wait for the next upgrade.
Thanks for the review,certainly spent my money a lot wiser.Like3Jan 10, 2017 permalinkPhotoman

I love that there is many cons as there is pros. It shows Canon and the Exec’s did their homework well 😏Like0Jan 2, 2017 permalinkMarshallG

Do those Cons matter to you? None of them matter to me, but we aren’t all the same. Yes, autofocus takes time to master and iTR doesn’t work perfectly. But it’s still probably the best AF you can buy.Like1Feb 23, 2017 permalinkPhotoman

All the cons don’t really matter, by autofocus does. Yes it takes time to refine AF, but 4 attempts and still not good? Look at the Nikon D750 review and there is no issue with AF. Nikon have got it right, but Canon seems to lack the commitment to get AF right in the 5D series. Remember the Canon CEO said at a tradeshoow that there is nothing wrong with the original 5D autofocus, so no need to improve the 5DMKII autofocus.Like3Feb 24, 2017 permalinkMarshallG

I don’t see anything in the review that says the autofocus doesn’t work. Their only complaint is about the iTR feature. Does Nikon even have that?Like0Feb 24, 2017 permalinkentoman

My limited experience with the 5DMkiv is that the AF is quite good at tracking moving subjects across the frame, about as efficient as the 7DMkii in that respect.

However, all the reviews that I’ve read, are clear that the Nikon D500 and D5 are much better in as much as the Nikon tracking system is more intelligent. The Canons need a lot of experimentation, but the Nikons apparently get it right “straight out of the box”, and don’t need the iTR feature (or to be more accurate, it’s built in, but not listed as a selectable feature).Like2Mar 6, 2017* permalink BokehFanatic

Nikon have 3D tracking (“iTR”) since a 2007…Like1Jul 27, 2017 permalink Steve_tEkGuY

Where is the 5D Mk4 is the video comparison tool. I would like to know how well it compares to other 4K cameras. Any reason why this is not available. Will it be added some time ? I can compare the 80D against the A6300 in FHD and so on but no 5D MK 4.Like0Dec 18, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

I’ll add it to the list of cameras to add. We were more concerned by the crop and the rolling shutter to worry too much about the absolute resolution being captured but it should be in there for comparison purposed. Like1Dec 19, 2016 permalink Steve_tEkGuY

excellent – thank you :)Like0Dec 20, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

You should now find them in the video still comparison tool in any review. Like1Dec 22, 2016 permalinkJahled

Dropped the ball with the video features, which is a bit weird given Canon pioneered DSLR video with the 5D2. Yes Canon are obviously looking out for their C range video bodies but for three and half grand what’s lacking on this is severe. And there’s simply to much alternatives on the market for their marketing decision to make any sense. Yes Canon make quality, and it has always costed; but the video misses for specifics so obvious from a film maker’s point of view are incredible. Maybe Canon need to less cluster their camera range. And concentrate. I almost bought one of these but was driven down the A1 having this all explained by a film maker. Good for stills I guess, though a tab pricyLike1Dec 18, 2016 permalink Joed700

I just found this over the Internet..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4c78yuHgMY
Can anyone verify this?Like0Dec 10, 2016 permalink jaun Diego

Just saying IQ alone is very subjective and doesn’t describe very much.
A lot of negative comments have come out on the 5D4 because it is Canon. A lot of comments have been ‘Wait till the Sony A99ii comes out’. Well the link below is DXoMarks numbers…
https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-SLT-Alpha-99-II-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV-versus-Canon-EOS-80D___1120_1106_1076

Canon got ripped off. The A99ii should have been an 89 and not 92. DXoMark scores the portraiture way too high and the ISO way to low. Canon wins in 2 categories.
DXoMark has always been confusing.
Thanks for the thorough review, Richard.Like4Dec 8, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

Thanks Richard. You are right, IQ means many things. What I think is more visible in the Studio Scene is the sharpness difference, where the IV looks loosing versus II and III. The final bar chart for the IQ line reflects this as well.Like0Dec 7, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

Hi Richatd, thanks for your previous answer about IQ. As the “full” mode is what I get really out of the camera, the Studio Scene of above show MKIV deliver less QI pictures than my old MKII. Can we at the end assume this? ThanksLike0Dec 6, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

I’m not sure that’s the conclusion I’d draw, personally.

At ISO 6400, the Mark IV’s shadows are less noisy, even when compared at 100% view. Compare with them scaled to the same size and the IV looks even cleaner.

Also – something that our standard studio scene can’t show – the 5D IV’s dynamic range will be better than the Mark II’s. This means you’ll be able to pull the shadows up more on your images before noise becomes a problem.

However, there is no single metric for ‘IQ’ so I can’t be sure what aspects of image quality you’re referring to, nor know what your personal preferences are.

