When it comes to professional full frame cameras, there is an abundance of them to choose from, and directly competing with the new 5D are cameras like the Canon 5DSr, Nikon D810 and Sony A7Rii. But what sets the new 5D apart from the competition, and what made me spend $3,000 and choose it over all of the aforementioned? Well, lets dig into that. The 5D MK IV is jam packed full of awesomeness, and it finally brought Canon up to speed with 2017 putting them ahead of Nikon in a few areas ( the Nikon D810 has no WIFI and a much slower burst rate). Now, let me preface this with saying that the image quality is f***ing amazing, like miles ahead of the 5D MKiii and 6D. Currently, Sony and Nikon have made it a practice to build their image sensors with no AA (anti-aliasing) filters, resulting in uber crisp images. What is an AA filter? It is something that is placed over image sensors from the manufacturer to eliminate moire and aliasing, its essentially like when you buy something plastic and it has that clear protective film over it, you can see thought it, but its not a crisp as when you remove it. Not that the AA filter makes a world of difference when you have a 30 megapixel full frame sensor, but its defiantly noticeable when you compare it to Sony or Nikon files. There is nothing like a Canon image, they are warm, saturated and almost emulate something that was shot on film. I almost feel that the files are more film like than Fujifilms own in camera film simulations.
In addition to amazing image quality, Canon packed the new 5D with tons of awesomeness, including WIFI which is an absolute must for me, GPS , touch screen, 4K video ( motion JPG) format ( it sort of sucks) dual pixel RAW and a vast improvement in dynamic range. I recently parted ways with my Canon 6D, and the dynamic range was garbage, though it was a 5 year old camera so the technology was far from current. The touch screen is absolutely amazing, the Al Servo tracking is defiantly going to come in handy for weddings and making sure I never miss a shot of my growing daughter. All you have to do is touch the subject you want to focus on the screen and the focus point will follow and stay on that subject as long as it stays in your frame. You can also activate the touch shutter mechanism and touch the screen to also take the photo. The tracking is also very handy when it comes to video.
Im not much of a video person, but I do occasionally shoot short videos. The video is miles ahead of where it was in my old 6D. It now allows aperture control while in video, and like I had previously mentioned, the tracking function in video make shooting video like a pro an ease. The motion JPG format isn't the best, the file can fill up a 32gb memory card with just a 4 min video clip, its a little ridiculous, but then again, this camera was not built for video, is was built for still photographers. I doubt I will ever use the duel pixel RAW function because it only allows for macro focus adjustment, and you have to use the Canon proprietary software in order to make the adjustments, and the adjustment is so minimal, I have no interest in using it. The last thing I wanted to talk about is the WIFI function. Though the 6D did have WIFI functionality, the connectivity and speed is extremely improved in the new 5D, and if you were previously a 5D mkiii owner, you had to buy a very expensive WIFI adapter. I have been spoiled by in camera WIFI since I previously used Fujifilm bodies, and Fujifilm has completely mastered in camera WIFI connectivity. Some will never use this function, but I am one of those who loves it and needs it in any camera that I use. I primarily use the WIFI to connect to my iPhone to control the shutter to take photos of my family and I together. When I am out on a photo assignment or shooting a wedding, I like to transfer a few files to my phone and do a quick phone edit so that I can send my client a few "sneak peeks" to hold them over until I actually edit the RAW images on my home computer. The iPhone can convert RAW images into JPG through the transfer which is really awesome.
Over the past 5 years I have owned and sold over 10 cameras ( I will list them to sooth your curiosity)
Fujifilm XE2 ( 2 bodies)
Fujifilm XPRO2 ( 2 bodies)
Fujifilm XT10 ( 2 bodies)
And now, I only own the Canon 5D MK IV ( my wife kept one of my XPRO2 bodies ) little does she know I am still going to play with it all of the time. I have been on the search for the perfect camera, and now after owning the 5D MK IV for less than a week, I can safely say that I have finally found it, and I have no doubt that I can now stop buying and selling bodies and be completely satisfied with this body until Canon releases the 5D MKV years from now. I plan to do a 3 month follow up to this quick review, so keep a lookout for that sometime in July! Thanks for reading, and please if you haven't already, go follow our Instagram page @clinetography
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