The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is Canon’s most advanced DSLR body, but because of its focus on photography, many videographers may feel underwhelmed despite the upgrades.
This isn’t exactly news to the world that’s been watching the updates roll in. In fact, as much as there’s a large group of people that have taken to comment threads to express their hatred or frustration with the 5D Mark IV, there’s been an increased group that’s taken up arms expressing the opposite sentiment.
For years, professional videographers have used Canon equipment to produce their shorts and even full television shows. For a while, I was a shooter on a show where we used Canon EOS 5D Mark III’s and Canon EOS 6D’s. Armed with Magic Lantern against Canon’s will, the bodies transformed into amazing filmmaking tools that were easy to use and durable. This is the way that things were. And they were good.
Even though things were going so great, there were signs that Canon wasn’t pleased with the way their bodies were being used. Despite Magic Lantern being an integral part of the camera for many shooters, Canon found no way to compromise with its installation and still hasn’t found ways to successfully implement the features that it provided.
Enter the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. While we were not expecting Canon to make a groundbreaking camera per se, there was an expectation of creating a comparable body to the 4K mirrorless options that have dominated videography for the past couple of years: the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the Sony a7S, a7SII and a7RII. What we did not expect was what Canon has seemed to provide; a camera that doesn’t feel like a logical step forward for video in the 5D line.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV doesn’t seem like it’s a true effort to compete with the rest of the field.
Tony & Chelsea Northrup have posted a video to YouTube that compares the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV to the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the Sony a7RII. At first you might think that this video is just like all of the others that you might have watched, but the information that Tony Northrup doles out is actually incredibly enlightening.
He speaks about why the 4k in the Canon is cropped so extremely and also why there’s no 4k out of the HDMI. The answers to both of these questions really do speak to Canon’s effort with the 5D Mark IV.
Some things that are important to note: If you’re comparing cameras based purely on their video capabilities, it seems as though the a7SII would be the obvious choice, however Tony is opting to compare Sony’s all-around camera against, what we all assume will be Canon’s all-arounder. Also,the white balance on these cameras are clearly not matched correctly, but that’s okay because it leads me to the final thing to note.
This is not really a video that compares footage directly. It just talks about the positives and negatives of each system.
Tony explains right at the very beginning, how a camera which fits into your everyday workflow is often even more important than pure image quality. This video does a fantastic job of highlighting those types of features.
Canon 5D Mk IV Video Quality Test (vs GH4 & a7R II)
(cover photo credit: snap from video)