To my eye, the Mark IV looks better. Like0Dec 7, 2016 permalink (unknown member)

I’ve used it for over a month now. And I can tell you that the ISO invariance thing, for all the negative comments in the discussion forums, is a very real benefit.Like0Dec 5, 2016 permalinkJESUSFARIA

Amazing Camera, I had it and i loved it!!Like0Nov 30, 2016 permalinkvscd

“Professionals and enthusiasts looking for a durable, no-nonsense camera”.

What a great end-sentence. Get’s it all togeter in one statement! 😉 Good review, dpreview. Thanks for all the effort!Like4Nov 28, 2016 permalinkentoman

Yes I think dpr has hit it on the nail here. There are much better specified cameras (e.g. Sony a99ii), but where the Canon really scores is in usability. It just feels absolutely right in the hands, most of the features are very well implemented*, making it very intuitive – almost an extension of the hands and eyes. A very different experience from some other brands, which I won’t name, as it will just encourage silly fanboy warfare.

The Digital Lens Optimser is NOT well implemented – see my post higher up on this page.Like2Mar 6, 2017* permalink Ray Lynch

Can anyone please tell me if this camera (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) has face detection?
That might seem a minor thing in such an up-market camera, but when you do portrait work it is a very useful feature.
Thank you,
RayLike1Nov 27, 2016 permalinkvscd

Yes they can.Like1Nov 28, 2016 permalink Ray Lynch

Hi “VSCD”. thanks for your reply,
Do you happen to know if the Face Detection works with photos, or only video?
Thanks again.
RayLike0Feb 18, 2017 permalinkentoman

It works in live view, with either stills or video, but you have to select it from the live view menu.Like0Mar 6, 2017 permalink Shifter

Wow. What a great review. Saved me thousands of dollars not buying it. Gonna go better glass instead.Like5Nov 22, 2016 permalink itaibachar

Looking forward for the 5dsII… 50mp of improved sensor sounds yummy.Like2Nov 21, 2016 permalink armandino

possibly 120MP actually, using a foveon-like sensor :-)Like0Nov 22, 2016 permalink Jonathan Lee

Would anyone happen to know electronic ND filter is built in to this cam or not.

As lenses are getting super size, getting filters to fit different lenses is hard.

I use cokin/lee system. Still, mordenizing the cam to have one fewer thing to pack is god sent 🙂

… just thought of an idea. What if the lens adapter to the mirrorless cam has an opening for a ‘standardized’ filter. It is kind of like the filter slot for the super tele. In this case, that slot is fixed to one super tele.

Advantage of the opening slot on lense adapter is thst one standard filter diameter for all lenses attached to it. This allows the same filter to reuse across all lenses. (c) 2016 Me.Like1Nov 18, 2016 permalink abortabort

Actually there are adapters like that for mirrorless when adapting lenses and the filter is in the adapter. There a number of different ways this has been achieved.Like0Nov 26, 2016 permalink The Silver Nemesis

Here is something VERY annoying: I still cannot transfer images from the camera via USB 3.0, just through USB 2.0 and wireless. If I use the USB 3.0 interface, the transfer stops and I also record an Eos Utility 3 freeze… Tried everything, it is not the card, the cable, Windows, PC (real monster), Eos Utility 3etc… No solution from Canon…Like1Nov 15, 2016 permalink dcgrandphoto

I have issues with tethering, starts off okay but comes up with lost connection at random. does it on both computers, I have swapped out the cable twice now – still the same result. I hope to drop it into Canon next week.Like0Nov 16, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

Just a question about the three different viewing sizes: full, comp, print. In order to compare on the road the files I really get from cameras, like fisically taking the same picture from both, should I take the “comp” view? ThanksLike0Nov 12, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

Full is the straight out-of-camera image at 100% view (One pixel on your screen for every pixel the camera outputs).

‘Comp’ view offers a series of common sizes and scales both cameras to the largest available size that both cameras can offer, so allows comparison on a common basis.

‘Print’ is a roughly 8MP image – representing a roughly 8 x 10″ print at around 300 dpi. Like2Nov 14, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

Many thanks for answering. As I understand, the raw file I get out the MKIV has got a bit less image quality than MKII and even MKII. Is it right? Thanks, guidoLike0Nov 24, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

sorry, MKIII , MKII respectivelyLike0Nov 24, 2016 permalink Guido Bianchi

To be definitely clear, the picture i get using the maximum size and same settings of all cameras correspond to the “full” vision, right?Like0Nov 24, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

Yes, that’s correct. The Image size: ‘full’ button will show the images at full size.

