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Canon 5D Mark IV comes with an Exceptional Range Improvement

 

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Canon camera is a big deal. Just like the 5D Mark III, the Mark IV is supposed to be the mainstay of the company’s full-frame DSLR camera operations. It is supposed to be the all-rounder, created to please every photographer. On the face of it, this is a general purpose camera. But its hardware clearly indicates with the Mark IV, Canon clearly wants to target the wedding shooters as well as enthusiastic travellers who want a snapper capable of clicking lions and leopards on a Safari.

The dynamic range was one of the top concerns of current 5D-series owners and the 5D Mark IV represents a major leap forward in this regard for Canon, and it’s thanks to the same move to on-chip analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) that the 1D X II and 80D saw. It’s been a long time coming for Canon, as placing the ADCs on the imaging chip itself is a staple of modern sensor design.

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Dynamic Exposure

One of the most easily understandable ramifications of increased base ISO dynamic range is increased processing latitude; that is, the ability to brighten Raw exposures without drastic noise penalty (there will always be some penalty due to shot noise). This can be particularly useful in dealing with high contrast scenes, which require conventional underexposure to prevent bright tones from clipping to white, with requisite shadow brightening – or tone-mapping – to make dark tones visible on our current dim display technologies.

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Incredible Features

  • 4K video capture is a welcome addition to this camera and users can record in either 24 or 30p, albeit with a 1.64x crop.
  • It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III.
  • Higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS.

Key Specifications

  • New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
  • ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 62M-dot 3.2″ full-time touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing

 

Author Info

Praveen Bhat is celebrity fashion photographer and director based in New Delhi.

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