Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Detailed Review

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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In additional EOS 5D Mark IV was introduced by Canon in August 2016. It belongs to the Professional DSLRs category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Canon.

Sensor Properties

The EOS 5D Mark IV has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.42" x 0.94").

Picture of EOS 5D Mark IV's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: EOS 5D Mark IV comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The EOS 5D Mark IV's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 30 megapixel. The resolution is far above average and will easily be sufficient for years to come. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

The EOS 5D Mark IV features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

FormatFull frame
Sensor area36.00 x 24.00mm²
(1.42" x 0.94")
Resolution (physical)31.70 megapixel
Resolution (effective)30.40 megapixel
Pixel size28.70 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 7 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
MountCanon EF
Viewfinder Properties

The EOS 5D Mark IV has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. Viewfinders with a penta prism are typical for enthusiast and professional DSLRs. The viewfinder covers 100% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.71x, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

TypeOptical (Penta prism)
Dioptric correction

The EOS 5D Mark IV's shutter speed varies from 1/8000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/8000s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The EOS 5D Mark IV's sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 32000 ISO.

Also, Canon's sensitivity can be boosted to 102400. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity32000 ISO
Boost102400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The EOS 5D Mark IV supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Auto Focus Properties

The EOS 5D Mark IV's auto focus processor uses 61 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in sports).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypePhase Detection
AF points61
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The EOS 5D Mark IV doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Canon's hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs
EOS 5D Mark IV display and touch screen

The EOS 5D Mark IV features a monitor with a diagonal of 81.00mm (3.2 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.62 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

Unfortunately, the EOS 5D Mark IV's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The EOS 5D Mark IV's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size81.00mm (diagonal)
(3.2 in.)
Resolution1.62 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

EOS 5D Mark IV video supported the resolution with 4096 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Video parameters:

Max. resolution4096 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The EOS 5D Mark IV has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Canon. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera uses CompactFlash cards.

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a LP-E6N LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 900 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The EOS 5D Mark IV's battery battery parameters:

TypeLP-E6N LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life900 photos

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV's dimensions are 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm³. (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a rather considerable 800 grams (25.8 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Here is front and top view of the EOS 5D Mark IV:

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV size comparison

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