Also, the 5D IV will certainly be better than the other two in terms of Raw dynamic range, but that’s not something that you can tell in our standard test scene. Like0Dec 7, 2016* permalink dcgrandphoto

You are right bobfonte – some people just rather sit around to complain about brands or models of cameras they will never buy. There is so much great new gear out there. so find the brand – model you do love and bugger off and use. Feel much better now.
CheersLike1Nov 10, 2016 permalink bobfonte

This thread is getting ridiculous and boring. Who bought a Canon 5D IV want information to help make the most of the camera. Those who want to buy then demand information to help make the decision. But in fact what we see are people who will never buy any camera of Canon 5D IV level and are putting defects and quoting features of other cameras. These people should leave the Canon 5D IV thread and migrate to the threads of other cameras. But they will not migrate because in these threads they will not find anyone to engage in polemics.Like10Nov 4, 2016 permalink HenryDJP

“These people should leave the Canon 5D IV thread and migrate to the threads of other cameras”

Try that on Apple forums, especially the one here on DPR about the new MacBook Pro 2016. Nothing but constant trolling and it’s very obvious who’s buying, who’s not and who is trolling. Makes for a dump fest. If you expect nothing but positive posts for the Canon 5D Mark IV then it’s best for you to stay off Internet forums. In a perfect world we would all like our fave product to have all positive reviews and feedback but that’s not realistic and certainly not helpful for people truly interested in buying the 5DIV.Like1Nov 20, 2016 permalink armandino

@bobfonte
check out any youtube review of the camera. Any review boils down to the the same considerations: the camera delivers what professionals need, however it is offers a dull performance, just enough to catch up with the competition offerings. Considering the slow refresh cycles of this model, to me this is disappointing and Canon is heavily relaying on the quality/ruggedness of a body backed up by a comprehensive system and their market momentum to make a far too conservative products.
I really believe that Canon must have innovative products in their pipeline. To me this step is only justified by an imminent new product and Canon rightfully wants to leave a sufficiently large market gap in place. The 5DIV will be outdated in under one year, never mind the full 4 years of its typical life cycle.Like1Nov 21, 2016* permalinkentoman

HenryDJP – “In a perfect world we would all like our fave product to have all positive reviews and feedback…”

I disagree. I have favourite products, but I realise that nothing is perfect, and that what is right for one person may be completely wrong for another.

In an ideal world, camera reviews and forums would be full of intelligent, considered, constructive criticisms; sensible suggestions and recommendations for improvement, from actual users, and from prospective purchasers.Like3Nov 21, 2016 permalinkTim Gander

I’ve picked up a secondhand 5D III with around 40,000 clicks on it for £1,400 with warranty. I don’t need the extra resolution of the IV, never had a major issue with dynamic range, and I’m willing to bet the extra resolution is enough to give some lens versions problems with quality especially at wider apertures. Since I already had to update my 16-35 f/2.8 when I had the MKII (a camera I never liked much), I’ll stick with the III until upgrade is enforced by the age of both my bodies.

Oh and better high ISO performance is almost always negated by higher resolution. It becomes a struggle to handhold even at 24MP. 30MP won’t make it any easier.

My advice is, if you must upgrade or replace, unless you really NEED the IV, get a III. It’s still a superb camera.Like3Nov 2, 2016* permalink jrobbie3

Agree, 5D Mk III is superb, the Mk IV is bells and whistles and over priced.
Mk III is selling for $2499.99 down from $3400 which was the previous selling price of the MK III and is the current Mk IV’s selling price. Do you think there was price gouging …maybe??Like4Nov 15, 2016 permalinkTim Gander

The cost of new camera equipment has become eye-watering of late and there may be various factors influencing this. It could be Canon just “being expensive” or it could be something to do with currency strengths/weaknesses, the cost of raw materials, who knows? I’m not sure lower prices would necessarily be a good thing, but it can be hard to make a living in an industry where the tools for the job are going up in price while the perceived value of the photographer’s output is still quite depressed.

There’s no easy answer to any of this. I keep trucking, I’ve managed to keep my rates up better than most, but £3,500 for a camera would not make great business sense to me. Of course there are plenty of amateurs out there who will buy the MK IV and enjoy using it on their holidays. It’s a funny old world some times.Like1Nov 15, 2016 permalinkRichard Butler

I can’t be sure about the Mark II, but the original EOS 5D, and both the Mark III and IV were all launched for $3400, which means they’ve actually got cheaper in real terms, as time has gone on. Like1Nov 15, 2016 permalinkTim Gander

Richard, for some reason I recall the MKI being much cheaper than this at release. I thought I paid about £1,600 new for mine and I bought it pretty much at release. Maybe the pain of purchase has worn off and the passage of time has dulled my memory.Like3Nov 16, 2016 permalink Carrmack

” Who Dares Wins ” is not the philosophy Canon goes by. No sensor stabilization, no articulating screen, mediocre frame rates, lower resolution sensor (compared to peers), video that has inspired more YouTube trolls than exploding Samsung phones, not small, not light, still has an AA filter, is expensive, still has an optical viewfinder, and just improved high dynamic range but still behind the pack. How is the Pentax K1 a Silver and this camera a Gold ? Maybe their scores got switched. Wait until the Sony A99ii comes out, and comes out with all of the features Canon overlooked.Like5Oct 29, 2016* permalinkJackM

