Digital cameras keep getting smarter and smarter, and if Canon’s new EOS 5D Mark IV Special is any indication, we may be nearing the photographic singularity. The Mark IV is the latest in Canon’s popular, versatile 5D series of professional DSLR cameras, and it’s the most intelligent and tricked out offering yet. It a fusion of features and enhancements with classic Canon quality that will please even the most discerning creative eye.
The 30.4 megapixel 35mm full frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality, and there’s a new 61-point high-density reticular AF ii system, with autofocus points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points, depending on the lens in use). The autofocus system is a notable upgrade on previous 5D models; it includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports auto focussing at maximum apertures. There’s also a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improved facial recognition, and tracking for nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action.
While the photographic components of the Mark IV Special certainly deliver, the enhanced video capability is a wonder. A Digic 6+ image processor delivers 4k 30p video and up to seven frames-per-second of continuous video shooting. The dual pixel CMOS autofocus system allows for continuous focal tracking of subjects, and can be customized. The technology not only enhances 4k video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4k frame grabs of 8.8 megapixel still .jpeg images, all done in camera.
When you’re ready to upload your shots, the Mark IV makes it easy. For the first time in the series, the camera features built-in Wi-Fi and near-field communication, providing for the easy transfer of images and .mp4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well as remote shooting when using the Canon camera connect app. The camera also includes a built-in GPS3 receiver with compass, for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation.