UPDATED SPEC LIST! The Canon 5D Mk. IV Getting Some Expected, But Interesting Updates

by Bret Hoy10 Comments

The Canon 5D mk IV is going to be announced soon, and for us camera tech junkies, that’s pretty damn exciting! CanonRumors has just posted a rumored spec list (see below).

We’re all expecting the camera to be a big step forward for the slightly outdated video specs in the Canon DSLR line.  The initial signs from Canon Rumors recently announced, and vague, spec list are pretty much on point with expectations. 4k Video and upgraded 28 Megapixel count. Small, but nice upgrades like the touchscreen and built in Wi-Fi & GPS are very welcome. But there are two of the specs that have me wondering about the possibilities.

According to Canon Rumors, the Canon 5D Mark IV will feature CFast and SD card slots and it’ll be only the second body from Canon to feature a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. Both of these upgrades could hint towards some specs beyond just, 4k video and increased resolution. It’s one thing to have 4k video, but having 10 bit 1080p internally? Or High frame rates at 4k? The DIGIC 7 Processor is still somewhat of an unknown entity, so we’re not entirely sure what it will bring to the table. All we know is that it’s two generations better than the DIGIC 5+ in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

And about those CFast and SD Card Slots… Canon seems to be trying to move towards using primarily CFast media. Be that a move to prepare for the future or what is actually necessary for the bodies they’re selling, it’s important for those that are interested in upgrading.

The biggest question for me is, are you going to need to use CFast cards to shoot in the4k video modes that we’re getting from the MK IV? If so, it seems as if videographers and cinematographers out there are going to pay a pretty penny in new media. 128gigs of CFast media cost around $300 still, and if you’re like me, you’ll need more than just one of those cards.
That being said, a fully spec’d Canon 5D Mk IV could make that extra cost totally worth it.  If you’re able to use SD cards to shoot the UHD modes at their highest bit rates and quality then Canon is making a really strong argument to Sony and Nikon shooters.
Finally, let’s talk about price. At $3,600, the Canon 5D Mk IV sits directly above the Sony A7s Mark II. This is a great strategic move and I think, it draws attention to the aspects where the a7SII fails. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose photography and videography tool, the 5D Mk IV looks pretty appetizing. And if the 5D Mk IV offers C-Log shooting profiles and 10 bit outs… Sony could get a bit worried.
Needless to say, the Canon 5D Mk. IV is a huge moment for Canon. Not only is it their chance to prove to shooters that they’re still in touch with what the needs of a modern shooter are, they’re setting the tone for at least the next five years of Canon products. Unlike Sony, when Canon makes a body, they keep it on the market for a long time without usurping it. It’s time for them to show us all that the wait has been worth it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to Feature CFast & SD Card Slots [CR2]

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Via Canon Rumors:

We’re told by a pretty reliable source that the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will feature both a CFast 2.0 slot and a SDXC UHS-II slot.

If the camera is going to shoot internal 4K like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, the CFast slot makes a lot of sense. The faster SD card slot will be a very welcome addition as well, as the the 5D Mark III used a standard SD card slot which was quite slow.

Rumoured EOS 5D Mark IV Specifications (From most recent Canon Rumors post):

  • 28mp
  • DIGIC 7
  • ISO 100-51200 (204,800)
  • 9fps
  • 4K video
  • Headphone jack
  • Price: $3600
  • Touchscreen
  • CFast 2.0 & SD card slots
  • Built-in WiFi & GPS
  • 61 autofocus points (41 cross type)
  • Reduced weight
  • New EF 24-105 f/4L IS II kit lens

Read this at Canon Rumors “Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec List [CR1]”

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  1. I just want to know if it’s going to have an electronic viewfinder. After using an EV on other cameras (Sony, Panasonic, Alexa) I cannot imagine purchasing another camera with a mirror.

    Benefits like focus peaking, quick review, WYSIWYG are tremdous benefits. Canon do you hear us?

    1. Arik, I can guarentee you 300% that this will NOT have an EVF. This is not the camera for that. While EVFs have tremendous benefits for both photo and video, they also still have some draw backs such as black at time and lag which sports/wildlife/event shooters are pretty not happy with. Even the best of the best EVFs still haven’t quite beat out optical viewfinders in every way.
      I’m sure tech will get there eventually, we just aren’t there yet.

  2. Definitely no EVF. Probably no peaking, zebras, waveform, no clog, canon do you hear us? Maybe faintly, with a four year delayed echo. I only imagine what
    Sony will have 6 years from now when Canon does the 5DMK5. Sony will Likely have the A7SMK15 by then. Canon is not an innovator, the only surprises they do are by sheer accident.

  3. Thank you

    Do you recommend me to buy 1d x mark ii or waiting to 5D ??
    I am videographers

  4. If the 5div will have 10bit acquisition, internal 4k, manageable file sizes not grater than 250mbs, and c log, this would represent a huge shift in Canon’s practices. One welcomed, but based on what Canon has done in the last 15 years, i strongly doubt that the 5div will be a video competitor of their cinema line.

    1. They don’t have much choice if they want to remain competitive. The Cinema line is a niche market anyway. Giving up what probably amounts to a few thousand units a year in the cinema line, so they could dominate the DSLR line would be a no brainer so far as I’m concerned.

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