OVF is superior. In-lens IS is superior. Pentax AF is not as good.Like8Nov 1, 2016 permalink Carrmack

Only 3 answers to multiple claims and those are weak. OVF superiority does not exist. It’s very controversial at best. Some like the ability to check your exposure and other features only found in a EVF. More and more cameras are including them, OVF’s have few benefits and it will be harder to justify their use. In lens isn’t superior when the lens you are using doesn’t have it. Yes, Pentax AF isn’t as good, even a broken clock is right twice a day. The Sony won’t have the same AF issues and all of the brands work for most purposes. In conclusion, Canon’s 5D Mark 4 is an insult to anyone who waited more than a day for it.Like0Nov 12, 2016 permalinkentoman

Carrmack – A piece of information that you may not be aware of. Canon regularly sends out on-line feedback forms to its existing customers – I’ve had several of these during the last 3 or 4 years. The forms include questions such as:
Do you want complete redesigns, or iterative changes?
What is more important to you – more megapixels or greater dynamic range?
How important is video to you?
Do you want built in flash?
Do you want an articulated screen?
Do you want an AA filter?
etc, etc.
My response was to ask for improved dynamic range and reduced noise at high ISO. I stated that 30MP was sufficient as they already have 50MP models. I said I preferred a fixed touch screen. I said I preferred iterative changes rather than revolutionary changes.
I got almost exactly what I asked for, so presumably most other respondents asked Canon for exactly the same things.Like3Nov 12, 2016* permalink Carrmack

That’s interesting entoman. To go even further, it also occurred to me that what is popular to American photogs may not be the same in Japan. Maybe the feedback they are getting directly from current Canon users also differs from the market in general. Whatever the reason, Canon is losing market share here in the US for sure. Two things occur to me though, why would you want a AA filter and why not have an articulating screen when you can always choose not to adjust it ? Those two things also happen to be the two biggest complaints about the IV, not getting into video.Like0Nov 14, 2016 permalinkentoman

Carmack – I find it sad that Canon is losing ground. I’ve owned or used almost all of them at some stage and found them very pleasurable to use, and to provide fine images.

I chose my 5DS over the 5DSR because I don’t want to risk the unslightly moire effects that sometimes affect cameras fitted with AA filters. I shoot wildlife with fine details like fur, feathers and butterfly wing scales, all of which can be affected by moire. 5DS images sharpen up extremely well, without introducing moire.

A fully articulated (80D-style) screen would be very handy, but might increase fragility. My cameras get bashed regularly and have to be tough. I’ve seen my 5DS go crashing down onto boulders twice, once having fallen out of a rucksack that I forgot to zip up properly when working in a hurry, the other time when I tripped. It survived these ordeals with little more than a couple of scuff marks.Like3Nov 15, 2016 permalinkJackM

Please link to evidence of Canon losing market share, beyond that which can be attributed to simply having more choices in the market.Like0Nov 16, 2016 permalinkentoman

Yes, I’d be interested in knowing how much market share Canon has lost too. Perhaps Carrmack can reveal the source of his information. As we are primarily discussing full frame DSLRs in this thread, perhaps someone could tell us how many DSLRs Canon, Nikon and Pentax sold in the last year. Quite happy also to learn how many Sony full frame SLT and mirrorless were sold….Like0Nov 16, 2016* permalink armandino

@Carrmack
Canon, as any leading brand in any market, has the luxury to moderate their pace and afford to loose some ground. Do not need to run if you can get away with walking. I am sure that the R&D department has been busy and Canon will release at a critical time the product necessary to regain ground. It is also true that many pro photographers are very conservative in their way of shooting. But this is changing fast too. Who claims that OVF is superior and in lens stabilization is superior is obviously a very conservative shooter that is likely making the statement without having any experience of current state of the art mirroreless such as an A7RII.Like0Nov 21, 2016* permalinkentoman

armandino – Yes, as market leader, Canon can afford in purely economic terms, to loose some ground, but even the most ardent Canon enthusiast (that includes me) is concerned that Canon specifications (and to some degree, performance) are not keeping up with Nikon and Sony.

Most of us stay with Canon because we love the ergonomics, reliability and the lenses, but that doesn’t mean we are satisfied with Canon’s deliberate decision to release models with relatively inferior specifications, when they are perfectly capable of giving us more, and at a price that competes better with Nikon.Like0Nov 21, 2016* permalink armandino

@entoman
I agree with you, but I believe that at Canon they know what they are doing. My gut feeling is that they are squeezing every drop they can from their old technology before moving on. As I replied to you down below in and older post, I bet there is an innovative FF mirrorless from Canon around the corner, with a high performance do all Dual Pixel AF, and the 5DIV is purposely designed with conservative specifications for readily retire in favour of a new generations of cameras, at the time when the majority of photographers (including the more traditional shooters) will be ready to make the switch.
That is why I primarily shoot with an A7RII with Canon lenses. This little camera came around at the perfect time and it fills the perfect purpose, while I wait for the Canon mirrorless to come.Like0Nov 21, 2016* permalinkentoman

armandino – Yes, I understand Canon’s philosophy that they only give us what they think we need (reminiscent of Apple), and only release new technology when they are satisfied that it is mature and fully tested.

