Canon 5D MIV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV front
  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 890g - 151 x 116 x 76mm
  • Revealed August 2016
  • Earlier Model is Canon 5D MIII
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 5D MIV summary

Canon 5D MIV is Canon's Advanced DSLR digital camera first revealed on August of 2016. It houses a 30 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a max resolution of 6720 x 4480.

Canon introduced this model to update the previous Canon 5D MIII (Read Full Comparison)

The 5D MIV places at #7 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over-all #57 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Canon 5D MIV history

The Canon 5D MIV comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can look at all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 5D MIV30MPFull frame7.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-5DS front thumbnailCanon 5DS
5D MIV vs 5DS
51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-5DS-R front thumbnailCanon 5DS R
5D MIV vs 5DS R
51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 5D MIII
22MPFull frame6.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 5D MII
5D MIV vs 5D MII
21MPFull frame4.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-5D front thumbnailCanon 5D
5D MIV vs 5D
13MPFull frame3.0 fps2005
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Canon 5D MIV Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon 5D MIV based on aspects that are usually considered essential in a digital camera.

comes with external microphone port
comes with HDMI port
comes with headphone port
comes with Top screen
environment sealing
great sensor size (Full frame)
has double storage slots
high megapixels (30MP)
high res video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC connectivity
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
touchscreen enabled
very good ISO range (25,600)
very good minimum ISO (100)
very good screen resolution (1,620 thousand dot)
you can focus manually
does not have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no moving screen
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Canon 5D MIV Sensor specs

The Canon 5D MIV features the Digic 6+ chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon 5D MIV is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6720 x 4480 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 30MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. The ISO can also be increased digitally to 50 to 102400. RAW files are supported so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the 5D MIV's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 5D MIV sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 5D MIV dimensions

Canon 5D MIV has a weight of 1.96 lb (890g / 31.39 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 151mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776g and the Canon 5D MIV is weightier as compared with other competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Canon 5D MIV next to a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the 5D MIV.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV topview buttons dials

Canon 5D MIV Lens details

The 5D MIV uses the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses available for sale. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 5D MIV.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Zeiss-Otus-100mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Otus 100mm F1.4100mmf/1.41405g
Sigma-60-600mm-F4.5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-S-Canon-EF lensSigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S60-600mmf/4.5-6.3 2700g
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Canon-EF-100-400mm-f4.5-5.6L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM100-400mmf/4.5-5.6 1590g
Tamron-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-VC-PZD-Canon-EF lensTamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 540g
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
Canon-EF-400mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM400mmf/2.8 5370g
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Canon-EF-16-35mm-f2.8L-USM lensCanon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM16-35mmf/2.8 600g
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Canon 5D MIV Connectivity

The 5D MIV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy files and sometimes change settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon 5D MIV Video details

The max video resolution on the Canon 5D MIV is 4096 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG file format. 2160p offers a superb resolution for video. You can easily downsample to 1080p to get better video. Be wary of the massive file sizes and ensure you have high quality SD cards with good write speeds. The body does include both headphone and microphone port making it pretty valuable whilst recording sound.

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Canon 5D MIV Weather Sealing

Canon 5D MIV has got environment proofing which makes it a very good selection to use during tough places. This can be particularly helpful whenever you are not sure about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon 5D MIV Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 5D MIV is equipped with a 3.2 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 1,620 thousand dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can easily shift focus point and change settings by using your fingers. The 5D MIV also has a Top screen in order to instantly look at your settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon 5D MIV are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.71x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Canon 5D MIV Shutter details

Canon 5D MIV has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Canon 5D MIV Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 5D MIV includes external flash support but is without integrated flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 5D MIV Autofocusing details

Canon 5D MIV includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it handy for taking portraits of people.

It supports 61 focus points to select from. Canon 5D MIV has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to switch focus points. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Canon 5D MIV has the ability to use manual focusing in case it is needed during low light conditions or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Canon 5D MIV Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E6) for the Canon 5D MIV is built to last for 900 photos based on the CIPA standards making it comparable with its rivals. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 features the maximum (2260) battery life within this range of cameras.

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Canon 5D MIV for varying types of photography

The following illustration indicates a outline of the Canon 5D MIV for varying types of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Canon 5D MIV as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 5D MIV receives a points total of 85 which is terrific, meaning that it is a great pick to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files along with the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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has manual focus
MP count high (30MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files

Canon 5D MIV Street photography info

Getting a above average score of 65, the Canon 5D MIV is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
offers touch to focus
environment sealing
great ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Canon 5D MIV Sports photography factors

A brilliant sports photography score of 80 means the Canon 5D MIV is a tremendous pick for photographing sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
amazing sensor resolution (30MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization

Travel photography with Canon 5D MIV

Portability is really important in choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 5D MIV gets a nice 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a good fit to take with you on your vacations.

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weather sealing
has focus by touch
megapixel count excellent (30 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display

Canon 5D MIV as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 5D MIV with it's exceptional grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a great choice in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
sensor resolution is great (30 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Canon 5D MIV as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon 5D MIV is not really good as a vlog camera as it comes to a low rating of 31.

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has touchscreen
offers face detect focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone jack
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization

Canon 5D MIV Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 5D MIV, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.

The graph followed below provides you an overview of the 5D MIV compared to it's highest scored rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may take a look at as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic 6+
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6720 x 4480
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3.2 inches
Screen resolution
1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/200 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
890g (1.96 lbs)
151 x 116 x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0")
Battery life
900 shots
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)
Storage slots
Launch price