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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 15, 2021 at 09:00 am
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Picture
7.1
Travel Photography
7.8
Landscape Photography
7.5
Sport & Wildlife Photography
4.2
Vlogging
7.5
Studio Video
3.9
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a high-end full-frame DSLR camera. It offers impressive image quality, a sturdy and comfortable-to-use construction, and good video recording quality in 4k, though video shot in that format does incur a rather severe crop. Its autofocus system is decently effective and reliable in photography but performs exceptionally well in tracking moving subjects while recording video. Unfortunately, this is a very bulky, heavy camera, and its fixed screen is an inconvenience when trying to record video of yourself or when you're shooting from unconventional angles.

Our Verdict

7.1 Travel Photography

The Canon 5D Mark IV is okay for travel photography. Image quality is great, with a wide dynamic range, good color accuracy, and low levels of noise even at high ISO levels. Its autofocus system does a decent job of tracking moving subjects, though it performs more consistently when shooting in Live View mode instead of the optical viewfinder. It feels comfortable to hold and is also quite well-built, though its bulky construction can make it a hassle to carry handheld for long periods.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Sturdy-feeling, comfortable-to-use design.
Cons
  • Bulky, heavy construction.
  • Fixed screen can't be pivoted to let you see it at an angle.
7.8 Landscape Photography

The Canon 5D Mark IV is good for landscape photography. It takes images with a high dynamic range, good color accuracy, and little loss of detail even at high ISO levels, which is great for nighttime shoots. It has a sturdy-feeling construction that's rated as being weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Sturdy-feeling, comfortable-to-use design.
Cons
  • Bulky, heavy construction.
7.5 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon 5D Mark IV is decent for sports and wildlife photography. Its maximum continuous shooting speed can't really compare to the fastest-firing mirrorless alternatives, but it can clear its buffer very quickly, so interruptions following continuous bursts aren't too disruptive. Its fast maximum shutter speed and decently-effective autofocus system are helpful features that help you capture clear stills of fast-moving subjects. Overall image quality is also great.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
  • Sturdy-feeling, comfortable-to-use design.
  • Wide shutter speed range.
Cons
  • Bulky, heavy construction.
  • Fixed screen can't be pivoted to let you see it at an angle.
  • Silent shooting mode is still rather loud.
4.2 Vlogging

The Canon 5D Mark IV is poor for vlogging. Since its screen is fixed, you can't see what's being displayed when the camera is pointed at you. It's also quite bulky, which can make it a challenge to carry around for long periods. Also, while it does a decent job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD, handheld footage can be quite shaky in 4k. Shooting in 4k also incurs a severe crop, though thankfully video quality is sharp and clear in this resolution. Unfortunately, the rolling shutter effect is quite apparent when shooting in FHD, which can distort subjects when panning side-to-side rapidly.

Pros
  • Great video autofocus performance.
  • Very good video quality in 4k.
  • Good video stabilization performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Shoots 4k video with a severe crop.
  • Bulky, heavy construction.
  • Struggles to smooth out camera shake in 4k video.
  • Fixed screen can't be pivoted to let you see it at an angle.
  • Noticeable rolling shutter effect in FHD.
7.5 Studio Video

The Canon 5D Mark IV is a good choice for studio video. Despite the severe crop that comes with recording 4k video, footage is sharply-rendered and low in graininess, even when shooting in dimly-lit environments. The autofocus system also does a great job of maintaining focus on moving subjects. There's also a wide selection of ports and inputs for various videography accessories, including headphone and microphone jacks. It has a clean HDMI output that lets you record footage using an external recorder without any overlays. Its menu system is also very easy to navigate and features a guide mode to help explain some core functions.

Pros
  • Great video autofocus performance.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
  • Wide selection of inputs and outputs.
  • Very good video quality in 4k.
Cons
  • Shoots 4k video with a severe crop.
3.9 Action Video