But, the problem is that many Canon users are already switching to Sony, and if Canon don’t speed up, more people will jump ship. Furthermore, newcomers may be more attracted to Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Pentax or Sony, so Canon will be unable to build brand loyalty.

Canon are playing the waiting game, but meanwhile Nikon are pulling ahead. Sony already have quite incredible cameras, and as demonstrated by the recent a99ii, they are now not far behind Canon/Nikon in ergonomics either.Like0Nov 21, 2016* permalink armandino

@entoman
you do not have to convince me about your frustration and concern. My main body now is the A7RII, I am in the process of getting rid of my 7DII and preparing to purchase the next FF Sony coming out next year. At this very moment FF Canon offering is lame, I just had a friend asking me what to buy and I could not really give him a clear answer. 5DIV is realistically overpriced and only justified by who makes real money out of it. 6D and 5DIII are great cameras but outdated. Hopefully 6DII is around the corner, but I am not holding my breath as it will be clearly a step down from the 5DIV.Like0Nov 21, 2016 permalinkentoman

Yes, the 5DMkiv is overpriced and far from cutting-edge in specification or image quality. I’ve got 5DS, 5DMkiii and 7DMkii. I think that the best cameras Canon currently make are 80D in APS format, and 5DS in FF. The latter is extremely good in all respects apart from high ISO, where the quality drops below the standard I demand, above ISO 1600. My 5DMkiii and 7DMkii will go on ebay soon, but I’ll keep the 5DS and pray that Canon bring out something with a sensor as good as that in the a7Rii with the next iteration of the 5DS. I might be backing a losing horse though!Like0Nov 21, 2016* permalink armandino

@entoman
at the time I was going to get the 5DSr, I even tested one in the store. Very familiar as I lived and breathed a 5DIII for almost 2 years. I am happy I picked the A7RII instead. I need to deal with quirks and bugs, but I it really offers expanded creativity when compared to a conventional DSLR. For me the choice was easy as I have a 1DX to fall back on if things do not pan out with the A7RII, but I have to say that I am using the 1DX less and less, even for sports. I am really looking forward the new Sony mirrorless. If the leap is comparable to the previous iteration it is going to be just incredible.Like0Nov 22, 2016 permalinkentoman

armandino – yse, I think the next generation of E-mount Sony will be amazing. I held back from getting the a7R and a7Rii mainly because of the ergonomics, which are still way behind Canon or Nikon, but I suspect that Sony have learnt a lot, and that the next iteration will be much better in that respect.

I’ll also be keeping a close eye on user reports and reviews of the a99ii, which to me is a much nicer design, but has yet to be proven to be able to stand up to the sort of treatment it would receive in my hands, i.e. subjected to extremes of heat and humidity, and getting knocked against boulders etc quite regularly. Canons can handle that, but I’m not sure that Sony could. Do you use your Sony in extreme conditions?

By the way, I appreciate having an intelligent discussion on this. It makes a nice change from some of the fanboy exchanges!Like0Nov 22, 2016* permalink armandino

@entoman
Thank you!
the A7RII ergonomics is not bad at all with the battery grip and some button/menu customization. Actually, once you get used to it is just as good if not better, just different.
The fact is that the few times I need to switch from the A7RII to the 1DX I miss the shooting experience of the A7RII. This surprises myself too as I have always been a DSLR fanboy and worked for years with all the best camera bodies Canon has offered. I’d say responsiveness and a better monitor (touch screen too!) are really what Sony needs to work on. Other improvements are welcome, but it really boils down to this.Like0Nov 22, 2016 permalink George Zip

I purchased this camera and until I read these comments I thought it was awesome. After reading the comments below, it is clear Canon has no idea what they are doing, I am an idiot, and I should change to Sony or Nikon.Like22Oct 19, 2016 permalink JohnH4260

I purchased mine in September 2016. Used it recently for a week in Barcelona with the 11-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-300mm lenses and couldn’t be happier.Like4Oct 28, 2016 permalink Carrmack

why would anybody read review comments after they bought the product ? It reminds me of the people in the UK who Googled ” what is the EU ” after they voted for Brexit.Like8Oct 29, 2016 permalink teiki arii

Why not Pentax K-1?
The review compares EOS 5D Mark IV to Sony A7RII and Nikon D810. Did the author forget that Pentax made an extraordinary FF camera, thanks to its IBIS/SR, Pixel Shift, Isovariance and sensor hardware process?Like3Nov 1, 2016* permalinkentoman

