It appears that legit final specs for the Canon 5D Mark IV are starting to leak out via Canon Rumors with a couple of interesting departures from what we’ve seen in the past. Notably, a 30MP full frame sensor and no CFast card slot are features that are likely to stir the pot of opinions among Canon shooters.
Canon 5D Mark IV Specs
- Compact Flash/SD Card Slots (No CFast)
- 24/30fps @ 4K
- 60fps @ 1080
- 120fps @ 720
- USB 3
- Cable release port moved to the front of the camera where the “Mark XX” badge was.
- A lot more touchscreen functionality than the EOS-1D X Mark II
- Other ergonomic changes, such as a new “locking switch” on the rear of the camera.
Canon Rumors says it expects to receive more details on the upcoming Mark IV over the next few days. If you recall, we expect the official announcement date to be August 25, 2016.
If these reportedly leaked specs are true, what do you think about the 5D Mark IV so far?
The best thing Canon could do would be to follow Nikon’s lead, and have interchangeable card readers. That way you could buy any 5D Mk4, and replace the card reader with whatever you wanted (CF/SD, CF/CF, CFast/CFast, etc).
It would not only appeal to more buyers, but also future-proof the bodies much longer, and give Canon something else to sell (card readers).
The 5D Mk4 already uses different batteries, so using the same memory card configuration means I wouldn’t need to buy a bunch of new cards right away.
Based purely on the listed specs, and anticipating that the rumored $3k price is legit, I’d say it is a whole lot of blah, and yet another release that will allow me to save my money, or more easily justify an a7rII. That said, if the DN is hugely improved, and S:N levels are close to the 6D or better, then the sensor and processor have made large strides and might be of interest, but honestly, I feel Canon is pretty far behind on these releases nowadays, coasting entirely on their name recognition and customer system investment.
This camera, perhaps more than any other that Canon has yet released, will need to win back the hearts and minds of those waiting for a statement by Canon. Not only working pros that have since found usability in adapting other systems (if not outright switching) but the advanced amateurs which are a far larger sector of the market that have happily invested in the EF lens landscape because of the 5D series, who’ve been switching out for Sony with adapters in pretty large numbers as well.
Will certainly wait to see the final camera, but I’m not excited by anything these numbers show, yet.
I’m concerned that Canon may not be building in things like LOG profiles for video in the way other manufacturers have. I admire Fuji’s approach with the XT-2 by adding a Log option but only for HDMI output. This is sensible as it’s pointless IMO to have Log on a lossy low to mid bitrate codec. I know that Canon wants to separate their lines (it’s not in the C-line) but they should employ Panasonic’s approach and charge a $99 upgrade to unlock a Log profile, or restrict it to HDMI output only.
This satisfies people who shoot photos and require Canon’s flash system, people who shoot occasional videos with an upgrade path to use their 5D4 as a B camera to match footage with a pro camera.
I know it won’t happen, but we can hope.
robert marin says
What happened to the e mail I use to get every Friday
Didn’t get one today or last Friday
Eric Reagan says
Gonna try to get it out Saturday. Sorry that the schedule has been off a bit lately…
Latest specs are looking better and better… same LPE6 battery size for all of those that were worried about the battery “issue” previously.
My spec leak “gripe” is the 500mbps MJPEG compression for 4K. REALLY wish there was more of a compressed option since these files are tremendously huge and not exactly ready to edit on a larger project scale. Wasn’t expecting something like H265 or XAVC, but there are much more modern options than this. Back to the batch processing/converting workflows?
Happy that 120fps is going to be available, just wish that was for 1080 not just 720.
Canon 5Dx has become icon for the armature photographs & wile 4-5 days out from seeing the actual specs, for now the little difference from the MK 3, suggests that the 35mm DSLR’s have hit their technology limits. Thus if one needs higher dynamic range or resolution, one has to switch to medium format like the X1D-50C
I had hoped that Canon would innovate and even put in a sensor larger than the 35mm such that the current L series lens would provide cropped image but the photographer could eventually buy new medium format lens or use existing such lens with an adapter. we all have heard rumors that Canon experimenting in the medium format as they also realize that the 35mm forma is running out of steam…least for the landscape folks
I am not paying too much attention to the SD card or the battery aspects as once one buys the camera body, you get what you get. Hopefully Canon will include all the 50S /R mirroe lock features and some new addition features that we are getting so used to on cell phones. The USB3 certainly a welcomed feature to download content quickly
I also had hoped to have built in charger, thus less to cart on trips but that may be asking too much. GPS and Wi-Fi..haaa ha, OK I guess but WiFI hardy a suitable I/F to download content but great for cell phone control and stream to preview
As almost all addition features, such as the timer etc are software – like what one can upgrade to by downloading magic lantern, hope they will add tons and continue to add more as software updates as this may be the last of the 5D series per my earlier statement