The Canon 5D Mark IV isn't designed for action video. It's much too big and much too bulky to be mounted on a camera or chest rig and can only record 4k video with a severe crop. It's also incapable of recording at high frame rates for generating smooth slow-motion footage. The rolling shutter effect is quite noticeable when shooting in FHD, which can distort subjects when panning side to side. On the plus side, it feels well-built and has a weather-sealed construction, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Very good video quality in 4k.
  • Good video stabilization performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Shoots 4k video with a severe crop.
  • Bulky, heavy construction.
  • Struggles to smooth out camera shake in 4k video.
  • Noticeable rolling shutter effect in FHD.
  • 7.1 Travel Photography
  • 7.8 Landscape Photography
  • 7.5 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 4.2 Vlogging
  • 7.5 Studio Video
  • 3.9 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Jan 11, 2022: Updated 'Manual Focus Assistance' from 'No' to 'Yes'.
  3. Updated Mar 15, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 11, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
1.5
Design
Portability
Height
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Width
6.0" (15.3 cm)
Depth
3.4" (8.6 cm)
Volume
95.6 in³ (1,566.0 cm³)
Weight
1.98 lbs (0.90 kg)
Weight With Lens
3.09 lbs (1.40 kg)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Weather-sealed body is made of magnesium alloy
  • Buttons offer good physical feedback
  • SD card compartment features a solid hinged door

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF/EF-S Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Lens cover
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB 3.0 Micro B cable
  • Cable clip
  • 1x LP-E6N battery
  • Sensor cap
  • Battery charger
  • Basic instruction manual
  • EOS Solution disk
  • Software instruction manual

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Well-textured hand grip is large and thick
  • Plenty of room for a wide variety of hand sizes, so fingers shouldn't get pinched between the body and lens
  • Large backrest to rest your thumb
  • Dedicated controls for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Camera is quite heavy, with weight pulling towards the front left of the camera when it's held solely in your right hand
  • Fixed screen can't be moved into a more convenient position when shooting from unusual angles

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.71
4.9
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
700 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.1" (8.0 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Menu is easy to navigate with physical buttons or with inputs on the touchscreen
  • Guide mode helps provide a brief explanation of some functions
  • Q menu lets you quickly access frequently used features and settings
  • Dedicated autofocus menu is also rather easy to navigate

Design
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
No
Focus Peaking
No
Waveform
No
7.1
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/3.5
Minimum Focal Length
24 mm
Maximum Focal Length
105 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
105 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
78.2%
Light Falloff
57.4%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
30.4 MP
Processor
Digic 6+
Extended ISO Minimum
50
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
32,000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.3.3
5.9
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6N
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
300 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
101 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
6.4
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
8 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
4 fps
Raw Buffer Size
26 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
7 s
7.5
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
88%
Face Tracking Success Rate
61%
Face Detection Distance
45" (115 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
61

Update 01/11/2022: Upon retesting this camera, we discovered that there is, in fact, a manual focus assistance feature. When using manual focus (MF), you can press the 'Magnify' button to zoom in on your photo in Live View and check that your subject is in focus. We've updated the 'Manual Focus Assistance' field from 'No' to 'Yes'.

7.8
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/13 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
8.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
32.47 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
12.1 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
10.6 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
9.0 f-stops
8.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.440 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.5912 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.889 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.655 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
2.628 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.673 pixels
7.8
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
9.32
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
9.46
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
10.45
9.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.99 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
41.08 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
39.41 dB
8.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.34 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
37.85 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.22 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
33.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.55 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
29.09 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
26.45 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
27.27 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
5.7
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.64 x
8.9
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
526 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
511 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:2
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
8.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
8.7
Face Tracking In 4k
9.1
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
No
4.9
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
16.38 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
50.84 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1 x
6.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.0
3.5
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
10.3°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
8.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
8.3
Face Tracking In FHD
9.1
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
No
8.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
6.74 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
12.90 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1 x
6.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
6.0
6.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.7°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
CF Card
Card 2 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
7.3
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Micro-B USB 3.0
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon 5D Mark IV is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it in conjunction with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, though other EF-mount lenses can be bundled with the camera body. You can also purchase it without a lens at all. For an additional fee, you can also purchase it pre-installed with the C Log gamma setting, which lets you capture images with a wider dynamic range and allows for in-depth color grading when editing video. We haven't tested this variant or any other configuration of this camera.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony ZV-1

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Sony ZV-1 are two very different cameras. The Canon is a pro-grade full-frame DSLR with interchangeable lenses, while the Sony is a compact small-sensor vlogging camera. The Canon is incredibly sturdy, weather-sealed, and better suited to photography. However, it's also much bulkier and heavier than the Sony, which is a solid choice if you're just looking for a more simple and portable camera to make vlogs with.

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