George Zip – That is completely illogical. If you purchased the camera and thought it was awesome, why were you then swayed by someone else’s opinion? Either it suited you or it didn’t. Yes, Canon have fallen behind in the race for ever-better specifications, but as a picture-making machine, the 5DMkiv is extremely well designed. I have criticisms of it of course, e.g. I would greatly prefer twin SD slots, many users would like an articulated screen, but it is still nevertheless an excellent machine for stills photography.Like2Nov 15, 2016* permalink teiki arii

You are right, EOS 5DMark IV is a nice camera but so expensive compared to Pentax K-1 for example…Like2Nov 15, 2016 permalinkentoman

teiki arii – Agreed, Canon always overprice their cameras, but they always manage to sell them. Pentax K1 and Nikon D810 are both better value. Call me crazy if you like, but I still prefer Canon to any other brand, and I’ve tried most.Like0Nov 15, 2016 permalink teiki arii

Hi entoman, I had EOS 5D/5DMarkII/6D(x2). The best performance/price ratio in Canon brand was EOS 6D. A very nice camera without banding. But for my use with Leica-R lenses, I prefer Pentax K-1 by a margin to compare to EOS 5D Mark IV and Mikon D810 thanks to IBIS/SR essentially. But you’re not crazy, you have your reasons that reason doesn’t understand (it’s a joke). Probably your needs are not mines… Best regards.Like0Nov 15, 2016 permalinkentoman

Yes, the 6D struck a good balance between price and performance and I know several people who love it, but I had 2 of them and found them unreliable in very hot/humid conditions, so switched to the 5DMkiii and later to the 5DS.

I’ve owned, or in some instances hired and extensively field-tested D610, D810, a7Rii and all are excellent cameras. I use Canon in preference to Sony or Nikon for 3 main reasons. Firstly, I love Canon glass and have several L primes. Secondly, because I find Sony cameras fiddly to operate with hot sweaty hands or in cold conditions with gloves. Hopefully the next generation of Sony cameras will be better ergonomically. Thirdly, never-to-be-repeated shots can easily be missed during the adaptation period after switching brands, so I would only switch if the “opposition” offered really substantial advantages for my own genres of photography.Like1Nov 15, 2016 permalink armandino

@entoman
your logic is exactly the reason for the 5DIV to be what it is and Canon holding back.Like0Nov 21, 2016 permalink (unknown member)

@George Zip: Why ? What is your issue ?

We are using the 5DM3 und 5DM4.. and we could not be more satisfy.

Take careLike0Dec 1, 2016 permalink George Zip

I was only kidding. I was being sarcastic. I love my 5D4. It is an awesome cameraLike5Dec 1, 2016 permalinkentoman

armandino – I agree that the 5DMkiv is a very “safe” upgrade for owners of 5DMkiii or earlier. I’d certainly be very happy to exchange my 5DMkiii for the 5DMkiv and run the latter alongside my 5DS.

The problem is that innovative companies like Sony (and in the M43 world, Olympus) are offering features that open up new areas of photography, whereas Canon are not (with the exception of dual pixel AF). And even the less innovative but highly regarded Nikon, produce cameras that are a couple of years ahead of Canon in specification and performance (e.g. AF subject tracking), and equally reliable, for a lower price.Like2Dec 1, 2016* permalink George Zip

I dig that there is better value for money, and there is more innovation. Me personally, I favour reliability, stellar lens availability and ergonomics. This camera ticks those requirements. But one thing that makes this camera really really good is the AF system. It is truly outstanding. Also the metering is excellent. At the end of the day, I want to take good photos and this camera helps me do that. Innovation is great, but innovation for the sake of it is not always a good thing IMO.Like2Dec 1, 2016 permalink George Zip

Ps. I have nothing against the other brands. Let’s face it, all modern cameras are good. It’s entertaining to nit pic over differences that in reality do not help you take better photos, but with the technology we have now across all the brands it really just gets down to personal preference for whatever reason . Different strokes for different folks. Peace dudes.Like0Dec 1, 2016 permalinkentoman

Sensible comments George Zip.Like0Dec 1, 2016 permalink armandino

@George Zip
I have no objections to your observations. And I agree that the 5DIV consolidates current technology in a rugged and reliable body. Although a personal preference, I think that cameras like the A7RII opens up a range of creative opportunities that traditional shooter either underestimate just because unaware, or openly in denial. I shoot with both 1DX and A7RII (aside from a realm of other cameras too). I will pick the the 1DX for the ultimate reliability, but 95% of the times it is the A7RII and the 1DX stays in the bag. There are so many shots that I just cannot get with the 1DX, but not vice versa, unless i truly need shear speed. But with the A99II on the market and with its astonishing performance I can hope that the speed will be addressed soon enough with the next Sony body. Then, if that is the case, the 1DX (and the 5DIV) will be truly obsolete, and that could well be just a few months away.Like0Dec 2, 2016* permalink George Zip

Genuine question….. what sort of creative shots are you getting with your Sony that you can not with your 1DX??Like0Dec 2, 2016 permalinkentoman

armandino – I totally agree that Sony are setting a blazing pace. Personally I find the a7Rii still a bit “fiddly” and prefer Canon ergonomics.

