This In-Depth Real World Review Of The Canon 5D Mark IV Shows Off This Powerful New Photographic Tool

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has caused quite a stir in the camera world recently. Suffice it to say that it’s quite a polarizing topic, and that’s before you really consider what it means for the rest of the Canon brand. But let’s not talk about that for a minute. First, let’s look at a shooter out there that’s actually used it.

One of the most important questions you should ask yourself before picking up a 5D Mark IV is, “What do I want this camera to do for me?” Because having clear, defined expectations will really shape how you feel about it.

Jared Polin at has released an incredibly long real world review on the 5D Mark IV and it gives you a good idea of what the camera can do. Perhaps most importantly, and Jared explains this at the end, is that a camera is a tool. It’s not going to make every one of your shots great, regardless of the megapixel count and the low-light abilities.

Check out Jared’s Real World Review Here.


Here are some things to remember after, or even before watching Jared’s review. One of the features that Jared does rave about quite a bit is the ability to quickly switch between the Continuous AF and Single click AF with the touch of one, mapped button. This is an amazing feature, but it’s one that was available on the 5D Mark III already so it's perhaps a bit overstated in the video. planetMitch note: Make sure to read MY article and video on how COOL the new customization for the BBF is as compared to what Fro showed!

On the positive side, the touch screen and the improved menu system look fantastic and show great vision by the designers at Canon. While many have felt that previous camera’s touch screens haven’t been very useful or intuitive, Canon seems to have put a lot of thought into it. In conjunction with the improved Canon menu system, which has always been great, the 5D Mark IV definitely doesn’t get in the way of you wanting to get that perfect shot.

The improved low-light and resolution are clear indicators of a wonderful step forward for camera bodies within the Canon line but unfortunately, one of the biggest features, the Dual Pixel Raw, doesn’t seem too useful yet. It’s an interesting feature that turned a lot of heads upon announcement, but alas the futuristic sounding technology is grounded firmly in 2016.

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A final note, from my personal, filmmaking perspective:

The Canon 5D Mark IV is a camera that hits you immediately as a great photography body. As a filmmaker primarily, I find it very important to make one important distinction about its filmmaking ability.

The Canon 5D Mark IV is definitely a photographic camera—and Canon’s ethic when releasing the camera has demonstrated this focus. By deliberately limiting the video functions of this DSLR and forcing it into Canon’s tiered video system, Canon has created a body that’s sort of only halfway there for videographers. This succinctly explains what the 5D Mark IV truly is. It’s a body made for photographers that can shoot video, if you want.

While the 5D Mark III is a camera that’s still used for 1080p video four years after its release, the 5D Mark IV’s video is already looking long in the tooth (on the filmmaking side), despite that fantastic autofocus system. The 5D Mark IV isn’t what the 5D Mark III, or even the 5D Mark II was (note: planetMitch disagrees with this statement!). If you’re a filmmaker, the Canon 5D Mark IV is deliberately not what you’ve been asking for. Fortunately, if you’re a photographer, it might be everything you’ve been wanting.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV “Real World Review”: Revolutionary or Evolutionary?


At its launch, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV left a lot of people not just upset but truly angry. Is there anger founded or is it simply a case of “spec sheet” shock. That’s what the “Real World Review” is here to find out: is this camera something to bitch about, praise, or shrug your shoulders?

The Canon 5D Mark IV is the latest iteration of the extremely popular and successful 5D lineup. The Canon 5D Mark III which came out four years ago is considered to be one of the best cameras of all time. It’s quality for photos and video still hold up today which has left many people wondering is the upgrade to the Mark IV really worth it? In this Real World Review I take a look at all the angles to give you my honest opinion and feedback.

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