Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon’s 4K Full Frame Camera Around the Corner?

March 18th, 2015
Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon's 4K Full Frame Camera Around the Corner?

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It’s been three years since the Canon 5D Mark III was released, and recently it’s seen some price cuts. So naturally, rumors about a possible 5D Mark IV are ramping up, with many speculating that it could be a 4K camera.

The rumors were first reported at CanonWatch. Here’s a quick look at these rumored specs:

  • 24MP sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF III
  • New and more advanced AF system (compared to EOS 5D3)
  • 4k video
  • Anti-flickr technology (seen first on the 7D Mark II)
  • Improved video features
  • Crop mode (featured on the upcoming EOS 5Ds)
  • ISO 100-51200 (H1: 102400, H2: 204800)

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 7 years since the 5D Mark II changed indie film as we know it. Canon made some significant advancements with the Mark III, so it’s only natural to expect them to raise the bar again.

Each camera that comes out these days has it’s pros and cons. We’re probably never going to have the perfect camera with the perfect specs at the perfect price point. But it’s amazing to see how much the manufacturers have improved these cameras since the DSLR revolution began.

And if these early rumors about the Canon 5D Mark IV turn out to be accurate then we could end up with Canon’s long awaited answer to the hot selling Sony A7S, an affordable full frame camera that shoots 4K.

With NAB just a few weeks away, might we expect some sort of announcement? It’s all rumors for now, but we’ll keep you updated with the latest news.

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Edward Irish
Edward Irish
GuestMarch 18th, 2015

Me wants one! I wonder what the price will be? The Mark hasn’t dropped in price!

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz
GuestMarch 18th, 2015

I bet the camera records video only in 30 fps. Lately, Canon is working hard to tease their customers.

Sebastian Kammonen
Sebastian Kammonen
GuestMarch 19th, 2015

Yeah this thing better do at least 60fps 1080, it’ll probably be double the price of the GH4, so it should at least have performance on par with that ( I hope).

Jeffrey Collins
Jeffrey Collins
GuestMarch 19th, 2015

yes but it will still be a FULL FRAME camera, which the G4H definitely is not.

Oscar Goldman
MemberMarch 30th, 2015

Full-frame is not the best for motion pictures. The DOF is too shallow, making it way too fussy for moving targets.

Terje Bergesen
Member4 days ago

Why is that? S35 size film is abt half the size of FF, which means by stopping down the FF camera one stop, you get approximately the same DOF. Is that really an issue?

Oscar Goldman
MemberMarch 21st, 2016

Based on the results we typically see… yes.

Sebastian Kammonen
Sebastian Kammonen
GuestMarch 19th, 2015

I would love to upgrade my Mark 3 instead of switching over to Sony. Already have too many lenses and it just isn’t the same with an adapter.

Clayton Moore
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

If they still plan a 4k upgrade to the C300, how amazing this might be is suspect. It would be Canon’s MO to cripple this in some way. They cannot make a camera at a sub $4,000 price point that would be serious competition to a $13,000. I cynical about this one.

Aurelien Brentraus
Aurelien Brentraus
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

I agree with you Clayton, Canon seems to give features to cinema EOS line in regards to video, and under $10,000 they will not bring 4k, at least for couple of years. Hoping for canon is not going to help. Don’t get me wrong i love canon cameras and probably would buy c300 mark II or c500 mark I depends on the c300 mark II. canon is telling all film makers that canon is not for cheap & don’t hope for a 4k camera like gh4.

Clayton Moore
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

I really like my GH4 by the way, its even better then I read about and more acceprable in low light then some seem to feel.

Oscar Goldman
MemberMarch 21st, 2016

It’ll be a shitty codec. Canon never learns on this issue.

Jairus Burks
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

If the Mark4 is 4K what does it do to the 1DC?