As we have both pointed out in previous threads, the a99ii could be a game-changer (hate that expression), combining extremely good DSLR-style ergonomics with the best tech that Sony can offer.

The next generation of Sony will probably blow Canon and Nikon out of the water, but at this current moment, I can do everything that I want to do (and it’s quite an extensive list) with the 5DS.Like1Dec 2, 2016 permalink armandino

@entonam
rumours are that soon we will have an A9, direct competitor of the 1DXII and D5 and priced similarly. Given the A99II I am really itchy to see what that is going to look like!Like0Dec 3, 2016 permalink Amarillo Toby

It’s pretty sad that so many people couldn’t tell that the OP was clearly joking.Like2Dec 31, 2016 permalink palie

dear dpr reviewers: please please, I beg of you, stop using the phrase ‘under the hood …’Like2Oct 13, 2016 permalinkNoogy

LOL. It actually goes from 0 to 60 in a fraction of a second! :DLike0Oct 13, 2016 permalinkBarney Britton

‘Inside the cabinet’ is – strictly speaking – how we should express that phrase but I think that sounds even weirder. Like2Oct 27, 2016 permalinkRichard Murdey

It’s unnecessary jargon. You can write about framerates and AF all you want without having to use either phrase.Like0Nov 1, 2016 permalink rfsIII

I was just looking at an old camera review and realized there used to be resolution tests and a Stouffer step wedge test. What happened to them? When did they disappear?Like1Oct 12, 2016 permalink Remi Deprez

What about the low light capability of the AF? The comparison of auto focus in low light in the D750, D810 and A7R II review was extremely interesting and I would love to saw it in the Xpro 2 and the A6300 review. I hop you will include this comparison in the A6500 and X-T2 reviews! Thanks for your although very accurate reviews!!Like0Oct 10, 2016 permalinkNoogy

Checked image quality at high ISO. It is almost the same as the four-year-old 6D!Like7Oct 4, 2016 permalinkAhnaf Akeef

Do you own both a 6D and a 5D4? If yes, what else did you compare other than ISO performance? What improvements does the 5D4 show over a 6D strictly in terms of image quality?Like1Oct 5, 2016 permalinkNoogy

For my kind of photography and new interests, high ISO was my paramount concern. So hell no I did not look at other differences because in the first place they won’t matter to me.Like4Oct 5, 2016 permalink teo78

Then this camera is not for you. Except the better dynamic range and the flexibility of the files at any iso there is no difference at high iso.Like4Oct 5, 2016 permalinkNoogy

Indeed. And how do I find out it’s not for me? By reading reviews and comments, right?Like2Oct 5, 2016 permalinkGreg Eddinger

I have the 6D, the 5DMKIVs iso is superior to the 6D. Try bringing up an underexposed raw image by say, 5 stops on each. If you like banded, green noisy darks then the 6D is for you. Not me, on my 5DMKIV shooting at 6,400 I still have very usable images.Like8Oct 5, 2016 permalinkNoogy

I’ll take your word for it since you’ve seen it on both cameras. However, my 6D does not produce the banding you described. Further, I seldom take a shot so underexposed with an intent to pump up.Like2Oct 6, 2016* permalinkGreg Eddinger

My niche is Mountain Real Estate which often requires shooting interiors of dark cabins and layering in a 10 stop swing from the dark areas of a room to the outside views often with reflective lake thru the windows. While other brands that might have a better Dynamic Range, the MKIV is blazing fast and very accurate with it’s new AF system. I’m comfortable with its touch screen menu and color reproduction My 6D was the interim camera from my MKII. The 6D had better focus and lower noise at higher iso, for me, it filled the gap waiting for the MKIV and held its own against the MKIII. I’m just exploring the new features of the MKIV and for my use it’s already a no brainer. Depending on what your needs are it might not be the right camera for you or someone else. Now with that said, it’s not a leap forward like the previous iterations like from the 5D to the 5D II but it’s a well rounded camera that will be an excellent upgrade for many still shooters.Like2Oct 6, 2016 permalink rfdesigner

Only two things that can be done to substantially improve high ISO performance

Back illuminate/improve microlenses, will buy less than a stop maximum, and at significant expense.
2. replace bayer matrix with 3 sensors, or “foveon” sensor. Not sure how well it could work with back illumination. maybe one stop improvement.

reducing readout noise won’t get you very far:

ISO100 full well ~= 80000e
18% grey ~=14000e
simple shadows (-3ev from 18% grey) ~=1800e
shot noise in shadow = sqrt(1200e) ~= 42e

iso25600 full well ~= 312e
18% grey ~=56e
simple shadows (-3ev from 18% grey) ~=7e
shot noise in shadow = sqrt(5e) ~= 2.7e

readout noise on my 6D at ISO 25600 ~= 1.6e

Less readout noise is nice, but we are shot noise limited @ISO25600.

