Versus: Canon 5D Mark IV vs Canon 5D Mark III

Hey Pals! Today we’ll be going over the many new features of the Canon 5D Mark IV, the differences between the old Canon 5D Mark III, and how they measure up against what’s currently on the market.

Some of the new features of the Mark IV is the upgraded 30.4 MP sensors compared to the 22.3MP on the Mark III, a definite joy for Canon photographers!

We also have Dual Pixel Auto Focus for the best auto focus we’ve seen on a 5D. What this does is help you when tracking your subjects whether it’s in Live View or right through the view finder for a faster workflow in the field. Touch screen is another new feature on the Mark IV, which enhances the ease of use of the Dual Pixel AF to keep track of fast or slow moving subjects by simply clicking on the screen – a feature we didn’t see on the Mark III, but was borrowed from the Canon 1DX Mark II.

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We have 61 auto focus points with 41 of them being cross-type and the center point is sensitive to -3 EV. Wi-Fi, GPS and a built-in intervalometer are just some of the other major features added to the new Mark IV.

Another new feature added is Dual Raw Pixel, what it does it take two separate raw images and puts them together in the camera, it creates a bigger file, but gives you extra space to edit your images with the bokeh adjustment, focus, and getting rid of ghosting behind your images.

We finally have 4K video up to 30 frames and 1080p at 60 frames, which is pretty impressive for the 5D series. It’s important to note that when you are shooting in 4k, whether it’s 30 frames or 24 frames, you crop in up to 1.7mm of your image. So, a 24mm focal length turns into a 48 and a 50 turns into 87, making wide angles nearly impossible, unless you’re using a special lens like Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L USM, which can be costly. Also, 1 minute of 4k video is about 3.4 GB, so a 64GB memory card can be filled with about an hour of 4k footage, making space very limited. Take note: The files are a motion JPEG codec – when you take your card and put it into your computer you might have to convert the 4K files to something that is readable, depending on your software. At 1080p no matter what frame rate it is, you’re able to use the full sensor and even though its 1080p, the 1080p of the Mark IV is significantly better than that of the Mark III. The Mark III was known to having really soft video and the Mark IV gets rid of that and you go from 720p at 60fps on the Mark III to 1080p at 60fps on the Mark IV. If you really wanted to, you could go down to 720p and record at 120fps, it’s important to note that this camera was geared to photographers more so than videographers, unfortunately.

For photography this camera is definitely a go-to and we highly recommend it. If you’re interested in trying it out before you buy, our rental period starts at $153 for days, be sure to check it out at The LensPal, today!

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