Rafael Swit
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

Good question, but I believe it’s been the same story in the past. While 1DsII was still the flagship in Canon’s lineup, 5DII came out with 1080p video and newer sensor and many started to jump from 1D to 5D camp. I can only suspect that 1D cameras will get their own refresh soon enough and their added features will make it worth upgrading for some people. Lower line cameras often introduce certain technologies before their higher priced counterparts. For example GPS or WiFi are already present in Rebels, but with 5D or 1D series we are forced to buy expensive dongles to get the same functionality. As far as 4K goes, my suspicion is that 5DIV won’t offer anything beyond of what 1DC already has, and the new 1DC will get all the cool goodies like 4K at 30/60fps and 1080p at 120fps.

Nat W
Nat W
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

Sod the 4K. Will it give us 1080p as good as the A7s and S-log? It must have at least 60p, zebras, focus peaking, but I doubt it will.

Will it have face recognition autofocus assist that’s as good as the NX1, movie mode that will turn the screen on without pressing another button,flip out screen, 1×1 pixel 2.5K? Will it balls

Caleb Rasak
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

I can see Canon doing this to be honest. If they do implement 4K they need a better codec though. I would love to see H265 implemented because eventually it will be support by software developers. Also I think Log-C should be implemented on any Canon camera shooting video.

Eno Popescu
Eno Popescu
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

“Canon made some significant advancements with the Mark III” really, what exactly are those “significant advancements”?
The only thing they improved was the lack of moire, aliasing and a little better low light capabilities. The resolutions was still very low in 720p territory, dynamic range was unchanged, no pro functions, no peeking, no zebras. They where lucky Magic Lantern harked it.

Canon wants only to push people into buying the very expensive Cxx line, the DSLR video revolution was a mistake from their part and I fell will be corrected very soon.

Mangesh Shigvan
Mangesh Shigvan
GuestMarch 19th, 2015

Nice toly

Rafael Swit
MemberMarch 19th, 2015

Canon won’t stuff this new camera with as many features as we would like, but they do need to catch up with Sony. If you want $10,000 camera features, you’ll still have to shell out $10k. But in perspective we will have a camera that is better than 5dII and except for lack of talent there’s no excuse to not produce content that’s equal or better to what some indie filmmakers were creating 7 years ago on 5DII. As for the specs, I suspect 4K will be only at 24fps, but hopefully they’ll include 2.5K at 30fps. 1080p should go up at least to 60fps, while 720p at 120fps. 5DIV might get an edge over Sony A7S, if Canon allows recording directly to the card (maybe CFast). Sure… external recorders like Atomos are awesome, but you can’t always run-and-gun with additional stuff hanging off the camera. I would also like to see finally built-in GPS and WiFi. And if Canon wants to get some of the Nikon fans, dynamic range needs improvement – Canon has been lagging behind Nikon in this aspect for a long time.

Luca HY Lusoli
MemberMarch 20th, 2015

forgot new video features, canon want take DSLR for STILL and C line for video it’s a big company they are not interested in the small small indie filmmaker

 David NJ
David NJ
MemberMarch 21st, 2015

With those specs why wouldn’t it cut into C100, C300, and C500 sales? Will Canon cannibalize its video camera line as it did with the 5DM2?

Oscar Goldman
MemberMarch 30th, 2015

“Anti-flickr”?

Alexander Schmidt schmidt
Alexander Schmidt schmidt
MemberJune 24th, 2015

CORRECTION! This is NOT a CANON, it’s called a SONY A7 II with a METABONEs adapter to use all my CANON lenses that I buyed during the last 30 Years….. you had your chances, canon guys. But now it’s high time for a change.

We are VERY DISAMUSED. Bye bye, CANON

Terje Bergesen
Member4 days ago

Interesting features. I think they reinforce one thing for me, in a few years Canon will be known (by the masses) as “That company that makes the second best lenses for Sony, after Zeiss”.

Rahul Singh
MemberMarch 20th, 2016

i like canon cameras

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