Low ISO is a different matter, there the 5DIV wins by a country mile.Like1Oct 8, 2016 permalink Joed700

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAN3ElBtMyU

I’m still debating whether I should upgrade to the 5D IV from 6D, but their performance is almost identical in high ISO, and in fact the 5D IV showed more color banding compared to the 6D as seen in the video. From the value perspective, its $1K vs 3.5K…Like2Oct 8, 2016 permalinkentoman

Noogy – Try checking the file flexibilty and you might be converted. 5DMkiv is still not quite up to the standard of D810 or a7Rii but is way better than previous Canons. You can pull a 4 stops underexposed 5DMkiv image without noise or banding – that’s a 2 stop gain over the 6D.Like3Oct 10, 2016* permalinkNoogy

You got me really curious, again. I’ll head out to my favorite photo store!Like0Oct 11, 2016 permalink jrobbie3

Wow, I have a Nikon D3s and is right up there with my son’s 5D Mk III and IV, BUT, I rarely use it. Try ISO (used to be ASA) 800, love it! Great 11 x 14 prints w/good color saturation.

Guess I will never be a “Camera Whore”.Like1Nov 15, 2016 permalinkNoogy

Just bagged the 5DMIV. Thanks, everyone for your comments. Tested the camera in my hands for a few hours, with two types of L lenses. It is a different league from the 6D in many respects!Like0Dec 14, 2016 permalinkentoman

Noogy – Glad I convinced you to try it. Enjoy your photography!Like1Dec 14, 2016 permalinkDragonrider

Your words say the raw files are better than the JPEGs, but the bar chart at the end shows the Raw files poorer than the 5Diii and the JPEGs better. Is there a problem with the rating chart?Like0Oct 4, 2016* permalinkjackspra

Cute shot of the dog in water.The 5D series always takes great shots to look at.Like0Oct 4, 2016 permalink EXX

A head to head between the Canon Eos 5D MKIV and the Sony Alpha 99-II would be interesting.Like12Oct 4, 2016 permalinkKing of Song

The Canon 5D MKIV would get totally slaughtered in that comparison. The far better selling Canon, is at least 5 years behind the Sony a99 II in terms of ingenuity and advancement.

The Canon has the far superior lens line up though. I wish Sony would at least offer it’s new G Master lenses in A mount. So stupid…..Like1Oct 13, 2016 permalinkentoman

EXX – My guess is that the Canon would have the better AF system, but the Sony would score higher on image quality and other aspects of specification. Sony is the market leader in terms of innovation and performance, but as KingofSong states “Canon has the far superior lens line up”. That, and the fact that it is generally accepted that Canon has far superior ergonomics, far better battery life, and proven reliabilty and durability, are the reasons why Canon remains the market leader, despite having fewer “features” and slightly lower specification.Like1Nov 12, 2016* permalinkGabrielZ

That’s Canon’s trump card over the competition…their excellent L series glass. That’s why I think many stick with the brand, despite Canon camera bodies generally being technically inferior and overpriced (currently in my part of the world, the brand new Nikon D850 is only slightly more expensive than the now 2 year old 5D Mk4!) compared to those from Nikon, Sony etc… And to think once Canon were the leader on the DSLR front too! They’ve become arrogant and lazy in that department unfortunately. But those excellent lenses…Like0Sep 8, 2017 permalink Covalent

Can anyone play correctly the 4K video of the EOS 5D Mark iv on a Mac?Like0Oct 4, 2016 permalinkCarey Rose

It’s worked fine for me using Premiere Pro CC and also just within the finder’s ‘preview’ function. Like0Oct 5, 2016 permalink surlezi

If you have a 10 To array of SSD’s connected via thunderbolt 3, then you’re fine and can watch a good 2 minutes clip almost smoothly on any recent MacPro.Like1Oct 5, 2016 permalinkCarey Rose

No getting around the fact that the size of the codec is super annoying, but it does play just fine. Like2Oct 5, 2016 permalink Total: 491, showing: 1 – 50 « First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last » You may also like Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review Sep 12, 2019 Black Hole Sun: Shooting the Total Solar Eclipse in Argentina Jul 27, 2019 Canon interview: ‘increased competition allows us to level-up’ Mar 18, 2018 Full-frame showdown: Nikon D850 vs Canon 5D IV vs Sony a7R III Jan 30, 2018 More about gear in this article 256 Canon and Sony dominate Lensrentals’ most rented gear of 2017 listDec 28, 2017 at 16:24

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